The 19th Annual
Southwestern Rail Conference

Mon & Tues
- April 3-4, 2023
Hurst Conference Center
Hurst, Texas
In the heart of the
Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Hosted by Texas Rail Advocates
Monday & Tuesday
Early Bird $329
Regular $429
Presentations & Dinner
Early Bird $149
Regular $199
Presentations & Luncheon
Early Bird $249
Regular $299
Early Bird ends March 6th, 2023

The Premier All-Rail Conference brings together the public and private sector to discuss important freight and passenger rail topics from experts in their field. We've expanded into two days of presentations and speakers to bring you more content from more rail industry leaders!

Monday, April 3

2:00pm - 5:00pm
(NEW) Presentations
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Networking Happy Hour
Dinner and Presentation
Tuesday, April 4

8:30am - 4:30pm
Panels and Presentations
Presenters and Panels
  • Texas Legislature Update: - Texas Rail Advocates' Austin agent Mackenna Wehmeyer will discuss the current state of rail legislation during the current sessionĀ 
  • Invited: Federal Railroad Administration, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas House and Senate Transportation, Union Pacific Railroad, BNSF Railway, Canadian Pacific
  • Others to follow.
Previous conferences sold out weeks in advance so take advantage of the Early Bird registration and guarantee your place at the Southwestern Rail Conference.
Not familiar with this key rail conference? See what attendees experienced at the 2022 rail event!

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Venue & Hotel Information

The Hilton Garden Inn Dallas
1615 Campus Drive
Hurst, Texas 76054

Our lead hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn, Hurst, Texas, which is directly attached to the Hurst Conference Center. A preferred rate of $114.00 through our reserved room block is available. Reservations for this special rate must be made by March 23, 2022 and may be withdrawn sooner when capacity is reached.

  • Sunday April 2
  • Monday April 3
  • Tuesday April 4

Use this direct booking link to reserve your room while space is available:

Located in the center of the DFW Metroplex, the City of Hurst offers first-class shopping, popular restaurants and new hotel accommodations just minutes from the Hurst Conference Center.

Nearby Hotels

The Hilton Garden Inn Dallas
(Connected directly to The Hurst Conference Center)
1615 Campus Drive
Hurst, Texas 76054

The Hampton Inn & Suites
1600 Hurst Town Center Drive
Hurst. Texas 76054

The Hyatt Place
1601 Hurst Town Center Drive
Hurst, Texas 76054

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites
820 Thousand Oaks Drive
Hurst, Texas 76054

Nearby Attractions

- Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy
- BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
- Bronco's Sports Bar & Grill
- Catfish & Co.
- Chili's
- Dairy Queen
- Del Taco
- Dunkin' Donuts
- Golden Chick
- In & Out Burger
- Italiannis Restaurant
- Carino's Italian
- Logan's Roadhouse
- McAlister's Deli
- McDonalds
- Olive Garden
- Outback Steak House
- Potbelley
- Pei Wei
- Pulido's Mexican Restaurant
- Quick Trip Store
- RaceTrac
- Red Hot & Blue
- Red Lobster
- Red Robin
- Slim Chickens
- Sonic
- Starbucks
- Subway
- DFW International Airport (10 mi)
- Dallas Love Field (22.5 mi)
- Alley cats Entertainment (2 mi)
- Globe Life Park in Arlington (13 mi)
- AT&T Stadium (13 mi)
- Chisholm Park & Aquatics Center (3mi)
- Grapevine Mills Mall (12 mi
- Hurricane Harbor (16 mi)
- IFly Indoor Skydiving (2mi)
- Iron Horse Golf Course (5 mi)
- Mountasia (1.2 mi)
- North East Mall (.5 mi)
- NRH20 (1 mi
- Nytex Sport Center (1.5mi))
- Rave Cinemas at North East Mall (.5mi)
- Six Flags (15 mi)
- Texas Motor Speedway (18 mi)
- Texas Star Golf Course (5.7 mi)
- Downtown Fort Worth (12 mi)
- Fort Worth Stockyards (11 mi)
- Downtown Dallas (25 mi)

Event Sponsors

These sponsors made the 2023 Southwestern Rail Conference possible


Your sponsorship helps to promote freight and passenger rail in Texas and the Southwest as we educate and inform our elected / appointed leaders and the public on the economic benefits of rail.

Texas Rail Advocates' outreach to the public and private sector helps to advance the development of rail service to its full potential as a carrier of freight and passengers. Sponsorship gives you coverage before, during and the full year following the conference.

Event Photos

Presentations & Panels