Southern Region Meeting Agenda

Monday - September 24, 2018 

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 - September 25, 2018  

6:30am - 5:00pm    Registration Open 
7:00am - 8:00am   Breakfast 
8:00am - 8:30am    Welcome,  President's Awards, Announcements
    Judy Petry, Chair, ASLRRA Board of Directors and President & General Manager, Farmrail System
Ben Tarbutton III, ASLRRA Southern Region Vice President and President, Sandersville Railroad Company  
8:30am - 10:00am    General Session:
Keynote: 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: Jennifer Schopfer, VP, General Manager – Transport Logistics, GE Transportation

 9:35am - 10:25am   Economic Outlook
Presented by: Dan Keen, Policy and Economics Department, Association of American Railroads
10:00am - 10:30am    Networking Break
9:45am - 10:15pm    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
12:00pm - 1:00pm
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 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
  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
    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; Discussion Leaders: Michael Feamster and Romano DeSimone
2:40pm - 3:10pm    Networking Break
3:10pm - 3:55pm    What's in Your Environmental "Junk Drawer"?
    Many short line railroads are “Tiggers”. When asked, “Can Tiggers do that?" They respond, “That’s what Tiggers
do best!” They need the business and fail, at times, to dig deep into what the long-term environmental
repercussions may be. They throw that piece into their “Junk Drawer” of things to worry about later.  Well, the
time to clean out the junk drawers is now! Acknowledge that what we don’t know can, indeed, hurt us.  It’s not just
the FRA that has jurisdiction over the railroads. Shops have OSHA issues.  Fueling, mechanical and cleaning operations
have stormwater management responsibilities. Railcar storage may have RMP concerns and LEPC reporting requirements. 
Waste in generated by 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, Watco Companies  
3:10pm - 3:55pm
  Using Innovative Technology to Enhance Crossing Safety
Presented by: Kate Kurgan, Associate Program Manager, SHRP2 Implementation, AASHTO
4:00pm - 5:00pm
  Railroad Sandhouse Meeting
    Associate Sandhouse Meeting
5:05pm - 5:35pm
  Southern Region Board Meeting and Elections - Railroad Members Only
6:00pm - 7:00pm
  Kicking Back for the PAC Reception
    Join us for an informal evening of networking with colleagues. 
Questions? Contact Will Resch at

Wednesday - September 26, 2018

7:00am - 8:00am   Breakfast 
    Board of Directors Breakfast 
8:00am - 8:15am    Welcome, Announcements 
    Judy Petry, Chair, ASLRRA Board of Directors and President & General Manager, Farmrail System
Ben Tarbutton III, ASLRRA Southern Region Vice President and President, Sandersville Railroad Company  
    General Session: 
 8:00am - 9:00am
  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;
Aage Lindstad, Director – Automation and Transportation Technology, Genesee and Wyoming 
Dave Strezo, Vice President, OmniTRAX

9:45am - 10:45pm    Synergy in the Gateway: The Alignment of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad and the Port of New Orleans

Director of Industrial Development, Chris Bonura, discusses the process and the practicalities of the 2018 transition
of the New Orleans Public Belt from the City of New Orleans to the Port of New Orleans. General Manager Doug
Campbell speaks to the future of NOPB and the opportunities the new synergy will provide the partners and the
New Orleans Gateway as a whole. 
Presented by: Doug Campbell, General Manager, NOPB and Chris Bonura, Director of Industrial Development, NOPB

10:45am - 11:15am    Networking Break 
 11:20pm -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

1:30pm - 4:00pm    Tour of the Port of New Orleans
     (Transportation will be provided)
1:30pm - 6:30pm    Golf Outing at Lakewood Golf Club (Optional Event)
    Includes boxed lunch at course
    Bus transportation will be provided to and from the hotel. 

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