Opening General Session

Monday, April 8, 8:30am
Featured Speaker:  Mr.Patrick Fuchs, Vice Chairman, Surface Transportation Board

Patrick Fuchs was sworn in on January 17, 2019, as a Member of the Board for a term of office expiring on January 17, 2024, following his confirmation by the United States Senate on January 2, 2019.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Fuchs was senior professional staff member working on surface transportation and maritime issues for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation under the leadership of Chairman John Thune of South Dakota.

Mr. Fuchs has played an integral role in the development and enactment of major railroad legislation, including the first reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Board since its creation in 1996 and the first passenger rail reauthorization in over seven years. He also worked on legislation to improve rail project delivery, rail financing, and hazardous materials safety, all of which were enacted as part of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), the five-year, $305 billion surface transportation authorization.

Closing General Session

Tuesday, April 9, 11:20am
Featured Speaker: Luisa Fernandez-Willey, Senior Economist, Association of American Railroads (AAR)

Luisa Fernandez-Willey is a senior economist with the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Among other duties, she is responsible for conducting quantitative and qualitative research and analysis on economic and policy issues affecting freight railroads. Additionally, she is responsible for assisting with the data collection and production of several AAR publications. Most recently, she managed the analysis for the Economic and Fiscal Impact Analysis of Class I Railroads. Luisa holds graduate degrees from Kingston University-London and the University of Missouri-Kansas City