Railroad Environmental Conference 2016


The 2016 Railroad Environmental Conference will be held 1-2 November on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. RREC-2016 will feature presentations by railroaders, consulting engineers, academics and others involved in all aspects of railroad environmental topics. Presentation topics will include: Compliance & Permitting; Ecological Conservation, Energy, Emissions & Air Quality; Environmental Analysis; Environmental Management Systems; Environmental Response; Noise & Vibration; Passenger Rail & Transit; Remediation; Risk & Liability Management; Stormwater & Wastewater; and Sustainability.

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Nov. 1-2, 2016
Champaign , IL , USA

The annual railroad environmental conference enables you to meet with your peers throughout the railroad environmental community to exchange views, learn about new techniques and technologies, and generally stay in touch with the direction of the railroad industry’s environmental programs. It is also an excellent opportunity to renew old acquaintances and make new contacts in the ever-changing railroad environmental arena.

Almost 500 people attended the RREC last year with representation from the railroad industry, environmental consulting engineers, environmental control equipment suppliers and regulators from both the US and Canada. We expect RREC-2016 to be the largest gathering of the railroad environmental community this year.

All individuals interested in the topics to be presented are encouraged to attend. We expect representatives from all of the Class 1 railroads, as well as short line, passenger, commuter, and rail transit organizations to be in attendance. In addition, most of the major environmental engineering consulting firms serving the railroad industry will be represented. Environmental researchers from academia and representatives from environmental regulatory agencies are also expected.

The conference is co-sponsored by The Association of American Railroads (AAR), the American Railway Engineering & Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA), the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRA), the American Railway Development Association (ARDA), and the Railway Association of Canada (RAC).

AREMA Committee 13 and the AAR Environmental Affairs Committee are expected to hold their fall meeting in conjunction with the conference.

  • Compliance & Permitting
  • Ecological Conservation
  • Energy, Emissions & Air Quality
  • Environmental Analytical Issues
  • Environmental Management Systems
  • Environmental Response
  • Noise & Vibration
  • Passenger Rail & Transit
  • Remediation
  • Risk & Liability Management
  • Stormwater and Wastewater
  • Sustainability

All are encouraged to attend, especially:

  • Representatives from Class 1, Regional, Short Line, and Freight Railroads
  • Representatives from Passenger Railroads and Rail Transit Operators
  • Railcar builders, Operators and Maintenance personnel
  • Environmental Consulting Engineers
  • Suppliers of Environmental Control and Treatment Equipment
  • State and Federal Environmental Regulators

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