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In Memoriam

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of AARS Board member and General Manager of The Belt Railway Company of Chicago, Mike Paras.

Mike was an exceptional leader, a dedicated railroader and to those lucky enough to know him well, a true friend. 

He will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues with whom he served on the Board of Directors of AARS and who have worked with him over his 44 year career which began at the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, and continued through his service with Southern Pacific, Union Pacific and The Belt Railway Company of Chicago. 
Information regarding services will be shared with you as soon as it is available.
Please keep Mike's wife Stacey and his family in your thoughts and prayers. 

 American Association of Railroad Superintendents 

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AARS 20th Annual Meeting:  

July, 2016 Pittsburgh, PA

Registration opens October, 2015.





  • 10 Feb 2015 1:44 PM | Anonymous

    The railroad industry is beginning to see the benefits of the Federal Railroad Administration’s partnership with Transdev (formerly Veolia Transportation) in a recently completed research and development project on cognitive distraction and reducing major rule violations in commuter rail operations. As a result of the study’s conclusive findings, the Sustained Attention Training Program was developed by Transdev as one of the key deliverables of the project with the objective of offering training across the industry to reduce human factor caused train accidents.

    The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers partnered with Transdev for the research portion of the project. The BLE provided thirty-six locomotive engineers who operated the locomotive simulator that is part of the FRA’s Cab Technology Integration Laboratory in Cambridge, MA. The research included testing and analyzing locomotive engineers under various scenarios. A control group of locomotive engineers was provided basic training on everything required to operate the simulator safely and effectively. A second group of locomotive engineers was provided the same basic training PLUS a short module on the science of distraction and how it affects performance.

    The results were significant and meaningful for our industry. The second group performed better by a margin ranging from 7.1% to 11.2% in the various subjectively measured areas that were analyzed. The research clearly validated the effectiveness of minimal training on the science of distraction. However, we expect an even higher level of performance of locomotive engineers, as well as other safety critical employees, with a more structured and recurring training approach.

    This research reveals real opportunity to improve safety in our industry. I strongly believe Transdev’s Sustained Attention Training program will make a significant and positive difference in reducing human factor caused train accidents. The training consists of four key modules: Your Safety Culture; The Science of Cognitive Distraction; Signs and Symptoms of Loss of Attentiveness; and Solutions and Strategies for Fighting Distraction. The curriculum is designed to fully engage students in all four modules and will be reinforced with additional tools and processes. We currently are piloting the training program within our company over the course of this year, and intend to roll it out and make it available to the entire rail industry by 2016.

    For more information about the progress of this study and training initiative, please contact Ron Robusto, COO and VP Safety and Compliance, TransDev, at  Mr. Robusto will present an update on this research and training development as part of a panel on Sustained Attention Training at the AARS 119th Annual Meeting, July 19-21, 2015 in Baltimore, MD. 

    This blog was authored by by Ron Robusto, Chief Operating Officer and VP Safety and Compliance- Rail Division, TransDev, and 2nd Vice President of AARS


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