Tom Simpson

Tom Simpson

Railway Supply Institute (RSI) President Tom Simpson has been with RSI since 1988. Prior to joining RSI, Simpson worked at the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. He has also served as the president of operation Lifesaver’s board of directors. Simpson’s areas of responsibility include RSI Committees on Quality Assurance, Standard Coupler Manufacturers, State Taxation, Tank Cars, Equipment Leasing, Maintenance-of-Way, and Train Control Technologies. Simpson oversees all RSI legislative activities, with particular emphasis on freight railroads, freight cars, hazardous materials, truck sizes and weights, taxes and railroad safety legislation. He also serves as Executive Director of the American Railway Car Institute.

Each year, hundreds of executives, technical experts, engineers and safety officers from across the railway supplier universe engage in an activity that, while largely unheralded, is enormously important to our industry and the North American economy.

Late last year, the Federal Railroad Administration announced that safety fines in 2016 were the highest in agency’s 50-year history, surpassing the previous record-breaking year in 2015 and suggesting the ever-increasing safety successes enjoyed by our industry could be tied to such punitive measures.

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