Current Sponsors

Platinum Level

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.


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.



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

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.


Gold Level


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.

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


Silver Level

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.

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.

geoMobiliti’s has a team of railroad Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and real estate professionals providing a variety of railroad-related expertise.  Since its inception in 2009, geoMobiliti has teamed with Class I and shortline railroads to not only better manage existing railroad assets but provide analysis of existing assets.  Additionally, geoMobiliti provides a mechanism to identify and monetize rail corridors through the monetization of encroachments along with analysis of rail property to identify conforming parcels for cellular towers and outdoor advertising.
Using the technology of GIS, geoMobiliti provides a bi-focal approach to viewing data.  This approach gives the detail needed by some users simultaneously providing a overall viewpoint for others.  By merging datasets from all departments in the railroad, everyone has the access needed to make the most informed decisions.

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.

   Bergmann started in Rochester in 1980 with seven employees. Since then, Bergmann architects, engineers and planners have been delivering results to clients across the United States and Canada. Bergmann develops relationships with partners and communities to create dynamic, creative solutions that will stand the test of time while promoting environmental and functional sustainability.

Projects in the Bergmann portfolio range from major buildings and commercial developments to critical transportation infrastructure and community planning. Bergmann also connects with local communities through numerous civic activities and mentorship programs. 

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.


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.


Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP For over 39 years, Kelly Hart & Hallman has provided some of the country's most innovative and successful businesses, individuals and governmental entities with a full array of legal services. In those same 39 years, Kelly Hart has grown from five attorneys to over 160 attorneys practicing in more than twenty substantive areas of the law. We owe this success to our outstanding lawyers and unparalleled clients. We are proud of our past and excited about our future.

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.

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.