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Rail Industry Growth for Increased Long-Term Profitability

A webinar hosted by the University of Delaware and California State University, Fresno

Earlybird registration discount through October 1

Thursday, October 8, 2020
10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Eastern)

This webinar addresses current issues affecting rail industry growth and considers needed changes in policies, business decisions and type of freight hauled for railroads to thrive in a changing environment. Policies and business decisions are explored that can lead to growth by adapting to changing markets. For example, higher-value freight is more profitable but will require increased track capacity to compete with trucks for express freight service. How may this be financed if public-private partnerships are envisioned?

California State University Fresno logoUniversity of Delaware logo This program is sponsored by the University of Delaware’s Division of Professional and Continuing Studies and California State University, Fresno – Lyles College of Engineering.

This program is designed for:

  • railway economists and financial analysts
  • railway infrastructure, rolling stock and technology specialists
  • shippers and suppliers
  • government officials, leaders and other public servants at state and federal levels involved in freight and passenger railway issues

This webinar is offered via Zoom videoconferencing. Registration is required. Webinar sign-in details will be emailed to registered participants.

All webinar participants earn 6.0 credit hours.

Topics and presenters

  • 10:30-10:40 a.m. — Introduction
  • 10:40- 11:30 a.m. — How is Passenger Rail Affected in a Precision Scheduled Railroading Environment?John Green, P.E., Ph.D., Professor, California State University, Fresno
  • 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. — Precision Scheduled Railroading and Positive Train Control: How they relate to one anotherSteven Ditmeyer, Principal, Transportation Technology and Economics
  • 12:30-1 p.m. — webinar break
  • 1-2 p.m. — Roads in the Fork: Railroads 2020 and Beyond — Anthony Hatch, ABH Consulting
  • 2-3 p.m. — Pathways to Passenger Rail GrowthDennis Newman, Executive Vice President, Amtrak
  • 3-4 p.m. — Risk Assessment for Rail FreightJames Blaze, Consultant, Railroad Economist
  • 4-4:30 p.m. — Meeting Engineering Challenges of Mixed Passenger and Freight TrafficSteven Chrismer, P.E., Ph.D., Principal Engineer, Amtrak, retired
  • 4:30-5 p.m. — Group Discussion: answering questions from webinar attendees
  • All agenda times are Eastern

Registration and fees

  • Early registration (on or before October 1) — $250
  • Registration after October 1 — $300

For more information

For additional program details, contact Dr. John Gregory Green, Ph.D., PE, AREMA Committee 24 Vice Chairperson and Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Geomatics Engineering, California State University, Fresno at


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