Eastern Region Meeting Agenda



Monday - October 8, 2018 


 12:00pm - 2:30pm
  Vermont Countryside Train Trip (Separate Registration Required)
    We will depart from Union Station in Burlington, a short walk from the Hilton Burlington hotel. The excursion will
travel through the scenic countryside towards Middlebury, with views of Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks and
quintessential Vermont towns.  Our vintage railcars are restored, have climate control and restrooms.  This train
ride is hosted by Vermont Rail System and New England Central Railroad. Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, beer,
wine and soft drinks will be served. 
     
2:00pm - 7:30pm    Registration Open 
     
2:00pm - 5:00pm    Exhibitor Set Up 
     
3:00pm - 4:00pm   Small Railroad Meeting
     
4:30pm - 5:30pm   Young Professionals Gathering 
     
5:30pm - 7:00pm   Opening Reception
     

Tuesday - October 9, 2018  


6:30am - 5:00pm    Registration Open 
     
7:00am - 8:00am   Breakfast 
     
8:00am - 10:00am
   FRA Roadway Worker Safety Seminar (Separate registration required, click here to learn more)
     
8:00am - 8:30am    Welcome,  President's Awards, Announcements
    Judy Petry, Chair, ASLRRA Board of Directors and President & General Manager, Farmrail System
Carl Belke, Vice President Eastern Region, ASLRRA Board of Directors 
     
8:30am - 10:00am     General Session:
Keynote: Tech Strategy and Amazoning Your Railroad to Drive Service

  In this session, we will begin with a brief discussion about the ASLRRA’s technology
strategy and vision for the future.  We will then follow that up with a panel that will
cover innovative ways to improve railroad service offerings and customer experience. 
The session should give the attendees a good idea of where we see railroad technology
heading in the near future. 
Presented by: Nick Chodorow, Chief Information Officer, The Belt Railway Company of Chicago;
Alex Lang, Vice President of Equipment and Technology, Carload Express;
Aage Lindstad, Director – Automation and Transportation Technology, Genesee and Wyoming;
Scott Biernacki, Senior Director of Product Management, GE Transportation

     
10:00am - 10:30am    Networking Break
     
10:30am - 11:30pm    SLSI Overview - Safety Culture & Hazmat Training
    Overview of the SLSI’s progress over the last few years and include an inside look
into our future endeavors.  Short Line Safety Institute’s Safety Culture Assessment
Update and Review, we will continue to elaborate on the trending topics with safety
culture including an update from the safety culture assessment findings from the last
two years. We will explore future programs currently under development such as a leadership
training program. Hazmat Training Program Review- We will continue our focus on the hazmat
training resource available to all short line and regional railroads. Interactive Polling regarding
hazmat knowledge and a self-assessment tool preview. For the conclusion of our program we will
entertain the PollEverywhere technology and gauge the audiences’ knowledge about hazardous
materials regulations.
Presented by: Thomas Murta, Executive Director and SLSI Staff

   
11:30am - 12:00pm    Friendly Railroad Advisor 
    Presented by: Mike Long, Director of Regional Operations, Federal Railroad Administration 
     
12:00pm - 1:00pm
  Lunch
     
1:05pm - 1:50pm    Breakout Sessions:
    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
   
    FRA Presentation on Notice of Funding Opportunity for Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety 
Improvements (CRISI) Grants
    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will 
present information on the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) 
grant program.  FRA will discuss recent and upcoming funding opportunities, as well as lessons 
learned from the previous application submissions.  FRA will provide feedback and highlight best 
practices to help position short line and regional 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.  Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in Q&A at the 
end of the presentation.
Presented by: Will Dyer, FRA Office of Railroad Policy and Development, Division Chief for National Rail Planning
Stephen O’Connor, FRA Office of Railroad Policy and Development, Division Chief for Freight Rail Policy
     
 1:55pm - 2:40pm
  History of Railroading and How We Have Changed
    Attendees will be provided an analysis of the legislative and legal events that have impacted the rail industry 
over the last 50 years. 
Presented by: John Fiorilla, Attorney & Shareholder, Capehart Scatchard 
     
    The Bridgification of GIS
    Phones and drones have made it easier than ever to collect infrastructure information. The challenge becomes
what to do with it? And how can it benefit your operation in the present and into the future? This presentation
gives an overview of ARE’s approach to managing the deluge of field-collected bridge data, and how its organized
and presented. ARE is incorporating the use of GIS and it’s many layers populated with valuable data for a complete
view of the bridge situation. With this, railroads can better make operational and capital planning decisions in a
timely-manner.  
Presented By: Steven Youschak, Executive Vice President
Ian Ray, Chief Technology Officer, and Tayler Engel, GIS Analyst, ARE Corporation
     
2:45pm - 3:15pm    Networking Break
     
3:20pm - 4:05pm    SLSI HazMat Training Module Preview
    Join us as we review a module from our newest hazardous materials training program. We will explore the
regulations and important factors of OSHA, EPA, and spill prevention awareness in this breakout session and
provide time at the conclusion for a Q&A session. 
Presented by: SLSI Staff
     
3:20pm - 4:05pm
  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

   
4:10pm - 5:10pm
  Railroad Sandhouse Meeting
    Associate Sandhouse Meeting
     
5:15pm - 5:45pm
  Eastern Region Board Meeting and Elections - Railroad Members Only
   
6:15pm - 7:15pm
  PAC Reception
    Join us for an informal evening of networking with colleagues. 
Questions? Contact Will Resch at will.resch@cch-llc.com
     

Wednesday - October 10, 2018

 
7:00am - 8:00am   Breakfast 
    Board of Directors Breakfast 
     
    General Session: 
 8:00am - 8:15am
  Welcome & Announcements
    Judy Petry, Chair, ASLRRA Board of Directors and President & General Manager, Farmrail System
Carl Belke, Vice President Eastern Region, ASLRRA Board of Directors 
     
 8:15am - 9:00am   Building Capacity: Investing for the Long Haul
    CN is investing a record $3.5 B in capital in 2018. Come hear how CN is investing to boost capacity and network
resiliency to meet growing traffic demands.  Record investments in infrastructure, equipment, technology and
people will position CN to deliver superior service to customers across North America.  This session will also touch
on new car supply programs, updates on PTC, innovations in mobile and robotic technologies and further highlight
CN’s commitment to operating safely.  
Presented by: Doug MacDonald, Senior Vice President, Rail Centric Supply Chain Growth

     
9:05am - 10:25pm    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, Technology /Engineering, GE Transportation

     
10:00am - 10:30am    Networking Break 
     
10:35am - 11:25am    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: Luisa Fernandez-Willey, Senior Economist, Association of American Railroads 
     
 11:30pm -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

     
 1:00pm - 2:30pm
  Hands-On FRA Car and Locomotive Inspection Workshop (Additional Fee - Click here to learn more)  
     Come join us for a hands-on car and locomotive inspection workshop by the FRA Region 1 MP&E inspectors.
Hosted by the Vermont Railway, cars and locomotives will be staged in nearby VR yard. Listen to the FRA demonstrate
what they look for when inspecting equipment and outline best practices for your car and locomotive inspection operations. 
Please bring PPE- steel toed boots, helmets, reflector vest and safety glasses. Transportation will be provided. Some PPE will
be available. Yard conditions vary, be prepared to walk on ballast.  The FRA will also address new regulations, what determines
a violation versus an exception, movement of non-complying equipment, and inspection of paperwork and documentation

     

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