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  • HSR101 Course Image


    About This Course

    In this course, we'll examine some of the considerations of high speed rail management, particularly as it relates to U.S. HSR initiatives. This course is based on materials provided by Mineta Transportation Institute and is taught by MTI's own Stan Feinsod, who has more than 25 years experience as a manager of rail operations and has consulted on the California High Speed Rail Project.

    We'll first discuss policies and programs within the United States relating to HSR, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act. We'll then take a look at some advanced HSR technologies used abroad. Finally, we'll consider the environmental and economic impacts of HSR systems.


    Course Format

    This blended learning course will feature 3 live sessions on topics related to HSR systems management. Each session will feature a live lecture given via webinar, broadcast via Adobe Connect. The lecture will have an accompanying reading assignment. The reading assignment should be completed before the lecture session. Students are encouraged to discuss the week's reading assignments with their peers using the HSRLS forums.

    Each lecture will begin at 1PM EDT and will run for about an hour. After each lecture, there will be a question-and-answer session.

    • Session 1: Sept 9th - Current US Policies and Programs related to HSR
    • Session 2: Sept 16th - HSR Advanced Technologies
    • Session 3: Sept 24th - Environmental and Economic Considerations for HSR

    Objectives

    • Class discussion of each topic
    • Examine the current state of HSR in the United States and learn the challenges facing the U.S. HSR program
    • Learn more about the technologies and infrastructure of world-wide HSR projects
    • Consider the benefits and impact of HSR systems on the environment
    • Learn about HSR economical considerations

    Time to Complete

    About 10 Hours

    ~3.5 Hours from lectures

    ~3 Hours from reading materials

    ~3.5 Hours devoted to the writing assignment

    Self enrolment
  • HSR103 Course Image

    About This Course

    Welcome to HSR103: High Speed Rail Advanced Technologies. This course is part of the Introduction to High Speed Rail category, along with HSR101 and HSR102. If you haven't already, we recommend completing HSR101 and HSR102 before you attemp this course. Some of the terminology and concepts used in this course are introduced in earlier courses.

    This course is provided and narrated by Tsung-Chung (TC) Kao of the University of Illinois. Dr. Tsung-Chung Kao holds a B.S. in civil engineering from National Taiwan University (1971), an M.S. in structural engineering from Rutgers University (1974), and an M.S. and Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a licensed professional engineer in California and Taiwan.


    Course Format

    This asynchronous course features video presentations narrated by TC Kao. It is broken down into modules beginning with an examination of high speed Rolling Stock, followed by HS Planning, and finally Construction of high speed rail systems.

    Each module is accompanied by a quiz and supplementary reading materials. The quizzes are based on the video lectures alone. The supplementary reading is not mandatory reading, but it is very informative. If you find yourself wanting to know more, these resources are an excellent place to start.


    Objectives

    • Examine high speed rolling stock in depth.
    • Consider the intensive planning process required by HSR systems
    • Learn more about the construction and maintenance of HSR systems

    Time to Complete

    About 6.5 Hours

    ~3.5 Hours from lectures

    ~2 Hours from reading materials

    ~1 Hour from quizzes


    Self enrolment
  • HSR101 Course Image


    About This Course

    In this course, we'll examine some of the considerations of high speed rail management, particularly as it relates to U.S. HSR initiatives. This course is based on materials provided by Mineta Transportation Institute and is taught by MTI's own Stan Feinsod, who has more than 25 years experience as a manager of rail operations and has consulted on the California High Speed Rail Project.

    We'll first discuss policies and programs within the United States relating to HSR, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act. We'll then take a look at some advanced HSR technologies used abroad. Finally, we'll consider the environmental and economic impacts of HSR systems.


    Course Format

    This blended learning course will feature 3 live sessions on topics related to HSR systems management. Each session will feature a live lecture given via webinar, broadcast via Adobe Connect. The lecture will have an accompanying reading assignment. The reading assignment should be completed before the lecture session. Students are encouraged to discuss the week's reading assignments with their peers using the HSRLS forums.

    Each lecture will begin at 1PM EDT and will run for about an hour. After each lecture, there will be a question-and-answer session.

    • Session 1: August 12th - Current US Policies and Programs related to HSR
    • Session 2: August 19th - HSR Advanced Technologies
    • Session 3: August 26th - Environmental and Economic Considerations for HSR

    Objectives

    • Class discussion of each topic
    • Examine the current state of HSR in the United States and learn the challenges facing the U.S. HSR program
    • Learn more about the technologies and infrastructure of world-wide HSR projects
    • Consider the benefits and impact of HSR systems on the environment
    • Learn about HSR economical considerations

    Time to Complete

    About 10 Hours

    ~3.5 Hours from lectures

    ~3 Hours from reading materials

    ~3.5 Hours devoted to the writing assignment

  • HSR101 Course Image

    This course is designed to be a general, high level overview of high speed rail and HSR services. This course is a stepping stone to help you get familiar with HSR and the High Speed Rail Learning System. You will explore rail and HSR terminology, check out what countries abroad have done with HSR, and see what plans there are for HSR services in the United States.

    This course is also used to demonstrate a couple of interactive technologies: Javascript and Flash. You will need a browser enabled with both to experience all of the content.


    Time to Complete: ~5 Hours

    Self enrolment
  • The 4th Annual Michigan Rail Conference was held in Marquette, MI, August 17-18, 2016.

    Self enrolment
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    Third Annual Michigan Rail Conference

    The Michigan DoT and the Rail Transportation Program at Michigan Technological University hosted the second annual Michigan Rail Conference on August 19th and 20th at Grand Valley State University.

    Over 70 conference participants came to Grand Rapids early for field visits that included two grade crossing improvement projects, the SteelPro Grand Rapids Steel Distribution Center, the Grand Elk Railroad transload terminal and the Grand Rapids Amtrak station.

    Self enrolment
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    Second Annual Michigan Rail Conference

    The Michigan DoT and the Rail Transportation Program at Michigan Technological University hosted the second annual Michigan Rail Conference on August 26th and 27th at South Campus of Macomb Community College.

    The first day of the conference featured a variety of speakers on a variety of topics including both freight and passenger rail.

    The second day saw participants visiting rail areas in and around Detroit.

    Self enrolment
  • HSR101 Course Image

    First Annual Michigan Rail Conference - Michigan DOT and the Rail Transportation Program at Michigan Technological University hosted the first annual Michigan Rail Conference on August 27 at the Lansing Community College, West Campus. Nearly 150 individuals attended the event in person, and another 50 participated by live web-cast. The morning featured a variety of plenary speakers including welcome notes from both the State House and Senate Transportation Committee Chairs, and a keynote address by Tom Carper from AMTRAK. The afternoon featured break-out sessions for passenger and freight rail activities.

    Self enrolment
  • SCORT Webinar

    The Standing Committee on Rail Transportation (SCORT), a committee of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), hosted a live webinar in October 2012 with an emphasis on workforce development for state rail employees. The webinar featured presentations from three of the state Department of Transportation (DOT) members and included an update on workforce development initiatives at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) and Michigan Technological University.

    Video recordings and presentations by webinar speakers are available as modules in this course.


    Time to Complete: ~2 Hours

    Self enrolment
  • HSR Workforce Symposium

    A (High Speed) Rail Workforce Development Symposium, was held in conjunction with the AREMA 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago, IL. The symposium was also simulcast via the web and had 10 presenters in various topics. The goal of the symposium was to improve understanding of the needs for the HSR workforce and related education and training.

    The symposium introduced the HSRLS project to participants and had two main topics. The first topic had presentations on high speed rail workforce development needs in the U.S. and abroad. The second topic included presentations related to the use of online technologies in collaborative education and training.

    The course available in the portal includes video recordings and presentations by symposium speakers. It also provides supplementary materials on selected topics.


    Time to Complete: ~3.5 Hours

    Guest accessSelf enrolment

The HSRLS strives to provide a high-quality education in High Speed Rail.

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