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Bartlett & West

At Bartlett & West we take a more-rounded view in creating value for our clients. With a portfolio of professional solutions—from engineering to landscape architecture, from GIS to information management, from field services to sustainable development—our people bring a 360 degree perspective to our clients' challenges.

CN is engaged in the rail and related transportation business. CN’s network of approximately 20,000 route miles of track spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert (British Columbia), Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans and Mobile (Alabama), and the key metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth (Minnesota)/Superior (Wisconsin), Green Bay (Wisconsin), Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, and Jackson (Mississippi), with connections to all points in North America. CN’s extensive network and efficient connections to all Class 1 railroads provide CN customers access to all three North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) nations.

Norfolk Southern Corporation

Norfolk Southern Corporation is a Norfolk, Va-based company that controls a major freight railroad, Norfolk Southern Railway Company. The railway operates approximately 21,300 route miles in 22 eastern states, the District of Columbia and Ontario, Canada, serves all major eastern ports and connects with rail partners in the West and Canada, linking customers to markets around the world. Norfolk Southern provides comprehensive logistics services and offers the most extensive intermodal network in the East.

Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. From 2008-2017, Union Pacific invested approximately $34 billion in its network and operations to support America's transportation infrastructure. The railroad's diversified business mix is classified into its Agricultural Products, Energy, and Industrial and Premium business groups. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.

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BNSF is a critical link that connects consumers with the global marketplace. For more than 160 years, BNSF has played a vital role in building and sustaining this nation's economy. Today's BNSF Railway is the product of nearly 400 different railroad lines that merged or were acquired over the course of 160 years. While many different railroads combined to form BNSF, the people who worked at those railroads shared many traits. The people who built BNSF were — and continue to be — a unique breed, blending the forward-thinking of dreamers with the pragmatism of results-oriented business leaders. This heritage played a central role in settling and growing the American West, and today, BNSF continues to have a significant impact in meeting the needs of shippers and serving the economy.

Canadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to major ports on the west and east coasts, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit to see the rail advantages of CP.

CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is a transportation company providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. Our transportation network connects customers to ports, production and distribution centers and markets across the eastern United States. CSX Transportation, Inc.: A principal operating company of CSX Corporation, CSX Transportation (CSX), provides a crucial link to the transportation supply chain through its approximately 21,000 route mile rail network, which serves every major population center in 23 states east of the Mississippi River, the District of Columbia, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. It serves 70 ocean, river and lake ports along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, the Mississippi River, the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway. CSX also serves thousands of production and distribution facilities through track connections to more than 230 short-line and regional railroads.

CSX Real Property, Inc.: CSX Real Property is the real estate subsidiary of CSX Corporation that is responsible for sales, leasing and development of properties. It serves customers through sale of land for industrial development as well as rail corridor use for utilities, pipelines or telecommunication transmission lines. Headquarters are located in Jacksonville, Fla.

GEI Consultants

GEI Consultants, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and ecological science and engineering firms. GEI employees have completed hundreds of assignments at railroad projects across the country. Our team of professionals is supported by skilled experts in multiple disciplines throughout our national office network. GEI brings to our clients a refreshing blend of technical expertise, collaborative spirit and innovation that is rare in our business. Our work and relationships with clients and partners is based on the highest standards of personal, business, and professional honesty, integrity, and ethics.


HDR. As a leader providing professional services for the rail industry, we focus on forward thinking and cost-saving innovation. We fuse engineering and operations practices with regulatory understanding, economic savvy and technical skills to create inventive plans that work. Whether it's evaluating industry-wide paradigm shifts in locomotive fueling alternatives, alleviating the oldest rail bottleneck in U.S. history, offering insights to new sustainability programs such as Envision or delivering the largest classification yards using innovative program delivery, we work side-by-side with our clients to keep freight moving safely and effectively.

Our Strategic Solutions:

  • Systems, operations, planning and analysis
  • Environmental analysis
  • Grant applications
  • All core engineering services
  • Yard and facilities design

Herzog was founded in 1969 by William “Bill” Herzog as an asphalt paving contractor on the guiding principles of safety and quality. We continue to incorporate these principles and make them a core component of our work and business ethics. We recognize through safety and quality, we can deliver a product of greater value to the customer. This recognition has led us to be a premier rail and highway contractor across North America. Herzog is a trusted name, synonymous with industry- leading services and solutions.

Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS' North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

LJA Engineering's rail group is a dedicated, results oriented freight rail team, providing planning, engineering, design, permitting, operations planning, procurement, public projects management, project and program management, construction and construction management. We Get It – We Deliver

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Clear Channel Outdoor is one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies, with more than 650,000 displays in over 35 countries across five continents, including 43 of the 50 largest markets in the United States. This includes a growing digital platform that now offers over 1,050 digital billboards across 29 U.S. markets. We help advertisers create inspiring out-of-home campaigns via traditional and digital formats in roadside, urban, transit and airport environments, on street furniture and at retail near point of sale.

We enable brands to engage with people on the move, and are pioneering the integration of out-of-home with mobile and social media to turn awareness and inspiration into engagement and purchase. Visit

GHD is one of the world's leading professional services companies operating in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation. We provide engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services to private and public sector clients.

JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying, managing and investing in real estate. JLL’s Rail Practice Group is dedicated to delivering a wide range of real estate services to the rail industry. The Rail Practice Group focuses on enhancing the value and productivity of our rail clients’ real estate portfolios through transaction management of permits, sales, leases, economic development services and supply chain logistics. JLL has more than 200 corporate offices, operates in 75 countries and has a global workforce of approximately 53,000. In a complex world that is constantly changing, JLL is committed to helping you understand and navigate the intricacies of commercial real estate.

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RailPros Field Services (RPFS) has more than 200 highly experienced railroad personnel positioned across the U.S.- ready to mobilize. Currently, RPFS provides expert services for six Class 1 railroads and various short-line properties. We also provide support to third-party utility companies such as power, gas, oil, and pipeline work that crosses railroad right-of-ways.

TerraPact is a leading provider of right of way corridors for critical infrastructure in North America. Since its founding in 2011, TerraPact has expanded rapidly through acquisitions and organic growth. Currently, TerraPact manages right of way agreements on over 5,000 miles of right of way corridors across the United States and British Columbia. These agreements enable the construction and operations of networks to securely and efficiently connect disparate locations for the movement of data, energy, water and feedstocks.

TRC Companies. A pioneer in groundbreaking scientific and engineering developments since the 1960s, TRC is a national engineering, consulting and construction management firm providing integrated services to the power, oil and gas, environmental and infrastructure markets. We serve a broad range of clients in government and industry, implementing complex projects from initial concept to operations.

TRC has over 4,000 technical professionals and support personnel at more than 120 offices throughout the U.S. Our clients depend on TRC’s multidisciplinary teams to design solutions to their toughest business challenges in the energy, environmental and infrastructure markets. Click here to view our Corporate Brochure.

Bronze Level

At Antea Group, we provide environment, health, safety and sustainability consulting that combines innovation with integrity, local support with global perspective and technical expertise with superior project management.

For over 40 years, Capehart Scatchard's Transportation Practice lawyers have been providing comprehensive legal services to management at all levels of Class I, Class II and Short Line railroads across the United Stated and in Canada. From railroad real estate, environmental and commercial issues, railroad safety regulations, safety performance standards, prosecution of loss and damage claims, or highway-rail grade crossing safety issues, our Transportation team approaches each matter with an astute understanding of the issue at hand. Our lawyers’ broad understanding of the transportation industry increases their dedication to the quality and timely assistance on all transportation matters. Blaine Capehart one of the founding fathers of the firm was the first attorney to represent the Pennsylvania Reading Seashore Lines when the Pennsy and Reading merged their South Jersey operations in 1933. The firm strives to carry on that tradition.

Capitol Environmental Services Inc. (Capitol) is headquartered in Newark, DE. and has been in business for 29 years. We work nationwide and specialize in site service and the transportation, disposal and management of all contaminated materials resulting from day to day operations, remediation projects and emergency responses. We have an extensive history working with rail companies providing a broad range of services.

Capitol takes ownership and manages the entire process using our Senior Business Managers (SBM) model. Each SBM is an experts in interpreting analysis for waste characterization and classification as well as the procurement and permit parameters for potential outlets. We provide complete transparency and accountability to all activities, volumes and cost on a real time basis using our state of the art material tracking and accounting program, Environexus.

Daley Mohan Groble's vision is rooted in the conviction that a select group of skilled lawyers can offer unsurpassed legal services, with a level of efficiency and value large firms seldom achieve. Our success is built on the responsiveness, focus and ingenuity we bring to every legal issue facing our clients. We provide a broad range of legal services for public and private clients in the transportation, energy, telecommunication, technology, real estate, construction and manufacturing industries. Our clients rely not only on our legal expertise, but also on our business sense and practical approach to problem solving. We present effective, workable strategies for achieving their objectives, and provide them the confidence necessary to vigorously and fully assert their rights.

Halff Associates is a unique regional consulting firm that has provided full-service engineering, architecture, and related services for decades. We are committed to continually investing in our employees, fostering a culture of collaboration, and delivering unwaveringly high-quality results for our clients. Our passion is providing smarter solutions with a distinctly human touch for everyone we serve.

The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) is the only trade association organized specifically to serve the needs of railroad contractors, suppliers, and the entire railroad and rail transit construction industry. NRC's primary objective is to advance the mutual interests of its members and the railroad and rail transit construction industry. The NRC works hard to expand rail construction and maintenance business opportunities, protect rail contractors from intrusive government regulation, and improve railroad construction safety and operations. The NRC is located in Washington, DC, where NRC staff and the Board of Directors work closely with government and business leaders to promote and protect rail contractors and suppliers.

RMI Midwest is a real estate appraisal services firm, owned by Charles W. (Sandy) Rex III, MAI, applying comprehensive appraisal valaution and GIS expertise to an extensive variety of real property assignments. Since 1995, we have specialized in the valuation and analysis of corridors and other railroad properties.

To understand VAA, consider the values instilled by our founders. Since 1978 when Dick Van Sickle and Chuck Allen started the firm, we have been driven to provide integrity and excellence in our service. As displayed on the home page, our Vision and Values are fundamental in guiding our growth. Collectively, our experience spans North America; we have licensed professionals in the United States and Canada. Our employees range from fresh perspectives to veterans in the industry to support agribusiness, buildings and industrial markets.

To engage VAA as a partner or an employer, reference our client relationships that span several decades. Earning their business was purposeful with an eye toward the future. We continue to serve our diverse clients through our services, including general arrangement / process layout; civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering; rail design; and industrial architecture. Our clients have counted on us for new facilities, commercial buildings, structures, expansions and retrofits, but also for strategic planning, maintenance and process design.