On June 13, Peter Peyser spoke on a financing panel at a conference co-hosted by the Regional Plan Association and the General Contractors Association of New York. Peter emphasized the need for institutional changes in Washington to lay the groundwork the financial and institutional commitments that will be needed from the states and the private sector to build a viable financial plan for the “Gateway” project to improve rail access to New York City. Featured speakers at the event included New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson, MTA Chairman Joe Lhota and the head of Amtrak’s Northeast business unit Stephen Gardner.  Dan Schned of the Regional Plan Association wrote a good summary of the conference. Here’s the program for the event:

Crossing the Hudson:

What’s Next for Northeast

Corridor Improvements?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

New York, NY

Crossing the Hudson: What's Next for Northeast Corridor...

Event Sponsors:

General Contractors of New York
The Northeast Maglev

8:00 a.m.     Continental Breakfast Served and Registration

8:45 a.m.    Welcome
Elliot Sander, President & CEO, HAKS Group, Inc. and Chairman, Regional Plan Association              Denise Richardson, Managing Director, General Contractors Association

Panel Discussion: What’s Next for Enhancing Trans-Hudson Capacity? 
Top agency officials will discuss the principles that should guide the decision-making process for increasing capacity across the Hudson River to facilitate the rapidly growing commuter traffic between New York and New Jersey and intercity travel demand along the busiest stretch of the Northeast Corridor – New York to Philadelphia.

Moderator:    Robert Yaro, President, Regional Plan Association

Stephen Gardner, Vice President, NEC Infrastructure & Investment Development, Amtrak
Jim Simpson, Commissioner, New Jersey DOT
Joseph Lhota, Chairman & CEO, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority

10:10 a.m.    The Costs and Benefits of Expanding Trans-Hudson and Northeast Corridor Rail Capacity
Panelists will discuss the economic costs and benefits of investing in enhanced trans-Hudson rail capacity, as the first step toward true high-speed rail in the Northeast Corridor.

Moderator:       Mitchell Moss, Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy & Planning, NYU Wagner School, and Director, Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management

Steve Spinola, President, Real Estate Board New York – REBNY
Philip K. Beachem, President, New Jersey Alliance for Action
Juliette Michaelson, Director of Strategic Initiatives, RPA

11:00  a.m.    How to Pay for It: Options for Public and Private Funding and Finance
Moderator:     Samara Barend, Vice President, Public Private Partnerships, AECOM

Doreen Frasca, President and Principal, Frasca and Associates
Peter Peyser, President and Principal, Peyser Associates
David Seltzer, Principal, Mercator Advisors
Tom Rousakis, Vice President, Public Sector & Infrastructure Banking
Investment Banking Division, Goldman Sachs

Closing Remarks: Anthony R. Coscia, Partner, Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP

12:15 p.m.    Adjourn


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