Transit And Urban Railways: Technology, Engineering and Management

October 7, 2019 - October 11, 2019 | 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Hilton Newark Penn Station

The Center for Railway Research and Education at Michigan State University (USA) and the University of Birmingham (UK) are collaborating to offer this new and unique educational program. By combining expertise and experience, this program will cover the fastest growing sector of today’s railway industry. Content will be relevant to all geographies.

  • In 2017, 42 North American light rail systems numbered 908.4 million passenger journeys
  • In 2018, 22 North American metro and rapid transit systems recorded over 4 billion passenger journeys accounting for 1,136 system miles (1828 km)
  • Since the turn of the century, 15 new light rail systems have opened and route extensions are under way
  • In the UK, Europe and North America, urban railway commuter trains operate on lines shared with other passenger and freight trains

Transit and Urban Railways: Technology, Engineering and Management

This new program reflects the world’s fastest growing railway market and one where people have yet to gain extensive experience but find themselves in middle management and senior positions. The aim of this program is to provide information and enable discussion around strategy, planning, management, emerging technologies, important engineering concepts, and other common characteristics for metros, commuter rail, light rail, and other urban rail systems, including integration for mobility.

Target Audience

  • Those developing a career in rail-based urban transit systems [i.e. technical and non-technical]
  • Experts in one discipline (e.g. mechanical engineering) who want to understand a total-system approach
  • Those moving into management and leadership within rail-based urban transit needing a broad understanding in a short time
  • Policy makers and advisers looking for a robust understanding of the nature of urban rail systems
  • Suppliers and consultants to light-rail and metro systems, legislative bodies and local authorities


Learning Objectives

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the complexity and ecosystem supporting all types of urban railways
  • Knowledge of different contributing subsystems such as rolling stock, control systems.
  • Know about strategy and management including people management, technology etc.
  • Be able to improve decision-making based on knowledge of trade-offs and similar issues
  • Engage with people from different backgrounds, organizations and technical expertise to appreciate different challenges they face.

 Overview of the Program

The week-long program will be led by faculty from two leading academic research and practical education universities. Topics have been carefully chosen to reflect the dynamic and rapidly evolving urban and regional transportation environments fueled by millenials’ reticence to drive and preference for alternative transportation. Structured in days concentrating on specific topic areas, the program will be taught through interactive lectures, facilitated discussions, group activities and site visits to help cement learning. We adopt a strategic systems overview rather than dealing with in-depth operating or engineering topics.

Key Topics



The digital railway


Asset Management


Control & Communications


Price & Registration:

$ 3995– full tuition (includes materials, site visit, meals, certificate of completion)

$ 3445– early bird registration (available through September 20, 2019)

For Details Please call:

Nick Little at, or by phone (517) 353-5663

Sue Lonier at, or by phone (517) 353-5667