August 19-20, 2019

The PROGRESS IN MOTION Rail Forum is an ideal venue for planners, elected officials, economic developers, and business and industry representatives to join a discussion of issues impacting rail, and rail’s contribution to North Carolina’s transportation system and economy. The North Carolina Railroad Company invites you to be a part of the dialogue and help maximize the state’s rail assets through an exchange of ideas and information.


DAY 1 – Monday, August 19, 2019
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
General Reception
Market Hall
215 Wolfe St., Raleigh, NC

DAY 2 – Tuesday, August 20, 2019
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Progress in Motion Rail Forum
Master of Ceremonies: Loretta Boniti, Sr. Political Report & Anchor, Spectrum News
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC

Welcome & Introductory Remarks
Michael Walters, Chairman, NC Railroad Company

Freight Rail Industry Update
Tony Hatch, Sr. Transportation Analyst, ABH Consulting

Commuter Rail Panel
Moderated by Adrienne Cole, President & CEO, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Representatives of SunRail, Florida; Trinity Metro, Texas; and Virginia Railway Express, Northern Virginia will discuss best practices and lessons learned in the implementation of commuter rail service.

Breakout Sessions

Economic Development
This session will discuss strategies in identifying industrial site and infrastructure attributes that are required by specific rail-served companies

Spurring Collaboration: Communities and the Railroad
Vice President of Engineering, Jim Kessler and Vice President of Real Estate, Andrew Tate are joined by panelists from High Point, Morrisville and Clayton to discuss how they have collaborated on projects that are important to the Railroad and their communities

Keynote and Lunch

Closing Remarks
Scott Saylor, President, North Carolina Railroad Company

Forum Details

Reserve AccomodationsMarriott Center City
500 Fayetteville St.
Raleigh, NC


2018 Presentations +
2016 Presentations +

The Rail Renaissance – Is it over?

Tony Hatch, Senior Transportation Analyst, ABH Consulting

Moving People in North Carolina

A panel discussion moderated by Joe Milazzo, II, P.E., Regional Transportation Alliance
Paul C. Worley, CPM, Director, NCDOT Rail Division
John M. Lewis, Jr., CEO, Charlotte Area Transit System
Jeff Mann, General Manager, Go Triangle

Tracking Success & Spurring Growth: An NCRR Update

Anna Lea Moore, Vice President – Economic Development, North Carolina Railroad Company

Lunch Keynote: Economic Development Challenges, Opportunities, and the Importance of Rail Infrastructure

Gray Swoope, President & CEO, VisionFirst Advisors


Scott Saylor, President, North Carolina Railroad Company

2014 Presentations +

Moving North Carolina: A Documentary Preview

Michael Sheehan, Producer

Freight Rail: An Engine for Growth
View Video

Les Passa, Vice President, Strategic Planning, CSX

Freight Transport: A Look into the Crystal Ball

Larry Gross, President, Gross Transportation Consulting, Inc.

The Fugure of North Carolina Ports

Paul J. Cozza, Chief Executive Officer, NC State Ports Authority

Measuring the Economic Impact of Rail in North Carolina: Results of 2014 Study Released

Katherine B. Heller, Senior Economist, RTI International
Sara Lawrence, Senior Economic Development Analyst, RTI International
Zachary Oliver, Economist, RTI International

Next Stop: The Impact of Planned Future Passenger Stations

A conversation with Mayor Tom Stevens, Town of Hillsborough; Mayor Newell Clark, City of Lexington; and Mayor Pro Tem Chad Baucom, Town of Harrisburg
Moderated by Jeff Mann, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Mega Projects: Here We Come Ready or Not!

Dr. C. R. (Buzz) Canup, President of Canup & Associates, Inc

Investing in Rail — Fueling the Future

Bill Robbins, Executive Vice President, TransDevelopment Group

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