American Railway Development Association


December 2015
President and CEO of Florida East Coast Railway to deliver Keynote Address at 2016 Executive Forum
ARDA is pleased to announce that James Hertwig, President and CEO of the Florida East Coast Railway (FECR), will deliver the keynote address at the 2016 Executive Forum which will take place January 26-27, 2016..

Prior to joining FECR in 2010, Mr. Hertwig served as President of CSX Intermodal, Inc., President of Landstar Logistics, President and CEO of Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation, Chairman and CEO of Red Arrow Freight Lines and President and CEO of Con-Way Intermodal.
Featured Article: 
Technological Advancements at the FRA
By Rachael Gray Crandley, Vice Chair of the ARDA Technology Section

As the primary governmental safety regulator of railroads, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has long been the authority on regulatory enforcement with a mission of encouraging the "safe, reliable and efficient movement of people and good for a strong America, now and in the future." The railroad industry tends to view the FRA as an institution whose purpose is to place rules and requirements on railroads. However, the FRA is also an important information resource. This article examines three major efforts made by the FRA over the last few years to aid their mission while providing technological resources for the railroads they govern, specifically in the areas of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and hazmat route optimization. Their efforts include:

Register for the ARDA 2016 Executive Forum!
The 2016 Executive Forum will take place from 12pm Tuesday January 26  to 12pm Wednesday January 27, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Miami

We are looking forward to an Executive Forum program featuring speakers on topics relating to our annual theme of "Going Global." For more information please visit our event page at

Registration is now open! To register for the Executive Forum please follow this link. We have also secured a room block for attendees at a discounted rate of $209 per night at the Hyatt Regency Miami. To book a room please use this link, or call central reservations at 1-888-421-1442 and refer to the ARDA Executive Forum to receive the discounted rate.


2015-16 Membership Renewals

ARDA members, it is once again time to renew your membership. To do this please visit our website at and log-in at the top right corner of the page. 

Your renewed membership allows ARDA to continue fostering the industrial, real estate, natural resources, market development activities and environmental concerns of the North American railroads through the advancement of ideas and education of its members. 

If you are not an ARDA member and would like to join, please visit our registration page.


ARDA Sponsorship Opportunities

For over 100 years, the American Railway Development Association has helped foster economic development, real estate, law, technology and environmental activities of North American railroads. ARDA's seminars and workshops provide railroad professionals with quality information and industry discussion of the current issues facing railroad development. A balance of programs and interests has been the norm covering environmental, industrial development, business development, real estate, technology and law issues. ARDA would not have survived this long without our friends and sponsors supporting the organization's efforts.


ARDA offers sponsorship opportunities either on an annual basis or at one of our events. To sponsor ARDA please complete this form, or visit our sponsorship page for more information.  


Save the Date for the 2016 Annual Meeting!

The 2016 Annual Meeting will be held in Las Vegas, NV at the Renaissance Las Vegas hotel from July 24-27, 2016. Registration will open in Spring 2016, but save the date today!
For more information, visit the ARDA website or contact: 

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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.
FECR Keynote Speaker
Tech Section Feature
2016 Executive Forum
Membership Renewals
2016 Annual Meeting
Industry News

Thank You ARDA 2015 - 16 Sponsors

Bartlett & West
Kansas City Southern
Norfolk Southern Corp.


Clear Channel Outdoor
Florida East Coast Railway
GEI Consultants
Herzog Contracting Corp.
IMGRail Consulting


LJA Engineering, Inc.

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New Members since October

Rob Himoto
Santa Maria Valley Railroad

Robert Olin
Railroad Specialties, Inc.

Cynthia Olson
Manager - Operations/Administration
Red River Valley & Western Railroad

Brian Reilly
Senior Consultant - Natural Resource Assets
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