Michigan Rail Conference coming in August

Contact: Amanda Kerttu, Michigan Technological University, alkerttu@mtu.edu, 906-487-2429
Agency: Transportation

WHAT:
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Michigan Technological University Rail Transportation Program, Michigan State University, Michigan Railroads Association, and other industry partners are hosting the annual Michigan Rail Conference in August, hashtag #MIRailConference.

The keynote speaker will be Ronald Batory, administrator for the Federal Railroad Administration. Derek Taylor, vice president of the Southern Region for Canadian National Railroad, will give the conference opening speech.     

WHO:
Federal, state, and local government representatives
Transportation industry professionals
Colleges and universities
Students
Interested public
Media

WHEN:
Wednesday, Aug. 7 - Friday, Aug. 9, 2019

WHERE:
Henry Center
Michigan State University
3535 Forest Road
Lansing, MI 48910

REGISTRATION:
Go to www.rail.mtu.edu/MRC2019/ to register. For more information on the event, contact Amanda Kerttu at alkerttu@mtu.edu or 906-487-2429.

Students interested in rail careers also are invited to attend. The Conference Organizing Committee is offering students a limited number of scholarships to cover the conference registration and field trip fees.

BACKGROUND:
The program features presentations, panel discussions, and breakout sessions on various topics, including:

  • New technology in rail
  • Railroad crossing safety
  • Railway suppliers
  • Passenger rail system
  • International connections
  • Local opportunities and impacts.