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National Capital Land Transportation Committee

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The National Capital Land Transportation Committee (NCLTC) is jointly sponsored by the Rail Transportation Division of the ASME and the Vehicular Technology Society of the Washington and Northern Virginia Sections of the IEEE.
NCLTC membership consists of approximately 200 active and retired electrical and mechanical engineers, managers, and other professional people interested in rail transportation issues associated with new equipment development, system and hardware design, communications, management concepts, system planning, etc.
The NCLTC has been meeting on a regular basis since 1978 with a current average attendance of 25 members. Our meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of the month at the headquarters of the American Public Transit Association, 1666 K Street, NW, Washington, DC from September through June.

Guests are welcome. Please contact one of the officers if you would like to receive our meeting announcements.

Next Meeting Tuesday June 15, 2010

Speaker: Dick Bruss, P.E., Program Director - Capital Acquisitions, Amtrak, Philadelphia, PA   

Topic: Amtrak Passenger Fleet Update: New Acquisitions

Place: American Public Transportation Association Conference Room - 11th Floor

1666 K Street, NW, Washington, DC

  • Red Line: Farragut North (K Street Exit)
  • Orange/Blue Lines: Farragut West (17th Street Exit)

Date/Time: Tuesday June 15, 2010, 11:30 am

Lunch: $15.00 CASH AT THE DOOR

Reservations: Reply to this announcement at or call Karl Berger at 703-803-7917

(Reservations by Noon Friday June 11)

About the Topic:

Dick Bruss PE, Program Director, Capitol Acquisitions, will discuss Amtrak’s rolling stock fleet, the current acquisitions programs and activities with states as a result of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA).

Amtrak’s car and locomotive fleet is aging, with much of the equipment nearing its useful life. Amtrak created long-term plans to replace old rolling stock with new, modern equipment and has begun the procurement process for new electric locomotives as well as long-distance single level passenger cars. In addition, Congress passed PRIIA Section 305 legislation to establish the “Corridor Equipment Pool Committee” to “…design, develop specifications for and procure standardized next-generation corridor equipment.” This follows work begun by S4PRC (State for Passenger Rail Coalition) to develop such standards.

About the Speaker:

Dick Bruss has been with Amtrak over 33 years and is currently Program Director for Capital Acquisitions. He began his career with Pullman Standard in Chicago in the field service department, working primarily on NYCTA’s R46 subway car project.  He joined Amtrak in 1976 initially in Running Maintenance and two years later, moved into the Equipment Engineering area. Dick was one of the primary engineers responsible for the electrical design when Amtrak converted its fleet to Head End Power.

 He has been involved with nearly all types of Amtrak passenger cars and several types of locomotives, in system design & integration, developing maintenance procedures and particularly writing specifications for components, systems and vehicles, both overhauls and new. More recently he was involved in project engineering roles, leading Amtrak’s procurement of the initial order of P42’s, F59PHI’s and Surfliners, all of which were within budget, delivered on time and went into service immediately after commissioning. He has been active in APTA PRESS committees as well as FRA RSAC. Dick spent several years on the state corridor (S4PRC) activities. Most recently he led the effort to write the specifications for Corridor Bi-Level and Long Distance Single Level passenger car types.


IEEE/ASME National Capital Land Transportation Committee

Outstanding Chapter of the National Capital Area 2009

Vehicular Technology Society 2008 Chapter of the Year


  • Summer Break
  • September 14, 2010 - Randy Resor - Swedish Heavy Haul
  • October 12, 2010 - Tom Landry - Updating an ATSF Business Car
  • November 9, 2010 - Frank Cihak - Crashworthiness
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