MINUTES OF AREMA COMMITTEE 16 CONFERENCE CALL
January 28, 2010
MEMBERS ON LINE:
NAME AFFILIATION PHONE EMAIL
John Bell Fed Transit Admin 202-366-4977 email@example.com
David Burns Consultant 708-771-9229 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tyler Dick HDR Inc. 817-333-2803 email@example.com
Crew Heimer GRTA 404-463-3054 firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Luenenborg UPRR 402-501-0324 email@example.com
Michael Mischke BNSF Railway 817-352-0539 firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Penhallegon RDP Consultant 904-223-9662 email@example.com
Harry Petersen Minn. State Univ. 507 389-1898 firstname.lastname@example.org or
Eric G. Peterson Consultant 904 292-2630 email@example.com
Shane Potts HDR Inc. 402 399 4948 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Vandenberg AECOM 213-330-7243 email@example.com
Tim Wells LTK 215 641-8805 firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael K. Williams Norfolk Southern 404-897-3030 email@example.com
Teleconference Agenda for 1-28-2010:
1. Miscellaneous Committee Business
a. Approval of teleconference minutes of 11/19/09
b. Committee membership changes
c. Re-balloting Train Performance MRE section
d. Summary of AREMA Committee Chair meeting of 11/11/09
2. Progress on Section 8 Review
3. MRE Section review assignments
4. Next teleconference
a. Set time and date
b. Conference bridge host
c. Business items
5. Other items
1a. Chairman Tim Wells called the January 28, 2010 conference call to order at 4:05 pm
Eastern Standard time. The participants approved the minutes of the November 19,
1b. Tim Wells reported two new Committee 16 members: Kristopher Naleszkiewicz from
HDR Inc. and John McGuiggin of US DOT – Volpe Center. John Swangler has
resigned. Kristopher Naleszkiewicz is the fifth member from HDR Inc. Five members
from one firm is the committee limit.
Minutes of Committee 16 conference call, January 28, 2010
1c. Re-balloting for the Train Performance MRE section is scheduled for four weeks
following February 2. Bob Penhallegon and Crew Heimer will call members to urge
them to vote.
1d. Tim Wells gave a summary of the AREMA Committee Chair meeting of 11/11/09.
AREMA retained 88% of members in 2009. Seminars and Webinars are being planned;
PDH credits and CEUs will be available for these. Florida State is the newest state to
have a CEU program with fees and paperwork. Each Functional Group is asked to hold
at least two seminars each year; now is the time to start planning for 2010.
The 2009 Conference & Exposition in Chicago had 1627 attendees, and the vendor
booths at the 2010 Conference and Exposition in Orlando is 60% sold out. The 2010
dates are earlier than usual, August 29 to September 1, making all deadlines earlier.
Abstracts for the Conference are due by December 1.
The association presently has a surplus of approximately $100,000 for 2009 and plans
to keep about half in reserve, because there is concern about running a deficit at the
2011 Railway Interchange Conference in Minneapolis which will be held jointly with
AREMA, REMSA, RSA, and RSSI. The 2011 Conference exhibit sales by REMSA,
RSI, and RSSI will begin on July 1, 2010. No exhibit revenue will go to AREMA, and
the loss could be as high as $300,000. AREMA registrants will be able to attend all
events free, including the trade shows. All railroaders will get in free to the trade shows.
AREMA will run a spouse program; all spouses will get into the trade shows for free.
Dues will increase to $150 by Board of Governor’s vote. Dues would normally be raised
to $137 for 2010, but the extra $13 will also go into the special 2011 reserve account.
The 2013 event organizations are currently looking at Indianapolis, St. Louis, New
Orleans, and others.
Publications have been selling well. The 2009 Manual for Railway Engineering was
released on April 1, 2009. The deadline for the 2010 Manual was November 30, 2009.
The 2010 C&S Manual was released October 1, 2009. The 2008 Portfolio of Trackwork
Plans is still available. There was no 2009 version, but a 2010 version will be printed in
the first half of the year. AREMA headquarters is currently soliciting technical articles
for the AREMA section of RT&S, and asked Committees to submit any current topics.
Mike Mischke pointed out that any RT&S article published on behalf of Committee 16
and AREMA must be approved by Committee 16 and AREMA headquarters. The
article need not be polished; the RT&S staff will help to put it together.
2. Progress on the review of Section 8 of the Manual was discussed. Michael Williams
reported that he has been rewriting parts of this section, with review by Eric Peterson
and others. After feedback is received, he will submit it to the full committee. Michael
asked if C&S material should be included in the Organization part. David Burns
suggested that it not be too technical, and that other chapters be referenced. Harry
Petersen suggested that parenthetical definitions for terms would be helpful. Eric
Peterson volunteered to add some C&S material. Eric will also work with Michael
Williams to see about re-arranging and adding cross-references to Sections 8, 9, 10,
Minutes of Committee 16 conference call, January 28, 2010
3. MRE Section review assignments were discussed. Tim Wells will work with Tyler Dick
and Jim Gussow on a re-write of Section 3 – Power. Tim Wells will also prepare an
introduction for the chapter. Eric Peterson has forwarded a draft of Section 7.3 (public-
private partnerships) to Rachel Vandenberg for review. We will be making requests for
assistance with types of projects like government sponsorship of High Speed Rail and
4. The next conference call will be in six weeks at 4 pm Eastern Standard Time, March 11,
2010. The topic will be Manual revisions with focus on Section 8. A draft for comments
will be sent out two weeks ahead of the call. Rachel Vandenberg will be the host bridge
for our next call, also.
5. Other Items: Possible future assignments for Committee 16 were discussed. Tim Wells
suggested Electrification Economics, and is contacting Committee 33 about working
together. A second possibility is an expansion of cost-benefits discussion to include
non-economic factors. Kevin Keller’s presentation at the last AREMA annual
conference outlined a methodology used in recent grant applications; David Burns
asked what tools were available. Shane Potts will ask at HDR Inc, and Rachel
Vandenberg will investigate if the methodology is an accepted practice or proprietary.
The conference call was adjourned at 5:15 pm EST. Thanks are extended to Rachel
Vandenberg and AECOM for hosting this conference call.
Respectfully submitted by Harry Petersen, Secretary