2018 Southwestern Rail Conference

Register for the Southwestern Rail Conference

The Premier Freight & Passenger Rail Conference in Texas & The Southwest

Planned rail presentations will spotlight

Short Line Railroads: Texas Short Lines – Network Critical

Moderator: Paul Treangen – President  – Texas Short Line & Regional Railroad Association / TNW Corporation https://www.tnwcorporation.com/ 

Panel to highlight an overview of Texas Short Lines, issues and challenges, legislative agenda for 2018/2019.

The Class 1 Rail Network in Texas: What They Do For The Lone Star State

  • BNSF Railway presentation
  • Union Pacific Railroad presentation

Passenger Corridor Development: I-35 and I-20: “TOPRS” and the DFW-Meridian Connection

Plans for extending passenger rail service from the Dallas-Fort Worth area through East Texas, Shreveport, cities in Louisiana to Meridian MS. An Amtrak connection to Atlanta and the East Coast.  http://www.etcog.org/512/Ark-La-Tex-Corridor-Council.htm

  • Judge Richard Anderson – Chair – I-20 Corridor Council

The Federal Railroad Administration has just released the Service Level Tier I Environmental Impact Statement for passenger rail from Oklahoma to South Texas in the I-35 corridor. The panel will discuss how service will benefit the cities along the route. The Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study (TOPRS) is now referred to by Texas Rail Advocates as “Empower 35”.

  • Bill Glavin, Bridgefarmer & Associates – Former TxDOT Rail Division Director
  • Michael Morris – Director of Transportation – North Central Texas Council of Governments (Invited)

Rail: the Rodney Dangerfield in State Transportation Plans?

Compared to other modes, do passenger rail and freight rail get “no respect” in Texas? Learn how we can make passenger and freight rail an integral part of a long-term transportation plan in the Texas legislature and with the Texas Transportation Commission / Department of Transportation.

Looking under every rock for little explored sources of funding for freight and passenger rail projects.

  • John Heffner – Noted D.C. Railroad Attorney – Strasburger & Price LLP

How rail projects can benefit Texas and the economy

  • Christopher Taylor, PE – Rail Projects Manager  – ARUP

The Dallas-Houston Bullet Train: A Progress Report from Texas Central Railway

This exciting and bold private venture will link North Texas and the Houston region with bullet trains capable of speeds up to 200 miles per hour,  linking Texas’ two largest population centers with just a 90 minute ride. Is 2018 the year that construction begins?

  • Tim Keith – President – Texas Central Railway

Urban / Suburban Rail On The Right Track

Two exciting DART projects: D2 downtown light rail and Cotton Belt regional rail corridor:

  • Tim McKay, Executive VP Growth / Regional Development – Dallas Area Rapid Transit

TEXRail’s Fort Worth to DFW Airport project. Target date for service December 2018:

  • Paul Ballard, President and CEO – Fort Worth Transportation Authority

Houston Metro – Panelist to be announced


Early Bird Registration prices are now in effect – See Below

$229.00 Includes Thursday evening Networking & Dinner and All-Day Friday Presentations – including continental breakfast and plated lunch / $89.00 Thursday evening Dinner only / $169 Friday All-Day Presentations / Choose the $229.00 full registration and save $29 on the Early Bird Rate. Early Bird Rate expire when capacity threshold is reached so book early!

The host hotel will again be the Magnolia on North Central Expressway in Dallas, across from SMU and the Bush Presidential Library

Registration is open:  click here

Click HERE to book your stay with Magnolia Hotel

There are sponsorship opportunities for the Southwestern Rail Conference. Contact Bernie Rodriguez at 469-569-0136 or bernie@texasrailadvocates.org for details

The 2018 conference is dedicated to the memory of Board Member Paul Mangelsdorf who passed away this year. Paul, the first elected President of Texas Rail Advocates and a founding member in 2000, was an ardent rail advocate who dedicated himself to improving transportation in Texas.



TRA is a 501(c)3 not for profit. Our continuing work of educating and informing the pubic and private sector on the benefits of freight and passenger rail come from conference registrations, sponsorships and financial contributions from private citizens and the business community.


Texas Short Line and Regional Railroad Association Annual Meeting

is held in conjunction with the Southwestern Rail Conference at the Magnolia Hotel. January 18, 2018

Contact TSLRRA for more information

Registration is open:  click here