ASLRRA 2016 CONNECTIONS

ASLRRA 2016 CONNECTIONS
Thank you for your interest in registering for ASLRRA 2016 CONNECTIONS Convention. Register by March 11 and save $50 off the full registration fee. (Reduced registration prices reflected when registering.)

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When
4/3/2016 - 4/6/2016 11:59 PM
Where
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center 201 Waterfront St National Harbor, MD 20745

Program

   
 
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Time
1/1/2016 - 4/30/2016
1/1/2016
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Badge Ribbons
Time
4/3/2016 - 4/6/2016
4/3/2016
ASLRRA 2016 CONNECTIONS is ASLRRA's major annual networking event. As such it is assumed by registering for the event that you are interested in networking with other attendees and participating in all of the opportunities that an event such as this affords. If you do not wish to share your basic contact information with other convention attendees, please click on the Add button and then Opt-out button. If no response is received, it will be assumed that we may share your contact info. Thank you.
Time
4/3/2016 - 4/6/2016
4/3/2016
This registration category covers spouses of Convention attendees. This registration covers attendance in the social events, including: Monday Evening Opening Reception, Tuesday and Wednesday Lunch in the Exhibit Hall, Monday and Tuesday Evening Receptions. and Wednesday Evening closing event. Please check off the events your spouse will attend below. Please remember to click on the Save Response Button at the bottom of the list.
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Spouse Registration & Activities
Time
4/3/2016 7:00 AM - 4/6/2016 12:00 PM
4/3/2016 7:00 AM
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Committee Meetings
Time
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4/3/2016 8:00 AM
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Committee Meetings
Time
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
4/3/2016 2:00 PM
Category
Committee Meetings
Time
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
4/3/2016 2:00 PM
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Committee Meetings
Time
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
4/3/2016 2:15 PM
Open to attendance by ASLRRA's Associate Members. The first half of the meeting will be the Associate Member Meeting, led by the Associate Board Members. Members will be joined by ASLRRA Leadership and Staff to discuss items of interest. Second half of the meeting will be the Exhibitor Orientation where you can brush up on using the convention mobile app and get a refresher on how to upload your company information, links, brochures, and videos.
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Meetings
Time
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
4/3/2016 3:00 PM
If you are registering for more than one person to play in the golf outing, please enter the number in the box before hitting the Add button and then please provide the name(s) for your guest(s) by answering the questions below. Because we are golfing on an active Military Base, you will also need to provide the Drivers License Number and State Issued for each of your guests. They will also need to bring their Drivers License with them and produce them to Base Security upon entering, no exceptions. Thank you.
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Special Activities
Time
6:30 AM - 1:30 PM
4/4/2016 6:30 AM
Choose this option if someone is hosting your golf outing fees for the outing.  Note the name of your host below. Also, because we are golfing on an active Military base, you must provide your Drivers' License number and State. You must also carry it with you to the golf course. We need to provide this information to the golf course and the military. NOTE New Meeting Format. Golf is first and is a Monday morning shot-gun. Thank you.
Category
Special Activities
Time
6:30 AM - 1:30 PM
4/4/2016 6:30 AM
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Special Activities
Time
6:30 AM - 1:30 PM
4/4/2016 6:30 AM
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Committee Meetings
Time
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
4/4/2016 8:00 AM
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Committee Meetings
Time
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
4/4/2016 9:00 AM
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Committee Meetings
Time
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
4/4/2016 9:00 AM
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Committee Meetings
Time
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
4/4/2016 1:00 PM
Welcome to ASLRRA 2016 CONNECTIONS! If you are a first time attendee, you should sign up for this event and meet the ASLRRA staff and leadership team and learn how to make the best of your meeting experience.
Category
Meetings
Time
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
4/4/2016 2:00 PM
Category
Networking Events
Time
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
4/4/2016 5:00 PM
Category
Special Activities
Time
6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
4/5/2016 6:00 AM
Category
Committee Meetings
Time
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
4/5/2016 7:30 AM
Category
Committee Meetings
Time
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
4/5/2016 7:30 AM
Category
Committee Meetings
Time
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
4/5/2016 8:00 AM
This session is open to the smallest of ASLRRA’s railroad members and will serve as a forum for them to provide feedback on the Association’s current services, as well as to offer ideas for how these services could be tailored to better meet their needs. Participants in this session will actively engage with our moderators and, in so doing, help to provide direction for our way forward as we strive to better address the concerns of our smallest members. If you are interested in attending this session and are not sure whether your railroad qualifies as a small and independent railroad, please contact Jenny Bourque at jbourque@aslrra.org or (202) 585-3449.
Category
Meetings
Time
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
4/5/2016 8:00 AM
Are you under the age of 40 and want to network with people your own age? Come learn about all of the opportunities that we offer in this Young Professionals group during this annual gathering. For any questions contact Sabrina Waiss at swaiss@aslrra.org
Category
Committee Meetings
Time
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
4/5/2016 9:00 AM
Treated Hardwood Tie Market Update & New Initiatives
Jim Gauntt (President of the Railway Tie Association) and representatives from two of the major railway tie producers (Gary Ambrose, Vice President of Commercial Sales for Koppers and George Caric, VP of Marketing for Stella-Jones) will discuss the state of the railway tie industry and variety of new and interesting initiatives in the industry, ranging from tie treatment to disposal of ties, targeted for a short line audience.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Engineering & MOW
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
4/5/2016 10:30 AM
Attend this session and gain a comprehensive update on the state of banking and the capital markets. We will go in depth on the issues facing banks and how they will likely affect the rail industry's ability to borrow. Issues including: trends, rates, tenor, structure, covenants, etc.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Finance & Administration
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
4/5/2016 10:30 AM
Violence/Harassment/Discrimination in the Workplace: How to Recognize, Prevent, and Investigate
Training employees to prevent workplace violence, discrimination and harassment is critical. Equally important is how to promptly investigate a complaint when one arises. This one-hour training course will provide best practices on how to recognize, prevent and promptly and thoroughly investigate complaints in the workplace.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Human Resources
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
4/5/2016 10:30 AM
Some railroads have an oversupply of railcars while others have excess track capacity available for storage. This panel will explore the legal ramifications of an oversupply of railcars and the legal issues you need to tackle when entering into the railcar storage business for both empty and loaded railcars.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Legal
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
4/5/2016 10:30 AM
Implementation of the FAST Act - What Does it Mean?
The FAST Act has much to like for short line railroads. There are changes to financial assistance programs, new freight grant programs, new grade crossing initiatives among others. Learn about:
- Changes in RRIF and TIFIA
- Changes in eligibility for freight grant programs
- New Grade Crossing Safety Provisions
- New Flammable Liquid Transportation Provisions
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Legislative & Regulatory
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
4/5/2016 10:30 AM
Forest Products Market Overview
Forest products markets continue to see profound change as a result of shifting demand in the current economy. Our speakers will describe current challenges and initiatives to increasing forest products shipments by rail, including car supply and new car types, current trends in forest products markets, and collaborative opportunities between shippers and short lines.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Marketing
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
4/5/2016 10:30 AM
Locomotive Emissions and Their Future Effect
We are one year into the EPA Tier 4 locomotive standard. What are today's options in Tier 4 locomotives? Is there a Tier 5 standard on the horizon, and if so, can we predict what it might look like? How might greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations effect future locomotive emissions standards? Tier 3 locomotives can produce 25 times the NOx of 2010 Tier 4 diesel trucks; Tier 4 locomotives can be over six times dirtier. Is the EPA closing up these loopholes, especially for rebuilt locomotives? How could it effect your railroads? All this, as well as future options for near-zero emissions and Zero Emission Track Miles locomotives, will be discussed in this presentation.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Mechanical
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
4/5/2016 10:30 AM
What is the Short Line Safety Institute?
Ron Hynes has been hired as the first Executive Director of the Short Line Safety Institute. Ron brings years of practical short line experience including start-ups and boots-on-the-ground knowledge. Ron also worked in safety oversite with the NTSB and FRA. Are you curious as to the structure, process and goals of Institute? Would like an on-site assessment of safety culture on your railroad? Attend this session to meet Mr. Hynes and initiate the process of safety culture evaluation and enhancement.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Operations & Safety
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
4/5/2016 10:30 AM
Technology Roundtable
This year, the Technology Round Table will focus on the information technology issues facing Short Lines. Come hear how companies are dealing with the challenges presented by new technologies like PTC, and the age-old challenge of proper record keeping. This year's panel will be made up of CIOs and IT managers from a variety of ASLRRA member railroads.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Technology
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
4/5/2016 10:30 AM
Category
Committee Meetings
Time
11:30 AM - 2:15 PM
4/5/2016 11:30 AM
Category
Networking Events
Time
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
4/5/2016 11:30 AM
Prioritizing Track Maintenance across Regional and Short Line Properties
Greg Grissom (COO and EVP of Georgetown Rail Equipment Company), Michael Brown (Senior Project Manager of OmniTRAX), and Chad Lambi (Assistant Chief Engineer, Iowa Interstate Railroad) will discuss the challenges and opportunities regarding prioritizing infrastructure maintenance, data streams/inspection data/field reporting, challenges across multiple properties, and where panelists see the industry going in the future.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Engineering & MOW
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
4/5/2016 2:00 PM
Railroad Retirement Update - From New Hire To Retirees
Representative from the Railroad Retirement Board will be on hand to discuss what future retirees need to know about railroad retirement benefits. Is there work after retirement? Also, attend this session and learn how employers should discuss and educate new rail employees who are just entering the industry on the value provided by railroad benefits.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Finance & Administration
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
4/5/2016 2:00 PM
Recruitment, Hiring and Onboarding: An Interactive Super Session on The A-Z's from Job Posting to First Day of Work
There are a host of legal considerations when hiring new employees - What can you and cannot ask on a job application? What questions can you or can you not ask applicants in an interview? What kind of employee testing is permissible and when can it be done? Are your job postings and job descriptions up to date? Come join this two-hour super session that will include interactive role playing and case study discussions to illustrate these thorny issues and emphasizes best practices.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Human Resources
Time
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
4/5/2016 2:00 PM
Flood, Tremors, Subsidence and Neighbors: Railroad Rights, Responsibilities & Remedies for Property Damage
With El Niño comes flooding, subsidence and other damage from adjacent landowners. This panel explores your rights and responsibilities related to property damage claims for earth changing activities that take place on adjacent property.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Legal
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
4/5/2016 2:00 PM
Best Tactics in the Statehouse on Truck Size & Weights
This session will serve as a railroader's guide to fending off TSW laws at the state level and forming effective coalitions. Today's trucking and shipping industries are highly focused on changing state laws to allow larger and heavier trucks. There are very effective ways to work with state legislators to keep these efforts at bay. Today's regional and short line railroads face significant challenges in meeting the regulatory environmental compliance requirements imposed at the local, State, and Federal levels. CABT and Advocates for Highway Safety will present an overview of the challenges that ASLRRA Members should be aware of that will enhance their impact on TSW. The following topics will be discussed:
- What works at the State level?
- Spill Building an Effective Coalition
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Legislative & Regulatory
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
4/5/2016 2:00 PM
Transload Opportunities Beyond Energy Markets
Transloading represents an opportunity for short lines to expand their customer base and market reach. With the reduction in energy-related transload opportunities due to reduced shale drilling activities, our speakers will explore transload opportunities outside of the energy markets.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Marketing
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
4/5/2016 2:00 PM
Oil Spill Response Plan
The FAST act requires federal rules for a spill response plan in the very near future for railroads moving certain quantities of crude oil. California has a state law requiring rules to be enacted for a response plan. Our speakers operate railroads within California and have been heavily involved in the California rule process. Do you move crude oil? Attend this session to understand the law's requirements.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Operations & Safety
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
4/5/2016 2:00 PM
PTC - Short Line Planning for Implementation Panel - Come hear PTC plans from Short Line RRs
PTC is really coming. Come and hear a panel discussion of Short Line Railroads that are planning for Implementation in 2016-17. Find out what you need to do to plan for PTC Implementation. Discover some of the challenges two Short line Railroads (Belt Railway of Chicago and Twin Cities and Wester RR) have encountered and how they plan to address them. Bill Everett of Rockwell Collins ARINC will provide a status on Hosted PTC Service and a review of their FRA PTC Planning and Implementation Guide under development specifically targeted to assist Short Line Railroads with PTC.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Technology
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
4/5/2016 2:00 PM
Riding the Rails to Environmental Compliance
Dean Krebs (Senior Environmental Engineer/Program Director, Antea Group), Philip Gilchrist (Consultant, Antea Group), Dave Buccolo (General Manager, Central California Traction Company and Region 4 Coordinator, TRANSCAER [Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response]), and Tim Larson (Senior Engineer, Antea Group) will discuss freight railroad environmental compliance issues, such as stormwater runoff, spill prevention plans, hazardous materials plans, facility response plans, etc.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Engineering & MOW
Time
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
4/5/2016 3:30 PM
Changes in Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
Do you issue a Financial Statement to your bank each year? Are you looking to sell your Company and need a complete set of financial statements? Then you need to be aware of all the changes that will affect those statements. Locomotive leases may now be classified as an asset and a liability. Do you have Goodwill from acquiring another short line railroad or car repair shop? You may be able to account for that differently. These topics and many others will be discussed to help you navigate through the changes in the accounting world so you can issue the right statements!
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Finance & Administration
Time
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
4/5/2016 3:30 PM
How Federal Preemption Can Assist to Foster and Manage New Growth Opportunities on Your Railroad
So you want to expand your rail capacity, build a transfer facility, add an intermodal yard? You anticipate the neighbors will resist and the town officials will impose unrealistic restrictions. This panel will explore the ins and outs of federal preemption and how it applies to growth opportunities.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Legal
Time
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
4/5/2016 3:30 PM
Meet & Greet: Getting to Know Your Congressional Leaders
Key congressional leaders and staff will discuss upcoming legislation that will have impacts on freight railroading. Railroading is the original regulated industry and an annual meeting near Washington, DC allows us to hear from and speak with key decision makers that will shape the future statutory and regulatory environment that governs day-to-day railroad operations.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Legislative & Regulatory
Time
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
4/5/2016 3:30 PM
Plastics Market Opportunities
This session will review the current trends and challenges in shipping plastics by rail. Panelists will also discuss the future outlook for plastics shipments by rail, in particular new opportunities that may develop with the return of significant plastic manufacturing volumes to new and expanded US production plants.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Marketing
Time
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
4/5/2016 3:30 PM
Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brakes (ECP) Panel Discussion
What is ECP? Will it affect my operations? What will my mechanical employees need to know? How will the FAST act affect ECP? What are the Class 1s doing with ECP? If you need an answer to any of the above questions, attend this session. A panel of experts has been assembly to provide knowledge and understanding of this emerging technology.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Mechanical
Time
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
4/5/2016 3:30 PM
OSHA Can Regulate Railroads
Certain parts of your operation are regulated by OSHA: railcar and locomotive shops and fall protection in certain locations just to name a few. FRA and OSHA have Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) as to who has authority where regulations overlap. OSHA is expected to issue new and more restrictive silica sand exposure regulations in 2016, which can affect your ballast dumping and locomotive sand filling procedures. If you have OSHA concerns or questions, this is the session for you.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Operations & Safety
Time
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
4/5/2016 3:30 PM
Are There Drones in Your Future?
Are you wondering if DRONE Technology will be able to help support your Railroad operation in the future? Elvis Higgins of CSX (head of CSX DRONE program) will review the Use Cases they are working on for CSX. These include: Arial Survey, PTC Asset V&V, Bridge Inspection, Track Inspection, Incident Response, Property Protection/Inspection and Arial Photography/Videography. Boe Svatek of Rockwell Collins ARINC (head of Rockwell Collins ARINC Rail Commercial DRONE program) will present an educational overview of DRONE technology and review our results of Test Flights of a CSX Montcrief Yard utilizing LiDAR sensor technology.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Technology
Time
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
4/5/2016 3:30 PM
Category
Networking Events
Time
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
4/5/2016 5:00 PM
We hope that all our railroad members will join us this evening as we salute our awardees, support our PAC, enjoy good fellowship, and take in some entertainment by our lobbying team. Because this event will benefit the ASLRRA-PAC, all attendees must have a signed Prior Authorization Form on file (one form per company; form must be signed by a senior company representative.) If you have questions or would like to ensure that your company has signed a PAC solicitation form so that you may attend this event, contact Ashley Bosch at ashley.bosch@cch-llc.com or 202-715-1247.
Category
Special Activities
Time
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4/5/2016 7:00 PM
Category
Special Activities
Time
6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
4/6/2016 6:00 AM
Drones!: Unmanned Aerial Systems Bridge Inspection Demonstration Projects
Tom Collins (President of Collins Engineers) and Barritt Lovelace (P.E. and Regional Manager of Collins Engineers) will discuss the results of a Minnesota DOT-funded demonstration project focusing on using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, or drones) for bridge inspections. The project involved personnel from the MNDOT Bridge, Research, Engineering, Aeronautics, and Counsel offices, in addition to representatives from Collins, Sensefly, and a variety of UAS experts. Tom will also be able to share his insight as a participant on the Governor-appointed Illinois Unmanned Aerial System Oversight Task Force.

Assuming hotel approval, the presentation will also include a demonstration of the eXom UAS, which is a sensor-rich drone designed for professionals.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Engineering & MOW
Time
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
4/6/2016 10:00 AM
The FAST Act (Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act) was introduced in October 2015. Many programs that are available to short line railroads have been reformed and strengthened, with streamlined project approval processes and a stong commitment to safety. Our speakers will review the changes that have been made so the all attendees will be up to date on the improvements to these programs.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Finance & Administration
Time
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
4/6/2016 10:00 AM
Mission Critical: Hire That Vet!
Hands-on Workshop on Recruiting Military Veterans
The Veterans Recruitment Committee invites you to hear the latest on what works, what's challenging and what's legal. Find out how to read a military resume and translate those military skillsets to railroad industry jobs. What new resources and social media are available for employers today? Learn about options for training and certification. Let's make it our mission to hire veterans.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Human Resources
Time
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
4/6/2016 10:00 AM
Hiring and Managing Independent Contractors: Does Today's Uberized Workforce Affect the Way You Use and Retain Contractors?
Panelists will review key issues to consider in employing and using independent contractors and other contingent workers on the railroad and how to avoid or manage problems through proper classification and risk transfer mechanisms.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Legal
Time
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
4/6/2016 10:00 AM
Update on 45G
In December Congress passed the "Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes" (PATH) Act. PATH extended the Section 45G railroad track maintenance tax credit for tax years 2015 and 2016 and included eligibility for new railroad miles created between 2005 and 2015. However, the PATH Act also changed the political landscape in a way that will create new challenges for future 45G extensions. Add to this the challenges of a presidential election year, and your attention should be once again focused on the prospect of 45G. Attend this session to learn about: - ASLRRA efforts to achieve and extension and permanency for 45G;
- Support of railroad customers for 45G;
- Eligibility of new railroads in the PATH Act
- Political opportunities and challenges for the extension or permanency of 45G.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Legislative & Regulatory
Time
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
4/6/2016 10:00 AM
Networking with Your Class I Short Line Marketing Representatives
Take this opportunity to engage in informal meetings with your Class I short line marketing reps. Marketing reps will be set up in individual rooms and available for questions and thoughts from their short line connections. Attendees should feel free to rotate among the rooms at their leisure - or choose one room and spend the entire hour networking in that location. It's up to you and how you can make the most of your Wednesday morning!
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Marketing
Time
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
4/6/2016 10:00 AM
Locomotive Maintenance Panel
Is locomotive reliability a problem for your railroad? Not sure if fuel saving technology is worth the investment? What types of new locomotive technology is available and does it work? These and many other questions can be answered for you by this "Locomotive Maintenance Panel." The panelists have many years of experience and have been faced with many unique situations in their careers such as purchasing newer locomotives, updating older equipment and adding new technology to their existing fleet.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Mechanical
Time
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
4/6/2016 10:00 AM
How will PTC Affect Training and Operations
Even with the recent extension of the PTC deadline, many short lines are being required to be PTC equipped. A host railroad may require a railroad operating on their PTC equipped track (tenant) to equip their locomotives and provide their own Back Office Server. Not only is the compliance and approval process complicated, but your employees will have to be trained on the maintenance and operation of the PTC equipment and processes. This session will provide insight as to process that will require training
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Operations & Safety
Time
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
4/6/2016 10:00 AM
Railroad Research and Development at TTCI
TTCI manages extensive track facilities, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, and a highly talented engineering and support staff that provides emerging technology solutions for the railway industry throughout North America and the world. TTCI will provide an update on recent research and testing work in the areas of track, rail vehicles and components, vehicle track interaction, unmanned aerial vehicles and positive train control.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Technology
Time
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
4/6/2016 10:00 AM
Category
Networking Event
Time
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4/6/2016 11:00 AM
This is the "add-on" registration option for individuals registered for the Annual Convention that wish to add the DER Training Session to their itinerary
Category
Training
Track
Special Training
Time
4/6/2016 1:00 PM - 4/7/2016 3:00 PM
4/6/2016 1:00 PM
Working on the Railroad with State DOTs - What You Should Know - A Review of State DOT Railroad Development and Design Standards
Kevin Keller (Vice President of HDR Engineering) will lead a discussion covering what short line railroads need to know about working with State DOTs, ranging from their development and design standards to the creation of their now Congressionally mandated State Freight Plans.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Engineering & MOW
Time
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
4/6/2016 1:15 PM
This session will cover the most current subjects in finance that will affect the short line industry. Topics include how recent accounting changes will affect railroads, a tax update reviewing changes made by the PATH Act, a leasing update: how it will affect track leases, and other hot topics of the day.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Finance & Administration
Time
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
4/6/2016 1:15 PM
Hot! Hot! Hot! Legal Topics
This is Legal Track's traditional breakout panel where the hottest legal topics on the regulatory and personal injury fronts are shared with Session participants to keep them up to date with the latest and greatest.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Legal
Time
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
4/6/2016 1:15 PM
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee Update
Learn about the various RSAC working groups and other regulatory activities. Get updates from the Track Safety Standards Working Group, Rail Integrity and Hazardous Materials.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Legislative & Regulatory
Time
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
4/6/2016 1:15 PM
Economic Outlook
Our speaker will review the economic performance of 2015, and address major shifts that occurred between forecasts and actual performance. The presenter will also provide a look forward into 2016, and beyond.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Marketing
Time
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
4/6/2016 1:15 PM
PTC Equipping Locomotives
A great deal of work needs to be accomplished by U.S. railroads to implement positive train control (PTC) systems. In the years to come, freight railroads must continue to safely deploy all necessary equipment and outfit the locomotive fleets with PTC technology. Representatives from Watco, Belt Railway Company and GATX mechanical departments will lead a discussion on the challenges of equipping their locomotive fleets with PTC. Our panel of experts will also field questions from those in attendance. If you are a manager in locomotive maintenance and your railroad must equip with PTC, this is an essential topic for you.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Mechanical
Time
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
4/6/2016 1:15 PM
Contractor Safety: Do You Really Know Who is On Your Property?
Many of us utilize contactors to perform a various array of task and functions on a daily basis. Some FRA regulations require a contractor employee receive minimal training, while others have no distinction between regular employees or contract employees. We perform background checks on our employees; do our contractors? What processes do you have in place to ensure all persons on your property meet your company standards? You don't know what you don't know! Attend this session to guarantee you know what you need to know.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Operations & Safety
Time
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
4/6/2016 1:15 PM
Iron Poor, Tired Blood Bridges - Is Strenghthening an Option?
If you are having trouble getting a bridge to rate at 286K, there are a number of options that should be considered short of the replacement option. This panel will investigate state-of-the-art steps and methods for analyzing and strengthening steel structures to repair rather than replace. Potential savings to the short line owner/operator can be in the millions of dollars.
Category
RailroadU Breakout Sessions
Track
Technology
Time
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
4/6/2016 1:15 PM
Category
Networking Events
Time
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
4/6/2016 6:30 PM
This option is for Exhibitors who have opted for the Comp Exhibitor registration and wish to also participate in the Closing Wednesday evening event.
Category
Networking Events
Time
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
4/6/2016 6:30 PM
Category
Committee Meetings
Time
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4/7/2016 8:00 AM
Registration Rates
Category  Rate            
Member Railroad  $539
Member Supplier  $639 
Additional Exhibitor   $539
Non-member Railroad  $739
Non-member Supplier   $839
Government  $539
Association Personnel  $539
Press (Additional)  $539
Online Registration will close on March 28. So register today!

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Cancellation Policy

ASLRRA must be notified by phone, (202) 628-4500 or email (aslrra@aslrra.org) of any cancellations or requests for refunds before midnight, March 7. Requests received before then will be refunded, less a $100 per individual/ $150 per couple processing fee. Replacements from the same company are accepted and encouraged. Because of commitments to vendors, there are no refunds provided after March 7, 2016, no exceptions. This policy applies to all online cancellations and transaction changes as well and supersedes any other credit messages produced by the automated registration system.  Thank you.