LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEMS DESIGN
Continuing Education Series: Urban Rail Transit Systems
An entry-level course for those beginning to consider light rail system design. Instructors
are actively involved in the design, construction, and operation of light rail systems.
Subject matter provides exposure, practical applications, and guidance with respect
to modern U.S. light rail system design practices.
May 16—18, 2005
On the Portland State University Campus
Center for Transportation Studies
Center for Urban Studies
PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
This course provides exposure, practical applications, and guidance Potential Future Courses in the Urban Rail Transit College
with respect to modern U.S. light rail systems design practices. It
has been created for those interested in light rail transit system • Contracting and Constructability September 19-21, 2005
design. Course instructors are actively involved in the design, Choices in contracting approaches, successful models for
construction, and operation of light rail systems. Portland’s light rail implementing projects, constructability considerations.
and streetcar systems will be used as a real world laboratory to
illustrate design concepts. • Planning, Public Policy, and Community Involvement Spring 2006
Focus on the planning context, public policy background, and
Course Location means and methods for gaining stakeholder buy-in.
The course meetings will be held at the For further information contact:
David Evans and Associates Building Prof. Robert Bertini, Ph.D., P.E.
and the nearby Portland State University 503-725-4249
Campus in downtown Portland, Oregon.
All course locations are conveniently
located next to Portland Streetcar
stations! About PSU and Center for Transportation Studies
Portland State University, Oregon's only urban university, is the
largest and most diverse in the state system. The University's
position in Oregon's economic and cultural center allows for deep
Who Should Attend community engagement and the creation of partnerships with
Engineers, planners, and transit officials with an interest in gaining a hundreds of organizations throughout the region - partnerships that
working knowledge on the design of light rail transit systems give PSU students valuable learning opportunities as they solve
elements. Those who review or participate in design development real-world problems of business and community. Portland State
will find this course especially useful. offers more than 100 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral
degrees, as well as graduate certificates and continuing education
Included For Course Attendees programs. PSU serves more students and confers more master's
degrees annually than any other Oregon university.
All course attendees will receive a course notebook containing the
material presented at the workshop and contact information for Portland State University’s Center for Transportation Studies
other attendees and instructors. Registration fee also includes a focuses on research, education, and outreach that is relevant to the
continental breakfast each day, all coffee breaks with snacks, and a Portland metropolitan region, the state of Oregon and beyond. With
hosted reception with course attendees and Portland area a multidisciplinary faculty, degree programs, a graduate certificate
transportation professionals on Monday evening. and weekly seminar series, the Center also engages in more than
$1 million in externally funded research each year.
Course Topics Covered
• Transit Agency Owner’s Perspective Come Early or Stay After – Make It a Mini-Vacation!
• Introduction to Light Rail Systems Design Portland has consistently been ranked as one of America’s most
• Light Rail Vehicles and Streetcars livable cities. Located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade
• Operations and Maintenance Facilities Mountains, and the Columbia River Gorge, the city is a perfect
• Traction Power System Simulations place from which to explore the beauty and features of the Pacific
Northwest. May weather can be pleasant with mild days and
• Traction Power Substations
evenings, but it is best to plan for the possibility of wet weather.
• Overhead Contact Systems Portland is a great walking city with microbrew pubs, coffee shops,
• Train Control Systems and sidewalk cafes on every corner - plus shopping is tax free! The
• Communications Systems nationally renowned transit system, free in downtown Portland’s
• Fare Collection Systems Fareless Square, makes it easy to see all that Portland has to offer.
• Systemwide Electrical Considerations in Facilities Design For more information about Portland and things to do, please visit
the Portland Oregon Visitors Association at www.pova.org.
• Emerging ITS Technologies for Light Rail Transit
• Field Trip Options:
Westside Light Rail Tunnel
Interstate MAX urban corridor
Ruby Junction Maintenance Facility and Rail Central
What’s Unique About This Course
• Real world examples and inside access to the Portland light
rail and streetcar systems.
• Course instructors who are actively involved in the design,
construction, and operation of light rail systems.
• A focus on integration of all systems necessary for a
successful light rail design.
• Exposure to innovative design, construction, finance and
MONDAY, MAY 16 TH TUESDAY, MAY 17TH
7:30 Registration 8:00 Traction Power Design
Location: David Evans and Associates Building (Ed Rowe, LTK, Ron Clark, Elcon and
Willamette Room Thomas Heilig, TriMet)
2100 SW River Parkway • Simulations and sizing
Portland, Oregon • Traction power substations
o enclosure types
8:00 Welcome and Announcements o function and arrangement of main components
(Prof. Robert Bertini, Center for Transportation Studies o grounding and protective devices
and Neil McFarlane, Executive Director, Capital Projects o rail-to-earth-voltage and transfer trip considerations
& Facilities Division, TriMet) • Overhead contact systems
• Introductions o design considerations
• Transit Agency Owner’s Perspective o typical wire arrangements and sectionalizing
o poles and foundations
8:30 An Introduction to Light Rail Transit Systems Design o pantograph security
(John Gustafson, LTK and Thomas Heilig, TriMet)
• Urban rail transit modes (what is light rail, systems) 10:10 Break and Networking Opportunity
• Traditional Systems elements
• Light rail design criteria 10:30 Communications Systems
• Systems integration requirements (John Swiecick, TriMet and Bill McConnell, LTK)
• Emerging technologies • Overview and functional requirements
• Cable transmission system
9:40 Break and Networking Opportunity • SCADA
• Telephone, radio, and variable message signs
10:00 Light Rail Vehicles
• Security and access provisions
(Denny Porter and Roger Andreassen, LTK and • Operations control center
Lisa Cobb, TriMet)
• Brief history of vehicle development 12:30 Lunch
• Performance characteristics and critical interfaces
• Major subsystems and components 2:00 Board Buses for Tours (See List of Field Trip Options)
o carbody and trucks
o propulsion and brakes 5:00 Tours End
o auxiliary electrical equipment
o doors WEDNESDAY, MAY 18TH
o cab and communications
• Testing 8:30 Board Buses for Tours (See List of Field Trip Options)
• Procurement approaches
• Current marketplace 11:30 Tours End
1:30 Modern Streetcars
(Milan Haloun, Inekon) 1:00 Train Control Systems
• Developments in the Czech Republic (Bob Banks, TriMet and Bob Abbott, LTK)
• The first seven streetcars in Portland • Signal system philosophy and level of protection
• The next generation of Portland streetcars • Automatic block signals vs. cab signals
• Safe braking distance and design headway
3:10 Break and Networking Opportunity • Interlockings
• Gated crossings
3:30 Operations and Maintenance Facilities • Train-to-wayside-communications (TWC) system
(Mike Hall, LTK and Gary Cooper, PSI)
• Functional requirements 3:00 Break
• Design criteria
• Major equipment 3:30 Fare Collection Systems
• Building considerations `(Tomas Oliva, TriMet)
• Site considerations • System concepts
• Range of equipment
4:30 Adjourn • New trends
5:00 – 7:00 Reception Hosted by LTK Engineering Services 4:00 Emerging Technologies
(Susan Howard, LTK)
4:30 Classroom Wrap-up and Evaluation
Three full days of instruction, complete set of course notes, tour transportation, continental breakfasts, break refreshments, Monday evening
reception, and certificates of participation (PDH/CEU). Fee does not include lodging or other meals. We do not publish proceedings, and due to
copyright laws, course materials are not available to the public for resale after the course.
• Notification received 5 or more business days before start date: Full Refund
• 1-4 business days before start date: Full Refund less $25 processing fee
• On or after course start date: No Refund
Cancellation notice may be given by phone, but all refund requests must be made in writing before a refund is issued. Please allow approximately 4-
6 weeks for processing.
University Place is on the southeast end of the Portland State campus and just minutes by streetcar to the David Evans and Associates Building.
The facility is located seven blocks from the heart of downtown Portland and within Fareless Square, an area where public transportation—buses,
streetcars, and light rail—is free. Special rates for workshop participants are available by calling (503) 221-0140 by May2, 2005.
The Residence Inn by Marriott Portland Downtown at RiverPlace is located on the banks of the Willamette River and is a great way to experience
Portland's many treasures. An ideal spot for your visit to the city of roses, The Residence Inn by Marriott is next door to the David Evans and
Associates Building and is located directly on the Portland Streetcar Line. Please call (503) 552-9500 for special Light Rail Transit System workshop
rates. Reservations must be made by April 25, 2005. www.marriott.com/pdxri
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