National Rail Car Consortium Met in San Diego as Phase II Begins

Posted May 2018

From April 23 to 27, 2018, the National Rail Car Consortium (the Consortium) held its first in-person meeting of its Phase II development in San Diego, CA. With Sacramento RT and Metro Transit in Minneapolis recently joining the Consortium as the newest members, labor and management Subject Mater Experts (SMEs) from sixteen rail transit locations worked on developing and validating four new suites of Consortium courseware, including Current Collections and Distribution, Automatic Train Control, Trucks and Axles, and Communications. Teams from Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) received certificates of recognition for their excellent contributions to the rail car courseware pilots. Other highlights from the meeting included a tour of SD MTS’s Operation Control Center and Light Rail Maintenance facility. MTS vehicle maintenance team members Andy Goddard, Edwin Salvador, James Clear and Joshua Stolz introduced several fleets of Siemens light rail vehicles and the PCC cars that were restored and put into service recently. SMEs from locations across the country walked the Center’s instructional designers through components and key maintenance procedures related to trucks/axles and on-board communication equipment, which will be built into the course materials. SMEs were welcomed at the facility by Wayne Terry, Chief Operating Officer of MTS who praised the Consortium work, “This is a special group to host since we’ve been involved from the initial establishment of the consortium. We’ve all seen the benefits of it. It’s been a lot of good for the industry.”

For more information:
  Courseware samples on Transit Training Network
  Contact Deputy Director Xinge Wang

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