Save the date for the AARS 122nd Annual Meeting, July 22-24, 2018 at the W Lakeshore in Chicago.
Registration is open!
The meeting will open with a reception on Sunday, July 22 at 5:00 p.m.
AARS will host the Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Award Dinner as part of the AARS Annual Meeting on Sunday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Registration to the AARS Annual Meeting includes a ticket to the Rising Stars dinner. For more information about the Rising Stars dinner, visit http://www.progressiverailroading.com
The meeting program will continue Monday, July 23 at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude on Tuesday, July 24 at 11:00 a.m.
Golf Outing: On Tuesday, July 24, the AARS will hold its annual golf outing to benefit the AARS Scholarship Fund at the Harborside Golf Course in Chicago. More information will be provided soon.Hotel Information
The meeting will be held at the W Lakeshore in Chicago. More information about securing reservations will be provided soon.
Sunday, July 22
1:00 p.m. Rail Tour: Tour of Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad's transition to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). Bus departs the W Lakeshore Hotel at 12:15 p.m., return to the hotel by 4:00 p.m.
5:00 pm Opening Reception and Technical Showcase
6:30 pm Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Awards and Dinner
Monday, July 23
7:00 am Continental Breakfast and Technical Showcase
8:00 am Charge to Superintendents:
Keith Creel, President and CEO, Canadian Pacific Railway
9:00 am Break in Technical Showcase
9:30 am Regional Perspective:
Jim Derwinski, Incoming CEO and Executive Director, METRA
Attracting and Retaining Employees Panel
11:45 am Break in Technical Showcase
12:00 Annual Industry Luncheon
1:15 Performance Metrics
John Friedmann, VP Network Operations & Strategic Planning, Norfolk Southern Corporation
2:00 Economic Outlook
Melissa Peralta, Senior Economist, TTX
2:45 p.m. Break in Technical Showcase
3:15 pm Rising Stars Panel
4:15 p.m. Update on the “Railroad Renaissance”
Tony Hatch, Transportation Analyst, ABH Consulting
5:00 pm Adjourn
6:00 p.m. Michael A. Paras Foundation Fundraiser at Biggs Mansion Chicago
Tuesday, July 24
7:00 am Continental Breakfast and Technical
8:00 am Safety Culture Topics
n DOW Chemical
o Rail Fleet management & maintenance,
o NAR Prevention
o TRANSCAER and ER support
n And More
9:15 am Break in Technical Showcase
9:45 am Transitioning to CNG
10:30 am Business Session
11:00 am Adjourn
11:45 pm Bus Departs for Annual Golf Outing
Bus departs to Harborside Golf Course for the AARS Annual Golf Outing to benefit the Frank J. Richter Scholarship