Organizational Structure

Amtrak established the Next Generation Corridor Equipment Pool Committee, comprised of representatives of Amtrak, the Federal Railroad Administration, host freight railroad companies, passenger railroad equipment manufacturers, interested States, and other passenger railroad operators. The Committee was formed to design, develop ​specifications for, and procure standardized next-generation corridor​​ equipment.

The Next Generation Equipment Committee is governed by an Executive Board, with membership open to Amtrak, the Federal Railroad Administration and State Departments of Transportation and the Executive Board has established two standing Subcommittees:

The purpose of the Finance and Administrative Subcommittee is to:

  1. Manage the finances of the Committee
  2. Identify options for the funding of new equipment
  3. Evaluate the options for ownership structures that may be utilized for new equipment
  4. Propose possible structures for transactions between potential owners and/or operators of equipment
  5. Manage the operation of the Committee
  6. Determine protocols for various issues that arise and establish policy for the Committee
  7. Serve as the keeper of the Committee Bylaws
  8. Serve as the policy development arm of the Committee
  9. Serve as the keeper of open records and recommend relevant recordkeeping policies as appropriate, and
  10. Perform other tasks or duties as identified by the Finance and Administrative Subcommittee or that may be assigned by the Executive Board or requested by other Subcommittees,  Working Groups or Task Forces

Membership

Documents

Rolling Stock & Related Capital Investment Financing

Meeting Minutes

Structure and Finance Task Force (SFTF)

Membership

Documents

Meeting Minutes

The purpose of the Technical Subcommittee is to:

  1. Develop and/or evaluate alternative passenger rail car and propulsion technologies and designs
  2. Evaluate proposed vehicle subsystems
  3. Establish performance and safety criteria standards
  4. Develop and maintain specifications
  5. Respond to requests made by the Committee or Executive Board to assist in carrying out their duties; and
  6. Any such other tasks and duties as may be assigned by the Executive Board

Technical Working Groups:

  1. Structural Working Groups
  2. Interiors Working Groups
  3. Mechanical Working Groups
  4. Electrical Working Groups
  5. VTI Working Groups
  6. Propulsion Working Groups
  7. Communications on Rail Cars Working Groups

Membership

Documents

Presentations

The Technical Subcommittee of the Next Generation Equipment Committee met in Chicago, IL on Thursday July 29, 2010 to vote on the Bi-Level Specifications.  The Agenda, Presentations, Summary of Bi-Level Specification and other documentation are listed below.  The PRIIA Bi-Level Spec (Individual Chapters) are also listed below:

Chicago, IL Meeting, April 22, 2010 :

Meeting Minutes

2023

Locomotive Technology Task Force

The business and affairs of the Committee shall be managed by an Executive Board which shall consist of no less than twelve (12) members of the Committee.

Membership

Documents

Governance 

Background and Activities

Memos

Reports

Other

Meeting Minutes

March 19 – Final
April 16 – Final
May 14 – Draft












Working Groups

Workgroups are established from time to time by the Executive Board or by either one of the Subcomitteess to address specific needs of that in response to specific concerns or issues the relevant subcommittee (or Board) wishes to have addressed.   Additionally, there are permanent technical working groups under the Technical subcommittee that address specific areas of vehicle specifications.  Theses include: Interiors, Mechanical, Structure, VTI, Propulsion, Electrical and Trainline Communications

​​The Accessibility Policy Group (APG) reports directly to the Board, but is only active when called upon for a specific purpose.​  No formal minutes are taken during APG meetings.

Eric Curtit, Missouri DOT, Chair – eric.curtit@modot.mo.gov

Ron Pate, Washington State DOT – pater@wsdot.wa.gov

Bruce Roberts, Caltrans – bruce.roberts@dot.ca.gov

Calvin Gibson, FRA – Calvin.gibson@dot.gov

Gary Talbot, Amtrak – Gary.talbot@amtrak.com

​Specification Review Panels report directly to the Board, but are only active when called upon for a specific purpose.​  No formal minutes are taken during these meetings.

2021-2022 Panel Members

Consultants/Technical Support to the Review Panels:
Review Panel Consultant – Larry Salci
NGEC Support – Steve Hewitt
Technical Support – Tammy Krause
Amtrak Technical Support – Mike Kraft

Bi-Level Car Review Panel:
Ray Hessinger, NYSDOT – Chair
Arun Rao, Wisconsin DOT
Amanda Martin, Iowa DOTJeff Gordon, FRA

Locomotive Review Panel:
Ray Hessinger, NYSDOT – Chair
Arun Rao, Wisconsin DOT
Jason Biggs, Washington State DOT
Jeff Gordon, FRA

Trainset Review Panel:
Ray Hessinger, NYSDOT – Chair
Ed Engle, Iowa DOT
Jason Biggs, Washington State DOT
Jeff Gordon, FRA

Single Level Rail Car Review Panel:
Ray Hessinger, NYSDOT – Chair
Ed Engle, Iowa DOT
Jason Biggs, WSDOT
Jeff Gordon, FRA

DMU Review Panel:
Ray Hessinger, NYSDOT – Chair
Jeff Gordon, FRA
Brian Beeler, for Maine DOT
Momo Tamaoki, Caltrans