VTS: The Track to the Transforming Rail in Virginia


The IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
National Capital Chapter
ONLINE MEETING Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Winner of the IEEE Northern Virginia Chapter of the Year 2017
Winner of the IEEE Northern Virginia Chapter of the Year 2018

Also, election of 2021 Chapter Officers (see Agenda below)

You will need a computer with speakers to watch the presentation.  A microphone and webcam are optional but encouraged.
Cost:  Free!

Please register by 5 pm Monday, January 18.

Webinar login details will be provided by 6 pm Monday, January 18.
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Speakers: Daniel L. Plaugher, Executive Director, Virginians for High Speed Rail

Topic:      The Track to the Transforming Rail in Virginia

  Date and Time




  • Date: 19 Jan 2021
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
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Zoom log on credentials will be supplied prior to the meeting time.

  • Online meeting / webinar
  • Washington, District of Columbia
  • United States

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  • Starts 06 January 2021 11:00 AM
  • Ends 18 January 2021 05:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
  • No Admission Charge


Danny Plaugher Danny Plaugher of Virginians for High Speed Rail


The Track to the Transforming Rail in Virginia

Virginians for High Speed Rail (VHSR) is a non-profit founded in 1994 to educate and advocate for the expansion of fast, frequent, and reliable passenger rail service connecting Virginia to destinations up and down the east coast. Among their accomplishments over the past several years is expansion of Amtrak Northeast Regional service to Norfolk and Roanoke, increase in the frequency of rail service, and acquisition of part of the Richmond-Washington railroad right of way by the Commonwealth of Virginia. But that's just the beginning - they have bold, ambitious plans for continued growth and expansion of passenger rail. Danny's presentation will discuss past successes and goals for the future -- both the positive news and challenges that they face.


Danny Plaugher serves as the executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail (VHSR). He joined VHSR in 2007 where he helped to create the Virginia Intercity Passenger Rail Operating and Capital Fund (IPROC) and make Virginia the first state with a dedicated funding source for passenger rail. In addition to his work with VHSR, Danny joined the Virginia Transit Association (VTA) in 2019 as deputy director to lead their policy and outreach efforts.

Danny serves on the Transportation Working Group for the Capital Region Collaborative, the board of RVA Rapid Transit, rail advisor for the RVA-757 Collaborative, treasurer of the Virginia Rail Policy Institute, and is a proud member of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Alumni Association.  In 2011, Danny was honored to be named one of Richmond’s Top 40 under 40 by Style Weekly magazine and one of VCU’s Top 10 Graduates of the Last Decade in 2016. In 2018, he was made the first honorary member of VCU’s Pi Sigma Alpha honor society in the society’s 30-year history.

He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University; and he lives in the West End of Henrico with his wife Jan, son Benjamin, and two dogs Jax and Lily.


Address:5101 Monument Ave., , Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23230


  • 12:00 am - Lunch and social conversation
  • 12:30 pm - Technical presentation & discussion
  • 01:30 pm - Adjourn


Prior to the start of the presentation, we will be electing our 2021 Chapter Officers.  The proposed slate of officers is listed below.  Nominations will be taken "from the floor" during the meeting if anyone would like to run for office.

Chair:        David Johnson (DJ)
Vice Chair: Reg Mitchell
Secretary:  Karl Berger, PE
Treasurer:  Steve Bezner, PE

The following positions are not official Chapter officer positions, but I want to acknowledge these individuals for their work to make our meetings a success!

Cashier: Ken Briers
Program Committee: Heather Roman, Matt Nawn



  • Chair: David (DJ) Johnson
  • Vice-Chair: Reg Mitchell
  • Secretary: Karl Berger, PE
  • Treasurer: Steve Bezner, PE
  • Cashier: Ken Briers
  • Program Committee: Heather Roman, Matt Nawn

Please help your VTS Chapter: If you would like to speak or have contact information for a speaker, please contact  Heather Roman <hroman at omni-strategy.com> or Matt Nawn <matthew.nawn at dot.gov>

Future Meetings:

  • February 9
  • March 9
  • April 13
  • May 11


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