“When Unlimited Potential Meets Limited Resources: The Benefits and Challenges of High-Speed Rail and Emerging Rail Technologies”

Subcommittee: Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021 Time: 11:00 AM Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building and Virtually


The hearing will feature twelve witnesses from a range of perspectives, exploring the opportunities and limitations associated with high-speed rail and emerging technologies, including regulatory oversight, technology readiness, project costs, and available federal resources.


  1. Panel I - The Honorable John Porcari
    Former Deputy Secretary
    United States Department of Transportation
  2. Panel I - Ms. Rachel Smith
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  3. Panel I - Mr. Phillip Washington
    Chief Executive Officer
    Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  4. Panel I - Ms. Danielle Eckert
    International Representative
    International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  5. Panel I - The Honorable Carbett “Trey” Duhon III
    Waller County, Texas
  6. Panel I - Mr. Andy Kunz
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    U.S. High Speed Rail Association
  7. Panel II - Mr. Carlos Aguilar
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Texas Central High Speed Rail
  8. Panel II - Mr. William Flynn
    Chief Executive Officer
  9. Panel II - Mr. Josh Giegel
    Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
    Virgin Hyperloop
  10. Panel II - Mr. Andres de Leon
    Chief Executive Officer
    Hyperloop Transportation Technologies
  11. Panel II - Mr. Michael Reininger
    Chief Executive Officer
    Brightline Trains
  12. Panel II - Mr. Wayne Rogers
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Northeast Maglev