03/04/2021 General Meeting With Brightline West

Join us Thursday March 4th at 6:00 pm central for a presentation from Brightline West. This revolutionary project will connect Los Angeles and Las Vegas with fully electric high-speed rail that can reach a top speed of 200 mph, reducing the trip time from 6 hours by car to a projected 3 hours by train. The presenter is Tom Roadcap, a RailTEC alumnus who served as the UIUC AREMA Student Chapter president in 2016! Use this link to join the meeting on 3/4 at 6:00 pm central. Learn more about the project here.

Service route map from LA to Las Vegas.

First General Meeting of Spring 2021

This Wednesday, February 3rd, the UIUC AREMA Student Chapter will be hosting our first general meeting of the spring 2021 semester. We will begin with a board transition, and then turn the floor over to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for a presentation about automated track inspection. They operate six passenger lines in our nation’s capital, and regularly saw over 600,000 daily trips before the lockdown. We’re excited to welcome them!
You can access the meeting with the following link:

2/20/2020 AREMA General Meeting with Alstom

  • The AREMA SC will be holding a general meeting featuring Alstom!
  • Alstom is a manufacturer of rail equipment and signals. They will be holding an information session on Thursday, February 20, 2020.
  • Bring your resume!
  • Dinner will be served at 5:45 PM and the meeting will start at 6:00 PM in 1311 Yeh Student Center!

10/30/19 – General Meeting with Union Pacific Railroad

The AREMA SC will be hosting a general meeting featuring Union Pacific Railroad on Wednesday, October 30!

Union Pacific Railroad is one of the largest Class 1 railroads in North America with 42,000 employees and over 32,000 miles of track in 23 states. Brev Holder, a supervisor of Track Maintenance and UIUC alumnus, will be hosting a meeting on the historic spring 2019 flooding of UP’s mainline tracks.

The meeting will be held at 6 pm on Wednesday, October 30th in 2312 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory. Free Black Dog will be served at 5:45pm!

9/12/19 – General Meeting with BNSF Railway

Our first general meeting of the year will feature speakers from BNSF Railway’s Engineering Department!

Burlington Northern and Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway is the largest Class 1 freight railroad in North America with 42,000 employees and over 32,000 miles of track in 28 states. Attendance at the event will count for points for participants of the Grainger Engineering First-Year Experience.

A free dinner will be served at 5:45, so you don’t want to miss it!

What: General Meeting with BNSF Railway

Where: 3310 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory

When: Thursday, September 12th at 6:00 PM; dinner served at 5:45 PM

4/13/19 – Monticello Work Day with the Illini Railroad Club

On April 13th AREMA UIUC and the Illini Railroad Club will be having a joint work day at the Monticello Railroad Museum! Come experience real railroad maintenance work, only 30 minutes away! Make sure to bring your PPE and steel-toe boots!

What: Joint work day with Illini Railroad Club and Monticello RR Museum

Where: Monticello Railroad Museum, Monticello, IL

When: April 13, 2019; all-day event

4/4/19 – General Meeting with ESi

  • AREMA will be hosting a general meeting featuring Engineering Systems Inc. on April 4th! Engineering Systems Inc. (ESi) is an engineering and scientific investigations and analysis firm. ESi’s rail team has been a leading provider of failure analysis and technical guidance in the rail industry for many years. Come get free food and info!

What: General Meeting with ESi

Where: 2312 Newmark Civil Engineer Laboratory

When: April 4th, 2019; the meeting will start 6:00pm, with dinner served at 5:45pm

3/15/19 – Field Trip to CTA

Interested in transit? Want to see how one of America’s busiest subway systems maintains its tracks? AREMA and the Institute of Transportation Engineers will be hosting a joint field trip to Chicago to tour two CTA project sites with Kiewit on March 15th! Come see CTA’s Blue Line signal rebuild project and a track rehabilitation project on the Red Line! Space is limited, so sign up now!

What: Field Trip to CTA Maintenance sites with ITE and Kiewit

Where: Chicago, IL – meet in Newmark parking lot

When: Friday, March 15th – meet at 7:00 AM, back by 6:00 PM

3/13/19 – General Meeting with WSP

Come talk to WSP, one of America’s largest engineering contractors!

WSP is an international consulting firm with a large rail and transit sector. They have worked on the Northeast Corridor and the Potomac Yard Metro Station in Virginia, and continue to work on California High Speed Rail! Two Engineers will be visiting from their Chicago office to discuss railway engineering at WSP.

A free dinner will be provided, so you won’t want to miss it!


What: General Meeting with WSP

Where: 3310 Newmark

When: Wednesday, March 13th at 6:00 PM; dinner served at 5:45 PM

2/21/19 – Midwest High Speed Rail Association Joint Meeting

AREMA and the Midwest High Speed Rail Association (MHSRA) will be hosting a joint general meeting on February 21st! Come enjoy free dinner and a presentation by Francesco Bedini from the Federal Railroad Administration!

What: AREMA/MHSRA Joint General Meeting – FRA Program Manager Francesco Bedini will present on high speed rail projects in the United States

Where: 2310 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory

When: Dinner served at 5:45 pm, meeting begins 6:00 pm