Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Need Your REAC Fall Trip Deposit!

You have until 3:00 p.m. Wednesday to reserve your spot for the Fall Trip. To reserve your spot you must sign up on the spreadsheet and pay your $20 deposit to Pam Hannon. The deposit will be returned to you when you get in the vans for departure. 

More updates... We will be leaving at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening (Nov. 2) from Lot 24 (Sherman Field Parking Lot) and heading to Duluth from there. Please eat and use all restroom facilities before we depart at 6:00 p.m. We will most likely be stopping at a gas station half way through the trip. On Saturday, we will be touring the CN Coal Facility and visiting the Rail Museum followed by an evening of bowling with UW-Superior. We will head out as early as people would like on Sunday, so probably 8 a.m. The only cost will be food while traveling and possibly dinner Saturday night. If you have any questions please feel free to ask! 


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Presentation on Transit System Optimization

Jeff Lidicker, the Civil Engineering Department's new Faculuty member focusing on Transportation Engineering, will be giving a presentation on Transit System Optimization. Here's what he has to say:


You are invited to a presentation I am giving for Bill Leder's Transit course Tues. 16th at 2pm in Dillman 214.  If you are interested in Transit System Evaluation/Optimization, please join us.  Those in the Transportation Enterprise are especially encouraged to attend.

I will be presenting a study of the Shuttle system around and through UC Berkeley's campus done with the intent of improving the service for passengers without spending additional funds.  Two data collection efforts were done to completely characterize the current system and demand.  An on-board survey of the passengers was administered, and then a careful documenting of times for the shuttles as they traversed their routes as well as passenger counts was also done. 

The eventual analysis produced passenger Origin-Destination maps for decision makers to use and travel time models used to evaluate potential scenarios designed to improve system performance. Recommendations for change showed a potential 15% reduction in average travel times for passengers or the elimination of some services as options.

See you there!
-Jeff Lidicker

Volunteer at Lake Linden!

All REAC Members,

We have a GREAT OPPORTUNITY for members to volunteer for the Lake Linden Historical Railroad Museum this coming Saturday, October 20th. It would be wise to consider this as a chance to have fun and experience the wide variety of events REAC and the Railroad Transportation Group provide for students interested in railroad at Tech. I strongly suggest that newer members participate and take advantage of the older/experienced members (who will be attending) in finding out more about upcoming events and their personal experience with the club. Again, the opportunities provided in REAC are unparalleled when it comes to exposing students to the railroad industry, and participating in events like the Halloween volunteering with a local museum is a great way to being/continue membership.

The museum is looking for students to assist in conducting the train, selling refreshments/food, helping people on and off of the train, and possibly working as actors who scare the kids. Fun right? If you are intersted in being one of the actors you may bring costumes if you want, but I'm sure the museum will have something for us to use. Also there will be other things to help around the museum, but remember, its a great chance to get involved with a great club.

There will be two sessions. For children, the Halloween train is running from 2pm-5pm, and for adults, it will be running from 7pm-10pm. You can sign up for one or both. If transporation is an issue please contact me at 810-247-4284 or email at mjpurves@mtu.edu, or any other the officers and we will discuss a means of getting youthere. The museum is located in Lake Linden right as you enter the city limits on the lakeside of the highway.


If any other questions or concerns arise please let me know!


REAC Treasurer

Upcoming Duluth Field Trip

The REAC Fall field trip this year will be to Duluth, Minnesota from November 2-4. We will be touring the CN or BNSF facilities (depending on availability), possibly the ore docks, and railroad museum. We will also be doing a little bowling against UW Superior to top things off. We plan on returning Sunday morning, so any of those whom have some homework to attend to will have all of Sunday afternoon to get it done.

If you are interested in going, please drop off a security deposit of $20 to Pam Hannon in Room 318 of Dillman. This will be paid back before we leave. You will be responsible for paying for your own meals during our trip.

Sign Up Here

I'll post updates as more information comes along.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

General Business Meeting - 10/9/2012

Positive Train Control - What It Is and What It Means to BNSF

Location: Dow 610 at 6pm

Presenter: John Warlof - Supervisor Design Services for BNSF Railway

Free Pizza and Pop!

See you there!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Career Fair and Rail Information Nights

The Career Fair is just a day away. A lot of events are coming up, so, just to keep you informed, here are the events occurring over the next couple of days to interact with rail representatives.

Monday, 10/1/2012

- 2012 Evening With Industry, 5:15-8:30pm, MUB Ballroom
- CSX Information Night, 5-6pm, EERC 216

Tuesday, 10/2/2012

-2012 Career Fair, 12-6pm, Student Development Complex (SDC)
-Rail Information Night, 7-8:30pm, DHH Ballroom

Wednesday, 10/3/2012

-Union Pacific Information Night, 5:30-7pm, Fisher 127

Hope to see a good turnout at these!