The Midwest Rail Conference was held virtually August 11th and 12th, 2020. With 18 sponsors and over 270 attendees, our first ever all virtual event was a great success!!! Session recordings will be made available for viewing on the Rail Learning Website soon. (You must be a registered user of the rail learning website to view. )
While COVID-19 has placed an obstacle for Midwest Rail Conference, it won't be stopping us. We are excited to announce the shift of Midwest Rail Conference 2020 into a virtual platform. The conference will take place August 11-12, 2020. The conference will feature two days of presentations on all things rail, and will include keynote presentations by Mike McClellan, VP Strategic Planning for NS and Joe McHugh, VP State Supported Business Development for Amtrak.
Don't miss our Wednesday morning plenary session, featuring Ian Jeffries from AAR, Patrick Fuchs from STB, and Chuck Baker from ASLRRA talking about Rail Industry Policy Issues! This is bound to be one of the highlights of the conference!
We are continuing to work on filling out our speaker list, but the following speakers are confirmed, for the full program, click on AGENDA here or in the side bar!
Mark Maday- FRA
Paul Williams - NS
David Woodruff - CN
Scott Nason - Chart Industries
Rachel Maleh - OLI
Dan Ujczo - Dickinson-Wright
Hilary Konczal - METRA
Tyler Dick - UIUC
Francesco Bedini - FRA
Starr Kidda - FRA
Josh Hamilton - Lansing Station
Pasi Lautala - Michigan Tech
Chase Armstrong - RJ Corman
Daniel Sabin - Iowa Northern Railroad
Jim Mathews - RPA
Naryana Sundaram - APTA
Arun Rao - WisDOT
Scott Rogers - WCWRC
Peter Swan - Penn State Harrisburg
Brad Peot - Wisconsin Southern
Larry Chesler - Amtrak
Robert Guy - MIPRC
Tim Grose - WSP
Porie Saika-Eapen - Metro Trans Authority, NYC
Andrea Waldock Niethold - CN
The program is coming together, with the following list of sessions in the current plan:
Urban, Regional, and Intercity Passenger Rail in an Era of Social Distancing
PSR – Class 1 and Shortline Connection
Rail Passenger Experience Improvements
LNG Transportation By Rail
Developments in Grade Crossing and Trespass Safety
Rail Industry Policy Issues
Freight Rail Transportation Issues and Opportunities with Covid-19
Passenger Rail Transportation Post Covid-19
Impacts and Opportunities from USMCA
Climate Impacts and Infrastructure Resilience
We will be working collaboratively with our organizing team; the TRB Freight Rail Transportation Committee (AR040), the National University Rail Center (NURail) consortium, and our Michigan based team supported by Michigan State University Center for Railway Research and Education and the Michigan Tech Rail Transportation Program.
Stay tuned for updates right here. We're looking forward to another stellar conference addressing rail transportation in the midwest!!
The Midwest Rail Conference will take place August 11-12, 2020.
We want to say thank you to all our amazing sponsors! Please check out our sponsor brochure!
Thanks to our generous sponsors!
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