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OneRail Coalition has hired Devon Barnhart to serve as deputy director effective May 13. A lawyer and civil engineer focused on transportation policy, Barnhart understands both freight and passenger rail. Most recently, she served as the subcommittee staff director for the Transportation and Safety Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, according to a OneRail press release.“Devon’s considerable knowledge of rail and transportation issues, as well as her policy expertise, make her a great fit for the OneRail Coalition,” said Director Anne Canby. "She will bring new ideas on promoting the benefits and value that make rail the logical transportation mode for the 21st century."Barnhart served the Senate committee's professional staff since 2013, and earlier as legislative assistant and counsel. Previously, she was director of government affairs and outreach for Smart Growth America.“Rail is vital for our economy, a cleaner environment and a safer transportation system,” said Barnhart. “I have had the privilege of working on these issues in the House and Senate for more than 10 years and with members of Congress, who championed the industry. It's an exciting time for infrastructure issues and the rail industry, and I'm eager to use my experience to help promote the important activities and advancements in the U.S. freight and passenger rail sectors."