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2014 Steel Wheels Conference, 1 February


The 2014 Annual Steel Wheels Conference

Saturday, February 1, 2014
Los Angeles Metro Board Room
at Union Station, Los Angeles

9:30 am – 3:30 pm • Doors Open 9:00 am
with a break for lunch (not provided)

Once again RailPAC and NARP are presenting the annual Steel Wheels Conference, a must for rail advocates. Conveniently located at the Metro Board Room at Union Station this meeting will kick off the 75th anniversary of the station with information and discussion about the issues facing passenger rail. This could be a year of opportunity, or a very tough year for passenger rail. The national network is struggling, to put it mildly. The Empire Builder service is falling apart, a combination of a surge in freight traffic and extreme weather. The Southwest Chief is in jeopardy, who will pay to maintain the track? The Coast Starlight is a shadow of its former self, with a reduced consist and threat of loss of the Pacific Parlor car. At the same time the regional and commuter trains are underfunded. Punctuality remains poor on the Surfliner service. What will the new Joint Powers Boards do that the old management could not accomplish? These questions and more will be raised at our February 1st meeting in Los Angeles. This is our chance to show the politicians and Amtrak management that we care about these issues, and that we, and the public, deserve better. Please make every effort to attend this important meeting.

Some of the officials coming to the February 1 Meeting (UPDATED January 27);
Not in order of appearance!

LA City Council Member Tom La Bonge,
California Senator Carol Liu,

Mark Murphy – General Manager, Long Distance Services
Joy Smith – Business Liaison Director of Service Excellence, Long Distance Services
Mike Dwyer – Route Director, Coast Starlight and Southwest Chief

California High Speed Rail Authority
Michelle Boehm

LOSSAN Corridor Joint Powers Authority
Fred Strong, Chair, LOSSAN
Dave Golonski, Vice Chair, LOSSAN
Jacki Bacharach, former Vice Chair, LOSSAN
Jennifer Bergener, LOSSAN staff.

LA Metro
Don Sepulveda,

Armin Kick, Siemens
Roy Van Wynsberghe, Alstom
Dave Cook, Energy Conversions
Penny White, La Vegas X Train

You can register using one of two methods:

  1. Send the attached registration form with a check to RailPAC, c/o Marcus Jung, PO Box 22344, San Francisco, CA 94122
  2. Online, use this link to the Steel Wheels Conference on EventBrite