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2017 Eastern Region Highway-Rail Crossing Safety Seminar
 
Event Starts:
Monday August 28, 2017
@ 7:00pm

Event Ends:
Wednesday August 30, 2017
@ 12:00pm

Timezone
US/Eastern

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Location:
Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel

215 Innovation Boulevard
State College, PA 16803
US

The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel is located in State College, PA., and can be viewed at this link; http://thepennstaterhotel.psu.edu/.

The government room rate is $98/night, please use Code EAST17A. The non-government room rate is $121/night, please use Code NRGC17A.

Please note the cutoff date to take advantage of the room discount is July 28. At that time the room rate jumps from $121 to $139/night, and the government rate also jumps to $139/night.

To make your reservation, please call 1-800-233-7505 or utilize the secure website, www.pennstatehotels.com. Be sure to reference your Group Code to secure the above pricing.

If you are flying into State College, please be sure to mention that while making your reservation. The hotel provides airport shuttle service, conveniently allowing you to schedule pickup and drop off times.
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The 2017 Eastern Region Highway - Rail Crossing Safety Seminar's purpose is to bring together various stakeholders to discuss topics of importance concerning highway - rail grade crossing safety.  Attendees representing FRA, PennDOT and other state DOTs, railroads, sponsors and exhibitors, should be prepared to participate in open discussion revolving around presentations geared towards improving at-grade crossing safety. 

The tentative agenda is located at the bottom of this page.  We trust the varied lineup of topics will be thought provoking and appealing to many. 

While you are here, please visit our exhibitors.  Without their support, this event wouldn't be possible.  Thanks to all of our exhibitors and sponsors!  And don't forget to support Operation Lifesaver's silent auction.  All funds collected go straight to them for support of OLS in Pennsylvania.  If you wish to donate any items for the auction please feel free to contact George Fury at 570-522-7313.

Should your spouse accompany you, Tuesday is lined up to be a special day for them.  They will depart the hotel around 8:45 am for a 2 hour visit to a local salt spa, followed by a wine tasting and light lunch at Happy Valley Vineyard and Winery (with a $30 gift certificate to spend).  Capping off the afternoon will be a couple of hours of shopping in downtown State College.

The climax of our event may well be the Tuesday evening dinner and our speakers, former Penn State University football players Yaacov Yisrael and Ryan Keiser.

PLEASE NOTE, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO PAY BY CHECK, PLEASE MAKE THE CHECK PAYABLE TO "EASTERN CROSSING SEMINAR"and remit to George Fury, SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority, 201 Furnace Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837.  THANK YOU.

So, come join us in making this year's seminar one to remember.  Hope to see you there!


Agenda for 2017 Eastern Region Highway-Rail Crossing Safety Seminar

Monday, August 28, 2017

2:00 pm – 7:00 pm                 Vendor Setup

4:00 pm – 6:30 pm                 Registration

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm                Welcome Reception - Karl Alexy, FRA


Tuesday, August 29, 2018

6:45 am – 8:00 am                  Breakfast

7:30 am – 4:00 pm                  Registration

8:00 am – 8:20 am                  Welcome            George Fury, SEDA-COG JRA

                                              Opening Remarks    Karl Alexy, FRA

FRA Sessions (Open to all) 8:05 am – 11:30 am

8:20 am – 8:40 am                  DOT Inventory              James Dahlem, FRA

                                                                                Lindsay Peters-Dawson - FRA

8:40 am – 9:05 am                  Trespassing                  Michail Grizkewitsch - FRA

9:05 am – 9:35 am                  MUTCD                         Rick Campbell - CTC, Inc.

9:35 am – 10:30 am                State Action Plan (FHWA)   Debra Chappell - FRA

                                             Section 130 Program Update   Karen Y. Scurry, P.E. - FRA

10:30 am – 10:45 am              Break – Please visit our Vendors!

10:45 am – 11:15 am              Loss of Shunt – David Baldwin - Central Signal, LLC

11:15 am – 11:30 am              Questions?

11:30 am – 12:45 pm               Lunch


State DOT Sessions (Open to all) 12:45 pm – 4:00 pm

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm                Section 130 Panel (PA, MD, NJ)

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm                  Project(s) Review and Challenges (PennDOT 2-0 and TxDOT)

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm                  Break – Please visit our Vendors!

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm                   Contracted Flagging (TxDOT)

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm                  Interactive ARC/GIS Map (VDOT)

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm                  Questions

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm                    Free Time

5:30 pm – 6:45 pm                    Evening Dinner

6:45 pm – 8:00 pm                    Keynote Speakers (Yaacov Yisreal and Ryan Keiser - PSU)


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

General Sessions (Open to all) 8:00 am – 11:30 am

6:45 am – 8:00 am                      Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:05 am                      Remarks

8:05 am – 8:30 am                      geoMobiliti      Tomy Brown

8:30 am – 9:30 am                      Preemption     Jason Field, P.E.,  Moffatt & Nichol

9:30 am – 9:45 am                      Break – Please visit our Vendors!

9:45 am – 10:15 am                    Quiet Zone Formation   Ron Ries - FRA

10:15 am – 10:45 am                   Operation Lifesaver       Thomas Algatt, PA OLS

10:45 am – 11:15 am                   SHRP 2           Kate Kurgan

11:15 am                                     Closing Remarks       Karl Alexy, FRA

11:30 am - 12:30 pm                    Lunch

 

 
Guest List
Michael Abar
Railroad Safety Inspector
Michigan Department of Transportation
Lansing, MI - US

Karl Alexy
Director, Office of Safety Analysis
Department of Transportation
Washington , DC - US

Karl Alexy
Director, Office of Safety Analysis
US DOT - FRA
Washington, DC - US

Thomas Algatt
State Coordinator
Operation Lifesaver of Pennsylvania
Shippensburg, PA - US

Kurt Anderson
Senior Vice President & General Manager
CTC, Inc.
Fort Worth, TX - US

Thomas Avery
Director of Operations
North Shore Railroad Co.
Northumberland, PA - US
Spouses Name: Rita Avery

David Baldwin
President
Central Signal
Madison, WI - US
Magnetic train detection technology

Walter Barry
Vice President
HiRail Corporation
Lisbon, IA - US
HiRail Corporation manufactures Rubber Grade Crossing Surface materials.

Stacey Beckett
Transportation Engineer
Maryland State Highway Administration - Office of Traffic
Hanover, MD - US

Rodney Bender
Transportation Manager
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Harrisburg, PA - US

Eric Bergeron
Transportation Supervisor Rail Officer
Connecticut Department of Transportation
Newington, CT - US

Shannon Betts
self
self
Montoursville, PA - US

Steven Betts
Utility Relocation Specialist
PennDOT
Montoursville, PA - US

Jason Bishop
Manager Field Support
CSX
Cumberland, MD - US

Jim Boyer
Signal Maintainer Manager
North Shore Railroad Co.
Northumberland, PA - US

Tomy Brown
VP Operations
geoMobiliti, Inc.
Jacksonville, FL - US

Rick Campbell
President
CTC, Inc.
Fort Worth, TX - US

Kenneth Campbell
Grade Crossing Engineer
PennDOT
Kettanning, PA - US

Anthony Carovillano
Railroad and Utilities Engineer
West Virginia Division of Highways
Charleston, WV - US

John Caufield
Manager of Public Projects
BNSF Railway
Kansas City, KS - US

Debra Chappell
Transportation Analyst
USDOT/Federal Railroad Administration
Washington, DC - US

Ioan Chis
Railway Works Engineer
Transport Canada
Dorval, PQ - CA

ioan chis
Railwas Works Engineer
Transport Canada
laval, PQ - CA

Tom Clark
Compliance Coordinator
Lehigh Railway, LLC
Owego, NY - US

Jesse Coats
Assistant Chief Engineer
Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad
Olean, NY - US

John Conrad
Owner
John P. Conrad, P.E., Railroad Consulting Engineer
Tyrone, PA - US

David Conrad
District Railroad Coordinator
PennDOT
Bridgeville, PA - US

Francois Cournoyer
Railway Safety Inspector
Transpor Canada
Dorval, PQ - CA

Ricardo Cruz
Director of Transportation Information Services
Moffatt & Nichol/Tavla Solutions
Smithfield, NC - US

Stephen Curley
Transportation Supervisor Rail Officer
Connecticut Department of Transportation
Newington, CT - US

Stephen Curley
Supervising Rail Officer
Connecticut Department of Transportation
Newington, CT - US

James Dahlem
Transportation Specialist
FRA
Washington, DC - US

Victor DeFazio
Design Services Engineer
PennDOT
Bridgeville, PA - US

George DiCarlantonio
Civil Engineer Consultant
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Harrisburg, PA - US

Monica Farabaugh
Hwy Design Supervisor
PennDOT
Hollidaysburg, PA - US

Sarah Fenton
Asset Engineer/Railroad Coordinator
PennDOT
Dunmore, PA - US

Jason Field
Crossing Safety Program Manager
Moffatt & Nichol
Raleigh, NC - US

Barbara Foran
Diagnostic Team Leader - Asistant Engineer
New Jersey Department of Transportation
Trenton , NJ - US

Louis Frangella
Grade Crossing Manager
Federal Railroad Administration
Poughkeepsie, NY - US

Frank A. Frey
General Engineer
Federal Railroad Administration
Prince Frederick, MD - US
Co-chair of the 2017 Eastern Crossing Seminar

George Fury
Property & Maintenance of Way Manager
SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority
Lewisburg, PA - US

Botamina Gemian
SENIOR Engineer
NJ DOT
trenton, NJ - US

Patti Goff
President
PTMW, INC
TOPEKA, KS - US
PTMW is an OEM Metal Enclosure & Fabrication facility. Custom design & fabricate metal enclosures and cases to customer specifications. A Woman Owned Business.

Jamie Goff
Railroad Safety Inspector
Michigan Department of Transportation
Lansing, MI - US

Norma Griffiths
Grade Crossing Manager
Federal Railroad Administration
Bradford, ME - US

Michail Grizkewitsch
Trespassing Specialist
Federal Railroad Administration
Washington, DC - US

arthur harkins
Control system manager
Keolis
somervile, MA - US

Andrew Hawkhurst
S&C Design Manager
Canadian Pacific Railway
Calgary, AB - CA

Daniel Helfrich
Civil Engineer Consultant
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Harrisburg, PA - US

Evelyn Hendricks
Crossing/Trespasser Regional Manager
DOT-Federal Railroad Administration
Akron, OH - US

Evelyn Hendricks
Grade Crossing Manager
Federal Railroad Administration
Akron, OH - US

Robert Herstein
Team Leader, Multi-Modal Team
Maryland State Highway Administration
Hanover, MD - US

Todd Hirt
Supervising Engineer
NJDOT / NJ Operation Lifesaver
Trenton, NJ - US

Ronald Hull
Civil Engineer Consultant
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Harrisburg, PA - US

Charles Hunter
Assistant Vice President, Government Affairs
Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services, Inc.
St Albans, VT - US

Ernest Leon Jackson
Manager Grade Crossing Safety
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Atlanta, GA - US

Brian Kisner
Vice President
Century Engineering, Inc.
Dover, DE - US

Stephen J. Klinger
Administrator, Grade Crossing Program
Norfolk Southern
Atlanta, GA - US

Kate Kurgan
Associate Program Manager, SHRP2 Implementation
AASHTO
Washington, DC - US

Jerry LaMendola
Project Manager/Utility Coordinator
KCI Technologies
Moon Township, PA - US
KCI Technologies provides Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) and Utility Coordination (UC) Services.

Ahmed Lasloudji
Senior Civil Engineer
PennDOT
Harrisburg, PA - US

Lynn Leibfried
Assistant Director Public Projects
BNSF Railway
Minneapolis, MN - US

Daniel Leonard
Grade Crossing Engineer
PennDOT
Harrisburg, PA - US

Mike Martino
Vice President Safety
CTC Inc,
Ashburn , VA - US

Thomas McClelland
Senior Civil Engineer Manager
PennDOT
Oil City, PA - US

Derek Mihaly
Project Manager II
CSX Transportation
Trevose, PA - US

Zachary Miles
Civil Engineer Trn
PennDOT
Oil City, PA - US

Mike Moreland
Sales
Polycorp
Elora, ON - CA

Rodney Morris
Signal Supervisor
Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad
Olean, NY - US

Michael D Nash
Traffic Operations Lead
Moffatt & Nichol
Decatur, GA - US

Richard Novack
District Utility/Grade Crossing Administrator
PennDOT
Montoursville, PA - US

Lindsay Peters-Dawson
Program Analyst
Federal Railroad Administration
Washington, DC - US

Kevin Price
Highway Designer
PennDOT
Hollidaysburg, PA - US

LaKenya Rapley
Utilities Railroad Specialist - Railroad Safety Program
Georgia Department of Transportation
Atlanta, GA - US

Andrew Reed
Civil Engineer
PA PUC
Harrisburg, PA, PA - US

Nikki Reedy
Accountant/Human Resources
North Shore Railroad Co.
Northumberland, PA - US

Rodney Rehnert
Senior Civil Engineer Supervisor
PennDOT
Allentown, PA - US

Ron Ries
Staff Director, Highway-Rail Crossing & Trespass Programs Division
Federal Railroad Administration
Washington, DC - US

Victoria Rusnak
Transportation Planning Manager
PennDOT
Clearfield, PA - US

Thomas Ryczek
Civil Engineer
PennDOT
Uniontown, PA - US

Larry Schaefer
Northeastern Sales Mgr.
OMEGA Concrete Crossings
Vancouver, WA - US

Joseph Scheuren
Sales
Oldcastle
Ashland, PA - US
StarTrack Railroad Products & Precast Concrete Manufacturer

Thomas Schrack
Attorney
McQuaide Blasko
State College, PA - US
Since 1922, McQuaide Blasko has been serving clients in Centre County, Blair County, Dauphin County, and throughout Central Pennsylvania. Our attorneys strive to offer each of our clients the highest quality legal expertise, and we are committed to meeting the evolving needs of our clients and our communities. You can visit McQuaide Blasko's website by going to this link: http://mqblaw.com/

Mark Schultz
Highway Design Supervisor
PennDOT
Clearfield, PA - US

Gary Scott
RW Acquisition and Railroad Coordination
O. R. Colan Associates, LLC
South Charleston, WV - US

Richard Scott
Manager Public Projects
BNSF Railway
Minneapolis, MN - US

Karen Scurry
Transportation Specialist
FHWA
West Trenton, NJ - US

Randy Seaver
Sr. Project Manager
KCI Technologies
Moon Township, PA - US
KCI Technologies provides Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) and Utility Coordination (UC) Services.

William Sinick
Civil Engineer Consultant
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Harrisburg, PA - US

Rhett Sloan
Senior Project Manager
Cardno
Cranberry Township, PA - US

Michael Sorbo
Bureau Director
PennDOT
Harrisburg, PA - US

Eric Souders
Diagnostic Team Leader - Assistant Engineer
New Jersey Departmnet of Transportation
Trenton, NJ - US

Jeffery Stover
Executive Director
SEDA_COG Joint Rail Authority
Lewisburg, PA - US

Bryan Teschke
Branch Manager
Cardno
Cranberry Township, PA - US
Need help locating underground utilities? Come visit our booth and we’ll tell you how our Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) services can benefit your projects and reduce costly utility conflicts.

michael thomas
sr project manager
moffatt & nichol
atlanta, GA - US

Andrew (Drew) Thomas
Rail Engineer
Moffatt & Nichol
Raleigh, NC - US

MIKE THOMPSON
Signal Maintianer
Winchester & Western RR
Clear Brook, VA - US

Barbara Tortorelli
Project Manager
Cardno
Cranberry Township, PA - US

Robert Travis, P.E.
Branch Manager, Rail Highway Safety
Texas Department of Transportation
Austin, TX - US

Ricky Van Wey
Public Projects
BNSF Railway
Carrington, ND - US

Gregory Vaughn
Grade Crossing Engineer
PennDOT
Harrisburg, PA - US

John Weston
Surface Transportation Director
Harris Miller Miller & Hanson
Burlington, MA - US

Rodney Whaley
Crossing/Trespasser Manager
DOT/Federal Railroad Administration
Wytheville, VA - US

Diana Williams
Treasuerer/Controller
North Shore Railroad Co.
Northumberland, PA - US

Cayela Wimberly
Grade Crossing Safety Director
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Atlanta, GA - US
Cayela Wimberly & Leon Jackson to receive the complimentary sponsor registration

Brian Wiser
Assistant Director of Transportation
Keller Engineers, Inc.
Hollidaysburg, PA - US

George Zimmerman
Engineering Chief
STV
Duluth, GA - US