Technical Committees

Committee 1 – Roadway & Ballast

Track Functional Group

This committee is responsible for the development and publication of recommended practices and information relating to:

  • Preliminary exploration, testing, design, construction, and maintenance of railway roadbeds. This shall include soil stabilization, retaining structures and drainage.
  • Ballast types and sections.
  • Culvert types, installation and inspection.
  • Utility installation on railway rights-of-way by railways or others.
  • Fencing and roadway signs.
  • Vegetation control.
  • Tunnel design and excavation, not including lining the tunnel, which is the responsibility of Committee 8.
  • Geosynthetic materials for railway applications.


Richard C. Zaluski, II

Asst. Chief Engineer - Construction

Norfolk Southern Railway


Vice Chair

Terrance M. Bodine, PE

Hanson Professional Services Inc.



Christopher S. Moale, PE

Engineer Standards

CSX Transportation



Subcommittees and Current Assignments

Subcommittee A: Recommendations for Further Investigation and Research.

Subcommittee B: Revision of Manual.

Subcommittee 1: Roadbed

D1-1-17: Rewrite of Section 1.4.1 - Maintenance of Roadbed 

D1-2-17: Rewrite of Section 1.4.2 - Maintenance of Rock Slopes

Subcommittee 2: Ballast

D2-1-11: Re-cycled Crushed Concrete for Sub-ballast application

D2-3-17: Rewrite of Section 2.11 Sub-ballast Recommended Practice

Subcommittee 3: Natural Waterways


Subcommittee 4: Culverts

D4-4-17: Rewrite of Section 4.18 Earth Boring and Jacking Culvert Pipe Through Fills 

D4-7-17: Rewrite of Section 4.1 – Location and Type 

D4-8-17: Rewrite of Section 4.11 – Hydraulics of Culverts 

D4-9-17: Rewrite of Section 4.19 – Culvert Rehabilitation 

D4-10-17: Rewrite of Section 4.20 – Specifications for Steel Tunnel Liner Plates 

D4-11-17: Rewrite of Section 4.21 – Construction of Tunnel Using Steel Tunnel Liner Plates

Subcommittee 5: Utilities


Subcommittee 6: Fences


Subcommittee 7: Roadway Signs

D7-5-17: Reestablish the subcommittee and develop new content for this section of the manual which would be simplified material for use primarily by short line railroads and public agencies

Subcommittee 8: Tunnels

D8-3-16: Develop recommendations for Pilot Tube Method of Micro-tunneling

Subcommittee 9: Vegetation Control


Subcommittee 10: Geosynthetics

C10-1-96: Develop recommended practice for the use of geosynthetics for stabilization of the track roadbed. Monitor applicable research on goesynthetics for information that will strengthen AREMA specifications. Continuing assignment.

D10-2-14: Create Section 10.0 Introduction to Geosynthetics

D10-2-15: Develop recommendations for use of woven geotextile fabrics