American Railway Development Association

THE ARDA NEWSLETTER                                                          May 2019

Real Estate Section Feature
Section Chair, Brad Gordon
Legal Counsel
Patriot Rail Company

Article by Ken Bryan, Senior Strategist, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Railbanking, established in 1983 as an amendment to Section 8(d) of the National Trails System Act, is a voluntary agreement between a railroad company and a trail agency to use an out-of-service rail corridor as a trail until a railroad might need the corridor again for rail service.

This interim trail use of railbanked corridors has preserved thousands of miles of rail corridors that would otherwise have been lost. A handful of these preserved corridors have, indeed, been reactivated and are now back into rail service, and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) takes great pride in knowing that this provision has achieved its intended purpose of preserving corridors and their use, both interim and long-term.  

Register for the 2019 Annual Meeting

Join us for the 113th ARDA Annual Meeting in Nashville!

The 2019 ARDA Annual Meeting will take place in Nashville, TN, June 2-4.

Sunday evening will kick-off with a welcome reception at the Renaissance Nashville - located less than a 5 minute walk from Nashville's iconic  Broadway. Our conference sessions will begin Monday morning and conclude with President's dinner on Tuesday evening.

This year's event will feature speakers from the Norfolk Southern, the Union Pacific, the BNSF, and CSX Transportation! Our sessions will cover many topics including including facility investments, new developments in GIS and Fiber, and a special look at Ports!
2019 Annual Meeting Room Block

Our reserved block at the Renaissance Nashville is SOLD OUT!

The following hotels are within walking distance of our event:

ARDA has NOT reserved overflow blocks at the above hotels. Please plan to book accommodations independently of ARDA. 
SILENT AUCTION benefiting the ARDA Scholarship Fund 

ARDA will once again be hosting a Silent Auction at the 2019 Annual Meeting. The proceeds from this auction will benefit the ARDA Scholarship program. If you are interested in donating an item to be put up for auction please send your item to:

American Railway Development Association
Attn: Will Resch
410 First Street SE
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20003

Please contact Will Resch at when shipping items for the Silent Auction with details about the item and expected arrival date, or for more information.

Time to Renew Your ARDA Membership for 2019! 

If you have not yet renewed your ARDA membership for 2019, 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!

2019 ARDA Board of Directors

President: Mark Holder, HDR, INC.
First Vice President: Doug Morrison, Bartlett & West, Inc.
Second Vice President: Mike Ray, BNSF Railway Company
Treasurer: Devin Sprinkle, CN
Secretary: Matt Cangiolosi, CSX Transportation, Inc.
Past President: Gary Rozmus, GEI Consultants, Inc.

For more information, visit the ARDA website  or contact: 
Will Resch at

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!
Real Estate Feature
Meeting Registration
Membership Renewal
New Members since March

Ray Birkholz
Director of Real Estate Services
CSX Transportation

Don Bratton
Director of Portfolio Management

Chris Danos
General Director of Strategic Programs

Curtis Frazier
VP Real Estate and Industrial Development
Watco Companies

Derek Goodwin
Railroad Consultants PLLC

Alicia Plummer

Mark Toutain
The Audit People Management Corporation

Scott Walburn
Director of Industrial Development and Innovation
Kansas City Southern
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