Technical Committees

Committee 11 - Commuter & Intercity Rail Systems

Passenger & Transit Functional Group

This committee is responsible for providing information and technical direction for the development and maintenance of passenger systems operating on the general railroad network of North America. This includes specialized track systems, yard facilities, support buildings, stations, maintenance techniques, and data systems necessary to provide passenger service. (Technical recommendation for general track systems, yard, buildings and maintenance of facilities is addressed in other committees.) This Committee is also responsible to examine and make recommendations for optimizing the dual use of railroad facilities by both freight and passenger operations on the general railroad network.


Sean P. Kullen, PE

Senior Rail Engineer

VHB, Inc.


Vice Chair

Allene B. Rieger, PE

Assistant Vice President

TranSystems Corporation



Amanda Kessler, PE

Manager Reference Surfacing




Past Meetings

  • May 9-11, 2006
  • September 25, 2005
  • January 6-7, 2005
  • September 19, 2004
  • April 16-17, 2004
  • October 5, 2003
  • April 13, 2003

Subcommittees and Current Assignments

Subcommittee A: Recommendations for Further Investigation and Research.

Subcommittee B: Revision of Manual.

Subcommittee C1: Education and Seminars. Ongoing assignment.

Subcommittee C2: Conference presentations. Ongoing assignment.

Subcommittee D2: Corridor Planning Considerations. Chapter development.

Subcommittee D3: Track and Roadway Considerations. Chapter development.

SSubcommittee D4: Facilities and Structural Considerations. Chapter development.

Subcommittee D5: Vehicle Considerations. Chapter development.

Subcommittee D6: Signal, Communication and Propulsions Considerations. Chapter development.

All “D” Subcommittees have been assigned tasks to provide Manual materials for Committee 11. Writing teams have been assigned to each Subcommittee.