California High-Speed Rail Authority, Spanish train officials to meet 

California’s high-speed rail officials will recieve a tutorial this week on running the fast-moving train lines from representatives of Spain, a country with the second-largest high-speed rail network in the world.

On Thursday, the California High-Speed Rail Authority will receive an informal presentation from Spanish officials on best practices for running a high-speed rail system. Since 2003, the Authority has been engaged in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Spain to share details on high-speed rail practices.

On Thursday, the California High Speed Rail Authority is expected to enter into a memorandum of understanding with officials from Spain to share information about best practices for establishing a railway.

The next day, members of the authority and the Spanish Trade Commission will convene a conference in San Francisco to discuss economic opportunities from high-speed rail. Spain has over 2,300 miles of high speed rail lines built or planned to be built, a network that trails just China globally.

Thursday’s authority board meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in Sacramento. Friday’s conference will take place at 9 a.m. at the Fairmont Hotel at 950 Mason St. in San Francisco.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

Correction: This article was corrected on May 31, 2011. An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the agenda for the meeting this week and the status of a memorandum of understanding between the California High-Speed Rail Authority and Spanish officials. The California High-Speed Rail Authority will receive an informal presentation from Spanish officials on best practices for running a high-speed rail system this week. The agengcy has had a memorandum of understanding with Spain since 2003 to share details on high-speed rail practices.

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