Railway Age / RT&S Light Rail 2023

Light Rail 2023 presented by Railway Age and RT&S
November 15, 2023 - November 16, 2023 | Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson | Jersey City, NJ

Event Info

Join Railway Age and RT&S at a premier event—Light Rail 2023, our annual conference on light rail transit. 

LRT, the fastest-growing passenger rail mode, employs a full range of technologies and operating practices. Light Rail 2023, developed for transportation professionals in planning, operations, civil engineering, signaling and vehicle engineering — as well as students at the undergraduate and graduate level — will offer a comprehensive review of the specialized technical and operational issues associated with light and interurban railways. It will also examine the relationship between transportation and economic development in a modern urban environment. The conference concludes with a special tour of NJ Transit’s Hudson Bergen system.

Top Reasons to Attend

  • Spend valuable networking time with LRT professionals from around North America.
  • Earn multiple Professional Development Hour credits if you’re a P.E. (attendance certificates will be provided).
  • Share lessons-learned with industry colleagues.
  • Acquire the knowledge you need about ongoing and planned projects.
  • Discover what regulations are coming and how they could impact your business or operations.
  • Connect with potential new customers.

Speakers Include

Keynote Speaker

Kevin S. Corbett

President & CEO, NJ Transit

Suraj Shetty

Executive Director of Operations, Sound Transit

Gregory Woods

Chief, Light Rail Operations, NJ Transit

Anna Hooven, P.E.

Program Mgr. – Bridges & Buildings, SEPTA

Joe Costigan, Jr.

Rapid Transit Program Sponsor (Dir.), Metrolinx

Giuseppe Mattoscio, P.E.

Chief Safety Engineer, Houston METRO

Fred Mills, P.E.,

Chief Signal Engineer, Houston METRO

James C. Greller

Consultant and former Director of Transit Development, NJ Transit

Rachel J. Burckardt, P.E.

VP/Senior Project Manager, WSP USA Inc.

Ken Luebeck, P.E.

Public Project Mgr., Benesch

John Mardente

Civil Engineer – Passenger Rail Division, FRA

Alfred E. Fazio, P.E.

BRT Rail Services

William C. Vantuono

Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age

David Lester

Editor-in-Chief, RT&S

David Peter Alan

Contributing Editor, Railway Age

Light Rail 2023 Sessions Will Discuss:

  • Engineering for Operations
  • Light Rail Engineering Standards
  • Safety Certification
  • Project Delivery
  • Operations Planning and Modeling
  • Battery and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Propulsion
  • Signaling, Train Control and Street-Running Interfaces
  • Leveraging Federal Funding

Hotel / Venue

Light Rail 2023 attendees can book at the conference venue – the Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson – at $299/night (single/double, plus taxes/fees). Our room block closes on November 2 at 5pm ET.

Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson
2 Exchange Place
Jersey City, NJ 07302 USA

Make your room reservations


Sponsorships and marketing opportunities are available for this event. Contact Jonathan Chalon at [email protected], 212.620.7224, for more details.


Supporting Organizations


Program subject to change.

Sessions take place in the 9th floor Manhattan Ballroom.

Event Moderators:
William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age
David Lester, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Track & Structures

Wednesday, November 15

8:00 AM
Registration / Conference Check-in
Continental Breakfast sponsored by Kinkisharyo International, LLC.

9:00 AM
Keynote Address
Kevin Corbett, President & CEO, NJ Transit
Session Sponsored by MAC Products

9:30 AM
Ontario LRT Expansion Overview
Joe Costigan Jr., Senior Manager Corridor Extensions – Capital Projects Group, Metrolinx

10:15 AM
Coffee Break (sponsorship available)

10:30 AM
Platinum Sponsor Spotlight with MAC Products
Gary Clarner, MAC Products

11:00 AM
NJ Transit Overview: Hudson-Bergen, Newark Light Rail, RiverLINE, Camden-Glassboro
Gregory Woods, Chief, Light Rail Operations, NJ Transit

The Birth of Hudson-Bergen Light Rail
James C. Greller, Consultant and former Director of Transit Development, NJ Transit
William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age

12:00 PM
Luncheon (sponsorship available)

1:30 PM
Moderator: Alfred E. Fazio, P.E., BRT Rail Services

SEPTA Trolley Modernization Program
Anna Hooven, P.E., Program Manager, SEPTA

FRA Temporal Separation Waiver Best Practices
John Mardente, Civil Engineer – Passenger Rail Division, Federal Railroad Administration

3:00 PM
Afternoon Coffee Break (sponsorship available)

3:30 PM
Innovative Project Delivery Models
Catherine Campbell-Wilson, Vice President Strategy and Growth, Bechtel

4:00 PM
Sponsor Spotlight (sponsorship available)

4:15 PM
Unified Signals for Street-Running LRT
Ken Luebeck, P.E., Public Project Manager, Benesch
Giuseppe Mattoscio, P.Eng., P.E., Chief Safety Engineer, Houston METRO
Fred Mills, P.E., Chief Signal Engineer, Houston METRO

5:00 PM
Networking Reception (sponsorship available)

6:00 PM
Conference Day Ends

Thursday, November 16

8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast (sponsorship available)

9:00 AM
MBTA Grand Junction Urban Rail Study
Rachel J. Burckardt, P.E., Assistant Vice President & Senior Project Manager, WSP USA

9:45 AM
Sound Transit Light Rail Expansion Program
Suraj Shetty, Executive Director of Operations, Sound Transit

10:30 AM
Coffee Break (sponsorship available)

10:45 AM
General Discussion on LRT’s Role in Public Transportation
Led by William C. Vantuono, Railway Age; David Lester, RT&S; and David Peter Alan, Contributing Editor, Railway Age

11:30 AM
End of Conference Sessions

Pick up a boxed lunch as you depart! 

12:45 PM
Tour participants to gather in the hotel lobby to walk to Exchange Place.

1:00 PM
Tour: NJ Transit Hudson-Bergen Light Rail

NJ Transit will offer a guided tour to a limited number of conference attendees. Subject matter experts from NJ Transit and 21st Century Rail Corp. will accompany the group to answer questions. Participants will depart from Exchange Place via special train and ride the RiverLine section of the Hudson-Bergen Line. Visiting the Caven Point Avenue Maintenance Facility, attendees will see Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system’s major site for maintenance, operational control, train storage, and vehicle wash. Participants will receive a brief overview of the system’s SCADA operations. (Space is limited and allotted on a first-come, first-served basis; all attendees to wear hard-soled, closed-toe shoes; PPE to be provided as necessary.)

Covering a service area of 5,325 square miles, NJ TRANSIT is the nation’s third largest provider of bus, rail and light rail transit, linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia. The agency operates an active fleet of 2,221 buses, 1,231 trains and 93 light rail vehicles. On 253 bus routes and 12 rail lines statewide, NJ TRANSIT provides nearly 270 million passenger trips each year.

4:00 PM
Participants return to hotel. 


Connect with potential new customers and spend valuable networking time with light rail transit professionals from around North America at this specialized event.