Register Now:  AARS 120th Annual Meeting and Golf Outing

 July 24-26, 2016 at the historiOMNI William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh!  


 



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Congratulations to the 2016

Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Award recipients!

Join us on July 24, 2016 at the OMNI William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh to honor these rising industry leaders at the AARS 120th Annual Meeting! 

Bernardo Ayala, Union Pacific Railroad
Jeff Bernstein, MTA Metro-North Railroad
Andrea Berry-Morris, Holland LP
Kristina Brevard, Denton County Transportation Authority
Matt Campbell, SMART Transportation Division
Allison Fayfich, Archer Daniels Midland
Jon Gabriel, BNSF Railway Co.
Greg Godfrey, Amtrak
Christopher Howard, CN
Amanda Jones, STV
Michael Keller, HDR Inc.
Gretchen Kostura, Amtrak
Jeremy Kramer, Louisville & Indiana Railroad Co.
Leslia LeMaster Wilson, TRAM Construction
Michael Logan, Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad
Kylie McLaughlin, Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad LLC
Kate O'Connor, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
Rapik Saat, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Darin Selby, Kansas City Southern Railway
Jerry Vaughn, Railinc Corp.
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AARS 120th Annual Meeting:  

July, 2016 Pittsburgh, PA

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  • 07 Apr 2016 2:25 PM | Anonymous

    oin us on July 24, 2016 at the OMNI William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh to honor these rising industry leaders at the AARS 120th Annual Meeting! 

    Bernardo Ayala, Union Pacific Railroad
    Jeff Bernstein, MTA Metro-North Railroad
    Andrea Berry-Morris, Holland LP
    Kristina Brevard, Denton County Transportation Authority
    Matt Campbell, SMART Transportation Division
    Allison Fayfich, Archer Daniels Midland
    Jon Gabriel, BNSF Railway Co.
    Greg Godfrey, Amtrak
    Christopher Howard, CN
    Amanda Jones, STV
    Michael Keller, HDR Inc.
    Gretchen Kostura, Amtrak
    Jeremy Kramer, Louisville & Indiana Railroad Co.
    Leslia LeMaster Wilson, TRAM Construction
    Michael Logan, Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad
    Kylie McLaughlin, Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad LLC
    Kate O'Connor, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
    Rapik Saat, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Darin Selby, Kansas City Southern Railway
    Jerry Vaughn, Railinc Corp.


  • 07 Apr 2016 2:23 PM | Anonymous

    Don't miss Rick Webb at the AARS Annual Meeting!  He will headline a speaker lineup that includes subject matter experts on tank car safety, PTC and safety issues, regulatory effects and more.

  • 10 Feb 2015 1:44 PM | Anonymous

    The railroad industry is beginning to see the benefits of the Federal Railroad Administration’s partnership with Transdev (formerly Veolia Transportation) in a recently completed research and development project on cognitive distraction and reducing major rule violations in commuter rail operations. As a result of the study’s conclusive findings, the Sustained Attention Training Program was developed by Transdev as one of the key deliverables of the project with the objective of offering training across the industry to reduce human factor caused train accidents.

    The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers partnered with Transdev for the research portion of the project. The BLE provided thirty-six locomotive engineers who operated the locomotive simulator that is part of the FRA’s Cab Technology Integration Laboratory in Cambridge, MA. The research included testing and analyzing locomotive engineers under various scenarios. A control group of locomotive engineers was provided basic training on everything required to operate the simulator safely and effectively. A second group of locomotive engineers was provided the same basic training PLUS a short module on the science of distraction and how it affects performance.

    The results were significant and meaningful for our industry. The second group performed better by a margin ranging from 7.1% to 11.2% in the various subjectively measured areas that were analyzed. The research clearly validated the effectiveness of minimal training on the science of distraction. However, we expect an even higher level of performance of locomotive engineers, as well as other safety critical employees, with a more structured and recurring training approach.

    This research reveals real opportunity to improve safety in our industry. I strongly believe Transdev’s Sustained Attention Training program will make a significant and positive difference in reducing human factor caused train accidents. The training consists of four key modules: Your Safety Culture; The Science of Cognitive Distraction; Signs and Symptoms of Loss of Attentiveness; and Solutions and Strategies for Fighting Distraction. The curriculum is designed to fully engage students in all four modules and will be reinforced with additional tools and processes. We currently are piloting the training program within our company over the course of this year, and intend to roll it out and make it available to the entire rail industry by 2016.

    For more information about the progress of this study and training initiative, please contact Ron Robusto, COO and VP Safety and Compliance, TransDev, at ron.robusto@transdev.com.  Mr. Robusto will present an update on this research and training development as part of a panel on Sustained Attention Training at the AARS 119th Annual Meeting, July 19-21, 2015 in Baltimore, MD. 

    This blog was authored by by Ron Robusto, Chief Operating Officer and VP Safety and Compliance- Rail Division, TransDev, and 2nd Vice President of AARS

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