Amtrak’s New Approach to Station Development
You'll learn about:
Amtrak’s new focus on station development and strategies in use at its major stations
Local and regional demographic, socioeconomic, transportation, and development trends that are creating new opportunities for station planning
Challenges and opportunities for station planning and development as transportation systems continue to modernize
How to maximize and leverage asset value of rail stations, rail infrastructure, rights-of-way and air rights more creatively
In 2014, Amtrak conducted a comprehensive study to analyze five of its largest rail stations (New York Penn Station, Philadelphia 30th Street Station, Baltimore Penn Station, Washington, D.C., Union Station, and Chicago Union Station) and the ancillary properties surrounding them for development opportunities. The conclusion? Amtrak has significant opportunities for development at each location.
Amtrak has since advanced planning and development initiatives at each station. A master development strategy is currently being used in New York, Baltimore, and Chicago. In Philadelphia, Amtrak recently completed a master plan for the 30th Street Station and the surrounding area, including an overbuild development on the 88-acre rail yards north of the station. In Washington, D.C, work is progressing on a concourse-modernization project—the first construction project borne out of its 2012 master plan. The station is also being prepared for a 3 million-square-foot overbuild.
Join expert AICP panelists as they provide an overview of Amtrak’s corporate program to leverage its substantial asset portfolio for reinvestment in its infrastructure. Then listen in as project managers in each of the five cities dive into topics such as partnerships, structures, political climate, and the real estate market.
Confirmed SpeakerSuzanne Mosher, AIA, LEED AP, serves as Senior Manager, Infrastructure Planning in Amtrak’s Infrastructure and Investment Development department. She oversees master development efforts at Chicago Union Station. Her responsibilities include managing expert consulting resources, coordinating with public and private stakeholders, and identifying and resolving key issues and constraints that arise in these multi-year planning and implementation projects. Prior to joining Amtrak, Ms. Mosher worked as a consultant at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and the Public Building Commission (PBC) of Chicago. During her time at the CTA, Ms. Mosher played a key role in the planning oversight of the largest capital project in CTA history, the $2 billion modernization of CTA’s North Mainline Red and Purple lines, the Federal Transit Administration’s first ever Core Capacity improvement project. Ms. Mosher has degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design from Ball State University, and is a licensed architect and LEED Accredited Professional.
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Invited SpeakerCate serves as a Director in KPMG's Infrastructure Advisory group and is an expert in public-private partnerships. She is a recognized leader in providing consultancy and transaction services related to infrastructure development, value maximization and long-term maintenance of transportation assets. Her clients typically include governments, transportation agencies, and states as well as private developers. She provides advice on delivery and financing alternatives, deal structure, procurement and evaluation of bids.
Confirmed SpeakerJanet Campbell-Lorenc, AICP, serves as Senior Director in Amtrak’s Infrastructure and Investment Development Department. She leads strategic investment planning for the Northeast Corridor and other Amtrak-owned infrastructure and provides direction for major infrastructure and service development programs nationwide. She is responsible for activities to improve assets, develop railroad infrastructure, implement the high speed investment program, improve the functioning of major terminals, oversee service development initiatives, develop climate change and resiliency strategies and execute Amtrak’s upcoming expansion to Moynihan Station in New York City. Ms. Campbell-Lorenc has extensive experience in the planning & development and railroad industries. One of her previous projects won the Amtrak President's Project Excellence award for exceptional performance and achieving extraordinary results. Her previous positions include Vice President, Planning and Development for SYSTRA Consulting and Director, Service Development for New Jersey Transit. She has a Master’s degree in Planning and is AICP certified.
Confirmed SpeakerNatalie Shieh, AICP is a Senior Manager of Major Stations Planning and Development at Amtrak where she directs planning, design and implementation of station improvements and development of Amtrak’s real estate assets at its major stations, including Philadelphia 30th Street Station and Baltimore Penn Station. During her time at Amtrak, Natalie directed the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan, a joint master plan completed in June 2016 by Amtrak and several institutional partners to re-imagine the 175-acre area surrounding 30th Street Station as a vibrant, connected, and inviting neighborhood. Natalie previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development of the City of Philadelphia where she advised on matters of urban planning, real estate development, legislative affairs, zoning, and community engagement. She first joined the City of Philadelphia in 2009 as project manager for the Zoning Code Commission to implement the City’s first comprehensive zoning reform effort in over 50 years. Prior to 2009, Natalie worked as a brownfield remediation consultant in the Greater Philadelphia metropolitan region. She has a Bachelor of Science and Engineering and a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the advisory board of the Philadelphia Citizens Planning Institute.
Confirmed SpeakerBrian Traylor, AICP, ASLA is an Infrastructure Planning Manager with Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor Infrastructure, Investment Development and Real Estate Department. Brian currently serves as the Legislative Committee Chair and Advocacy Network Chair for the APA PA Chapter. Brian’s background is in landscape architecture, and he holds graduate degrees in City Planning and Urban Spatial Analytics from the University of Pennsylvania. His experience in the public, non‐profit and private sectors spans the practices of urban design, planning and policy work throughout the United States.
Confirmed SpeakerGretchen M. Kostura, AICP, serves as an Infrastructure Planning Manager in Amtrak’s Infrastructure and Investment Development department. She manages near term and long term rail infrastructure planning, design and construction projects at Washington, D.C. Union Station. Her responsibilities include managing expert consulting resources, coordinating with internal, public and private stakeholders, and identifying and resolving key issues and constraints that arise in these multi-year planning and implementation projects. Additionally, she oversees Amtrak’s on-going initiatives to identify opportunities to improve the performance and value of Amtrak owned and utilized assets to support the company’s core business and future programs. Prior to joining Amtrak, Ms. Kostura worked for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as a Leadership Fellow and then as a Senior Urban Planner/Property Manager in the Real Estate and Development department. During this time, she also had a year-long assignment as Real Estate Project Manager with the Empire State Development Corporation. She has a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University and is AICP certified.