Real Estate Section Feature
Section Chair, Brad Gordon
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
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.
Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!
New Members since March
Director of Real Estate Services
Director of Portfolio Management
General Director of Strategic Programs
VP Real Estate and Industrial Development
Railroad Consultants PLLC
The Audit People Management Corporation
Director of Industrial Development and Innovation
Kansas City Southern