About The Railway Association


What is the Railway Association of southern california?

The Railway Association of Southern California is a business development group founded in 1996 focusing on rail planning, engineering, and construction in Southern California. Our group brings together rail industry professionals from both the public and private sectors, as well as helping to field the next generation of talent in the rail industry to keep Southern California’s railroad system growing and vibrant.

what groups are you oriented towards?

The Railway Association of Southern California is dedicated to promoting the diverse professions within the railroad industry and sponsoring fellowship among railroad professionals, including:

Engineers - Railway engineering is a multi-faceted engineering discipline dealing with the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of all types of rail transport systems and their ancillary systems. Our members work on high-profile projects throughout Southern California, with both county agencies, public-sector operators such as LA Metro, Metrolink, Amtrak, CAHSR, Coaster, and SDMTS, nationally-renowned private-sector operators such as BNSF, Union Pacific, and Virgin Trains.

Architects - Station building is a crucial part of keeping our rail systems connecting people from across the region and to points beyond. While these stations serve a distinct and direct purpose, station building is seen as a true masterpiece of architecture, integrating form with function - moving people efficiently on and off trains, while both melding with and exemplifying the unique character of their surroundings.

Environmental, Planning, and Outreach - Railroads in Southern California interface with many environmental considerations, interfacing with everything from disadvantaged communities, sensitive urban receptors, and ecosystems and natural resources found nowhere else in the world, all within a relatively short geographic area. These disciplines are instrumental in designing a rail system which improves the safety, health, and welfare of the surrounding communities and furthers environmental stewardship.

Surveyors - Railway surveying is focused on providing and managing the spatial information required for the design and maintenance of rail infrastructure. Surveyors are also on the cutting edge of technology, harnessing emerging technologies through fields such as geospatial information, UAV photography and LiDAR, and seismic refraction.

Right of Way - Understanding the Right of Way portion of building a railway is crucial in the overall success of the project. These agents are responsible for gathering all of the property rights so the railway can be built, along with negotiating with and understanding the unique needs of all stakeholders with whom the railroad interfaces.

how do i Sign up to attend an event?

On our home page, click the “Attend an Event” button to navigate directly to our Eventbrite page, or open our upcoming events calendar and select the event.

how do i become a member?

On our home page, click the “Become a Member” page for more details on membership. RASC membership for 2020 opens in November 2019. Check back then for more details.

What programs are available for students?

Student members get a discounted rate on our luncheons and events, as well as eligibility to enter our annual scholarship. We are also in the process of developing more student-focused events, programs, and partnerships in the coming year.

how do i sign up for the scholarship?

Applications will be made available at the start of the calendar year.

what are the requirements to apply for the scholarship?

To apply for the scholarship, you must be either an undergraduate or a graduate student in a transportation planning or engineering field, with a focus on a rail-related career path. A GPA of 3.0 or above for graduates or a GPA of 2.0 or above for undergraduates is required to apply.

how do i become an event / annual sponsor?

On our homepage, select “Sponsor an Event” to be directed to our sponsorship form and follow the instructions on the page.


Any other questions?

Please contact us using the form or contact information on our contact page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.