Central/Pacific Region Meeting Agenda



Monday - November 12, 2018 


 9:00am - 2:00pm
  CSLR Train Ride & Reception (Separate Registration Required)
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2:00pm - 7:30pm    Registration Open 
     
2:00pm - 5:00pm    Sponsor Set Up 
     
3:00pm - 4:00pm   Small Railroad Summit
     
4:30pm - 5:30pm   Young Professionals Gathering 
     
5:30pm - 7:30pm   Opening Reception
     

Tuesday - November 13, 2018  


7:00am - 3:30pm    Registration Open 
     
7:00am - 8:00am   Networking Breakfast With Sponsors
     
8:00am - 10:00am
  OSHA Seminar (Separate registration required, click here to learn more)
    Don Latimer, Director Occupational Health and Safety, Watco Companies 
     
8:00am - 8:30am    Welcome To ASLRRA Central/Pacific Region Meeting, President's Awards
    Judy Petry, Chair, ASLRRA Board of Directors and President & General Manager,
Farmrail System, Barry McClure, ASLRRA Central Region Vice President
     
8:30am - 9:15am    General Session:
Keynote: Surface Transportation Board Update
Presented by: Ann Begeman, STB Chair
     
 9:15am - 10:00am
  General Session:
Short Line Safety Institute Overview - Safety Culture and Hazmat Training
Overview of the SLSI's progress over the last few years and include a look into our
future endeavors. We will explore future programs such as leadership training program
and continue our focus on the hazmat training resource available. 
Presented by: Thomas Murta, SLSI Executive Director and SLSI Staff
     
10:00am - 10:30am    Networking Break with Sponsors
     
10:30am - 11:30am 
   General Session: Blockchain and Emerging Technologies in Railroading

  This session will define and demystify blockchain, AI and other emerging technology
trends, while also discussing tangible examples of how these technologies can be
used in the rail and broader transportation industries.
Presented by: Shankar Sengupta, VP - Engineering, Transport Logistics
and GE Transportation
     
11:35am - 12:00pm   Legislative and Regulatory Update 
    Legislative and policy update from Washington, D.C. Our panel will cover topics
such as the 45G tax credit, truck size and weights and some insight into federal grant
funding in transportation.
Presented by: Ed McKecknie, Partner, Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell
Jo Strang, Vice President of Safety & Regulatory Policy
Will Resch, Associate; Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell
 
     
12:00pm - 1:00pm
  Networking Lunch with Sponsors
     
1:00pm - 5:00pm
  Separate OSHA Seminar
    Don Latimer, Director Occupational Health and Safety, Watco Companies  
     
1:05pm - 1:50pm    Central/Pacific Region Meeting Breakout Sessions:
 1:05pm - 1:50pm   Transportation Security Administration Update 
    This session will focus on the Freight Rail Counterterrorism Guide TSA publishes for
use by all freight carriers. It will also highlight the First Observer Plus program.
Presented by: Jonathan Lamb, Section Chief, Freight Rail, Transportation Security
Administration
   
 1:05pm - 1:50pm   FRA Presentation on Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements
(CRISI) Grants
    FRA discusses recent and upcoming funding opportunities, and lessons learned from
the previous application submissions.  FRA will provide feedback and highlight best
practices to help position short line railroads for success in future CRISI application
solicitations. Areas of focus will include preparation of the required application
narrative, statement of work, and benefit-cost analysis.
Presented by: Michael Lestingi, Director, Policy and Planning, Railroad Policy and
DevelopmentNate Vomocil, FRA Office of Railroad Policy and Development, Economist
     
1:55pm - 2:40pm
  New Data and Technology Initiatives
    This session will talk about ASLRRA and GE Transportation’s vision for future data
and technology initiatives.
Presented by: James Shefelbine, Senior Products Manager, GE Transportation
Stefan Loeb, Executive VP & CMO, Watco Companies 
     
1:55pm - 2:40pm
  SLSI: Hazmat Training Module Preview
 
OSHA, EPA, regulation overview, General Awareness Module from our program,
includes Q&A session with our expert hazmat trainer and SLSI team.
Presented by: SLSI Staff 
     
2:45pm - 3:15pm   Networking Break with Sponsors 
     
3:15pm - 4:00pm
  All Things Bright and Beautiful, All PTC Railroads Great and Small 
    This session will provide an overview of the status of Positive Train Control and
highlight what ASLRRA is doing for its members in this regard. Presenters will also
discuss the member-driven efforts of the PTC Executive Working Group and
Technical Subcommittee as well as the initiatives: ARINC, Herzog, Wabtec, Tech
Mahindra, McGriff, and Meteorcomm. There will be a Q&A at the end of the session.
Presented by: Keith Borman, Vice President & General Counsel, ASLRRA
Mike Ogborn, Consultant, Ogborn Consulting Group
 
     
 3:15pm - 4:00pm    What's In Your Environmental Junk Drawer?
Many short line railroads are eager to take on new business but fail, at times, to dig
deep into what the long-term environmental repercussions may be. Waste in
generatedby everyone. The best time to address these issues is before they become
"issues", Eventually, someone is going to look in the "junk drawer".
Presented by: Terry Gosney, Vice President - Environmental and Watco Companies
4:05pm - 5:00pm
  Railroad Sandhouse Meeting
4:05pm - 5:00pm
  Associate Sandhouse Meeting
     
5:00pm - 5:30pm
  Pacific Region Board Meeting and Elections - Railroad Members Only
5:00pm - 5:30pm    Central Region Board Meeting and Elections - Railroad Members Only
     
5:00pm - 6:00pm   Supplier Committee Meeting 
     
6:00pm - 7:00pm
  PAC Reception
    Join us for an informal evening of networking with colleagues. 
Questions? Contact Will Resch at will.resch@cch-llc.com
     

Wednesday - November 14, 2018

 
7:00am - 10:30am
  Registration
     
7:00am - 8:00am   Networking Breakfast with Sponsors
     
7:00am - 8:00am
  Central/Pacific Region Board Breakfast
     
8:00am - 12:00pm
  Separate OSHA Seminar
    Don Latimer, Director Occupational Health and Safety, Watco Companies  
     
    Central/Pacific Region Meeting General Session: 
 8:00am - 8:15am
  Welcome & Announcements
    Otis Cliatt, ASLRRA Pacific Region Vice President and President Pacific Harbor
Line Railroad
     
 8:15am - 9:00am   Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Update
    A general update on what PHMSA is doing to improve safety in the rail industry and in
hazardous material transportation. He will touch on safety performance, enforcement,
regulatory reform, the Check the Box initiative, and priorities for 2019.
Presented by: Bill Schoonover, Associate Administrator
     
9:05am - 10:00am    Railroads and the Economy: Current Situation and Outlook 
 
Freight railroading is what economists call a “derived-demand industry,” meaning that
demand for rail service is a function of demand further down the line for the goods
that railroads haul.  That, in turn, is a function of how well the economy is doing. In
this session, we’ll discuss what’s going on with the overall economy and key
subsectors; what’s going on with rail traffic; and how they are related.  And while it’s
impossible to know for sure what the economy will do in the future, we’ll peer into
our crystal ball to see what the next year or two might bring.  
Presented by: Dan Keen, Policy and Economics Department, Association of
American Railroads

     
10:00am - 10:30am   Networking Break with Sponsors
     
10:30am - 12:00pm   Tech Strategy and Amazoning Your Railroad to Drive Service
    Discussion of the ASLRRA’s technology strategy and vision for the future, followed by
a panel on innovative ways to improve railroad service offerings and customer experience,
ending with where railroad technology is heading in the future.  
Presented by: Nick Chodorow, Chief Information Officer, The Belt Railway Company of
Chicago; Aage Lindstad, Director – Automation and Transportation Technology, Genesee
and Wyoming; and Scott Biernacki, Senior Director of Product Management,
GE Transportation 
     
 12:00pm - 5:00pm    OSHA Seminar
     Don Latimer, Director, Ocupational Health & Safety and Watco Companies
     

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