Students studied best practices in railway management during a packed week in and around Washington, DC, in the first segment of the Railway Management Certificate Program, developed by Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business Executive Development Programs.
Presentations covered such useful topics as:
- Railway security and safety
- Effective teams
- Relationships between Amtrak and its host railroads
- CSX Transportation relationship with port and domestic container intermodal services
- Grade crossing
- Railroad trespassing safety measures
Class sessions were interspersed with visits to worksites and agencies, such as the Amtrak Locomotive Repair Shops in Wilmington, Delaware; Amtrak Consolidated National Control Center and Centralized Electric and Traffic Control Center; Port of Baltimore/Ports of America Chesapeake container port; the Federal Railroad Administration; the National Transportation Safety Board; the American Association of Railroads; the Federal Transit Administration; the Surface Transportation Board; and the Railway Supply Institute.
A group field trip used Amtrak’s “American View” inspection/theatre car on the 06:20 train from Washington Union to Wilmington, Delaware. Another trip took participants to the B&O Museum in Baltimore, located at the birthplace of U.S. railroading in 1827.
As participants learned, they also began their major cross-organizational team projects focusing on business and management issues facing the North American railway industry in the areas of passenger rail opportunities, freight service quality, and commodity traffic trend impacts.
The program will continue with a training week each month, October–December, in a different site across the nation (Pueblo, Colorado; Chicago; and East Lansing, Michigan).
The 15 participants in this fall’s program are from diverse rail industry organizations across the U.S. and also from Argentina.