American Railway Development Association


September 2016
Featured Article
Environmental Land Controls, Deed Restrictions and Institutional Controls 
By Pamela Nehring, Daley Mohan Groble PC, ARDA Law Section Past Chair  
Many rail development projects involve properties which may have environmental impacts from prior industrial or rail use. The requirement to remediate these properties in the context of redevelopment may hinge on these properties remaining in industrial or commercial use. In most jurisdictions, cleanup levels may be determined by the property use. Environmental agencies recognize risk based cleanup standards as part of a "brownfields" redevelopment of property. Many of these programs require some form of a land use restriction in order to obtain an agency approved closure, usually in the form of a "no further action" or other similar determination. This article will explain the land use restrictions and identify legal issues they present.

2017 Executive Forum Registration is now Open!
The 2017 Executive Forum will take place from Noon on Tuesday, January 24 through the morning of Wednesday, January 25. at Norfolk Southern's Goode Building in Atlanta, GA.  We are looking forward to a program featuring speakers on topics relating to our 2016-17 theme of "Get Connected." In addition to our educational program, attendees will have the opportunity to tour Norfolk Southern's Enterprise Command and Locomotive Control Centers.

More details on our program, schedule, nearby hotel options and are available here . Registration for the Executive Forum is open on the  ARDA website . If you are interested in attending the Forum we strongly advise you to register early. Due to space limitations we will be unable to accommodate more than 125 attendees.


If you have questions regarding the Annual Meeting please contact Fred Oelsner at or by phone at 202-715-1259.

"Get Connected" with ARDA for 2016-17

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.


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
$500 - $1,999
Silver Level
$2,000 - $4,999
Gold Level
$5,000 -  $7,499
Platinum Level

2016 ARDA Silent Auction

ARDA raised over $1,500 for charity at our annual Silent Auction in Las Vegas! The proceeds from the auction benefited  First Coast Blessings in a Backpack, a charity which provides weekend meals for Elementary School students who receive meals during the week at school through federal lunch programs. First Coast Blessings provides meals to students at 16 schools in Duval And St. Johns Counties in northeast Florida.

Thank you to all of our Auction winners for your generosity!
2015-16 ARDA Sponsors
Thank you to all of our 2015-16 sponsors! Your generous support allowed us to put together two great events in Miami and Las Vegas focused on "Going Global."


Bartlett & West
Kansas City Southern
Norfolk Southern Corp.


Clear Channel Outdoor
Florida East Coast Railway
GEI Consultants
Green Group Holdings
Herzog Contracting Corp.
IMGRail Consulting


LJA Engineering, Inc.

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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Membership Renewals
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2016 Silent Auction
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New Members since July

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Director-Corporate Railroad Relations
Ames Construction, Inc

David Maas
Senior Vice President and Principal

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Counsel-Real Estate & Regulatory

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TerraPact, Inc.

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