We are so happy to have you join us!

October 1st - 3rd, 2019

Burlington, VT
Hilton Burlington
60 Battery St
Burlington, VT

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NEARS Registration

You can also use this program to sponsor the NEARS conference, purchase an advertisement in the NEARS conference book, become a NEARS member, or pay an invoice without registering for the conference.

In all cases, we ask that you fill out the contact information, including name, address, phone number, email address, and the facet of the industry that you are from. (shipper, railroad, etc.)

If you are NOT registering for a conference, click the box that says "Click here if you are NOT registering for a conference," and the registration will be zeroed out on your total.

If you have a discount code, you can enter it in the box after you complete your contact information.

If your balance is zero, you will still need to enter information in the credit card information fields. You can put a series of "9" in those fields, as long as there is no balance, and it will be accepted.

NEARS Vendor Fair

We have 24 tables available for railroad industry vendors to put up a display for the duration of the conference. The Vendor Fair will be located in a convenient and high-traffic area at the conference. If you need anything besides the space and a table, please talk with Executive Director Scott McCalla, and we can discuss arrangements. For those who have business cards or very small displays or give-away items, NEARS will be providing 2 small tables for these objects for no cost. No banners or table-top displays will be acceptable unless a vendor table is purchased.

Special Events!

Friends and Family

For friends, spouses, and other family members of NEARS attendees who are likely not to attend the conference presentations, we have this special program to encourage you to enjoy NEARS, the great city we are visiting, and all that we have to offer, for a discount price. Included in this program is: 2 breakfasts, lunch, 2 cocktail receptions, access to all NEARS events, and a special tour to enjoy the local area.

Dinner Train

NEARS Vermont Rail System Dinner Train!

Monday, September 30th, 2019!

Enjoy an amazing 3 course dinner while you ride along Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains on a Vermont Rail System train, with historic dining cars and lounge car. You can board the train at 4:30pm for horsd'œuvres and a cash bar, and we will depart at 5:30pm and travel from Burlington to Middlebury, and return back to Burlington, on a 3 hour trip. Tickets are $69 a person, which includes food and gratuity (drinks are on your own). Please join us for this beautiful and memorable trip!

Space is limited! Please get your tickets today!

Ticketing for this event is separate from NEARS registration. Please follow this link.


Hotel Options - Hilton Burlington is Sold Out!

NEARS - Overflow Rooms for the Fall Conference

We are having an excellent response and registration for our NEARS Conference in Burlington. So great, in fact, that we have sold out of the rooms at the Conference Hotel - the Hilton, in Burlington. Very sorry about that!

We have been saying we are going to sell out our room block, and indeed we have!

But we still want you to come, and we hope you can! It is going to be a great conference!

We have put together some overflow hotels that are close by, and Burlington is a small city and usually easy to get around (and they do have Uber). So please, if you are planning to come to NEARS, please register at one of the following hotels (and we tried to keep the rate down the best we could):

web page address is: https://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/B/BTVBSDT-NER-20190930/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

Group Name:
North East Association of Rail Shippers 2019 Conference

Group Code:NER

Check-in: 30-SEP-2019

Check-out: 04-OCT-2019

Hotel Name:
DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington Vermont

Hotel Address:
870 Williston Road
South Burlington, Vermont. 05403

Phone Number:

Residence Inn by Marriott, 71 Rathe Road, Colchester, VT 05446 (5.7 Miles from the Hilton)


Sonesta ES Suites, 35 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495 (6.8 Miles from the Hilton)


Williston and Colchester are both small communities next to Burlington.

We look forward to seeing you soon!