Saturday, February 3


Sunday, February 4


Monday, February 5

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Florida Conservation & Technology Center Field Trip
Join us Monday, February 5th for a tour of The Florida Conservation and Technology Center (FCTC). The FCTC immerses visitors in the state's unique ecosystem and offers a behind-the-scenes look at efforts to help it thrive. The 500-acre campus is a showcase for stewardship, research, habitat restoration, help for endangered species, and education. The Center is the collaboration of three champions of the environment: Tampa Electric, the Florida Aquarium and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center is the cornerstone of FCTC. It’s a sanctuary for the gentle giants and a fantastic and free way for visitors to see manatees and native Florida habitats. Tour participation is optional for an additional fee of $50.00. Bus Transportation and lunch will be provided. Space is limited. For Registered Attendees Only

By registering for the Florida Conservation and Technology Tour, you agree to the AREMA Field Trip Waiver and Release Form.

9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Introduction to Railway Engineering Seminar (Day 3)

10:00 AM - Noon

Speaker Ready Room (by appointment)

1:30 - 4:00 PM

Speaker Ready Room (by appointment)

4:30 - 6:30 PM


6:00 - 7:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Tuesday, February 6

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM


7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast on Own 

8:00 - 8:15 AM

Welcome/Introduction/Safety Briefing
Trent M. Hudak, PE, BNSF Railway and AREMA Past President

8:15 - 8:45 AM

Keynote Address - On Resiliency and Sustainability: What Now?
Dr. Cris B. Liban, PE, NAC, LA Metro

8:45 - 9:45 AM

Sustainability Partnership Panel
Moderator: Leo Thorbecke, TRC Companies
Panelists: Becky Hensley, CSX Transportation, Neil Beckingham, The Mosaic Company and Alexander Kolpakov, Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition

9:45 - 10:00 AM

Coffee Break

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Nature Based Solutions
Hollie Schmidt and Jennifer Uhland, Jacobs

10:30 - 11:00 AM 

Sustainability Planning Best Practices: Making a Sustainable Future a Reality Today
Pamela C. Yonkin and Chelsey Yan, HDR

11:00 - 11:30 AM

Decarbonization at the Intermodal Freight Rail Facility at the Port of Los Angeles Pier 400
Frederick Ferrin and Matt McIntosh, TranSystems

11:30 - Noon

Add Some Spark to Your Fleet: Electrifying Your Vehicles
Lynn Leibfried, PE, and Brian Marshall, Olsson and Nicholas Novay, BNSF

Noon - 12:30 PM

Leveraging Railroad Real Estate Holdings to Support the Sustainability Transition
Chelsea Macionus and Camila Plana, PE, ENV SP, TRC Companies 

12:30 - 1:30 PM


1:30 - 2:30 PM

Class 1 Railroad Sustainability Panel
Moderator: Mark Coleman, TRC Companies
Panelists: David Huck, CPKC, John Lovenburg, BNSF Railway, Thad Call, UP and Francois Belanger, CN

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Project Funding in the Future: Taskforce for Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD): What It Is and Why Railroad Engineering and MOW Should Care
Dava Kaitala, Jacobs

3:00 - 3:30 PM

Sustainable Transformation: Alliance Intermodal Facility’s Eco-Friendly Expansion
James R. Hamm, PE, TranSystems and Brennan Caughron, PE, BNSF

3:30 - 4:00 PM

Coffee break 

4:00 - 4:30 PM

Sustainability Measures and Project Management of Infrastructure Development Projects
Erin Kelly, BNSF and Camila Plana, PE, ENV SP, TRC Companies

4:30 - 5:00 PM

Sustainable Subgrade - Mechanical Concrete
Mark P. Allen and Paul Bartley, A5 Rail

Wednesday, February 7

7:00 AM - 2:00 PM


7:00 - 7:30 AM

Breakfast on Own 

7:30 - 7:40 AM

Safety Briefing 

7:40 - 8:30 AM

Keynote Address - Moving Forward, Faster: Transportation Sector Action for SDG Success
Adam Roy Gordon, Executive Director, Global Compact Network USA

8:30 - 9:30 AM

Resilience Panel
Moderator: Ned Bagniewski, PE, ENV SP, HDR
Panelists: Sharon Wright, AICP, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, Michael McMahon, ENV SP, Pamela Yonkin, ENV SP, HDR
Caroline Field, MSc CEng MICE, PE, RSES and Guy Huckle, MBA, PA Consulting

9:30 - 10:00 AM

Acronym Soup – Navigating the World of Renewable Energy Procurement
Will Kirby, PE, HDR

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Coffee Break

10:30 - 11:00 AM

Climatic Impacts on Railroad Infrastructure, An Assessment Based on Literature Review
Stephen Wilk, PhD and Silvia Galvan-Nunez, MxV Rail 

11:00 - 11:30 AM

Riverine Erosion Hazard Assessment Project
Aaron Moore, PE, TranSystems, Curtis Heinsen, BNSF Railway and Scott Mackiewicz, Braun Intertec 

11:30 AM - Noon

Climate physical risk assessment for Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) rail network in British Columbia
David Huck, CPKC and Kristina Colbert, ERM

Noon - 1:00 PM


1:00 - 2:00 PM

Transit Panel
Moderator: Jennifer Uhland, Jacobs
Panelists: Kara Oldhouser, Amtrak, Cris B. Liban, D.Env., PE, LA Metro and Erin Hill, NJ TRANSIT

2:00 - 2:30 PM

Climate-Ready Capital Projects: How Amtrak is integrating climate resilience and zero emissions into their Engineering Practices and Specifications
Kara Oldhouser, Amtrak and Mark Nelson, Arup

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Creating Sustainable Resilience on LOSSAN Railway in San Diego County, California
Allie DeVaux and Bruce Smith, SANDAG, Gheorghe Rosca, Jr., HDR and Nirupa Kannan, HNTB

3:00 - 3:30 PM

Prediction of Wildfire Risk on National Railway Network
Yan Liu, National Research Council of Canada

3:30 - 4:00 PM

Historic Train Stations of the Future
Anthony D. Paul, Amtrak

4:00 - 4:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Schedule is Subject to Change