American Railway Development Association


February 2016
Recap of the 2016 Executive Forum in Miami
The American Railway Development Association (ARDA) 2016 Executive Forum in Miami was a great success. Attendees enjoyed an excellent program and range of speakers at the Hyatt Regency Miami, including speakers from FEC, CN, CP, BNSF, Norfolk Southern, CSX, ARCADIS, AECOM, etc. Following the first day's program, Forum attendees to a reception at the Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach. 

Thanks to Eric Olafson of PortMiami, Forum attendees had the opportunity to participate in a very informative tour of the port and experience its operations first hand.

With over 100 attendees, ARDA's 2016 Executive Forum provided a relaxed, open setting, providing attendees an opportunity to connect on a personal level and discuss in-depth their professional experiences and challenges.

The final registration list, program and speaker presentations can be found on the ARDA website at:

Featured Article
Ports and Railroads: Comparisons Illuminate a Winning Partnership
By Alanna Strohecker, AECOM, Chair of the ARDA Economic Development Section

Ports and Railroads have long been in partnership, each working to help cargo move faster and farther from origin to destination.  The rise of intermodal traffic has led to closer cooperation between the two in recent years.  Intermodal accounts for 22% of all railroad traffic while port-bound imports and exports account for 50% of US rail intermodal traffic.  Understanding the workings of these important pillars of the goods movement industry will provide important insights as to the current success as well as provide a roadmap for additional improvements in the future. 
The partnership between rail and ports benefits all in the supply chain, including transportation companies, consumers and producers.  Both help lower congestion, pollution and carbon dioxide while having impressive safety records, as compared to the trucking industry.   Both rail and ports are also known to be early adopters of technology and automation, contributing to the efficiency of moving goods.

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Save the Date for the ARDA 2016 Annual Meeting!
The 2016 Annual Meeting will take place from Sunday evening July 24  to Wednesday morning July 27, 2016 at the Renaissance Las Vegas!

We are looking forward to an Annual Meeting program featuring speakers on topics relating to our theme of "Going Global." Registration for the Annual Meeting will open on March 1, 2016 on the ARDA website.

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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.  


2015-16 Membership Renewals

If you have not yet renewed your ARDA membership for 2015-2016, 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.


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.
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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 December

Mark Alvarez
Director, Surplus Property Program

Lawrence Bailey
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

Thomas Bayer
Senior VP / Technical Principal
Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK)

Robert Bilderback
HDR Engineering, Inc.

Kelly Blanchard
Geologist/Project Manager

Matthew Coffing
Manager - Trails and Natural Resources
CSX Real Property, Inc.

Jay Diebold
Senior Engineer/Client Program Manager
Golder Associates, Inc.

Trent McDaniel
Rail Real Estate Program Leader
TRC Solutions

Will McKinney
TerraPact, Inc.

Justin Mohlman
Project Manager Track Design
Olsson Associates

John Murray
Director of Carload Sales
Florida East Coast Railway

Mark Nolte
Real Estate Manager
The Kansas City Southern Railway

Helene Richer
Technical Leader Rail Operations Transportation, Americas

Debra Rogers
Senior Environmental Manager
ICF International

Alan Summerville
Vice President
ICF International

Elizabeth Thorstensen
Vice President
Rails to Trails Conservancy

Janice Warren
Real Estate Services Agent

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