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Wednesday, March 22, 2017



Feasibility of Private High Speed Rail in Texas



Baruch Feigenbaum
Assistant Director of Transportation Policy
Reason Foundation


Texas Central, a privately held company, has announced that they plan to build a high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston. There are many differences between corridors in which high speed rail is successful such as Tokyo-Osaka, Paris-Lyon, and Boston-Washington compared to the Dallas-Houston corridor. What role do density, local transit networks, and conventional rail play? How many passengers would a train in Texas carry and how much would it cost to build? Finally, what role does the private sector play in reducing costs or creating innovation?


Baruch Feigenbaum has a diverse background researching and implementing transportation issues including revenue and finance, public-private partnerships, highways, transit, high-speed rail, ports, intelligent transportation systems, land use, and local policymaking. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board Bus Transit Systems and Intelligent Transportation Systems Committees. He is Program Vice President of the TRF Washington Chapter, a reviewer for the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA) and a contributor to Planetizen. He has appeared on NBC Nightly News and CNBC. His work has been featured in the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. Reason Foundation a non-profit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. Prior to joining Reason, Feigenbaum handled transportation issues on Capitol Hill for Representative Lynn Westmoreland. He earned his Master’s degree in Transportation from the Georgia Institute of Technology.



12:00 noon Social Period; 12:30 PM Lunch; 1:00 PM Speaker



Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 15th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20005
Two blocks west of 13th & G Metro Center exit (serving Red, Orange, and Blue Lines)


Market salad, roasted chicken (you may request a vegetarian option instead), soda, tea, or coffee



$34 TRF members, full-time students with current ID,
$42 non-members.

Payment by check (made out to TRF-Washington Chapter or TRF), cash, or credit card at the door; payment by PayPal accepted in advance (click here); allows use of credit card).  Member price applies to non-members joining that day or to 10 or more attending from the same organization.


Call Jack Ventura ((301) 593-1872) or e-mail [email protected]  for reservations no later than Mon., March 20, 11:00 AM.  Please provide: (a) name and affiliation, (b) request, if you wish, for a vegetarian alternative, and, if non-member, (b) phone number.  If you’ve reserved but find you are unable to attend, you must cancel by March 20 or find a replacement.  Because we must supply the restaurant a minimum guarantee, those who don’t cancel in time or provide a replacement will be subject to a $10 fee to help us make up the shortfall.  Send the no-show fee (by check made out to TRF Washington Chapter) to TRF Washington Chapter, P.O. Box 7346, Washington, DC 20044.


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