Midwest Rail Conference 2017

The 2017 Midwest Rail Conference "Midwest Connections: Passenger and Freight Rail Look to the Future" will be held August 15-17, 2017 in Kalamazoo, MI.

In addition to the incorporation of other midwest states, the 2017 conference will join forces with two other events by leading rail transportation organizations; the Summerail 2017 event organized annually by the Freight Rail Transportation Committee (AR040) of the Transportation Research Board, and the annual meeting of National University Rail Center (NURail), the first USDOT OST-R University Transportation Center dedicated to the advancement of North American rail transportation.

While program details are still in development, preliminary program is available on the "Agenda" tab (right sidebar).  The events will kickoff with the Student Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Outing at the Ridgeview Golf Course and Committee meetings on Tuesday morning/afternoon, followed by the Conference Opening Reception and live music with the Norfolk Southern Lawmen Band at the Bell's Brewery "Backroom" in Kalamazoo. 

Technical Sessions will take place all day Wednesday at the WMU Fetzer Center, and the conference will wrap up on Thursday with a field trip featuring a train ride on the upgraded Wolverine Higher Speed Rail Corridor and visit to the Little River Railroad!

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Click here to view the preliminary technical session agenda (20170620)


Exterior photo of the Fetzer Center
Fetzer Center, WMU
Exterior photo of the Kalamazoo Train Station
Kalamazoo Train Station
Bell's Backroom
Site of the Opening Reception - Bell's Backroom


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Aug 15, 2017 8:00am to Aug 17, 2017 6:00pm


Western Michigan University - Fetzer Center
2350 Business Court
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Rail Transportation Program
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI. 49931-1295
Phone: 1-906-487-3547
Fax: 1-906-487-2943
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