American Railway Development Association


March 2017
Environment Section Feature
Connected: The Relationship Between Railroads' Indigenous Peoples 
Devin Sprinkle
Regional Manager - Environment (U.S.), CN, Vice Chair of the ARDA Environmental Section

Railroads, Native Americans, First Nations (native Canadians) and other indigenous peoples share a distinction in our culture as having long, storied and impactful histories tied to the creation and modernization of Canada and the United States.  These entities and the people associated with them have connected in various ways since the mid-20th Century. 

The connection between railroads and indigenous peoples continues today and is more important to railroads than ever.  When Positive Train Control (PTC) regulations were enacted in 2008 by the U.S. Congress, railroads operating in the U.S. found themselves in a situation whereby the approval of thousands of new communications equipment sites along their respective networks would be subject to review and comment by the over 300 federally recognized tribes, bands and indigenous communities located in the Continental U.S.  Subsequently, railroads found themselves working closely with indigenous peoples through an approval process regulated by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  The Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) represented Native American tribes within the PTC approval process.  With the looming final federal deadline for PTC implementation set for December 31, 2020, it has become critically important for railroads to connect with tribal communities and work through the process of communications tower reviews in an effective and mutually beneficial manner. 
2017 Annual Meeting Registration is Open Now! 

The 2017 Annual Meeting will take place from Sunday, June 18 through the morning of Wednesday, June 21 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. We will start off on the morning of June 18 with our Early Bird Golf Tournament at the Mirimichi Golf Course, with a reception at the Peabody Hotel finishing the day.

On Monday, June 19 we will begin our educational program and association business, and then finish the day with a riverboat cruise and reception aboard the Memphis Queen III. Guests of Annual Meeting attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a tour of Elvis' Graceland mansion on Monday. On Tuesday, June 20, we will wrap up our educational program and association business, and welcome attendees and guests to the President's Dinner at the Peabody Hotel. On Wednesday, June 21 a farewell breakfast will be hosted in the morning. 

Registration for attendees and their guests at the Annual Meeting and Golf Tournament is now open on the ARDA website at this link. For guests interested in joining the Graceland tour, please contact Fred Oelsner at to register for that event separately.

Annual Member attendees are encouraged to book a room in the ARDA block the Peabody Hotel at a discounted rate of $185 per night. Reservations may be made via this link, or by calling 1-800-PEABODY and requesting a room in the "American Railway Development Association Block."

More information on the 2017 Annual Meeting can be found on our website at
Renew Your ARDA Membership or Join Now

If you have not yet renewed your ARDA membership for 2016-17, please visit our website at and log-in at the top right corner of the page. 

Your renewed membership allows ARDA to continue fostering the industrial, real estate, natural resources, market development activities and environmental concerns of the North American railroads through the advancement of ideas and education of its members. Members also discounted registration rates at ARDA events, including a $200 discount on the Annual Meeting!

If you are not an ARDA member and would like to join, please visit our registration page.


2017 ARDA Sponsors
Thank you to all of our 2017 sponsors! Your generous support is allowing us to put together two great events in Atlanta and Memphis focused on helping ARDA Members "Get Connected."


Bartlett & West
Norfolk Southern Corp.


GEI Consultants
Kansas City Southern
Norfolk Southern Corp.


Florida East Coast Railway
LJA Engineering, Inc.
TRC Solutions


Daley Mohan Groble
Jesco, Inc.
RMI Midwest
W.G. Yates & Sons Contsruction 
ARDA Sponsorship Opportunities
ARDA offers companies the opportunity to sponsor the association on an annual basis, or by specific events at our Annual Meeting and Executive Forum. Multiple levels of Annual Sponsorship are available for your consideration. Corporate commitments greater than $1,000 also include complimentary individual memberships in ARDA.

To sponsor ARDA for 2016-17 please contact Fred Oelsner at or 202-715-1259 .

Annual ARDA Sponsorships
Bronze Level
$1,000 - $2,999
Silver Level
$3,000 - $4,999
Gold Level
$5,000 -  $7,499
Platinum Level

2016-17 ARDA Board of Directors

President: Alan Sisk, Norfolk Southern Corporation
First Vice President: Gary Rozmus, GEI Consultants
Second Vice President: Mark Holder, CSX Transportation, Inc.
Treasurer: Doug Morrison, Bartlett & West, Inc.
Secretary: Mike Ray, BNSF Railway Company
 Past President: Stephanie Johnson, Florida East Coast Railway

For more information, visit the ARDA website  or contact: 
ARDA staff at
The  American Railway Development Association  (ARDA) is a not-for-profit educational trade association founded in 1906 to promote Economic Development, Real Estate Development, Technology, and Environmental Activities of the North American Railroads. 
The objectives of the Association are to foster the industrial, real estate, natural resources, market development activities and environmental concerns of the North  American railroads; and through the advancement of ideas and education of its members, further promote the effectiveness of railway development and related work .
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