Southwestern Rail Conference January 12-13 2017 – Dallas




The 13th Annual Southwestern Rail Conference –

Thursday evening January 12th and Friday, January 13th, 2017 in Dallas




Green Board is a railroad term that indicates the end of a temporary restriction  and after the last car of a train has passed, the green signal track speed may again be governed by timetable instructions and signal rules. In other words… lets get rolling!

A very special thank you to our sponsors for making the Southwestern Rail Conference possible:



Union Pacific



Thursday evening, January 12, 2017


               Anne Canby / OneRail Coalition /  Director

Rail Safety in the United States 2016 –  There are a host of initiatives underway that will make rail even safer going forward. Increasing market share for rail by getting more goods and people onto trains would save lives and reduce injuries, having a significant impact on transportation safety.


Ms. Canby currently serves as the Director of the OneRail Coalition, a project of the Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP). Prior to forming OneRail, Ms Canby led the STPP from 2003-2010. She has served as the Secretary/Commissioner of the Delaware and New Jersey transportation departments, as the Treasurer of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U. S. Department of Transportation.

She currently serves on the board of the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University and the Advisory Board for the University of Delaware’s Railroad Engineering program. She is a member of the Women’s Transportation Seminar. Ms. Canby has also served as a member of the executive committee of both the Transportation Research Board and AASHTO. She is recognized nationally as a progressive leader in the transportation field for transforming a traditional highway agency into a multimodal mobility provider.

Her leadership has been recognized by the American Public Transportation Association, the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, the DE Chapter of the American Planning Association, the Council of Monitory Transportation Officials, and the Women’s Transportation Seminar. Ms. Canby received the Carey Distinguished Service Award for outstanding leadership and service to transportation research and to the Transportation Research Board.


Friday, January 12, 2017


Short Line Railroad Panel – What Short Lines need to grow and prosper


              Paul Treangen  / CEO  /  TNW Corporation -Short Line Railroad panel moderator

Paul is responsible for the strategic direction, operations, corporate culture, and fiscal performance of TNW Corporation; an industry leader in rail transportation logistics and shortline railroad operations. He also serves as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.

Paul has 30 years of experience in railroads; acquisition ventures; and senior executive leadership. Prior to joining TNW, in 2014, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Colo Railroad Builders. He has also served as President of Alliant Energy Transportation, Director of Generation, and Director of Electric and Gas Delivery, for Alliant Energy Corporation, a NYSE company.

Paul is a graduate of the University of Iowa with Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Business Arts degrees. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of numerous professional organizations, including Colo Railroad Builders, Iowa Interstate Railway; Heartland Corporation; Iowa Northern Railway; Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway; and the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association.

              Jeff Van Schaick / AVP Government Affairs / Genesee & Wyoming

Jeff Van Schaick, AVP Government Affairs for Genesee & Wyoming is responsible for maintaining relationships with governmental agencies and key individuals, and representing the company’s interests in legislative matters on the state and local level.

Prior to that, Van Schaick was AVP of Government Affairs for Watco Companies setting and implementing their legislative agenda on the state and Federal levels. Van Schaick also worked at Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell L.L.C. in Washington, D.C., helping the firm with rail related issues on Capitol Hill. Van Schaick is a proud Battling Bishop having graduated from The Ohio Wesleyan University.


              Ken Lucht / Director of Government Relations / Watco Companies

Ken Lucht currently serves as Director of Government Relations for Watco Companies, L.L.C., and is based in Madison, WI.  Ken works cooperatively with federal, state & local units of government regarding public projects, capital planning and state legislative relations throughout the Watco system.

Ken received his Bachelor’s of Science Undergraduate Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1996.  Ken went on to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received a Master’s of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning / Public Policy in 1999.  Ken has minor degrees in Real Estate Finance.


              David Arganbright / Vice President Government Affairs / OmniTrax 

Dave is a career railroad professional with 30 years of multi-disciplinary experience.  He is currently responsible for the creation of public-private partnerships in addition to representing the company on political and legislative matters.

Dave served in a similar capacity at RailAmerica.   He also held key roles in operations, strategic planning and business development at Amtrak and previous to that spent 9 years with Conrail in marketing and corporate strategy.

Dave holds an undergraduate degree in Business from Indiana University, and an MBA degree from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.  He also holds a professional certification (CTL) from the American Society of Transportation and Logistics.


Emerging Passenger Rail Corridors Panel – Each of these projects is unique to the 21st Century of passenger rail service

              Chris Lippincott / Executive Director / Texas Rail Advocates – panel moderator

              Tim Keith / President / Texas Central Partners – building the Dallas-Houston bullet train


Tim B. Keith serves as President of Texas Central Partners (TCP), a private, Texas-based company that is developing a high-speed passenger railway that will connect Dallas and Houston. As a seasoned executive and investor with nearly 25 years of financial and operational experience in large real estate and infrastructure projects, Mr. Keith has developed key relationships and perspectives critical to TCP’s success.

Mr. Keith previously co-founded and served as chief investment officer of HKS Capital Advisors, a boutique investment advisory firm founded in 2011. HKS Capital Advisors provides investment advisory services and fund management expertise to high net worth investors with a focus on private enterprise transactions.

Prior to HKS Capital Advisors, Mr. Keith was formerly the Global Chief Executive Officer of RREEF/Deutsche Bank Infrastructure Investments, where he managed the worldwide operations of the firm’s infrastructure funds management businesses. He had a 10-year career with RREEF/Deutsche Bank, a New York-based global alternative asset management firm, where he held various senior executive positions and served on the firm’s Global Executive Committee. He was a partner of RREEF America LLC, prior to its acquisition by Deutsche Bank and served as chief executive officer of Cabot Industrial Trust after he led its privatization on behalf of RREEF clients.

Previous to RREEF, Mr. Keith served as an executive at Hunt Realty Investments where he helped found, grow, and sell Meridian Industrial Trust. Mr. Keith currently serves as a member of the Westmont College board of trustees, and was formerly chairman of Maher Terminals, USA board of directors and a member of Maher Terminals’ Canada board of directors. He also served on the board of Spark Infrastructure in Australia. Mr. Keith graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and business administration from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He and his wife Susan reside in Dallas and have two children.


              Rusty Roberts / Vice President Government Affairs / Brightline – Florida’s high speed train from Miami to Orlando


As Vice President of Government Affairs, Rusty Roberts is responsible for engaging stakeholders involved with All Aboard Florida, including local, state and federal agencies. Mr. Roberts will oversee the company’s interaction with executive and legislative branches, as well as community leaders throughout the state of Florida. Mr. Roberts brings more than 30 years of legislative and political management experience.

He has served as Chief of Staff for Congressman John L. Mica, who also chaired the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Miami. He began his congressional service as the Director of U.S. Senator Paula Hawkins’ Miami office. Mr. Roberts was Managing Direct
or of the Transportation and Infrastructure Practice at BGR Government Affairs, a top Washington, D.C. consulting firm, from 2011 to 2013, where he represented such high-profile clients as the Association of American Railroads, JetBlue Airways, Toyota and the Outdoor Advertising Association.

Mr. Roberts’ private sector experience includes serving as the federal lobbyist for Miami-Dade County; Public Affairs Director for Capital Bank; and Executive Director of Miami Baseball, Inc. Mr. Roberts attended the University of South Florida and University of Maryland University College.


Union Pacific Railroad

              Dan Harbeke / Director Public Affairs / Union Pacific Railroad – “Union Pacific – Serving the Freight Needs of a Growing Economy”

CLICK LINK FOR VIDEO PRESENTATION–UFI4 (a portion of the video is not viewable due to technicial issues)

Dan Harbeke serves as Director Public Affairs for Union Pacific Railroad and works across north, west, and central Texas. Mr. Harbeke has direct responsibility for community relations, government affairs, and philanthropic giving. He joined Union Pacific Railroad in 2004.   Mr. Harbeke began his career in Omaha, Nebraska and has served in several capacities since joining the organization, including time in Marketing and Sales managing over 300 small-to-medium size finished steel products customers throughout North America, Mexico, and Canada, managing the West Coast operations and forecasting process for the General Motors book of business, and later moving into Corporate Relations and building out the company’s public affairs presence in Utah, Idaho, and Montana.

Active in the community, he has served on the Young Professionals Council Board of Directors through the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, is past Chairman of the Utah Foundation Board of Trustees, and has served on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Utah and the Natural History Museum of Utah. Mr. Harbeke holds a degree in Marketing and Political Science from Creighton University and lives in Fort Worth, Texas where he and his wife Jill have one daughter.

One of America’s iconic companies, today Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation, linking 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail and providing freight solutions and logistics expertise to the global supply chain. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America’s premier rail franchise.




              Belinda Pate / Greater DFW Chapter / WTS Women in Transportation 


Founded in 1977, WTS is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women. Boasting more than 6,500 members–both women and men–WTS is helping women find opportunity and recognition in the transportation industry. Through its professional activities, networking opportunities, and unparalleled access to industry and government leaders, WTS is turning the glass ceiling into a career portal.

WTS stands for Women’s Transportation Seminar, which was how it was named when founded in 1977 when women couldn’t get subsidized for association memberships unless they were educational. But times have changed, and now joining an association is an opportunity women and men can take advantage of to work together and benefit each other in their careers.

Since 1989 the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of WTS provides opportunities for networking, professional development, and leadership for women in all fields of transportation.

Belinda Pate is the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter President. She serves as the Marketing/Business Development Director for Lina T. Ramey and Associates, Inc. (LTRA), a local M/D/WBE civil engineering, survey, subsurface utility engineering, and construction management firm whose focus is purely on transportation. She is responsible for coordination and production of responses to SOQs, website, social media, brochures, trade shows and conferences, presentations, business development, recruiting, and a variety of other tasks.


              Peter Espy / Rail Division Director / Texas Department of Transportation Mr. Espy joined as the Rail Division Director in October, 2016 and involved with planning for moving both people and goods in Texas.


Espy is a seasoned transportation professional with more than 40 years of experience in transit and rail passenger/freight, planning, maintenance and operations.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bucknell University in 1973, he entered the Management Trainee Program at Amtrak and began his career as a field representative in 1974. While at Amtrak, Espy held various management positons leading numerous technical and economic studies, ultimately serving as superintendent of Crew Management Services, responsible for the day-to-day staffing of all Amtrak trains in the Northeast Corridor.

In 1988, he joined LTK Engineering Services, serving as manager for multiple railroad and urban transport operations/engineering projects, including the Amtrak Acela high-speed trainset program. In 1997, he served as general manager and chief executive officer for a privatized 1,000-mile freight railroad in northern Chile. In 2004, he served as general manager of PeruRail, a 600-mile freight and passenger railroad in southern Peru. While at PeruRail, he was responsible for all operations and service areas of the railroad, including government and community relations.

In 2008, he joined TranSystems Corporation as vice president responsible for overseeing transit and passenger rail business developments along the West Coast. After independent consulting work for a variety of clients, including the World Bank, in 2012, he moved to Santiago, Chile, working on business developments and projects for WorleyParsons in the transit and rail sector. Work with WorleyParsons included participation in an intermodal maritime-railroad study for the port operator in San Antonio, Chile. Prior to joining TxDOT,  he served as principal consultant for SNC-Lavalin (formerly Interfleet North America), participating in a USTDA-financed study of the locomotive fleet in Mexico.


1:30pm – BNSF Railway 

The BNSF presentation video was not for public distribution.

              Todd Graetz / Director TS-Telecomm, Technology Services / BNSF Railway – how drones are now playing an important role in railway operations in both track safety and security 

Mr. Graetz is The Director for Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway’s safety-focused use of unmanned aerial systems and advanced analytics. BNSF is a critical link that connects consumers with the global marketplace. For more than 160 years, BNSF has played a vital role in building and sustaining this nation’s economy, and BNSF believes that UAS combined with powerful analytics and predictive capabilities can help support safe and efficient railway operations.

Mr. Graetz and his team have partnered with The FAA through the FAA’s Pathfinder Program. BNSF has the privilege of assisting the FAA in developing beyond line of sight (BLOS) capabilities and integration of BLOS automated aircraft into The NAS. Recently, BNSF began regular BVLOS supplemental track evaluation flights in support of railway safety and The FAA Pathfinder Program.

Previous to Mr. Graetz’s employment at BNSF, he spent 15 years as an entrepreneur in various managerial and executive roles focused on voice, video and data transmission as well as advanced technology research. Along with several UAS certifications, Todd is also an active general aviation pilot.


Transit Association Panel – Connecting Texas by steel and rubber wheels

              Meredith Greene, AICP / Executive Director / Texas Transit Association – transit panel moderator

Ms. Greene has over fifteen years’ experience in transportation and land use planning at regional, corridor, and project-specific levels. In September of 2015, she joined the Texas Transit Association as their Executive Director. Prior to joining TTA, Ms. Greene was a member of the Transit Mobility Team with Texas A&M Transportation Institute, where she conducted research on performance measurement for mobility management programs, regional coordination efforts, and transit providers alike.  Her research looked at non-traditional performance measures for transit and multi-modal projects, including the use of dashboards and other communication tools for agencies that provide public transportation.  Since publishing the research, Ms. Greene has delivered multiple trainings for transportation practioners in the development of performance measures.

Ms. Greene dedicated several years working for Capital Metropolitan Transit Authority (Capital Metro) as a Principal Planner, specializing in both strategic and long-range transit planning for Austin and the surrounding cities and counties in the Capital Area. She was also Capital Metro’s liaison to the Capital Area Regional Transit Coordination Committee (RTCC) in Central Texas, which involved coordinating transit with other agencies in the surrounding 10-county area, including TxDOT as well as rural transit providers, medical transportation, health and human service agencies, and private providers.  Lastly, she worked for the Texas Department of Transportation, compiling and analyzing transportation data for the statewide highway inventory project, and analyzing legislation for the department of transportation.  Ms. Greene currently works out of McKinney, Texas, and travels frequently around Texas supporting TTA.


              Chad Edwards / Dallas Area Rapid Transit – DART has two big projects ahead: D2: a second downtown rail line and the Cotton Belt crosstown rail project


Chad Edwards has served as the Assistant Vice President of Capital Planning for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) since April 2014. His responsibilities include oversight of several areas including corridor development, feasibility assessments, transit system planning and travel demand modeling. Chad also manages the agency’s General Planning Consultant (GPC) contract where outside consulting services are utilized to support transit corridor, system, environmental, and transit-oriented/economic development planning work.

Prior to DART, Chad worked as a transportation planner for the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

He is a member of the American Planning Association and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography. He later went on to earn a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from The University of Texas at Arlington.


              Kathy Ingle / Chair / Transit Coalition of North Texas – Educating decision makers and the public on the benefits of transit in North Texas


Kathy Ingle is a highly successful serial entrepreneur and civic leader.  She is president of Ingle Rentals, a commercial real-estate company based in Dallas, and also manages investments for two limited partnerships.

Prior to her current business endeavors, Kathy co-founded and served as vice president of sales and management for Shake and Shingle Supply, Inc., a roofing supply company successfully sold to a major national competitor in 2011.  She was also an officer of Enertex Investments, a gas and oil exploration company;  co-owner and vice president of Carrollton Properties, a commercial construction firm; and owner and president of two general-contracting firms, Patina Properties, Inc. and Cornerstone Construction, Inc.  Kathy is a former director of Fidelity Bank (now Veratex Bank) and Raze Technologies, Inc.  Her prior professional experience also includes sales positions with Geigy Pharmaceuticals and as a teacher for two cooperative schools.

Kathy has a long and rich history of civic leadership in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as well as statewide.  In particular, she is widely acknowledged and sought out for her expertise on transportation issues.  Kathy is the LBJ Corridor Champion (named “Texas Road Hand of the Year” by the Texas Transportation Institute) and chair of the Transit Coalition of North Texas, a transit advocacy group. She was formerly board chair of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART,) a director of the Texas Turnpike Coalition, representative to the Regional Transportation Coalition and a member of the transportation strategic planning task force of the Council of Governments.  In 2016 the Texas Transportation Association recognized Kathy for her work on hosting the 2015 national Rail-Volution Conference held in Dallas.

Kathy has also been deeply involved in planning and zoning issues, chairing the Farmers Branch Planning & Zoning Commission and serving on that city’s Zoning Board of Adjustments and Building Code Board of Appeals.  She has also served as a trustee of the Greenhill School, director and chair of Metrocrest Youth & Family Counseling Services, and director of the Trinity Commons Foundation and the Lutheran Medical Systems Foundation.  In addition to chairing the transit coalition, she is currently Chair of The Dallas 40, a public affairs/interest group which meets monthly on topics of importance and interest to the region.

Kathy earned a Masters in Natural Science from Oklahoma State University, and a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry (double major, cum laude) from Southern Nazarene University.


              Javier A. Arguello / Director Long Range Planning / Capitol Metro 


Mr. Javier Argüello was born in Mexico City where in 1991 he obtained a“Title of Architect” from the Universidad Iberoamericana. In 1995 he was admitted to the School of Architecture and the School of Planning of the University of Southern Californian where he obtained a Masters in Architecture and a Masters in Planning both degrees with emphasis in public transportation.

As a Director of Long Range Planning for Capital Metro, Mr. Argüello offers 30 years of experience in transportation planning, facilities site planning, facilities design, implementation and construction management with public agencies and in the private sector. His is currently involved in the development of Project Connect which is the “Vision for Central Texas Transportation Plan”. His expertise includes knowledge of all stages of planning, design development and implementation of transit projects including participation in development of the draft and final Environmental Impact Statements. He has developed planning strategies, conceptual facility layout programming and preliminary engineering and final design for light rail stations, commuter rail stations, bus transit centers, multimodal terminal stations and maintenance facilities.

Mr. Argüello’s transit experience in projects and programs development have included City of El Paso TX – SunMetro, Miami-Dade Transit, FL. Central Broward County Transit Authority – Forth Lauderdale FL, Capital Metropolitan Transit Authority CMTA Austin TX, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART); Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (LACMTA); VIA MetropolitanTransit – San Antonio TX, Honolulu, Hawaii; Puerto Rico Tren Urbano; México City Metro. In addition, he has worked on the design development for Terminal D at DFW International Airport.


Future of Rail 2050


              Steve Clark / Principal / ARUP – Steve rounds out our day of rail with a presentation titled “Future of Rail 2050” and explores how rail will fit into the existing and evolving built environment.


Steve Clark, PE, is a Principal with Arup in Houston, Texas.  

Arup is a full service engineering firm with over 14,000 staff members globally, with more than 90 offices in 34 countries.  Arup is t the forefront of leading engineering and design, and is the passion behind many of the world’s iconic architectural, engineering, infrastructure and planning projects.

Steve joined Arup in 2016.  He was graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, and has led projects in North America, South America, Australia, Europe and Africa.  His specific technical expertise is in rail, and ranges from heavy haul freight to high speed passenger service and everything in between.

Among the many projects across Arup that Steve is supporting, he is currently leading the Owner’s Engineer team for Texas Central Partners, the promoters of the Texas Central High Speed Railway, a 240-mi, true high speed rail line between the cities of Houston and Dallas Texas.  This project is privately funded and will use similar technology as the N700 trains currently operating on the Tokaido Shinkansen railway in Japan.

Steve has 33 years of project experience, and leads Arup’s transportation group for the Texas Region.  His Texas-based engineering team currently serves on a variety of Rail and Highway projects in North and South America.



The Texas Short Line and Regional Railroad Association will hold their annual meeting in conjunction with the Southwestern Rail Conference on Thursday, January 12 from 2-5pm. Contact TSLRRA for more information.




Union Pacific