Past Sponsors 2022-23

Platinum Level

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 


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

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.


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. 


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.



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.

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


Silver Level



Clear Channel Outdoor
 is one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies, with more than 450,000 displays in 31 countries across Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America, including 44 of the 50 largest markets in the United States. This includes a growing digital platform that now offers over 1,200 digital billboards across the 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 the 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


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.

GHD is a leading professional services company operating in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation. Committed to a vision to make water, energy, and urbanization sustainable for generations to come, GHD delivers engineering, architecture, environmental and construction solutions to public and private sector clients. Established in 1928 and privately owned by its people, GHD’s network of 10,000+ specialists are connected across 200 offices located in five continents and the Pacific region.

At Jacobs, we make the world smarter, more connected and more sustainable. We focus on tools, infrastructure and processes to facilitate innovation across Railway Development projects. Challenging today is our response to the increasing complexity our world is experiencing. It calls on us to join forces, putting our knowledge and imagination together to reinvent the way we solve problems and shape the next generation of innovative solutions. Reinventing tomorrow is our promise and an invitation to raise the bar in everything we do. From the brilliant solutions we create with our clients, to the open and inclusive culture we create for our people. From the positive difference we make in our communities, to the added value we deliver to our shareholders.


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. 

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. 

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. 


Working with vendors, owners, and contractors on commodity-handling facilities throughout North America has developed VAA’s ( comprehensive understanding of how these facilities function - from equipment and processes to transportation to and from a site. Our design team is practiced in producing drawings responding to capacity and product needs for new facilities, rail expansions, and increases in shuttle-train traffic that meet the standards and requirements for railroad approval.
Track Design Services: shuttle train, transload, and intermodal facilities; sequence of operations; master planning; hazardous materials; and manifest track.
Multidiscipline Services: civil, structural, marine, mechanical, electrical engineering; general arrangement/equipment layout; and life-safety compliance.


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.

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. 


Bronze Level

Capitol Environmental, headquartered in Newark, DE, provides remediation and waste management services nationwide. Our experienced team provides very competitive rates and manages over 2,000 shipments a week of contaminated materials. All materials shipped are tracked and accounted for on a platform that is customized for each customer.

DALEY MOHAN GROBLE a professional corporation of attorneys

Mohan Groble Scolaro, P.C. 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.

GPI Geospatial, Inc. has been a premier provider of geospatial solutions for over 47 years. Our mission is to map the foundation for infrastructure improvements that enhance the connectivity between people and communities. It’s our vision to be the most trusted provider of precision mapping, imagery, LiDAR, and surveying services within the public and private sectors.

We provide innovative surveying and mapping solutions to state, local and federal governments, as well as private-sector clients. Our team understands the value and need for precision geospatial data and is committed to providing a customized approach using state-of-the-art sensors, software, and methods to deliver accurate and complete information for design and planning purposes.


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.

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.

WGI, Inc. is an award-winning national engineering, geospatial, and professional services firm with a priority focus on safe and efficient work in the railroad industry. Our engineering civil and environmental design and geospatial capabilities include in-house aerial and ground LiDAR, Subsurface Utility Engineering, and land surveying capabilities for the railroad industry’s design, construction, maintenance, crossings, and traffic signals. Our firm is experienced in design and oversight of railroad grade separation projects, including the agreements required between railroad companies, FHWA, FRA, and state DOTs. WGI serves Class 1 railroad companies, high-speed transit projects, and railroad contractors.

Founded in South Florida in 1972, WGI grew from a private client base and diversified into the public sector by increasing our expertise to include various disciplinary services. With nearly 700 professionals in 23 offices nationwide, WGI is providing cutting-edge efficiencies and solutions to solve complicated transportation scenarios in difficult environments, affirming our national trademark: Tomorrow’s Infrastructure Solutions, Today.

An award-winning civil engineering firm, we are recognized for exceptional service, commitment to providing a superb work product, and continuing a four-decade tradition of being engaged, passionate, responsive, accountable, creative, and inspired. WGI is committed to remaining at the forefront of innovation, investing in the technologies, efficiencies, software solutions, and people necessary to remain constantly agile and able to deliver projects for the railroad industry.