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For the first time ever, the Federal Railroad Administration is hosting a collaborative safety event tailored to the industry's track maintenance and construction groups. For three full days, free of charge, join hundreds of industry experts gathering under one roof to share and grow together through breakout sessions on track safety and roadway workplace safety. FRA’s approximately 180 track inspectors and specialists look forward to meeting and learning with you.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who is responsible for the inspection, maintenance, or safety of the physical track structure or maintenance-of-way employees. This includes railroad employees, contractors, consultants, and suppliers. The event will cater to employees of all levels of experience including track inspectors, maintenance foremen, roadmasters or other track supervisors, construction managers, and senior- level engineering managers. It is a great opportunity to participate in a collaborative learning and networking environment alongside your peers in the industry and the FRA.

Sample Breakout Session Topics (View Latest Speaker List)

  • Technological advancements in on-track safety and track inspection.
  • Derailment prevention
  • Continuously welded rail management
  • Active research projects with a safety focus
  • Rail defect detection trends and best practices
  • FRA regulatory guidelines

Call for Speakers

FRA is seeking experts in their respective fields to lead breakout sessions on a wide range of issues pertaining to Track and Roadway Workplace Safety. If you are interested in leading a breakout session, please let us know when registering in the provided field.

Venue - St. Louis Union Station

Upon registration, attendees will receive a link to book lodging at the historic St. Louis Union Station Hotel, by Hilton and/or a nearby hotel in the event the Union Station Hotel sells out. A St. Louis and railroad icon since 1894, today the Union Station hotel retains the elegant archways and décor of its famous Grand Hall. You'll be within blocks of City Museum and less than a mile from the heart of Downtown.

The first train pulled into Union Station on September 1, 1894, ushering in a new and exciting time for St. Louis. The city known for being the gateway to the West suddenly became a gateway to all of America. Now Union Station has been transformed into a destination featuring six restaurants as well as rides, walkways, and family attractions such as the St. Louis Aquarium, Ropes Course, and Mini Golf under the roof of the original massive train shed.

Venue - St. Louis Union Station
Venue - St. Louis Union Station

If there is a topic you would like to see addressed, but you are not sure who could lead this session; or if you have any other questions about the symposium, email us at