Join us in Pittsburgh, PA, August 19 - 22, 2019, at the newly renovated Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel,

for the 2019 National Highway - Rail Grade Crossing Safety Conference.  Hosting this year's event are the Eastern Crossing Seminar, the Federal Railway Administration (FRA), Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Rail Systems Suppliers, Inc. (RSSI), Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), Union Pacific Railroad(UP),

BNSF Railway (BNSF), Norfolk Southern Railway, the North Shore Railroad Companies (NSHR), and SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority (JRA).

Cheryl J. Walker

Associate Administrator for Safety

In August 2019, Cheryl became the Associate Administrator for Safety at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).  In this position, Cheryl is responsible for providing executive leadership and direction to a multidisciplinary professional staff of transportation safety experts in developing and implementing strategic national initiatives, programs, and policies to reduce fatalities, and serious injuries on the Nation's 4 million miles of public roads.

Previously she was the Director of the Office of Safety Programs, where she led national safety programs.  From June through October 2018, Cheryl served as FHWA's Acting Executive Director.  From 2012 to 2018, Cheryl held the position as the Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs and Policy Communications.

She has also served as the Special Assistant to the FHWA Administrator and as Legal Counsel to the FHWA's Chief Counsel.

Prior to joining FHWA, Cheryl served for three years as an attorney with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and, before that, for a decade as an attorney in energy regulatory practice for a Washington, D.C. law firm.  Before attending law school, she worked as an electrical engineer for General Motors Corporation.

Cheryl earned her Juris Doctorate from George Washington University in Wanshington, D.C., and a B.S, in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan.

     

In August 2019, Cheryl became the Associate Administrator for Safety at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).  In this position, Cheryl is responsible for providing executive leadership and direction to a multidisciplinary professional staff of transportation safety experts in developing and implementing strategic national initiatives, programs, and policies to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on the Nation's 4 million miles of public roads.

Previously she was the Director of the Office of Safety Programs, where she led national safety programs.  From June through October 2018, Cheryl served as FHWA's Acting Executive Director. From 2012 through 2018, Cheryl held the position as the  Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs and Policy Communications.

Cheryl also has served as the Special assistant to the FHWA Administrator and as Legal Counsel to FHWA's Chief Counsel.

Prior to joining FHWA, Cheryl served for three years as an attorney with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and, before that, for a decade, as an attorney in energy regulatory practice for a Washington, D.C. law firm.  Before attending law school, she worked as an electrical engineer for General Motors Corporation.

Cheryl earned her Juris Doctorate from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Kettering Iniversity in Flint, Michigan.

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CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Ronald L. Batory - Administrator

Federal Railroad Administration

Ronald L. Batory is a career professional with more than 45 years of field and system experience in the railroad industry. The first 23 years of his career were spent working for both the eastern and western Class I railroads, in addition to serving with a court appointed trustee's successful oversight of a regional railroad bankruptcy.

In 1994, Ron was appointed President of the Belt Railway Company of Chicago, a multiple owned subsidiary of then nine (9) competing Class I carriers. His successful leadership of serving their needs in the Chicago Gateway led to CSX and Norfolk Southern Corporation later recruiting him to Consolidated Rail Corporation, in preparation of their STB approved partitioning of the eastern carrier, and establishing what is now commonly known as the Shared Assests Areas.  Accomplishment of that unique task, in providing a plane of equality for joint competition, later favored him in being appointed to his last position of President & Chief Operating Officer for the entire corporate entity.

Upon his retirement in 2017, Ron pursued public service in Washington, D.C., which resulted in a Presidential nomination and unanimous consent by the United States Senate to become the 14th Administrator of the Federal Railway Administration.

Ron graduated from Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan, with a B.A. degree, and earned his M.A. degree from Eastern Michigan University.  He has served on various governing boards associated within the sectors of both industry and education.

Ron resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife, Barbara.