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Challenges to Tubular Rail Innovation. Profitability. Acceptance by Public and Regulators. Multiple Jurisdictions. 1 Slide 2 2 Old Style Projects Defined, Century-Proven Technologies understood by Public, Regulators, Insurers, Financiers. Highways / Airports / Transit Conceived and Built by Public Entities on Public ROW. Rail Private, Self Governed, Self Funded, Profit Driven Reactive - not Proactive. On Private ROW. Slide 3 3 New Style Projects New Technologies Not Just the Machinery - Need New Mechanisms for Operations, Politics, Governance, Ownership. Education of Public and Regulators. Public Private Partnerships Can a Profit be Made? Can the Project be Divided Among Numerous Partners? Obvious Value to the Locals, Mobility and Money? Slide 4 The Publics Interest Identify the Publics Interest. Safeguard the Publics Interest. Ensure that the benefits continue, protect the publics investment. 4 Slide 5 Issues For Tubular Rail to Address Public Acceptance Route and Technology - Environmental, Permitting, and Normal obstacles. Establish a Track Record. Regulatory Issues: Is it a bird, plane, train, mass transit? Federal Oversight? or Federal and State? Local and Last Mile. Analyze Impacts on Nature and People, Noise, Socio- economics, construction, operation, wildlife, etc. 5 Slide 6 How to Address the Issues Early Coordination with Regulators and Stakeholders. Direct, Open, and Transparent Negotiations and Involvement with Representatives and Regulators. Coordination of Project with Federal, State, and Local Planners, Interconnection with other Modes, Fluidity of Transportation. 6 Slide 7 Questions (& Answers?) Mr. Allan K. Butcher, Jr., JD Phone: (210) 699-9090 Email: abutcher@rkci.comabutcher@rkci.com