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Chairs DeFazio, Payne, Jr. Announce Hearing on High-Speed Rail and Emerging Rail Technologies

April 28, 2021

Washington, DC – Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, “When Unlimited Potential Meets Limited Resources: The Benefits and Challenges of High-Speed Rail and Emerging Rail Technologies.” The hearing will feature twelve witnesses from a range of perspectives, exploring the opportunities and limitations associated with high-speed rail and emerging technologies, including regulatory oversight, technology readiness, project costs, and available federal resources.

More information about the hearing, including witness testimony and a livestream, can be found here once available. A full witness list for both panels is below.

HEARING DETAILS

The Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Hearing on: 

“When Unlimited Potential Meets Limited Resources: The Benefits and Challenges of High-Speed Rail and Emerging Rail Technologies”

Thursday, May 6, 2021

11:00 a.m. EDT

2167 Rayburn House Office Building and virtually

WITNESS LIST – PANEL 1

The Honorable John Porcari

Former Deputy Secretary

United States Department of Transportation

Ms. Rachel Smith

President and Chief Executive Officer

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Phillip Washington

Chief Executive Officer

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Ms. Danielle Eckert

International Representative

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

The Honorable Carbett “Trey” Duhon III

Judge

Waller County, Texas

Mr. Andy Kunz

President and Chief Executive Officer

U.S. High Speed Rail Association

WITNESS LIST – PANEL 2

Mr. Carlos Aguilar

President and Chief Executive Officer

Texas Central High Speed Rail

Mr. William Flynn

Chief Executive Officer

Amtrak

Mr. Josh Giegel

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Virgin Hyperloop

Mr. Andres de Leon

Chief Executive Officer

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

Mr. Michael Reininger

Chief Executive Officer

Brightline Trains

Mr. Wayne Rogers

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Northeast Maglev

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