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Robert E. Gallamore


Robert E. Gallamore, Ph.D, is a nationally recognized expert on railway and intermodal economics, technology, and safety.  He has spent more than 40 years in policy and leadership positions in government, industry, academia, consulting, and the non-profit sector.       

From 2001 until retirement in 2006, Gallamore was Director of The Transportation Center and a professor in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  Since retiring from Northwestern, he has expanded his consulting practice, The Gallamore Group, and was co-developer of and co-instructor in a course for railroad executives at Michigan State University.  He has appeared as an expert witness in a court case involving a Class I railroad accident with release of hazardous materials and fatalities, and assisted a large hospital in negotiations for mitigation of impacts from increasing rail traffic. 

Prior to joining Northwestern University in 2001, Gallamore represented Union Pacific Railroad at the Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) in Pueblo, Colorado.  There he was Assistant Vice President, Communications Technologies and General Manager of the North American Joint Positive Train Control Program.  This partnership of the Association of American Railroads, the Federal Railroad Administration, and the State of Illinois DOT was set up to create a workable design and industry interoperability standards for cost-effective deployment of positive train control (PTC), a system that would support rail passenger train speeds of up to 110 mph between Chicago and St. Louis.  The industry PTC development project is still managed out of TTCI, and has become even more urgent with passage of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008.  Before the industry assignment, Gallamore was General Director, Strategic Analysis for the Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha and an executive with UP Corporation in New York City.

Gallamore has also served in several positions with the federal government.  As Deputy Federal Railroad Administrator under President Jimmy Carter, he led the Executive Branch development of recommendations for railroad deregulation and revitalization which resulted in the Staggers Rail Act of 1980.  In this capacity he was awarded one of the first Senior Executive Service Awards by President Carter. Earlier, Gallamore was Associate Administrator for Planning of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration (now Federal Transit Administration) and System Plan Coordinator with the United States Railway Association (USRA), which established Conrail out of the facilities of the bankrupt Northeast railroads. 

 After 9/11, Gallamore served on a National Academy of Sciences panel, “Science and Technology for Countering Terrorism: Transportation and Distribution Systems.” Subsequently, Gallamore chaired National Research Council / Transportation Research Board Committees on Freight Transportation Information Systems Security and Federal Railroad Administration Research and Development priorities, and the Safety IDEA program.  Gallamore was a member of the NAS / TRB Committee on Climate Change and Transportation, which published its final Special Report 290, Potential Impacts of Climate Change on U.S. Transportation (2008).   He is a Lifetime Associate of the National Academies of Science.

Dr. Gallamore received his A.B. from Wesleyan University with high honors.  He earned an M.A. in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University.  His dissertation on railroad mergers remains a standard reference.  Among Gallamore's numerous publications is a chapter on railroad innovation and regulation, Essays in Transportation Economics and Policy: a Handbook in Honor of John R. Meyer, published by the Brookings Institution (1999).  His comprehensive book, co-authored with with Professor Meyer, is titled American Railroads: Decline and Renaissance in the Twentieth Century.  It was released in June, 2014 by Harvard University Press.  

 Gallamore and his wife, Suellen, are the parents of four grown sons and thirteen beautiful grandchildren.

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