Course Summary:

Engineering Modern Mass Transportation Systems: Light Rail - Rapid Transit - Commuter Rail©

Course #N888
October 14-16, 2013
SEPTA*,  Strategic Planning & Analysis Dept. 9th floor 1234 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Course Fee: $1295
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By attending this course you will:

  • Have a working knowledge of the engineering fundamentals for light rail, rapid transit, commuter rail, and modern transportation systems
  • Learn how rail transit systems are designed, built, operated, and maintained for capacity, speed, comfort, safety, reliability, and economy
  • Obtain information about methods and technologies being used in current railway practice and the applicable rules, regulations, standards, and specifications that govern the design and maintenance of rail mass transportation systems
  • View real examples in the field of rail transit operations in use


  • An Introduction to Design of Light Rail Transit Systems
  • Distinctions Between Systems and How Their Characteristics Influence and Govern the Engineering of Their Alignments and Track Structures
  • Railway Engineering Principles and How They Apply to the Three Transit Systems
  • Design, Construction, and Maintenance of Rail Transit Systems
  • Train Controls and Signaling
  • Crossings
  • Layout and Design of Transit Yard Facilities
  • Traction Power Systems
  • Noise and Vibration Control for Rail Transit Passenger Systems
  • Field Visit and Transit Facilities


  • Consultants and contractors
  • Transportation engineers and planners
  • Transit engineers and operators
  • Local, state, and federal officials
This entry-level course will introduce many of the engineering fundamentals, with an emphasis on civil engineering, that are the foundation of modern mass transportation systems. You will benefit most from this course if you are not an expert in the rail transit field but are currently working with transit systems (or plan to be) and desire to develop a basic understanding of many of the engineering planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operational issues.


By participating in this course, you will earn 20 Professional Development Hours (PDH) and 2 Continuing Education Units (CEU). Learn more about PDH, LU, CEU and state licensing boards.

General Information

Fee Covers Notebook and other course materials, break refreshments, lunches and certificate.

Cancellation Policy If you cannot attend, please notify us by October 7, and we will refund your fee. Cancellations received after this date and no-shows are subject to a $150 administrative fee. You may enroll a substitute at any time before the course starts.

Accommodations We have reserved a block of guest rooms (rates starting at $143) at Loews, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. Reserve a room online at Loews or call 215-627-1200 and indicate that you will be attending this course under group code University of Wisconsin Eng Transit Rail. Room requests after September 23 will be subject to availability. Other fees and restrictions may apply.

Course Location This course will be held at SEPTA, Strategic Planning & Analysis Dept. 9th floor 1234 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Course information is subject to change.

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Call 800-462-0876 or 608-262-2061 and ask for:
Program Director Dave Peterson (bio)*

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