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Wednesday, 11 November 2015 15:44

Light Rail - Conference Agenda

April 27 & 28, 2016  |Philadelphia Marriott Downtown| Philadelphia, PA
Conference Agenda

Wednesday, April 27
8:00 Registration
Continental Breakfast | Sponsorship Available

Bridget Hodgson, President, BRT Services


Keynote Address
Jeffrey D. Knueppel, P.E., General Manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority


What is LRT? Modal Definitions—Light Rail, Interurban, Streetcar
Thomas R. Hickey, Chief Development Officer, Virginia Railway Express

10:15 Coffee Break | Sponsorship Available

Operational Challenges, Networks, Special Services
Moderated by Alfred E. Fazio, P.E., Contributing Editor, Railway Age
• San Diego Trolley Downtown Loop and North Coast Extension Schedule Integration
Wayne Terry, Chief Operating Officer, San Diego Trolley (invited)
• Express Operations on NJ Transit Hudson-Bergen Light Rail
Philip J. Maccioli, Director, Rail Operations, AECOM
• Calgary Transit C Train Expansion
• Scheduling Zone Expresses on SEPTA’s Norristown High Speed Line

12:00 Luncheon | Sponsorship Available
Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim, Executive Director, NJ Transit (invited)

LRT Deployment Methods
Moderated by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age
• Design-Build and DBOM: Contract or True Business Approach?
• Ottawa’s Confederation Line DBOM
Joe North, Vice President Rail Operations, STV
• Ontario’s Kitchener-Waterloo ION LRT
Paul Bakas, P.E., General Engineering Consultant, Region of Waterloo Rapid Transit Project, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff 


Energy Break | Sponsorship Available


Share-Use Operations
Moderated by Alfred E. Fazio, P.E.
• Commissioning and Safety Certification
Alfred E. Fazio, P.E.
• NJ Transit River LINE/Conrail Extended Temporal Separation
John Squitieri, Chief, Light Rail and Contract Services, NJ Transit (invited)
Tim Tierney, Vice President and Chief Engineer, Conrail (invited)
• Design for Advanced Temporal Separation
Rob Troup, Deputy General Manager-Operations, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Light Rail and Rapid Transit Integration

5:00 Cocktail Reception | Sponsorship Available
Thursday, April 28
8:00 Continental Breakfast | Sponsorship Available

Track and Vehicle Engineering, Signalization, Maintenance
Moderated by Alfred E. Fazio, P.E.
• Signalization and its Impact on LRT Operations (CBTC, ATC, ABS, Line-of-Sight)
Michael Monastero, Chief Engineer, Communications and Signals, SEPTA
• Track Standards for Low-Floor LRVs
Kenneth Briggs, Senior Rail Project Manager, HDR Engineering (invited)
• Vehicle Upgrades: From PCCs to LRVs

10:30 Coffee Break | Sponsorship Available

• Alternative Vehicle Technology for FRA-Regulated Operations
Review of APTA Operating Practices
Chris Wahlgren, Transportation Resource Associates (confirmed); and Charles Joseph, Senior Program Manager-Rail Technology, APTA (invited)


Transit Tour
SEPTA Media Sharon Hill and Norristown High Speed Lines

  Agenda subject to change.

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015 00:00

Light Rail, presented by Railway Age and RT&S

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April 27 & 28, 2016  |  Philadelphia Marriott Downtown  |  Philadelphia, PA
 -Planning, Engineering and Operations- 

Unlike rapid transit, which is highly standardized in design and operating practices, light rail employs a full range of technologies. There are significant differences in LRV configuration and capabilities. Operating practices are spread over a wide spectrum. Thoughtful, expert service planning and applications engineering is essential. "Out of the box" solutions are inadequate.

Developed for transportation professionals in planning, operations, civil engineering, signaling and vehicle engineering as well as students at the undergraduate and graduate level, the Planning, Engineering and Operating Light Rail conference will offer a comprehensive review of the specialized technical and operational issues associated with light and interurban railways. It will also examine the relationship between transportation and economic development in a modern urban environment.



• Defining Light Rail: Modal Categories
• The Variety of Vehicles and Vehicle Integration
• Alternative Vehicle Technologies and Shared Use
• Track Engineering and Maintenance of Way
• Signaling and Train Control
• Traction Power
• System Safety and Safety Certification
• LRT Operations: Standard and Expedited
• APTA LRT Standards Development
• Training, Development, and Labor Relations


The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown has reserved a block of rooms for attendees of Light Rail at $224/night. Reservations can be made online. Rate valid until April 5, 2016.

Book your room at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

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Railway Age & RT&S

Simmons-Boardman Conferences | Tel. 212.620.7208 / 212.620.7205 | conferences@sbpub.com

Wednesday, 04 November 2015 00:00

Rail Insights, presented by Railway Age

Rail Insights 2016
June 7 & 8, 2016  |  Allegro Chicago Hotel  |  Chicago, IL

Explore the Challenges, Issues, and Trends Affecting the North American Rail Market

Don't Miss Railway Age's Second Annual RAIL INSIGHTS: Interactive, probing dialogue among top-level industry executives, Railway Age’s experienced, knowledgeable editors, and attendees. Your unique opportunity to engage, interact, and collaborate on your ideas and insights with the industry’s leadership on key strategic challenges, issues and trends affecting business growth, capital investment, technology, regulation, service quality and safety in the North American Rail Market.

Rob Knight UP  


Robert M. Knight, Jr.
Chief Financial Officer
Union Pacific Corporation

In 2014, Knight was ranked No. 2 on the Wall Street Journal’s list of the Top Performing CFO’s in the S&P 500. He was named as No. 1 CFO in the Airfreight and Surface Transportation sector in the Institutional Investor 2014 and 2015 rankings. Knight is a member of the Grupo Ferroviario Mexicano and TTX Company boards of directors.

Knight was named chief financial officer of UP in February 2004. In his position, he is responsible for all financial activities of both the corporation and Union Pacific Railroad.


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confirmed speakers also include
Hamberger Simpson RSI Richard Flynn, NELS Jason Seidl
Railway Supply Institute, Inc.
NorthEast Logistics Systems
Cowen and Co.
Nahass ViewAgenda Register  
Railroad Financial Corp.

Sponsorships and Exhibits Available
Sponsorships and exhibits are available for this executive-level event. Contact Jon Chalon (212) 620-7224, jchalon@sbpub.com.

Hotel Block | Venue
Attendees of Rail Insights can stay at the Hotel Allegro Chicago for the group rate of $299/night (single/double). The block ends May 2, 2016.

Make your reservations now to secure the group rate: call 1-800-KIMPTON and mention Railway Age Rail Insights or book online.

Online booking is available for hotel stays on June 6, 7, and 8. For room reservations outside of these dates, please call 1-800-KIMPTON and speak with a booking agent. The group rate is available 3 days before and 3 days after the event, based on availability. If you have any issues with booking, please send your name, contact info, and reservation dates to conferences@sbpub.com.

Hotel Allegro | 171 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601 | www.allegrochicago.com



Railway Supply Institute, Inc. 

Monday, 09 November 2015 00:00

Rail Insights - Conference Agenda

Rail Insights 2016
June 7 & 8, 2016  |  Allegro Chicago Hotel  |  Chicago, IL
Conference Agenda

Tuesday, June 7
8:00 Registration
Continental Breakfast | Sponsorship Available
9:00 Opening Session: Current Challenges and Opportunities
Union Pacific Chief Financial Officer Rob Knight (confirmed)
Hosted by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age
10:00 Morning Coffee Break | Sponsorship Available
10:15 Growth Through Public-Private Partnerships
Norfolk Southern Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Squires (invited)
Hosted by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age
11:00 The Regulatory Environment—Railroad Perspective
Association of American Railroads President and Chief Executive Officer Ed Hamberger (confirmed)
Hosted by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age
11:30 The Regulatory Environment—Supplier Perspective
Railway Supply Institute, Inc. President Tom Simpson (confirmed)
Hosted by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age
12:00 Luncheon | Sponsorship Available
Luncheon Address
Ray Chambers, Founder, Chambers, Conlon and Hartwell (confirmed)
1:30 Building for Growth, Maintaining for Reliability and Safety
Hosted by Mischa Wanek-Libman, Engineering Editor, Railway Age & Editor, RT&S

Adapting to a Demanding Logistics Environment
Richard Flynn, Principal, NorthEast Logistics Systems (confirmed); and CSX Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Cindy M. Sanborn (invited)
Hosted by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age

3:15 Energy Break | Sponsorship Available
3:30 The View from Wall Street
Hosted by Jason Seidl, Managing Director, Cowen & Co. and Railway Age Contributing Editor
4:00 Car and Locomotive Finance and Leasing Environment
Hosted by David Nahass, Senior Vice President, Railroad Financial Corporation, Contributing Editor, Railway Age
5:00 Cocktail Reception | Sponsorship Available
Wednesday, June 8
8:00 Continental Breakfast | Sponsorship Available
9:00 Supplier Challenges and Opportunities
Billy Ainsworth, President, Progress Rail/EMD, a Caterpillar Company (invited)
John Paljug, President and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Rail Automation (invited)
Bill Furman, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Greenbrier Companies (invited) 
Jamie Miller, President, GE Transportation (invited)
Lisa Stabler, President, TTCI (invited)
Hosted by Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono

Regional and Short Line Issues
Florida East Coast President and CEO James R. Hertwig (confirmed)
Hosted by Railway Age Contributing Editor Roy Blanchard

11:00 Break | Sponsorship Available

Locomotives: Lessons Learned
Don Graab, Vice President Mechanical, Norfolk Southern (confirmed); Richard Regan, Senior Vice President Mechanical, Genesee & Wyoming (confirmed)
Hosted by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age


Closing Session
Canadian Pacific CEO E. Hunter Harrison (invited); BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose (invited), Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman (invited)
Hosted by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age

12:30 Adjourn
  Agenda subject to change.

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