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U.S. High Speed Rail Assoc. appoints new president

(The US High Speed Rail Association issued the following on November 20, 2009.)

Washington, D.C. — The US High Speed Rail Association (USHSR) today announced that Eric C. Peterson will join its team as President, effective Nov. 18, 2009. Peterson, a 20-year industry veteran of transportation issues and policy management, will lead USHSR’s efforts to advance a state-of-the-art national high speed rail (HSR) system in America. Mr. Peterson brings a strong background in executive management and transportation, having served as Deputy Administrator for the Research & Innovative Technology Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Executive Director for the Landowners Economic Alliance for the Dulles Extension of Rail (LEADER) and most recently as Executive Director for the Rural Cellular Association.

“I am delighted to welcome Eric to the US High Speed Rail Association,” said Lewis J. Goetz, Chairman of the US High Speed Rail Association. “This is a critical time for HSR in America, and Mr. Peterson’s unique background and business acumen, coupled with his strong understanding of transportation issues will be an invaluable asset to this effort and to the future of transportation in America.”

“High Speed Rail will be the next great revolution for the United State,” said Eric C. Peterson, President of the US High Speed Rail Association. “Virtually every aspect of the American economic, environmental and energy future could be positively affected by the development and implementation of HSR. USHSR is positioned to support this exciting and important revolution,” Peterson said.

With Mr. Peterson’s expertise, the Association will continue its work to unify all advocacy efforts that promote a comprehensive national high speed rail network.

As a non-partisan thought-leader, USHSR provides and coordinates research and information sharing among all stakeholders dedicated to high speed rail. This collaboration includes rail corridor associations, federal, state and local government decision-makers and other interested individuals and organizations. The Association also provides assistance and support at the local and state level through events, outreach and public awareness campaigns. USHSR works to mobilize popular support for HSR initiatives at all levels, especially at the grass roots.

The Association’s recent conference, High Speed Rail 2009: Bringing High Speed Rail to America, was a shining example of the momentum for HSR that has taken root in America. This two-day conference drew nearly 300 attendees from more than 20 states and 10 countries to hear from 40 of the industry’s leading experts, thought leaders, elected officials and USHSR founders on recent developments and planning for the future of HSR.

For more information on the conference and upcoming USHSR events, please visit the Association’s new and improved website at www.ushsr.com. The upgraded site provides visitors with a variety of resources that include on demand industry news and an industry-wide calendar of events. The website also provides visitors with the option to subscribe to our newsletter, On Board, a monthly look at HSR newsmakers, association news and a transportation forum to showcase local and regional efforts nationwide.

The US High Speed Rail Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization whose members are dedicated to creating and sustaining a clean and energy-efficient advanced national high speed rail system in the United States.

USHSR works on behalf of, and in partnership with, its members and other like-minded stakeholders to support policies and execute programs that ensure the creation and operation of a world-class high speed rail system that is interconnected with all passenger transportation systems throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.ushsr.com.

Monday, November 23, 2009

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