FRA, TxDOT, Texas Railroad Association, Amtrak, Alstom, Texas House Transportation. A record number of attendees at the 18th Annual Southwestern Rail Conference heard from a wide range of presenters on freight and passenger rail issues last Thursday and Friday in Dallas.
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Of special interest will be the presentation from Federal Railroad Administration Chief Counsel Allison Ishihara Fultz. She described how various entities can participate in the rail funding programs under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for both freight and passenger rail.
TxDOT Rail Division Director Jeff Davis is in process of reorganizing the department to make it more customer focused and able to work to meet the needs of a growing rail transportation industry. His video will show how he plans to shape the division.
Via video, Texas House Transportation Chair Terry Canales discussed the importance of railroads in Texas and how this more fuel efficient transportation mode should be further utilized with funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Amtrak Vice President Ray Lang discussed the railroad's 2035 vision called AmtrakConnectsUS and how Texas could benefit from better passenger rail service.
A Q&A with Texas Railroad Association members Union Pacific, BNSF Railway and the Texas Short Line and Regional Railroad Association touched on how the state voter approved Rail Relocation and Improvement Fund has stayed unfunded since 2005 and how it could benefit railroads and further economic development.
Lessons learned from the Nevada State Rail Plan may help other states, including Texas, understand the requirements of shippers and help railroads in meeting those needs. Michael Sussman explains how data from the plan opened more than a few freight eyes.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit is evolving to meet the growing needs of the regions diverse population base. Executive Vice President Dee Leggett explained projects in the pipeline.
Southern Rail Commission Chair Knox Ross described how working with Canadian Pacific Railway would lead to passenger rail service between Dallas-Fort Worth, East Texas, Merdian, Mississippi and Atlanta while I-20 Corridor Council Chair Judge Richard Anderson discussed ongoing efforts to bring passenger service to the region.
Alexandre Paquet, Customer Director and Head of Business Development, Rolling Stock described how Alstom is building the next generation of cleaner, more fuel efficient trains to move people in ongoing projects around the world.
New technology in allowing shippers to track their rail cars and gain more efficiency was presented by representatives of Nexxiot, Trinity Rail and Quasar.
Technology is playing a major part in shaping the way railroads are built and maintained. Geismar President Alan Reynolds described the tools of the trade being used in railroading today.
Siemens is investing in American passenger rail. Steve Roescher, Director of Business Development, described infrastructure projects the company in which the company is involved.