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LEADERS OF HIGH SPEED RAIL/MAGLEV INDUSTRY TO GATHER FOR INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION

 LEADERS OF HIGH SPEED RAIL/MAGLEV INDUSTRY TO GATHER
 FOR INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
 PITTSBURGH, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Some 500 business leaders, government officials, scientists and academics involved in the emerging transportation mode of magnetic levitation and steel-wheel high speed rail travel will gather here May 17 through 20, it was announced today.
 They will come from Europe, the Pacific Rim, Canada and more than half the states in the United States to participate in the Ninth International Convention of the High Speed Rail/Maglev Association (HSR/MLA).
 With more than 1,000 members in 17 countries, the HSR/MLA is one of the fastest-growing trade associations in the world. Members include corporations, manufacturers, unions, investment banks, universities, scientists, consultants, power companies, professionals and other associations supportive of high speed ground transportation.
 Among the topics to be covered during the convention are advances in maglev and steel-wheel technology, state and federal legislation affecting funding and operation of high speed transportation systems, status reports on various high speed train projects now getting underway in North America, and emerging high speed rail countries in other parts of the world.
 According to Robert K. Pattison, chairman of the HSR/MLA, there are nearly 20 high speed rail and maglev projects in various stages of planning, financing and development around the United States and many in other countries.
 "This new mode of transportation is drawing attention everywhere because it offers a practical alternative to highway gridlock, airport 'winglock,' air pollution and misuse of oil resources and real estate," said Pattison, who is vice president of the engineering/construction firm of Parsons Brinckeroff. "It also can improve travel safety and comfort, energy efficiency, the balance of trade and help to generate economic expansion."
 The HSR/MLA was founded in Washington in 1983, but has been headquartered in Pittsburgh since 1987. This will be the first time its annual convention has been held here.
 "Pittsburgh is now widely recognized throughout the country and around the world as a leader in the new high speed rail/maglev industry," said Robert J. Casey, president of the HSR/MLA. "There are a number of major players such as AEG Westinghouse; Union Switch & Signal; Maglev, Inc.; and the High Speed Rail Center of Carnegie Mellon University. As a result, many facets of our burgeoning industry are being explored and developed in the Pittsburgh area."
 Convention activities -- including meetings, presentations, panel discussions, an industry products and services exhibit, and social events -- will be held at the Vista International Hotel and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
 To highlight and update various industry developments and significant government policies, a news conference is scheduled for 10 a.m., Monday, May 18, at the convention center. News conference participants will include:
 -- Robert K. Pattison, chairman of the High Speed Rail/Maglev Association;
 -- G. Donald Gerlach, former managing partner of the law firm of Reed Smith Shaw & McClay, convention chairman;
 -- James Roddy, president of Maglev, Inc.;
 -- Richard A. Geist, Pennsylvania state representative (R-Altoona) and former HSR/MLA chairman;
 -- Gilbert Carmichael, federal railroad administrator; and
 -- Joseph Vranich, HSR/MLA executive vice president and author of the recently published book, "Supertrains: Solutions to America's Transportation Gridlock."
 For further details on the HSR/MLA convention including a schedule and complete list of speakers, or to receive additional information following the May 18 news conference, contact Robert J. Casey at 412-366-6887, or Jack Maddigan at 412-391-9360.
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 /CONTACT: Robert J. Casey of High Speed Rail/Maglev Association, 412-366-6887, or Jack Maddigan of Maddigan Communications, 412-391-9360, for High Speed Rail/Maglev Association/ CO: High Speed Rail/Maglev Association ST: Pennsylvania IN: TRN SU:


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