Technical Committees

Committee 5 - Track

Track Functional Group

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

  • Design, use and maintenance of tie plates, track spikes or other rail fixation devices or systems on wood ties.
  • Design, use and maintenance of special track work, i.e., turnouts, crossing frogs, etc.
  • Track geometry.
  • Track construction and maintenance procedures.
  • Track hand tools. Railway-highway grade crossing surfaces.  


David C. Clark, PE

Director Construction Engineering

CSX Transportation


Vice Chair

Patrick Halsted

General Director Design

Union Pacific Railroad



Dan Voelkerding

Supervisor RFD Operations

Canadian National Railway


Subcommittees and Current Assignments

Subcommittee A: Recommendations for Further Investigation and Research.

Subcommittee B: Revision of Manual.

Subcommittee 2: Track Tools.

C2-1-79: Review Manual for inclusion of new and additional track tools. Update Part 6, Specification and Plans for Track Tools. Ongoing assignment.

Subcommittee 4: Track design, collaborating as necessary with Committees 1, 4 and 30 (liaison only).

C4-1-02: Coordinate with the Passenger and Transit Group (and particularly with Committees 11, 12 and 17) for the prioritization and development of passenger and transit-specific trackwork plans for inclusion in the Portfolio. Ongoing assignment.

Subcommittee 5: Turnout and crossing design, collaborating as necessary with Committees 1, 4 and 30.

C5-1-90: Update Portfolio of Trackwork Plans. Ongoing assignment.
C5-1-96: Revise tolerances on special trackwork. Ongoing assignment.

Subcommittee 7: Track Construction.

C7-1-08: Update Manual on topics of track construction and maintenance. Ongoing assignment.

Subcommittee 8: Criteria for track geometry design as related to modern equipment, collaborating as necessary with other AREMA technical committees, and AAR.

C8-1-08: Update turnout and crossing design. Ongoing assignment.
C8-2-08: Investigate speed through turnouts. Ongoing assignment.

Subcommittee 9: Highway Railway Grade Crossings.

C9-1-92: Update Part 8, Highway/railway grade crossings. Ongoing assignment.