The conference (CM 2015) will be hosted by Transportation Technology Center, Inc., a subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads (AAR). The theme of the conference is A Science-Based Approach to Improved Wheel/Rail Interaction.
The 2015 Railroad Environmental Conference will be held 27-28 October on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. RREC-2015 will feature presentations by railroaders, consulting engineers, academics and others involved in all aspects of railroad environmental topics. Presentation topics will include: Compliance; Energy, Emissions & Air Quality; Environmental Analysis; Environmental Management Systems; Environmental Response & Emergency Planning; Noise & Vibration; Passenger Rail & Transit Environmental Topics; Remediation; Risk & Liability Management; Stormwater & Wastewater; and Sustainability.
All individuals interested in the topics to be presented are encouraged to attend. We expect representatives from all of the Class 1 railroads, as well as short line, passenger, commuter, and rail transit organizations to be in attendance. In addition, most of the major environmental engineering consulting firms serving the railroad industry will be represented. Environmental researchers from academia and representatives from environmental regulatory agencies are also expected.
The conference is co-sponsored by The Association of American Railroads (AAR), the American Railway Engineering & Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA), the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRA), the American Railway Development Association (ARDA), and the Railway Association of Canada (RAC).
AREMA Committee 13 and the AAR Environmental Affairs Committee are expected to hold their fall meeting in conjunction with the conference.
A one day mini-conference on converting the "mountain" of inspection data collected by railway systems into effective maintenance planning information with a focus on railway needs and practical applications.