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TSE Hosts Train Control Course for Staff, Bay Area Transit Professionals

Updated: Jul 14, 2022

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Nearly twenty transit professionals attended the course at the TSE learning lab

Transit Systems Engineering is dedicated to providing its employees and project partners with the latest information and technological breakthroughs in the rail transit industry. 

As part of this ongoing company initiative, nationally renowned TSE engineer and Sr. Project Manager Robert MacDonald recently hosted a two-day course titled “Fundamental Train Control Design and Implementation” at TSE’s headquarters in Emeryville, California.

The objective of the class, offered at no cost to students, was to introduce attendees to the fundamental architecture of train control and signaling systems to broaden their overall understanding of rail operations and signal equipment technology. 

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TSE regularly hosts free training seminars for staff and transit professionals

"This course is intended to educate industry professionals who are at least somewhat familiar with rail operations and signal equipment such as vehicles, signals, track switches and signal housings,” said MacDonald. "Our hope is everyone will be able to take this information to augment work in their particular area of specialization.”

In addition to TSE staff, course attendees also included professionals from Bay Area Rapid Transit and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

MacDonald brought his nearly forty years of industry experience to this unique seminar, providing attendees a range of high-level information on train control systems concepts and technology, including but not limited to:

  • Operations

  • Signal Design

  • Train Protection

  • Interlocking 

  • System Layout

  • Train Detection

  • Track Circuits

  • Wayside Centric Train Control Systems

“We host these periodic courses to boost the collective knowledge of our staff and community of project partners,” said Paul Van Der Wel, TSE’s Sr. Vice President and Operations Manager. "It’s been a very effective training program and the feedback from participants has been very positive.”


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