Having returned from its annual August recess, Congress resumed its work on the budget reconciliation package that currently sits in the House in several of its key committees. The reconciliation process, which is being paired with the bipartisan infrastructure bill, requires just 51 votes in the Senate rather than 60 and will include portions of President Biden's agenda that don't have bipartisan support.
Before the summer break the House self-imposed a deadline of September 27th to cast a vote on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. If the deadline gets pushed back, Congress will need to pass a short-term extension of the surface transportation provisions from 2015's FAST Act which has been extended for a year as a reauthorization was negotiated. Those provisions were rolled into the IIJA.
Amit Bose, currently the Acting Administrator of the FRA will receive a hearing in the Senate Commerce Committee on this week, likely moving him one step closer to confirmation as the agency's Administrator.
If you are interested in learning more about REMSA's government affairs efforts, please reach out to Cooper Ehrendreich at email@example.com.
|Booth sales, registration & housing for the
2022 NRC Conference & NRC-REMSA Exhibition are now open!
The 2022 NRC-REMSA Exhibition will take place January 5-6, 2022 at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, AZ in conjunction with the 2022 NRC Conference, which will run January 5-8, 2022.
Less than half of exhibition booths are still available, reserve yours today!
For questions regarding the NRC-REMSA Exhibition and reserving your booth, please contact Urszula Soucie at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (202) 844-6026.
For questions regarding the NRC Conference, registration, hotel, sponsorship, etc. please contact Mike McGonagle at email@example.com or (202) 975-0365.
| REMSA announces 2021 Continuing Education Scholarship|
REMSA is pleased to announce the availability of one continuing education scholarship for tuition assistance. This year REMSA is offering one Continuing Education Scholarship up to $10,000. The purpose of this scholarship is to positively impact the future of the rail construction and maintenance industry by supporting REMSA member employees' education. REMSA is seeking scholarship applications from employees who are pursuing additional education that would allow them to work successfully and grow within the rail construction and maintenance industry.
To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:
For more information on the REMSA Continuing Education Scholarship Program, please visit our website to view the full application.
- be a full-time employee of a REMSA member company. An employee who is the scholarship applicant is required to be a full-time employee. Part-time employees and interns are not eligible;
- provide proof of enrollment in a college or university or a vocational or technical institution continuing education program at the time the funds are disbursed.
What do you enjoy most about being on the REMSA Board?
Working together with other industry leaders who are singularly focused on giving back to an industry that touches the lives of so many people has been rewarding. The opportunity to network with fellow board members and customers has been an added bonus. Serving on the REMSA Board has been a fantastic experience that I would highly recommend.
What has your experience on REMSA Board taught you and what is your vision for the future of REMSA?
REMSA is a strong organization with a bright future. The one thing that I wasn't aware of, is how involved REMSA is, in advocating for our customers in Washington through our government affairs committee.
How did you get started in the rail industry?
I am an Army veteran and left the Army in the mid-90's taking up a sales position selling industrial gas and welding supplies into the rail industry. Over time I caught the rail industry bug, and combining the leadership and sales skills acquired over my career, I have had the pleasure of working for some of the biggest names in the industry, and even spent some time developing my own business in the international rail market!
What do you love most about your job/the rail industry?
What I love most about my job is the people. I have had the pleasure of working and interacting with some of the most dedicated and passionate people you will ever encounter. The people in this industry are proud to be a part of it, whether you're a customer, competitor or a co-coworker at the end of the day you're a part of the railroad community.
What do you find yourself doing most in your downtime? Hobbies outside of work?
Out-side of work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing a little golf and riding motorcycles.
How do you define the "future" of rail? Where do you think the industry is headed?
The rail industry is and will always be the backbone of the country. While remaining strong, I think there will be fundamental change in the future. In my opinion the industry will become more focused on technology and sustainability. High Speed and expansion of urban transit systems across North America will be a big part of increasing sustainability, reducing private journeys and even challenging aviation. Working internationally, I see similar trends to those over the last couple of decades in Europe, with increased public funding underpinning projects, something with plenty of challenges! Whatever direction things go the industry is well set to meet it head on and deliver for our customers.
Each month, REMSA features one of its members in the rail industry as our Member of the Month. If you are interested in participating or nominating someone your company, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
| Rail Safety Week 2021 is underway
Rail Safety Week 2021 is officially underway! From September 20th-26th, Operation Lifesaver (OLI), a nonprofit rail safety education and public awareness organization dedicated to saving lives, is working with counterparts in Canada and Mexico to observe Rail Safety Week by raising awareness of rail safety issues and helping the public make safe decisions around tracks and trains.
| New Member Spotlight|
All Hands Fire Equipment LLC is a Family Owned Business that offers Fire, Rescue, Tactical, EMS, and Industrial Safety Products and Training Since 2001. All Hands has worked with NYCT, WMATA, FDNY, NYPD, State and Federal Agencies, to the smallest rural Departments, and everything in between. New York City Transit and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has been purchasing Eflares from All Hands since 2012. Eflares are the GO TO light for Flagging, Signal, and Safety Applications for the Rail and Transit Industry.
| Help REMSA represent suppliers by taking our brief policy survey|
One of REMSA's goals is to effectively represent our membership and advocate for policies that support rail suppliers and the maintenance-of-way industry. Please take just a couple minutes to complete our survey so that we can ensure our advocacy efforts are up to date and in line with your needs by clicking here.
Register now for a virtual career fair for engineering professionals on Thursday, September 23rd, hosted by REMSA and Naylor's engineering partners.
The fair will take place from 11:00am to 2:00pm ET. More information can be found at REMSA's jobseekers page
|Business Opportunities in Central America webinar series
The U.S. Commercial Service, part of the International Trade Administration, will be hosting a series of webinars highlighting business opportunities in Central America including projects in a number of sectors including construction equipment and building materials, architecture and engineering services, and more. The webinars will cover opportunities in Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua and Panama. Those interested can register for an individual webinar or the entire series here.
|REMSA Grassroots Program
The 117th Congress has more than 50 new members in the House of Representatives and 7 new Senators, making 2021 a terrific opportunity to host a REMSA grassroots event at your company.
REMSA has hosted 50 grassroots events with member companies since the program was launched in 2015. Press releases detailing past events can be found here
REMSA's Grassroots Program connects our association's membership with members of Congress to host tours and site visits of company facilities and ongoing projects. It's a terrific way to showcase the positive impact that your company has in the local community, while also building strong personal relationships with your elected representatives. We will also take the initiative to engage with local and regional media outlets to highlight your company and maximize the visibility of the great work that you are doing.
Are you interested in growing your network and highlighting your products and services to the rail industry? Please contact Cooper Ehrendreich at email@example.com
to get started.
FRA: $362MM CRISI grant program
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on Aug. 31 will publish a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) that provides nearly $362 million to eligible projects under the FY 2021 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement (CRISI) grant program, and to related railroad trespass prevention projects. (Railway Age)
The U.S. Department of Transportation
(USDOT) is seeking public comments on supply-chain challenges in the port, rail and trucking sectors. The department's request for information, posted yesterday in the Federal Register, is in response to President Joe Biden's executive order that federal agencies address transportation bottlenecks and other ongoing problems in the U.S. supply chain. (Progressive Railroading)
announced that Kansas City Southern
has provided notice of termination of the previously announced May 21, 2021, definitive merger agreement with CN. The notice was provided after the KCS board determined on Sept. 12 that an updated acquisition proposal from Canadian Pacific was "superior" to CN's offer to merge with KCS. (Progressive Railroading)
Amtrak's plan to connect the U.S.
50 years since Amtrak was founded, the United States' federally owned passenger operator is arguably at the most exciting juncture in its history. William Flynn, Amtrak President and CEO, presented the company's ambitious plans for growth and development to International Railway Journal Editor-in-Chief Kevin Smith. (Railway Age)
RTA names new Executive Director
The Railway Tie Association (RTA) Executive Committee has named Nathan (Nate) Irby, Ph.D., as the association's next Executive Director. Since 2013, Dr. Irby has field managed the strategic sourcing wood tie program for Union Pacific, the nation's largest Class 1 railroad. (RT&S)
Adverse wheel and rail interaction pose one of the biggest threats to the life and performance of rail and rolling assets. Loram Technologies Inc.
offers gauge face and top-of-rail (TOR) consumables in biodegradable, synthetic and water-based versions.
Industry-Railway Suppliers Inc.
is the exclusive U.S. distributor of Slip Plate's OEM-8 lubricant, company officials said in an email. (Progressive Railroading)
R. J. Corman Railroad Group
LLC has appointed Justin Broyles executive vice president of commercial affairs. In his new role, Broyles will add responsibility of all Class I corporate relations for the R. J. Corman companies and will continue to lead the commercial efforts for the R. J. Corman short lines and Storm Team, according to a company press release. (Progressive Railroading)
Stantec, as part of the Balfour Beatty Vision 2 Reality Team, has been selected by the Jacksonville Transportation Authority to design and build Phase 1 of the its urban circulator program, The Bay Street Innovation Corridor. The program will modernize and expand the downtown transit circulator to accommodate autonomous vehicles (AV) and enhance overall mobility. (Progressive Railroading)
STANLEY Infrastructure, RailPod form alliance
STANLEY Infrastructure and RailPod Inc. have teamed to connect STANLEY's industrial tool and attachment customer base with RailPod's track inspection technology. RailPod vehicles can measure track geometry, rail wear, bridge and tunnel clearances, and catenary; detect rail flaws; and provide asset mapping for passenger, freight and transit systems. (Railway Age)