21st Century Transportation for America

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Get up to speed on the future of transportation from long time leaders in the industry. Learn how America can ramp up the building of high speed rail as a way to revive our economy, create millions of good jobs, and build the clean, green transportation system we need for a prosperous, sustainable future.

Learn about moving America into high speed rail on the national scale, and the rollout of a new federal high speed rail authority to expedite projects.

21st century transportation for America

Norman Y. Mineta is an icon in American public service. He has served both Democratic and Republican presidents, and served in Congress for 20 years representing Silicon Valley and his hometown of San Jose, California, where he had been mayor. He was the first cabinet secretary since the Civil War to serve two presidents of opposing parties in consecutive terms. As the first Asian American cabinet secretary, he was President Clinton's Secretary of Commerce and President George W. Bush's Secretary of Transportation.
While in Congress, he served as chair of the House Transportation Committee. Among his accomplishments was the 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) which was the first major revision of the nation's transportation public policy since President Eisenhower. It included reorganizing the Urban Mass Transit Administration (UMTA)  into the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and providing a renewed emphasis on our nation's rail and transit infrastructure.

He was the Secretary of Transportation on September 11, 2001 and led the recovery of our national transportation and infrastructure systems. For these accomplishments and others, Norman Y. Mineta was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006.


Secretary Ray LaHood
led America into high speed rail during his term heading up the Department of Transportation, launching the new program and helping get the nation's first visionary high speed rail system going in California.

He served as United States Secretary of Transportation from 2009 until 2013. A Republican from Illinois, LaHood served previously as a Congressman represented Illinois's 18th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2009. He s
erved on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from 1995 until 2000.

Following his time serving in Congress, he was appointed by President Obama to serve as the US Transportation Secretary, immediately launching the nation's first high speed rail national program and tirelessly advocating for high speed rail across America during his entire time in this role


Brian Kelly w
as selected to head the California High Speed Rail Authority on January, 16, 2018. He comes to the Authority with a wealth of experience in transportation. Kelly served as the first secretary of the new California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), an agency created in 2013, which focused solely on transportation. At CalSTA, Kelly oversaw eight departments, boards and commissions 38,000 employees and a budget of $18.1 billion - one of the largest portfolios in the State of California.

At CalSTA, he was responsible for a variety of complex transportation issues which directly impacted almost every Californian, the state's economy, public safety, highway construction and maintenance, and public transit. During his tenure, his many accomplishments included passing Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the single largest investment in California's transportation infrastructure, moving forward the nation's first state rulemaking to allow the test and deployment of autonomous vehicles, and breaking ground on the first high-speed rail system in the nation in California's Central Valley.


Rod Diridon, Sr., was the 1993 founding Executive Director of congress's Mineta Transportation Institute retiring to emeritus status in 2016. He is considered the "father" of modern transit service in Silicon Valley.

After his BS and MSBA in statistics from San Jose State University, Rod completed two Vietnam combat tours as a navel officer before his public service career. He was elected in 1971 as a Saratoga City Councilmember, and went on to serve 20 years (six times as chair), on the Silicon Valley's Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and Transit Board.

He chaired nine successful rail construction projects. Upon his 1995 retirement from pubic office the region's main train station was rededicated the "San Jose Diridon Station". He served over ten years, appointed by both Democrat and Republican governors, and is chair emeritus of the California High Speed Rail Authority and chair emeritus of the US High Speed Rail Association. Rod chaired over 100 local to international transit committees and projects. He provides legislative testimony and conference keynotes on sustainability around the world.


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U.S. General Services Administration, Melville Law, BGR Government Affairs, Powertrunk, Curalium, Motive Power, SENER, Arcadis, Parsons, Stantec, International Electronic Machines Corp., Curalium, Tylin, IMG Rebel, Avery James, National Insurance Consultants, HJI Group, Webtec, ICF, FCH, ABB, Voith, Silicon Valley Business Journal, DB Engineering & Consulting, Kimley-Horn, DAMA Consultants, SACOG, DPZ CoDesign, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell, Smart Growth America, Coalition for Smarter Growth, American High Speed Rail Alliance, Michael Baker International, P3 Collaborative, TITAN Freight, Stadler, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, California Institute of Technology, Seattle Design Commission

Global Telematics, TDH International, Wabtec, Railworks, Omnitrans, Eagles Flight Equity Group, Plaza Equity Partners, Circlepoint, Hill International, TCL Consulting, Hitachi Rail STS, FS Italian Railways, University of Hong Kong, Paces Landmark Corp., Walter Fields Group, Renaissance Planning, USA Capital Finance Group, Rivergate Conpanies, Astera Property Group LLC, MarshWagner, SKK Developments, Mile High Development, Crescent Real Estate, Perkins Eastman, Franck and Lohsen Architects, Robinson Hill Architecture, Paul Murdoch Architects, Ari Cohen Architecture & Urban Planning, Urbanus Group LLC, University Place Associates, Creative Housing Associates, Parkhill Development Company, Perkins and Will, DaVinci Development, and more.

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