Washington, DC
July 11-13, 2023: WMATA and Amtrak

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is pleased to host its fifth biennial Passenger Railway Engineering Education Symposium (p-REES), July 11-13, 2023, in Washington, DC, hosted by both Amtrak and WMATA. Building on the tremendous success of previous programs in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, and the 2021 virtual p-REES, we continue our partnership with the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA) to advance rail engineering education. This intensive program is aimed at educating engineering faculty from across North America about the public transportation industry so these faculty can tell our story, including its many career opportunities, through their courses, curricula, and degree programs.

APTA will reimburse up to $750 in travel expenses (hotel and transportation) for professors and faculty who have not participated in previous REES events. Most of the meals during the symposium will be provided.

Your participation in the 2023 p-REES Symposium will give you the unparalleled opportunity to educate and shape the landscape of our nation’s transit workforce. This symposium will feature presentations, discussions, and lecture materials that you can use and share, including PowerPoint slides, notes, and other materials. Industry speakers will provide an overview of potential rail and transit research opportunities, and highlight the excitement in the industry about new challenges and industry opportunities available to new graduates entering the rail and transit engineering profession.

The 2023 p-REES program will provide practical hands-on engineering information and materials and an abundance of round table conversations and working sessions led by leading engineering academics, industry experts, and practitioners. Our goal is to encourage engineering faculty’s interest to add rail and engineering content to their current courses and curricula. This three-day symposium will include also include technical tours of rail systems. This forum provides attendees with an exceptional opportunity to learn and network with academic peers and leading transit engineering professionals.

Please register by June 12th to take advantage of the discounted room block.  The room block closes on June 12th.

Program Topics Include:

  • Railroad Operations/ Modal Characteristics
  • Basic Signals
  • Track
  • Starting a Program
  • Navigating Research and Grant Opportunities
  • Interactive Classroom Demonstrations and Discussions

A formal program will be available soon.

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