Jun 19
Jun 20

2023 Highway Railroad Safety Conference

Event Details

West Des Moines, Iowa


Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel
1800 50th St.
West Des Moines, IA 50266

After you register, you will receive an email containing a link for making conference rate reservations.


June 19, 2023 — June 20, 2023


On-site check-in begins at noon on the first day.

Event Contact
Keith Knapp
InTrans, Iowa LTAP


This two-day event is meant for railroad professionals, companies, and municipalities planning roadway projects that interact with railroad property, state departments of transportation (DOTs), and stakeholders with an interest in railroad crossing.

Exhibitor Opportunity

After registering as an attendee, if you or your organization is interested in having exhibitor space at the conference, please contact Natasha Foster, Sales and Event Services Manager at the West Des Moines Sheraton. She can be reached 515-457-2210 or

Tentative Abbreviated Agenda

Day One

TimeEvent Details
12:00–1:00 PMRegistration & Check-In
1:00–1:15 PM

Welcoming Remarks
Scott Marler, Iowa DOT Director

1:15–2:15 PM

Brainstorming Session
Open forum:
Issues, concerns, challenges, and successes participants would like to share with the group

2:15–2:30 PM

CPKC Merger Update

2:30–3:00 PM

Railroad Crossing Preemption

3:00–3:15 PMBreak
3:15–3:45 PM

AREMA Update

3:45–4:15 PM

National Legislation & Industry Update

4:15–5:15 PMState DOT Updates
- Iowa DOT
- Kansas DOT
- Missouri DOT
- Nebraska DOT
5:15 PMDay 1 Adjourn
6:00–7:30 PMReception & Networking
Refreshments & Hors d'oeuvres 

Day Two

TimeEvent Details
7:00–8:00 AMContinental Breakfast
8:00–8:30 AM

FRA Update

8:30–9:00 AMFHWA Update
9:00–10:15 AM

Operation Lifesaver Updates
- National Update
- Iowa Update
- Kansas Update
- Missouri Update
- Nebraska Update

10:15–10:30 AMBreak
10:30–11:00 AM

Union Pacific Railroad Update

11:00–11:30 AM

BNSF Railroad Update

11:30 AM–12:30 PM

Railroad Crossing Safety Projects Coordination Roundtable
Moderator: Iowa DOT
Panel of representatives from UP, BNSF, and other railroads will discuss ways to best coordinate railroad crossing safety projects with state DOT representatives

12:30–1:30 PMLunch
1:30–2:00 PM

American Short Line & Regional Railroad Update

2:00–2:15 PMAASHTO Update
2:15–2:30 PMBreak
2:30–3:45 PM

Q & A Panel Discussion
Representatives from FRA, FHWA, Class I RRs, ASLRRA, AASHTO will have an open discussion pertaining to policy, grant opportunities, projects, issues, and concerns

3:45–4:15 PM

DHS/TSA Railroad Security Awareness

4:15–4:30 PMConference Wrap-Up
4:30 PMConference Adjourn

Download a PDF of the detailed agenda draft (updated March 27).