Short Course: Light Rail Transit Systems Design

December 31, 1969 4:00 pm - December 31, 1969 4:00 pm

OTREC is pleased to present the second in a sequence of professional development courses on Light Rail Transit. This course, to be held at Portland State University on May 3-4, 2011, will focus on systems design, including topics such as power, train control, communication and fare collection systems. In partnership with TriMet and LTK, the course will be taught by instructors who are actively involved in teh design, construction and operation of light rail and streetcar systems. Portland's own light rail and streetcar systems will be used as a real-world laboratory to illustrate design concepts that are covered in the classroom.

Who Should Attend?

Engineers, planners and transit officials with an interest in gaining a working knowledge of the design of light rail transit systems. Those who review or participate in design development will find this course especially useful.

What's Included?

Attendees will receive electronic copies of the materials presented at the workshop as well as contact information for all attendees and instructors. Registration fee includes field trips, breakfast, refreshments and a hosted reception with Portland-area transportation professionals on Tuesday evening (May 3rd). Certificates of participation (PDH/CEU) will be provided as well.

What's Unique About This Course?

  • Real-world examples and inside access to the Portland light rail and streetcar systems
  • Course instructors who are actively involved in the design, construction and operation of light rail systems
  • A focus on integration of all systems necessary for a successful light rail design
  • Exposure to innovative design, construction, finance and community partnerships
  • Location: the course will be taught at Portland State University, which is located in downtown Portland with ready access to multiple rail lines. The field trips will include Oregon Iron Works streetcar manufacturing facility in nearby Clackamas as well as TriMet's Ruby Junction operations and maintenance facility in Gresham.


Online registration will begin in January 2011. The regular registration rate is $450 with an early bird rate ($400) available until April 3rd and a late/onsite fee of $50. Refund policy: a full refund is available if notification is received at least 5 business days in advance; a full refund less processing fee ($25) is available between 1 and 4 business days before the start date; no refunds on or after the course start date; substitutions are always allowed.


Special workshop rates are available at either University Place or the Hotel Modera if you mention "OTREC" when making your reservation. There are many other downtown hotels within walking and transit of the University.

Questions/Contact Information

If you have any questions or need additional information about the course, please email or call (503) 725-8545.

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