Virtual Midwest Rail Conference 2020

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 in mid-August (final date to be announced soon).  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.                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Mike McClellan, NS Joe McHugh, 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 also tentatively confirmed:
  • 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
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 Rai 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 hope to have registration open by June 25.


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Aug 11, 2020 9:00am to Aug 12, 2020 1:00pm
Rail Transportation Program
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI. 49931-1295
Phone: 1-906-487-3547
Fax: 1-906-487-2943
A special thank you to our sponsor and partners!

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