Passenger & Freight Railroads Unite 2019

JOC Staff |

March 14 & 15 - Washington, DC

Please set aside the dates of March 14 and 15 to attend the first Passenger and Freight Railroads Unite Conference at the Westin Washington, D.C. City Center.

About the Meeting:

Our business meeting is scheduled for a full day on March 14 and the morning on March 15. It will begin at 8:00 on March 14 with a networking breakfast and then lunch and will adjourn at 4:30 p.m. followed by a networking reception. On March 15, the action begins at 8 with a networking breakfast and ends at noon. Cost is $650 before February 15 and $900 afterwards.

The meeting is being organized by Dan Elliott who served as Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board from 2009 to 2017 and then went into private legal practice at Conner & Winters. Based on his experience at the Board, he came to believe that freight and passenger railroads need to talk more about how the national rail system should operate to be most efficient and effective.

The title of the meeting is Passenger and Freight Railroads Unite. This title expresses the theme of the meeting, that is to bring together freight and passenger railroads and other experts to look at the relationship between them to solve ongoing issues between these parties through informal discussions.

The goal is to bring everyone together to talk about the best way for the rail system to operate. In many circumstances, the freight railroads own and control the track that the passenger railroads operate on and in others, the passenger railroads have control. These shared track scenarios lead to disagreements about who should be able to go first when they both simultaneously need to run over the same route. It seems as if there is insufficient discussion in this town between the relevant parties. If these parties talked to each other directly rather than past each other through the press and trade shows, maybe we could fix some of the issues that have been fought over by these railroads.

As a result, we have invited leaders from Amtrak, the freight railroads, rail commuter services, and developers of new passenger and freight lines. A robust discussion about shared track and changing the network hopefully will lead to some solutions about how this fantastic system should operate.

Dress code is business casual. Networking tables will be available for distribution of your company’s information. We will have a networking breakfast, lunch, and reception on March 14 with our business meeting scheduled for a full day. We will also have a networking breakfast on March 15 with a plan to adjourn at noon.

All activities will be held at the Westin Washington, DC City Center. There will also be an all-day beverage station in the venue.

The meeting brochure and any other materials will be provided electronically in the interest of our natural resources and cost savings.

We would welcome additional sponsors for our programs and events – please contact Lisa Linthicum at 918-586-8511 or email See below for more information.Thank you for your support.