Passenger & Transit Functional Group

Technical Committee 11 - Commuter & Intercity Rail Systems

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.


Allene B. Rieger, PE

Sr. Civil Engineer

JMA Civil, Inc.


Vice Chair

Amanda Kessler, PE

Manager Reference Surfacing




Michael Fields

Principal Project Manager




Past Meetings

  • Fall 2019, Minneapolis, MN
  • Spring 2019, Raleigh-Charlotte, NC
  • Fall 2018, Chicago, IL
  • Spring 2018, Miami, FL

Subcommittees and Current Assignments

Subcommittee A: Recommendations for Further Investigation and Research - Chair Joe Olson

Subcommittee B: Revisions to Manual - Chair Mark Walburn

Subcommittee C1: Education and Seminars - Chair Aaron Silver

Subcommittee C2: Conference presentations - Chair James Savarese

Subcommittee D2: Corridor Planning Considerations - Chair Frank Miller

Subcommittee D3: Track and Roadway Considerations - Chair Jason Orthner

Subcommittee D4: Facilities and Structural Considerations - Chair Kip Foster

Subcommittee D5: Vehicle Considerations - Chair Marcin Taraszkiewicz

Subcommittee D6: Signal, Communication and Propulsions Considerations - Chair David Wilcock

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