RREC FAQs


When is the 24th Railroad Environmental Conference?

Wednesday, 2 November – Thursday, 3 November 2022

Previously registered for RREC, but want to add the pre-conference workshop, AREMA Committee 13 Banquet, or a tour?

Those that have previously registered for RREC but would like to add the pre-conference workshop, AREMA Committee 13 Banquet, or a tour can select “Already Registered ($0)” on the registration form along with their new additions to update their registration.

Where can I learn more about the pre-conference workshop?

On November 1st, 2022 the Workshop on Infrastructure Life-Cycle Carbon Emissions Assessment for Railway Track Maintenance: Supporting Sustainable Decision-Making for Railway and Transportation Infrastructure will be held at the iHotel Illinois Conference Center in conjunction with the Railroad Environmental Conference. Additional workshop details can be found here. Virtual registration for the pre-conference workshop can be found here.

What tours are being provided?

The technical presentations will adjourn at 3:10 PM Thursday, 3 November. There will be 3 optional tours available for anyone interested after the conclusion of the technical presentations. Interested participants will be able to attend 1 of the 3 available tours. Tours will depart from the iHotel Illinois Conference Center at 3:15 PM and will last approximately 1 hour. Space is limited and available on a first come first serve.
Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District: Hydrogen Production Station
MTD is the first transit agency in the nation with a hydrogen fleet fueled entirely from our own 100% renewable source.
The project has three important components that make this technology truly zero emissions; a solar array to produce clean energy, a hydrogen fuel production station that uses solar energy to turn water into hydrogen, and hydrogen fuel cell electric buses that use hydrogen to generate electric power. From sun to street, these are truly zero emission – it’s like riding on sunshine!
Learn more here: https://mtd.org/inside/projects/zero-emission-technology/
Illinois Fire Service Institute
The Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) is the statutory State Fire Academy for Illinois. It serves as the oldest continuous fire training institution in the United States. Since 1925, first responders from across the state, nation, and the world have relied on IFSI to deliver hands-on, innovative, and top-quality training, education, and research.
Learn more here: https://www.fsi.illinois.edu/content/about/
Research and Innovation Lab (RAIL)
RAIL was created to provide representative conditions for conducting experimental laboratory work aimed at increasing railway safety and improving infrastructure design, maintenance, and performance. The 3,500 square-foot space provides researchers with the necessary tools to study various infrastructure components at the material, component, and system levels.
Anchoring the lab is the Track Loading System (TLS), which makes static and pseudo-static experimentation of railway infrastructure and its components possible using a full-depth track substructure. Researchers are able to use data to evaluate existing infrastructure designs, develop new design and validate analytical models.
Learn more here: https://railtec.illinois.edu/laboratories/rail/

How do I receive Professional Development Hours (PDHs)?

Attendees that request PDHs on their registration form will receive the certificate after the conference. Participants will be responsible for tracking which presentations they attend to complete the form and calculate their total hours.

What is the timeframe for RREC Abstract Submissions?

RREC Abstract Submissions run January through March before the Fall event. More information on abstract submission here.

When does registration open?

RREC Exhibitor/Sponsor and Attendee Registrations open the Summer before the Fall event. More information on registration here.

Where can I find previous programs, presentations, photos, and other conference materials?

Previous RREC materials can be found here.

If your question was not addressed above, contact us at rrec-conf@illinois.edu or 217.300.1340.