VTS: Transforming the Capital Region’s Rail System


The IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
National Capital Chapter
ONLINE MEETING Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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

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, May 10

Webinar login details will be provided by 10 am Tuesday, May 11.
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Speaker:  David Zaidain, Urban Planning and Transportation Practice Area Leader, Gensler

Topic:   Transforming the Capital Region’s Rail System

Note: You only need to provide the required information (noted with a red *) on the registration weblink, BUT please help us out and let us know if you are an IEEE or VTS member.  Everyone is always welcome at our meetings and membership is NOT required, but when we send meeting reports to IEEE, we need to list the number of IEEE/VTS members who participate.  

  Date and Time




  • Date: 11 May 2021
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
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  • Online meeting / webinar
  • Washington, District of Columbia
  • United States

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  • Starts 05 May 2021 10:40 PM
  • Ends 10 May 2021 05:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
  • No Admission Charge


David Zaidain of Gensler


Transforming the Capital Region’s Rail System

Today, Washington’s commuter rail system, MARC and VRE, are confined within the states that they operate. However, the Washington region is in need of cross state regional rail service (“run through service”) to help create seamless connectivity to jobs, housing and other important destinations. The Greater Washington Partnership is advancing the notion of run through service through its Capital Region Rail Vision. The Vision expands on the benefits and investments needed to increase cross-state regional rail service. Supporting that effort, David Zaidain with Gensler will discuss the overview of the vision and talk more specifically about the opportunity for reimaging regional, commuter rail stations and improving the passenger experience.


David Zaidain is the Urban Planning and Transportation Practice Area Leader based in Gensler’s DC office. His current work includes strategy and planning for the Baltimore Penn Station redevelopment, the New Carrollton Multi-Modal Station Joint Development and host of other projects both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining Gensler, David was a Senior Planning Manager at Amtrak, leading the Washington Union Station expansion program. Before joining Amtrak he spent 12 years at the National Capital Planning Commission in Washington DC, leading a host of projects ranging from urban design to infrastructure planning. He holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s of Science in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University.

Address:Washington, District of Columbia, United States


  • 12:00 am - Social conversation
  • 12:30 pm - Technical presentation & discussion
  • 01:30 pm - Adjourn



  • 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 dot com> or Matt Nawn <matthew.nawn at dot.gov>

Future Meetings:

  • September 14
  • October 12
  • November 9
  • December 14