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American Railway Development Association
April 2014
ARDA 108th Annual Meeting in Calgary - June 1-4

Registration is available for the American Railway Development Association (ARDA) 2014 Annual Meeting, to be held Sunday, June 1 - Wednesday, June 4 in Calgary at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel.


Click here to register.


Registration is open to all professionals in the rail industry. Attendees will include professionals from the real estate, economic development, environmental, engineering, and legal disciplines of the rail industry.

Registration includes access to the full program, receptions, breaks, and the ARDA Hospitality Suite.
Conference Fee
Program and Agenda Information
2014 Executive Forum
The conference program will include sessions on the following topics:
  • Due Diligence Guidelines for Crude Oil Terminals presented by CP.
  • Leased Property Audit Programs with presentations from NS, BNSF, CN and CP and a legal perspective from Daley Mohan Groble.
  • Cross-Border Issues with presentations from KCS and Stinson Leonard Street.
  • Development of a New Freight Rail Corridor in the Uinta Basin presented by HDR.
  • Crude by Rail, from Origin to Destination
  • Rails to Trails, Litigation, and the Recent Brandt Supreme Court Decision 
  • High Voltage DC Lines on Rail Corridors presented by Transmission Developers Inc.
  • Railroad Technology presented by Ground Penetrating Radar Systems Inc.
  • Mobile Applications (Apps) for Railroad Industry Professionals presented by Bartlett & West and RMI Midwest.
  • And other sessions from the Environmental, Economic Development, Real Estate, Legal, and Technology disciplines in the rail industry. 
For a draft program schedule, please visit the ARDA 2014 Annual Meeting event page at: 
Hotel Information - Cut-Off Date April 30th!

The Fairmont Palliser

Fairmont Palliser

We have secured a discounted rate of $229 per night on rooms in the Fairmont category. 

The hotel room cut-off date is April 30, 2014!


Visit our Fairmont Palliser event page to make a reservation or call the Reservations Department at (403) 260-1230 to make your reservations. 


Mention the American Railway Development Association/ARDA group or Reservations ID# 0514ARDA_005.

Annual Meeting Golf Tournament

Our annual golf tournament will be held on Sunday, June 1 at 9 am at the River Spirit Golf Club. Reserve your spot today, space is limited. 


Register here for the golf tournament and annual meeting.
 Membership & Sponsorship Opportunities

If you have not yet renewed your ARDA membership for 2013-2014, please click  here to renew. If you are not already a member of ARDA, please consider joining us. Membership in ARDA is only $150 per year.

To join ARDA, please visit


ARDA Annual Meeting Sponsorship

ARDA offers companies the opportunity to sponsor specific meeting functions or become a general association sponsor. Multiple levels of General Sponsorship are available for your consideration - corporate commitments greater than $1,000 include complimentary individual memberships in ARDA. 

Please visit the ARDA website for more information on sponsorship opportunities and benefits or fill out this form.
For more information, visit the ARDA website or contact:
  • David Drach, ARDA President, at,  or
  • ARDA staff at 
The American Railway Development Association (ARDA) is a not-for-profit educational trade association founded in 1906 to promote Economic Development, Real Estate Development, Technology, and Environmental Activities of the North American Railroads. 
The objectives of the Association are to foster the industrial, real estate, natural resources, market development activities and environmental concerns of the North American railroads; and through the advancement of ideas and education of its members, further promote the effectiveness of railway development and related work.
Thank You ARDA 2013- 2014 Sponsors

-  AECOM  -  Bartlett & West  -  BNSF  -  Canadian Pacific  -  HDR

-   Omega Rail Management  -    
2014 Annual Meeting
Program and Agenda Information
Hotel Information
Golf Tournament
ARDA Membership & Sponsorship
Economic Development Committee Feature
The Trouble with Towers - PTC Towers and FCC Compliance
Environmental Committee Feature 
Kevin Keller - HDR Engineering
Keith Brinkler - CSX Transportation
Aubyn Williams - HDR Engineering

In response to a 2008 railroad accident in Chatsworth, California that claimed 25 lives and caused over 100 injuries, Congress enacted the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-432) (RSIA) that requires freight and passenger railroads to deploy interoperable Positive Train Control (PTC) systems by December 31, 2015. More specifically, RSIA requires PTC system implementation on all Class I railroad lines that carry poisonous or toxic by inhalation hazardous (PIH or TIH) materials and five million gross tons or more of annual traffic, and on any railroad's main line tracks over which intercity or commuter rail passenger train service is regularly provided. In addition, RSIA provides the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) with the authority to require PTC system implementation on any other line.
According to the FRA, "PTC implementation, on the scale required by the RSIA, has never been attempted anywhere in the world." The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) included PTC systems on its "Most Wanted list" every year from the list's inception in 1990 until the enactment of RSIA in 2008, and has added it again in 2014. 
Travel Information

The ARDA 2014 Annual Meeting is in Canada, so you will need a valid passport to cross the border. 
New  ARDA Members
It is with great pleasure that ARDA acknowledges and thanks the following individuals for their new membership in the Association:
Jeff Risley, Bartlett & West, Inc.
Paul Freeman, Coleman Industrial Construction
Charley Chambers, Hanson Professional Services 
Vern Van de Loo, Mountain State Contracting
Kevin Baldwin, Daley Mohan Groble P.C.

Daniel Mohan, Daley Mohan Groble P.C.

Kenneth Maag, Poggemeyer Design Group
Adam Hess, OmniTRAX

Hope Luhman, The Louis Berger Group, Inc.

ARDA Job Board 
As a new ARDA initiative, the organization will give members the opportunity to post job openings at their companies in this newsletter and on our website. 

Only jobs within the economic development, real estate development, technology, legal, and environmental segments of the railroad industry should be posted. 
ARDA will approve each listing prior to publication. 

Postings can be submitted to:

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