Light Rail 2020, presented by Railway Age and RT&S

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September 9, 2020 - September 10, 2020 | Courtyard Boston Downtown | Boston, MA

Event Info

Light Rail 2020 Postponed until September
In light of the ongoing global situation with the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, Railway Age has postponed Light Rail 2020.

Our new dates for this event are September 9-10, 2020 at the same venue: the Courtyard Boston Downtown.

We look forward to seeing our participants – healthy and safe – in September for what promises to be a great event.

In the meantime, please note:
– All confirmed registrations for Light Rail 2020 will be transferred to the new dates. This includes all categories (attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors).
– The Courtyard Boston Downtown will honor our group rate over the new dates. Contact the Courtyard directly if you need to cancel an existing reservation: 617.426.1400.
– We are working to secure the same speakers for September. Agenda updates will be posted to Although the agenda may change slightly, our focus remains on providing our attendees invaluable knowledge delivered by industry experts and thought leaders.
– We will coordinate with the MBTA to determine if a transit tour can take place in September. We’ll update participants via email and our website as this aspect is finalized.

Thank you for your support of Railway Age Light Rail 2020. We greatly appreciate your understanding during this rapidly changing situation. We hope that you, your family, and your colleagues keep well.

Keynote Address

Steve Poftak

GM, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Citadis Vehicles, SelTrac™ CBTC and Infrastructure

Michael Morgan

Rail Construction Program Director, OC Transpo
Vivarail LRT Operations in the U.K.

Adrian Shooter

Chairman, Vivarail
Alternative Vehicle Technologies

Andreas Hoffrichter

Executive Director, Center for Railway Research and Education, Michigan State University
Pop-Up Metro Applications for the U.S.

Henry Posner III

Chairman, Railroad Development Corporation

Hotel Block | Venue
Light Rail 2020 takes place at the Courtyard Boston Downtown. Our attendee room block has a discounted rate of $269/night (plus taxes/fees). This block ends August 10, 2020 at 5pm ET. To reserve a room, call 800.321.2211 or 617.426.1400 and mention Light Rail 2020.

Courtyard Boston Downtown
275 Tremont Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116 USA

Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities
Contact Jonathan Chalon at 212.620.7224, [email protected] for details.

Contact us at 212.620.7205, [email protected].


Gold Sponsor: ABB

Registration & Continental Breakfast | Expo Open

Keynote Address
Steve Poftak, General Manager, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

History and Development of Light Rail in Boston
Rachel Burckardt, P.E., Assistant Vice President, WSP USA

Coffee Break | Expo Open

Engineering for Operations, Part I
• Upgrading Philadelphia’s Trolley Network to LRV Standards
David Montvydas, Chief Engineer, SEPTA
• Vivarail LRT Operations in the U.K.
Adrian Shooter, Chairman, Vivarail
• Oversight of Major LRT Programs in LA
Brian Boudreau, Senior Executive Officer, Project Management Oversight, LA Metro
Lessons on Engineering Design
Alfred E. Fazio, P.E.

Luncheon Sponsored by WSP | Expo Open

High-Capacity Light Rail: Ottawa’s Confederation Line
• Citadis Vehicles, SelTrac™ CBTC and Infrastructure
Michael Morgan, Rail Construction Program Director, OC Transpo
David Dimmer, Director of Product Strategy, Thales
Speaker from Alstom to be announced

Wayside Energy Storage for Railways
Patrick Savoie, Business Development Manager AMERICAS, Electrification Distribution Systems, Railways Infrastructure AC/DC, ABB

Energy Break | Expo Open

MBTA Light Rail Wheel/Rail Interface Considerations
• Re-writing MBTA LRT Track Standards
Speaker from MBTA to be announced
• MBTA LRV Wheel Truing Practices
Speaker from MBTA to be announced

Keeping Design-Build Projects on Schedule: LA Metro Southwest Yard Maintenance Facility|
Matt Dixon, P.E., Systems Engineer and Project Manager, Gannett Fleming

Cocktail Reception | Expo Open

Day One Adjourns

Continental Breakfast | Expo Open

Engineering for Operations, Part II
• Introduction
Bridget Hodgson, President, BRT Rail Services
• Alternative Vehicle Technologies
Andreas Hoffrichter, Executive Director, Center for Railway Research and Education, Michigan State University
• Pop-Up Metro Applications for the U.S.
Henry Posner III, Chairman, Railroad Development Corporation
• Advancements in Shared-Use Operation
John Mardente, FRA Office of Safety, Assurance and Compliance

Coffee Break | Expo Open

The Best Ticket Is No Ticket: Integrated, Seamless Fare Collection
Ben Whitaker, Founder and Head of Innovation, Masabi

Conference Sessions End

Departure for MBTA Light Rail Tour
Space is limited and is restricted to attendees of Light Rail 2020. The tour will end at approximately 4:00 pm.


Join Railway Age and Railway Track & Structures for our fifth annual event focused on light rail.

Light Rail 2020 brings together transportation professionals in planning, operations, civil engineering, signaling and vehicle engineering. The agenda highlights specialized technical and operational issues associated with light and interurban railways and examines the relationship between transportation and economic development in a modern urban environment.

Sponsor or exhibit at Light Rail 2020 and network face-to-face with industry decision-makers: the executives with purchasing power.

Platinum, Gold, and custom sponsorships are available. A limited number of exhibit spaces are also available.