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March - Rail Forum & Expo

131st Anniversary New England Rail Forum & Expo
Engineering & Transit Night Dinner Meeting
March 19, 2015

The New England Railroad Club invites members, industry professionals, and their guests to join us in Worcester, Massachusetts, on Thursday, March 19, 2015, for our annual Rail Forum & Expo. The Expo will be the culmination of our year-long theme "Planning for New England Rail Expansion." This year's event will include events, displays, and speakers that will focus on how our region is handling passenger and freight operational interaction and capacity challenges. We look forward to seeing you on March 19th and want to remind you that the Expo is not only for our membership. Feel free to invite a friend, colleague, employee, or even college student that you think would benefit from learning more about our industry. By doing so we will help to increase knowledge about the positive impact that railroads are having on our region.

Prices for this year's Expo are:
Expo Only Ticket: $25 (All events except dinner)
Dinner/Expo Ticket: $85 (All events including dinner)
Booth price: $500 (Includes 10'x10' w/table and backdrop)

Click on a tab below to register, reserve a booth space, become a sponsor, or to find out more about the event.

Expo Schedule & Events

The 2015 Expo is occurring entirely within the DCU Center and for the first time entirely within the exhibitor pavilion! In response to a long-standing request from our membership a new seminar area has been added to the show floor so both attendees and exhibitors can attend the seminars and visit the displays easier.

Expo Floor Plan


Location: Exhibitor Pavilion, 1st Floor
10:00amRegistration open
10:15amExhibitor Hall opens
11:00am – 12:00pmManaging Crisis Response to Maximize Your Legal Position
12:00pm – 1:15pmHosted Luncheon
1:30pm – 2:30pmThe Top 5 EHS Audit Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them
3:30pm – 4:30pmPositive Train Control Update
5:00pm – 6:30pmHosted Cocktail Reception
Location: Prefunction Area, 3rd Floor
6:30pm – 7:30pmPre-Dinner Reception
Location: Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor
7:30pmEngineering & Transit Night Dinner


Keynote: Commissioner James Redeker of the Connecticut Department of Transportation

Commissioner James Redeker
Connecticut Department of Transportation

James P. Redeker was appointed Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation in August, 2011. The DOT is comprised of six bureaus – Aviation & Ports, Finance & Administration, Highway Operations, Policy & Planning, Engineering & Construction and Public Transportation – and employs around 3,000 people across the state.

Prior to being named Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Redeker was Chief of the DOT's Bureau of Public Transportation, responsible for planning and management of the DOT's rail and bus programs. CTTransit, the state-owned bus service, and the New Haven Line, the state-owned commuter rail service, each carry more than 35 million passengers a year. The bureau also oversees Shore Line East, the commuter rail service between New Haven and New London, and coordinates ridesharing programs for Connecticut employers.

Commissioner Redeker joined the DOT in 2008 after a 30-year career with the New Jersey Department of Transportation and NJ Transit – the third-largest transit agency in the country. His portfolio of experience includes strategic planning and policy, capital programming, transportation planning, transit-service planning and scheduling, transit-friendly development, demand forecasting, pricing, paratransit and community service delivery, customer service and technology infrastructure and application management.

As Commissioner Mr. Redeker has focused on bolstering Connecticut's commitment to getting people out of their cars and onto public transit.


Ammunition or Shackles: Managing Crisis Response to Maximize Your Legal Position
Mike Flynn and Lori Wirkus, Flynn|Wirkus|Young, P.C., Quincy, MA

An incident occurs – a derailment, a grade crossing incident, a release of hazardous materials. People may be injured. Property damages and business interruption costs loom. The actions that are taken – or not – in the crucial hours and days immediately after these events will forever shape – for better or worse – the landscape of the litigation that will surely follow. You will want to recover the damages you have suffered. Injured people will be suing you. Your insurance company will be monitoring your response. Similar considerations apply to difficult employment decisions and even to business development projects you would like to pursue. In all of theses scenarios, your conduct may be governed by regulatory requirements or common law doctrines that will shield you from liability or allow you to follow certain course of conduct. Yet all are predicated on the existence of facts and evidence that will determine whether you will have the ammunition needed to leverage these legal considerations to your advantage, or be forever handcuffed. Proactive management of these factual and evidentiary drivers is imperative – navigating a minefield is much less hazardous when you know where they are buried. Mike Flynn and Lori Wirkus, with nearly 50 years of combined experience representing railroads, transportation companies, product manufacturers, employee injuries, industrial concerns and their insurers, will discuss some of these issues and provide a working framework for containing legal risk during your crisis response and forward planning.

Positive Train Control Update: Where the Industry Stands on Implementation
Lawrence Warren, Regional PTC Specialist, Federal Railroad Administration
W. Robert Bentley, President, Cambridge Communications & Signal Systems

The deadline for positive train control implementation is steadily approaching. How it will affect operations and what exactly is needed to comply with the new law are still questions foremost in minds of railroad personnel. This seminar will be a continuation of last year's panel discussion, and will explore where the process currently stands, the latest developments in PTC rules and technology. The seminar will also provide the latest timelines for moving forward. Seminar presenter Lawrence Warren, Regional PTC Specialist for the Federal Railroad Administration, will highlight how the FRA can work with the region's freight and passenger railroads to educate and assist them in their compliance with the positive train control rules. W. Robert Bentley, President of Cambridge Communications & Signal Systems, will provide a brief overview of PTC, what it is, and what it does, both wayside and in the back office environments.

The Top 5 EHS Audit Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them
Karla Yakopcic, Senior Environmental, Health and Safety, and Process Safety Management Consultant, Environmental Resources Management
Crista Bozogan, Senior Project Manager, Environmental Resources Management

Audits are intimidating no matter how prepared you are. Facilities subject to the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and a plethora of other environmental regulatory programs can be susceptible to audits by regulators or internal auditors. Safety regulations administered by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) add another layer of regulatory complexity and can also trigger site audits.

In this seminar, we will discuss some common findings of environmental, health and safety (EHS) audits and how to stay on top of compliance at active railroad facilities. The discussion will focus on identifying EHS issues and making recommendations on how to track and remedy them. With multiple regulatory programs in play at railroad facilities, maintaining EHS compliance requires a focused operations team. This seminar will address ways to make EHS compliance management an integral part of a well-run facility and keep your facility prepared for an EHS audit. The presenters, Karla Yakopcic and Crista Bozogan, have practical transportation industry experience and bring with them workable solutions to EHS problems.


The hosted networking reception will be held in the exhibitor pavilion from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. We welcome you to join us for refreshments and hot and cold hors d'ouevres brought to us through the sponsorship of exhibitors and other members of the Club. The reception has traditionally been the event where the membership of the club gathers to meet each other, catch up with acquaintances, and discuss the goings-on in the New England railroad scene.