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Rail Transport Committee


To advance the science and civil engineering applications of the rail transportation mode, that is currently transporting seventy percent of the total multi-modal freight by tonnage, and that is subjected to new passenger transportation challenges in the USA. The central purpose of the Rail Transportation Committee (RTC) is to reflect the growing interest in rail transport to further enhance the benefits inherent to the rail mode, such as high efficiency of energy use, effectiveness of land utilization, direct access to city centers, and major environmental advantages. Also theoretical and practical aspects of high-speed rail passenger transportation, in the high-speed rail field, major reductions of travel times and unequaled travel safety. Theoretical and practical aspects of high- speed rail passenger transportation are, therefore, an indispensable component of the RTC's activities, that involve also technological and economical issues of multipurpose utilization of existing active and inactive railway lines and right of ways.

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June 14–June 17, 2023 | Austin, Texas

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C. Tyler Dick, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE

C. Tyler Dick, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin (UT). Prior to joining UT in 2022, Dr. Dick spent 10 years as a research engineer and lecturer with the Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He previously spent 11 years as a railway design engineer with HDR Engineering where he attained the title of Professional Associate in recognition of his expertise in railway yard and terminal design. Dr. Dick holds a B.Sc. in civil engineering from the University of Manitoba and a M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois. His current research is focused on railway capacity, network design, yard & terminal operations, operations potential of advanced railway traffic control systems with virtual and moving blocks, and railway applications of alternative energy and automation. Dr. Dick is a licensed Professional Engineer and is actively involved in AREMA committees 16, 24 and 14, TRB Committees AR030 and AR040, the ASCE Rail Transportation Committee, and the INFORMS Railway Applications Section. He is also on the board of the International Association of Railway Operations Research.



  • Tyler Dick, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE
  • Dimitris Rizos, Ph.D., C.Eng, M.ASCE
  • Murthy V A Bondada, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
  • David Bruce Clarke, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE
  • Wei Fan,
  • Xiaohu Fan, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE
    Associate Committee Member
  • Yin Gao, Ph.D., EIT, A.M.ASCE
    Younger Committee Member
  • Debakanta Mishra, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE
    Associate Committee Member
  • Yu Qian, Ph.D., M.ASCE
    Younger Committee Member
  • William S Riehl, III, P.E., M.ASCE
  • Ramakrishna Reddy Tadi, P.E., M.ASCE
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