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Philadelphia, PA


UIC HIGHSPEED 2012 will be held on 10-13 July 2012 in Philadelphia, PA, USA. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) together with the International Union of Railways (UIC), will host the 8th edition of this global event on high-speed rail.

The World Congress & Trade Exhibition on High-Speed Rail is the world’s eminent gathering on high-speed rail and is expected to attract more than 4,000 attendees from across the globe to exchange views on the development and achievements of high-speed rail worldwide. This global event in 2012 will feature international rail experts on transportation policy and technology. It will bring together both the public and private sectors to provide insight and best practices for implementing high-speed rail projects at every stage - from planning, financing, and construction, to operations and management. Additionally, the Congress will also feature an exhibit showcasing high-speed rail products and services.

The theme of the 8th World Congress on high-speed rail is: High-Speed Rail: Connecting People, Building Sustainable Prosperity.

UIC HIGHSPEED 2012 in short
• a high profile world congress on high-speed rail developments with an expected 1,500 participants from all continents
• a top level international trade exhibition on high-speed rail developments including aspects of rolling stock and high-speed rail infrastructure, train operations and services with an expected 4,000 visitors
• over 100 exhibitors on high-speed, equipment, services and infrastructure
• a selection of technical tours to relevant rail sites
• various networking activities

Previous editions
UIC HIGHSPEED 2012 follows seven successful editions of this congress: five under the EurailSpeed brand name and two successful editions under the UIC HIGHSPEED brand name.
Previous editions were held in: Beijing (2010), Amsterdam (2008), Milan (2005), Madrid (2002), Berlin (1998), Lille (1995) and Brussels (1992). The latest edition in December 2010 attracted 2,700 delegates from 26 countries worldwide.