Current Sponsors 2023-2024

Platinum 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. 

 


 


As a terminal and switching service provider for its owners, CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern, Conrail provides safe and efficient rail service for many local rail freight customers in Detroit, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. Customers located along Conrail’s lines in these shared asset areas have access to the nation’s rail network through either NS or CSX. Although Conrail no longer handles commercial matters for customers, we continue to play a critical role in serving shippers and receivers as an agent for our owners. As a local service provider, it is Conrail’s job to make sure that customers’ freight shipments are safely and efficiently moved between their rail sidings and the long-distance freight trains operated by CSX and Norfolk Southern.


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CN is a world-class transportation leader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy, to the customers, and to the communities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year. As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the U.S. South through a 18,600-mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been contributing to community prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed to programs supporting social responsibility and environmental stewardship.


 

CSX Transportation encompasses approximately 20,000 route miles of track in 26 states, the District of Columbia and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The CSX network serves some of the largest population centers in the nation as nearly two-thirds of Americans live within CSX’s service territory. In addition, CSX has access to over 70 ocean, river and lake port terminals along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, the Mississippi River, the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway. The company also has access to Pacific ports through alliances with western railroads. Together with its affiliate companies, CSX is one of the nation's leading transportation suppliers. The company’s rail and intermodal businesses provide rail-based transportation services including traditional rail service and the transport of intermodal containers and trailers. CSX moves a broad portfolio of products across the country in a way that minimizes the effect on the environment, takes traffic off an already congested highway system, and minimizes fuel consumption and transportation costs. With a focus on supporting railroad operations, CSX also manages a vast real estate portfolio which encompasses sales, leasing, acquisition, permitting, environmental, property management, and development activities.


 


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 





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 


 

 


Norfolk Southern: Since 1827, Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) and its predecessor companies have safely moved the goods and materials that drive the U.S. economy. Today, it operates a customer-centric and operations-driven freight transportation network. Committed to furthering sustainability, Norfolk Southern helps its customers avoid 15 million tons of yearly carbon emissions by shipping via rail. Its dedicated team members deliver more than 7 million carloads annually, from agriculture to consumer goods, and is the largest rail shipper of auto products and metals in North America. Norfolk Southern also has the most extensive intermodal network in the eastern U.S., serving a majority of the country's population and manufacturing base, with connections to every major container port on the Atlantic coast as well as the Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes. Learn more by visiting www.NorfolkSouthern.com.
 

Gold Level



 

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

As the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, we’re committed to managing our business with the utmost responsibility and to always strive for better reducing emissions, creating social value or diversifying our senior leadership and workforce.

We understand both the urgency of the challenges facing our society and our responsibility to respond in an impactful and enduring way. Armed with this consciousness, we’re leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future, partnering with those who want to make a positive difference in the world.

We’re listening to clients and the communities we serve to improve lives and livelihoods, and to create sustainable legacies for generations to come. Thinking without limits is what keeps us at the vanguard. Ideas have no borders, and this ethos is embedded in our culture. The full scope of our global expertise is available to anyone who needs it, wherever they are based.

We’re trusted advisors — planners, designers, engineers, consultants and program and construction managers — delivering professional services spanning transportation, cities, buildings, water, new energy, and the environment. Working throughout the project lifecycle, we’re one team driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.



Arcadis is the world's leading company delivering sustainable design, engineering, and consultancy solutions for natural and built assets. We are more than 28,000 people, in over 70 countries, dedicated to improving quality of life.  Arcadis has been serving the North American railroad industry since 1994.  The Arcadis railroad team is your trusted partner, delivering solutions that meet all of your needs.
 

From concept to completion, Bartlett & West is your partner for comprehensive railroad solutions. In addition to our traditional rail engineering, architecture and construction services, we have developed or secured solutions for railroad mapping, real estate, positive train control (PTC), utility permitting, site and track survey, economic development and inspection coordination.

 


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.


RMI Valuation is a real estate appraisal services firm with over 60 years of combined appraisal experience and a nationwide reach. We apply comprehensive appraisal valuation 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. We strive to provide the best appraisal solution to even the most complex valuation problems. 


 





RailPros is a comprehensive provider of outsource services to the rail industry. RailPros provides turnkey engineering, real estate, project/program, construction management, and flagging safety services to both public and private customers. RailPros also has training and media production capabilities. Over the years, RailPros has continuously introduced new services to its customer base, furthering its position as a trusted and industry-dedicated technical services partner. Recognized as an industry leader, RailPros has rapidly expanded throughout the country, now servicing customers in all 50 states with an employee base of more than 800. RailPros has 14 offices nationwide with headquarters in Irving, Texas.


Strong Capital is the industry leader in railroad right-of-way license agreement management.  For over 20 years, Strong Capital has partnered with Class I, regional and short-line railroad operators across North America to optimize underutilized assets through its proprietary active management approach. 




Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP) delivers the goods families and businesses use every day with safe, reliable and efficient service. Operating in 23 western states, the company connects its customers and communities to the global economy. Trains are the most environmentally responsible way to move freight, helping Union Pacific protect future generations. More information about Union Pacific is available at www.up.com.



WSP USA and WSP Canada are the U.S. and Canadian operating companies of WSP, one of the world’s leading engineering, environment and professional services firms.  Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals.  WSP designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets.  With more than 25,000 employees in over 250 offices across the U.S. and Canada, we partner with our clients to help communities prosper. 

Silver Level



GEI Consultants, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading geotechnical, environmental, ecological/natural resources/permitting, waterfront design, landscape architecture, structural, water resources, science and engineering firms. GEI employees have completed hundreds of assignments at railroad projects across the country.  As a member of the employee-owned GISI family of companies, we foster personal relationships with our clients and support our staff in a partnership model, which is underpinned by continuous learning and sharing of knowledge. GEI’s team of professionals of more than 1,400 staff in 55 offices in North America, 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.

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. 



VAA is a nationally recognized engineering, planning and design firm with more than four decades of expertise and a highly specialized skillset. From bulk commodity-handling facilities to manufacturing plants, waterfront distribution terminals to consumer retail outlets – and beyond. Clients choose VAA for our unique ability to understand their realities, integrate the various elements of a solution and cultivate long-term, mutually successful partnerships.  

Designed. Engineered. Solved.

Partner with VAA – Let’s get growing.
 

 

Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway Company (WLE) is a Class II regional freight railroad based in Brewster, Ohio. The company is privately held, is the largest Ohio-based regional railroad and one of the largest regional railroads in the country handling nearly 150,000 carloads annually for over 110 customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. WLE offers customers competitive routing options to North America through multiple connections with Class I carriers Canadian National Railway, CSX Transportation, and Norfolk Southern Corporation as well as fourteen other regional and shortline railroads. The company owns and operates over 800 miles of track and has a strategic presence in the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale plays in eastern Ohio and southwestern Pennsylvania. WLE employs over 400, has 98 locomotives, and major yards are located at Akron, Ohio; Brewster, Ohio; Canton, Ohio; Mingo Junction, Ohio; Norwalk, Ohio, and Green Tree (Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania.  


 

Woodard & Curran is an integrated science, engineering, design-build, and operations company specializing in water and environmental projects. By partnering with you and adopting your priorities, we deliver one-of-a-kind answers to unique problems. We believe that doing good work for our clients goes hand in hand with doing good for the planet. These commitments — to each other, to our clients, and to the world around us — define Woodard & Curran.

 



 

Bronze Level

 


KELLY 
HART


Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP (Kelly Hart) is a full-service business-to-business law firm with over 150 attorneys practicing in more than 20 substantive areas of the law. Our attorneys provide innovative and strategic legal solutions to our clients’ most complex business challenges. Kelly Hart lists among its clients Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, individuals, foundations, investor groups, and governmental entities. Areas of practice include administrative, appellate, aviation, banking and finance, business reorganization and bankruptcy, corporate and securities, energy, environmental, estate planning and probate, government enforcement and investigation, health care, intellectual property and technology, labor and employment, litigation, nonprofit organizations, oil & gas/energy, public finance, real estate, tax, transportation law, and water law.

OUR MISSION:
At Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, we are building a nation connected by trails. We re-imagine public spaces to create safe ways for everyone to walk, bike and be active outdoors.