Michelle Zolkos

Michelle Zolkos

Monday, 01 February 2016 01:00

Energy by Rail Conference

October 27 & 28, 2016 | Key Bridge Marriott | Arlington, VA

Railway Age builds on its successful Crude by Rail conferences with a revised and expanded format: ENERGY BY RAIL.

We'll examine the issues and trends surrounding the many types of liquid energy and ancillary products that move in railcars—crude oil, ethanol, LPG, LNG, frac sand, among others. Liquid energy, a growing source of railroad traffic as well as a driver of new freight car construction for carbuilders and component suppliers, is tightly regulated and a source of public concern over safety. The agenda will discuss this and more:

•  Traffic trends: compressed natural gas, crude by rail, ethanol
•  Can liquified natural gas move without an FRA waiver?
•  Is crude oil volatility being addressed?
•  The carbuilding market: hazmat tank cars and covered hoppers
•  Climate change, energy independence and the railroads
•  Politics, a Presidential election and regulation: Changes or status quo?
•  The U.S. and Canada: Harmony or disparity?

Join us, along with industry experts from all areas of the energy sector, at ENERGY BY RAIL, to expand your knowledge—as well as your business prospects.

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Sponsorship Sales
Jonathan Chalon,
Tel: (212) 620-7224
  Speaking Opportunities
Bill Vantuono,
Tel: (212) 620-7240

Registration & General Inquiries
Simmons-Boardman Conferences
(212) 620-7208 | (212) 620-7205

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 01:00

Next-Generation Train Control Conference

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 -The Future of CBTC & PTC- 
September 15 & 16, 2016  |  Key Bridge Marriott  |  Arlington, VA

The international conference on Next-Gen Train Control—now an annual event—will feature comprehensive project updates and in-depth technical sessions presented by leading rail experts from around the world.

Entering its third decade, this conference is the rail industry's single-most important gathering of communications and signaling professionals from around the globe.

Sponsorships and exhibits available at this event. Contact Jonathan Chalon at 212.620.7224, jchalon@sbpub.com.

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016 01:00

Light Rail - Conference Agenda

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

Tuesday, April 26
1:30 to 6:30

NJ Transit Light Rail Tour—Pre-Registration Required
NJ Transit RiverLINE Diesel Light Rail Line

If you are planning to depart from the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, please meet our group in the lobby for a 1:30pm departure.

Otherwise, meet the tour at Walter Rand Transportation Center for a 2:30pm departure of a train specially reserved for Railway Age.

Wednesday, April 27
8:00 Registration 5th Floor Salon K
Continental Breakfast | Sponsored by KINKISHARYO International, LLC

William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age


Keynote Address
Jeffrey D. Knueppel, P.E., General Manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority introduced by Bridget Hodgson, President, BRT Services


What is Light Rail Transit?
T. R. Hickey, Chief Development Officer, Virginia Railway Express

10:15 Coffee Break | Sponsored by Railroad Construction Company, Inc. (RCC)

Operational Challenges, Networks, Special Services
Moderated by Alfred E. Fazio, P.E., Contributing Editor, Railway Age, and Systems Engineer, BRT Services
• Strategies to Expedite Light Rail Operations: An Overview
Victoria L. Harris AICP, Long Range Rail Planner, SEPTA
• Express Operations on NJ Transit Hudson-Bergen Light Rail
Philip J. Maccioli, General Manager, AECOM
• Scheduling Zone Expresses on SEPTA’s Norristown High Speed Line
John F. Calnan, Manager, Suburban Service Planning and Schedules, SEPTA

12:00 Luncheon | Sponsorship Available
Guest Speaker: Vukan R. Vuchic, Ph.D., Emeritus UPS Professor of Transportation Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

LRT Deployment Methods
Moderated by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age
• Design-Build or DBOM: Contract or True Business Approach?
P. Takis Salpeas, Principal, Transit Project Strategies, LLC
• Ontario’s Kitchener-Waterloo ION LRT
Paul Bakas, P.E., General Engineering Consultant, Region of Waterloo Rapid Transit Project,
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff 


Energy Break | Sponsored by AECOM


Share-Use Operations
Moderated by T. R. Hickey, Chief Development Officer, Virginia Railway Express
• Sharing the Streets: The Philadelphia Story 
Steven R. D'Antonio, Manager, City Service Planning, SEPTA
Patricia Ellis, Transit Policy & Planning Advisor, Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Transportation & Utilities
• NJ Transit River LINE/Conrail Extended Temporal Separation
John Squitieri, Chief, Light Rail and Contract Services, NJ Transit
Tim Tierney, Vice President and Chief Engineer, Conrail
• Design for Extended Temporal Separation
Rob Troup, Vice President and Regional Director-Systems, HNTB
• Alternative Vehicle Technology for Shared-Use
Pallavi Lal P.E, Vice-President, Northern New Jersey Region, LTK Engineering Services

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.
• Special Considerations for Transit Track
Anthony Fazio, Manager of Track Design, SEPTA
Jonathan Schneider, P.E., SEPTA
• Vehicle Upgrades: From PCCs to LRVs
Barbara Schroeder, P.E., Systems & Infrastructure Business Development Director | North America, Alstom
Bryce Dudgeon, Deputy Director, Mechanical Engineering, Siemens Industry, Inc.
Andy Cable, Director of Quality, Brookville Equipment Corporation
• Signalization and its Impact on LRT Operations
Michael Monastero, Chief Engineer, Communications and Signals, SEPTA
Keith Holt, Deputy Chief Engineer, Communications and Signals, Amtrak
Michael McNamara, P.E., President, Gannett-Fleming Transit and Rail Systems
Harvey Glickenstein, P.E., WSP, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Allen Smith III, General Manager,Rail Operations, Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)

10:30 Coffee Break | Sponsorship Available

Safety and Operating Practices
Moderated by William C. Vantuono
Review of APTA Operating Practices
Christopher Wallgren, Vice President, Transportation Resource Associates, Inc.
• Track Standards for Low-Floor Light Rail Vehicles
Joe Gentilucci, Superintendent, Light Rail Maintenance, MBTA
Anthony Bohara, P.E., Senior Rail Project Manager, HDR Engineering
• Safety Certification
Nagal Shashidara, PhD, Director, System Safety & Quality Assurance Programs - Light Rail Operations, NJ Transit 

12:15 Adjourn
12:45 to 6:30

SEPTA Light Rail Transit Tour—Pre-Registration Required
SEPTA Subway-Surface, Media, Sharon Hill & Norristown Lines

Our group will depart from the lobby of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown at 12:45pm.

The approximate end-time will be 6:30pm with the last stop being Jefferson Station (Filbert & N. 11th St.)

  Agenda subject to change.

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016 01:00

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. 


• Jeffrey D. Knueppel, P.E., SEPTA
• T. R. Hickey, Virginia Railway Express
• Joe Gentilucci, MBTA
• John Squitieri, NJ Transit
• Tim Tierney, Conrail
• Keith Holt, Amtrak

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Railway Age & RT&S

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


Monday, 22 February 2016 01:00

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.

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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
Buenker Lindamood Hertwig Prendergast
United Parcel Service
Alaska Railroad | AREMA
Florida East Coast
New York MTA
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Pan Am Railways
Watco Companies, LLC
Cowen and Co.
Georgetown Rail Equipment Co.
Nahass Richard Flynn, NELS Simpson RSI Hamberger
Railroad Financial Corp.
NorthEast Logistics Systems
Railway Supply Institute, Inc.

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

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Venue | Hotel Block Ends May 7

Attendees of Rail Insights can stay at the Hotel Allegro Chicago for the group rate of $299/night (single/double). The block ends May 7, 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

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 01:00

Rail Insights | Sponsorships

Rail Insights 2016
Railway Age's Rail Insights Conference is your opportunity to participate in a dialogue with the industry's leadership on the critical challenges facing the rail industry.

Rail Insights will focus on the real-world challenges of meeting growing demand and providing superior service in a safe operating environment.

Rail Insights is the ONLY conference to offer this level of engagement and interaction between railway executives, attendees, and suppliers to the industry.
Sponsor or exhibit at this event and network face-to-face with industry decision-makers: the executives with purchasing power.
Platinum, Gold, and custom sponsorships are available. A limited number of exhibit spaces are also available.
For More Information
Jonathan Chalon
Tel: (212) 620-7224
Fax: (212) 633-1863
Conference Director
Michelle M. Zolkos
Tel: (212) 620-7208
Fax: (212) 633-1863

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Monday, 09 November 2015 01:00

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 | Sponsored by 
Northeast Logistics Systems, LLC
9:00 Opening Session: Current Challenges and Opportunities
Rob Knight, Chief Financial Officer, Union Pacific
Hosted by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age
10:00 Morning Coffee Break | Sponsored by Progress Rail Equipment Leasing
10:30 Rail, The Best Way For The Long Haul?
Ken Buenker, Vice President-Corporate Transportation Services, United Parcel Service 
Hosted by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age
11:00 The Regulatory Environment—Railroad Perspective
Ed Hamberger, President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Railroads
Hosted by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age
11:30 The Regulatory Environment—Supplier Perspective
Tom Simpson, President, Railway Supply Institute, Inc.
Hosted by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age
12:00 Luncheon | Sponsored by RJ Corman
Guest Speaker: Ray Chambers, President, Association of Independent Passenger Rail Operators
1:30 Building for Growth, Maintaining for Reliability and Safety
Brian A. Lindamood, P.E., Director-Capital Projects, Alaska Railroad; President, AREMA
Hosted by Railway Track & Structures Editor/Railway Age Engineering Editor Mischa Wanek-LIbman
2:00 Maintaining a State of Good Repair on a Multi-Billion-Dollar Asset
Thomas F. Prendergast, Chairman, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Hosted by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age

Adapting to a Demanding Logistics Environment
Richard Flynn, Principal, NorthEast Logistics Systems
Hosted by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age

3:15 Energy Break | Sponsored by Loram
3:45 Investor Perspectives and Opportunities
Gilbert H. Lamphere, private-equity rail investor, former Chairman—Illinois Central, and former Director at CN, CSX and Florida East Coast railways
Hosted by Cowen and Co. Managing Director and Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor Jason Seidl
4:15 Car and Locomotive Finance and Leasing Environment
Robert W. Hart, Vice President and Managing Director, Surface Transportation, Fifth Third Bank
Greg Schmid, Managing Director-Rail, Residco
Hosted by Railroad Financial Corporation Senior Vice President and Railway Age Financial Editor David Nahas
5:00 Cocktail Reception | Sponsored by RailWorks Corporation
Wednesday, June 8
8:00 Continental Breakfast | Sponsored by Edna Rice Executive Recruiters

Supplier Challenges and Opportunities
John Paljug, President and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Rail Automation
Jamie Miller, President, GE Transportation (invited)
Wiggie Shell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Georgetown Rail
Equipment Company
Mike Mitrovich, President, MPL Innovations, Inc.
Hosted by Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono


Locomotives: Lessons Learned
Doug Corbin, Assistant Vice President-Mechanical, Norfolk Southern
Richard Regan, Senior Vice President Mechanical, Genesee & Wyoming
Hosted by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age

10:30 Coffee Break | Sponsored by SIEMENS Industry, Inc.

Regional and Short Line Issues
James R. Hertwig, President and Chief Executive Officer, Florida East Coast
Rick Webb, Chief Executive Officer, Watco
David Fink, President, Pan Am Railways
Hosted by Railway Age Contributing Editor Roy Blanchard


Closing Session
Hosted by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age

12:30 Adjourn
  Agenda subject to change.

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September 15 & 16, 2016 |  Key Bridge Marriott Hotel | Arlington, VA
Conference Agenda
Thursday, September 15
Continental Breakfast | Sponsorship Available 
9:00   Keynote Address
Andy Byford, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Transit Commission (invited)


CBTC and PTC: How Much Convergence?

10:15   Modeling, CBTC vs. PTC

Coffee Break | Sponsorship Available

11:00   PTC Testing and Implementation Issues
Dave Blackmore, Program Manager, Federal Railroad Administration (invited)
CBTC: PATH Testing and Implementation
David Song, Parsons
12:00   Luncheon | Sponsorship Available
Thomas F. Prendergast, Chairman, New York MTA
1:30   Standards: CENELEC, AREMA, MIL, IEEE
2:30   Chicago Interoperability Challenges
Bruce Marcheschi, Chief Engineering Officer, Metra

3:00   Energy Break | Sponsorship Available

Project Updates
NYCT Queens Boulevard Line
Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North
Larry Light, Director Positive Train Control, SYSTRA
Banedanmark (Denmark)

5:00   Cocktail Reception
Friday, September 16
8:00   Continental Breakfast | Sponsored by SIEMENS
9:00   Supplier Roundtable
Moderated by Nick LaRocco, Vice President, Parsons
John Paljug, President and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Rail Automation
Additional invited participants: Alstom Transport, Hitachi Rail, Thales, Bombardier and Wabtec Railway Electronics

10:00   Coffee Break | Sponsorship Available
10:15   CBTC Backup Systems
Dr. Alan Rumsey, Principal, Rumsey Transit Systems Consulting
Next-Generation Track Circuits

12:00   Adjourn
    Program subject to change/augmentation