21st Century Transportation for America

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Hear the story of two of America's largest train stations - both changing with the times with once-in-a-generation major modernization. Hear about Los Angeles' Union Station and its re-imagining that will include the state's new high speed rail system. Hear about Denver Union Station's successful expansion and repositioning and the positive changes it led to for the city of Denver.

Get the latest on the process, plans and designs for redoing a major rail station. Learn about LA Union's planned construction schedules and process for keeping the station operating throughout the process. Hear how high speed rail will be incorporated into LA Union, making for easy transfers between rail systems. Hear the great success story of Denver's newly expanded station and the new light rail system. Learn how rail travel is gaining in importance in America, and how stations become major catalysts for community transformation.


Jeanet Owens, Senior Executive Officer for Program Management and Regional Rail - LA Metro. Jeanet oversees the LA Union Station expansion and modernization project.

Jeanet Owens, P.E. a licensed Civil Engineer in the State of California, assumed the position of Senior Executive Officer, Project Management and Regional Rail in 2016. In her SEO role, she is responsible for providing overall coordination, management, and the programming of funds for Metro’s commitment to the commuter, intercity and high speed rail networks serving Los Angeles County. The Regional Rail unit also manages and oversees capital improvement projects along 154 miles of Metro-owned railroad right- of-way.

In addition to overseeing the Regional Rail Unit, Ms. Owens is the project manager for the Link Union Station (formerly known as Southern California Interconnector Project), a $2.5 billion regional rail project that will transform the commuter rail operations in Los Angeles Union Station with up to 10 run-through tracks, the accommodation of high speed rail system and a new passenger concourse. She is also currently managing the $112.7 Emergency Security Operations Center project, a four-story up to 100,000 square foot building to house the emergency, security, rail and bus operation centers.

Ms. Owens joined Metro in September 2014. She has approximately 20 years of professional experience in Civil Engineering, Project and Construction Management with diverse experiences in both heavy civil horizontal and vertical construction.

Prior to becoming Metro Senior Executive Officer, Jeanet Owens, P.E., served as a Senior Vice President for Martin Project Management managing the Wilshire Grand Redevelopment Project in downtown Los Angeles. Prior to her tenure at Martin Project Management, Ms. Owens served as Vice-President for Thomas Properties Group responsible for development and construction of large scale mixed-used and commercial development projects specializing in infrastructure and transportation improvements. Ms. Owens started her civil engineering career with Foster Wheeler Inc. and Los Angeles County Department of Public Works where she worked for approximately 10 years on a variety of civil infrastructure improvements.


Bill Sirois, Senior Manager for Transit Oriented Communities - RTD Denver. Sirois has more than 23 years’ experience in transportation and land use planning in both the public and private sectors. Currently Sirois is the Senior Manager of Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) for the Regional Transportation District (RTD) in Denver.

At RTD, Sirois acts as agency’s primary liaison with the development community, local jurisdictions and other stakeholders on TOD, community development and miscellaneous transit planning projects. He is leading RTD’s TOD Pilot Program, which was launched at the end of 2010 to proactively pursue efforts to implement joint development at key locations on RTD’s existing and planned rail system. Through the Pilot Program and other efforts Sirois has played a pivotal role with multiple TOD projects which have advanced from conception to construction including Alameda Station Village, Depot Square in Boulder, and the Olde Town Arvada TOD Pilot project.

In addition, he led RTD’s process to select a developer for the reuse of Denver’s historic Union Station and was a key member of RTD’s negotiation team which worked with the developer, Union Station Alliance, to turn Denver Union Station into the 112-room Crawford Hotel.

Prior to RTD, Sirois spent several years with Carter and Burgess, a national transportation consulting firm (now part of Jacobs), where he focused on projects which addressed the relationship between transportation and land use. He played a lead role in several major NEPA studies for transit projects to determine transit corridor alignments, station locations, and potential opportunities for transit-oriented development. Sirois also spent more than six years with the City and County of Denver, where he was a Planning Program Manager in the Public Works Department.

He managed the City’s station area planning and implementation efforts in the Central and Southeast Corridors and was the lead transportation staff person for the city during the development of Blueprint Denver, the City’s first land use and transportation plan.
Sirois has presented at numerous conferences and workshops on TOD in Colorado and throughout the country. He is a member of the Rail~Volution National Steering Committee. He has a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Northern Iowa.


Ken Pratt, Deputy Executive Officer, Union Stations Operations & Management - LA Metro. Ken hails from a background of over forty years in commercial real estate starting in Southern California, expanding across the United States. His experience initiated in brokerage and expanded over the years to include executive positions in asset management, development and construction, title insurance, and finance.

Mr. Pratt currently resides in Orange County but grew up in Los Angeles and therefore has a love of his childhood city. He recalls Los Angeles during the “car culture” years. His dad was a police officer in the central division with Los Angeles Union Station as part of his “beat”. His memories include meeting at Union Station for local lunches, taking the train from Union Station to Orange County to visit grandparents and marveling at the marble flooring, lofty ceilings and ornate chandeliers.

Following the 2011 purchase of the property by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro, he reached out to them asking after their plans. Lo, and behold, they were looking for someone to lead the program. As he puts it, “I was the guy who got the lucky golden ticket for the position.” He left his partnership in Orange County to become a train commuter to his home town and restore his childhood dream, Union Station. His mission: bring back into a realm of elegance, new restaurants, retail, and events. Union Station now has a reputation as a destination as well as the classic representative of “the last of the Great Train Stations.”

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