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Welcome to the website of the Railway Applications Section (RAS), a forum to bring together practitioners, consultants, and academics interested in applying operations research and management science (OR and MS) techniques to the railroad industry. Most of the content can be found in the menus above. Note that some content, such as presentations from past meetings, requires membership in RAS and that you are logged in to INFORMS Connect with your INFORMS user ID.

Thanks for a GREAT 2020 Annual Meeting!

Find out more in our 2020 newsletter HERE.


Consider participating in our annual rails-related competitions for prizes and distinction.

2021 RAS Problem Solving Competition - Problem announced!!
2021 RAS Student Paper Competition - Call for Papers!!
2021 RAS Poster Award Competition - Call for Abstracts!!

INFORMS 2021 Annual Meeting - RAS Cluster
Call for Presentations - Upcoming

2021 Current Officers

Chair: Steve Tyber, Stealth Startup (steve.tyber@gmail.com)

Vice Chair: Andrea Arias, BNSF Railway (andrea.ariasllorenty@bnsf.com)

Secretary: Jay Baillargeon, FRA, U.S. Dept. of Transportation (jay.baillargeon@dot.gov)

Treasurer: Hadi Karimi, BNSF Railway (hadi.karimi@bnsf.com)

PR Officer: Kiran Chahar, Norfolk Southern (kiran.chahar3@nscorp.com)

2021 Student Officers

Marko Kapetanović, TU Delft (M.Kapetanovic@tudelft.nl)

Jiaxi Zhao, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (jiaxiz3@illinois.edu)

Thank you to our sponsors for 2021:

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors