To make its annual meeting more interactive and engaging, yet still highly educational, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) retooled certain aspects of this year’s Connections conference that was held last month in Grapevine, Texas.The meeting included nine targeted education tracks (including human resources, legal and mechanical), five “super” presentations (such as a regulatory review) and 24 breakout sessions. In addition, a rail business town hall meeting, Trump Administration 90-day report card discussion and positive train control panel highlighted two general sessions. The topics covered at the conference ran the gamut from safety to technology to legislation to marketing.Overall, the event drew more than 1,500 attendees and 250 exhibitors to the Gaylord Texas Resort in a Dallas/Fort Worth suburb — and from what I could gather as one of those in attendance — it hit on ASLRRA’s goals.This article I just added to our website shares some of the interesting things I heard and saw in Grapevine. It includes several Tweets I sent out while I was at the meeting.
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