FRA slots track safety symposium

Written by Marybeth Luczack, Executive Editor, Railway Age
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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is holding its first-ever Track & Roadway Workplace Safety Symposium on April 5-7 at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel in Missouri; attendance is free.

The conference—originally scheduled for May 2020 but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic—is geared to railroad employees, contractors, consultants and suppliers responsible for the inspection, maintenance or safety of the physical track structure or maintenance-of-way workers. Employees at any experience level may participate alongside FRA’s approximately 140 track inspectors and specialists.

A short general session will be followed by 60 breakout sessions spanning three days. Among the featured topics: technological advancements in on-track safety and track inspection; derailment prevention; continuously welded rail management; active research projects with a safety focus; rail defect detection trends and best practices; and FRA regulatory guidelines; among others. Download the latest session list below:

FRA-Track-Symposium-Speaker-Summary Download

Speakers are slated to include: Nicholas Dryer, BNSF; Rob Casitiglione and Cory Johnson, FRA Human Performance Division; Mark Allen, Union Pacific; Anish Poudel, TTCI; Amanda Fletemeyer, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority; Brian Marquis, VOLPE; Todd Marklin, Pioneer Lines; and many more.

FRA is still seeking experts in their respective fields to lead breakout sessions; those interested should contact [email protected].

To register, visit the Track & Roadway Workplace Safety Symposium website; space is limited to the first 700 registrants.

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