SYSTRA, Engineering Partner at SafeRail and PTC World Congress 2016

NEW YORK, NY – March 7, 2016 – SYSTRA is a proud sponsor and engineering partner for this year’s SafeRail Conference, incorporating the PTC World Congress. The conference, hosted by the Global Transport Forum (GTF), will be held at the Georgetown University and Conference Center in Washington, DC on March 22nd and 23rd.

Train control experts from SYSTRA’s domestic and international headquarters will be presenting and participating in various conference sessions. SYSTRA will also be exhibiting at booth no. 16, showcasing the company’s rail transit engineering and systems expertise.

Presentations and panels at this year’s conference will discuss topics including issues on Positive Train Control (PTC) interoperability, solving operational safety issues, and advanced signaling systems. SYSTRA’s technical staff will be present at the following conference sessions:

  • Lawrence “Larry” Light, SYSTRA’s Director of PTC Systems:

March 22nd, 12:00 PM – Panel: Issues and solutions for PTC interoperability

  • Philippe Ayrault, SYSTRA’s Reliability, Availability, Maintainability & Safety (RAMS) Expert:

March 22nd, 2:15 PM – Panel: Solving operational safety issues in North America

March 23rd, 2:15 PM – Presentation: ISA: Developing highly skilled teams and reducing risk

March 23rd, 3:15 PM – Panel: Training and certification to maximize your technology investments

  • Philippe Cazaux, SYSTRA’s Senior CBTC Specialist:

March 23rd, 11:15 PM – Panel: Advanced Signaling Systems Masterclass


For the last five years, the PTC World congress has put emphasis on leaders and innovation regarding rail safety and operations. This year, SafeRail will be incorporating the 6th Annual PTC World Congress to provide a holistic showcase for rail safety and security within the rail transit industry.

This year’s SafeRail conference will feature sessions tackling transit cyber-security, cost-efficient system deployment, interoperability and integrated corridor management, and best practice deployment strategies. For more information on the conference and featured speakers and panelists, head over to


A global leader in mass transit and rail infrastructure engineering, SYSTRA has a reputation as an established partner in public transport systems for the past 60 years, and a unique wealth of experience in mass transit and rail projects. The Group employs 5,400 people worldwide, manages 3,000 contracts and operates in 80 countries.

SYSTRA Appoints New Vice President, Construction/Project Management Sector Manager

 GMavleos SYSTRA is pleased to announce that Gene Mavleos, PE has joined SYSTRA as Vice President, CM/PM Sector Manager, based in our New York office. In this capacity, Mr. Mavleos will be in charge of the company’s national construction/program management practice. In this role, he is responsible for hiring, training, and supervising large unionized work crews, and delivering finished projects within strict scheduling and cost constraints.

Mr. Mavleos is a Professional Engineer and has over 30 years of experience in planning, design, and construction of a variety of major transportation capital improvement projects in both public/private partnerships.

He joins SYSTRA from URS Corporation (now AECOM) where he served as Project Manager/Resident Engineer for 10 years. Prior to URS, he held various roles including: Project Manager at Hill International Corp., Construction Manager at Storch Associates, and Sr. Project Manager at New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).

Mr. Mavleos’ expertise includes design and construction/program management for transit facilities and infrastructure. Gene has a Master’s in Business Administration/Post Graduate Management Course Work, from Baruch College, Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Geology from the State University of New York, Oneonta.

SYSTRA USA Launches New Website

New York, NY – SYSTRA is pleased to announce the launch of its new website,, promoting the company’s identity, culture, and expertise. Key features of the new site include a cleaner interface, and a more striking design. It also introduces an engaging user experience with improved navigation, and an enhanced search functionality aimed at highlighting SYSTRA’s industry experience for prospective clients, partners and employees.

“After nearly a year of intensive design and development, we are thrilled to provide clients and leading industry talent access to our new website showcasing SYSTRA’s rail and transit industry expertise as well as key multidisciplinary projects throughout the US.” says William Crosbie, P.Eng., SYSTRA USA’s President & CEO.

The redesigned site’s new features now provide:
– Upfront access to SYSTRA’s industry-leading expert services
– An updated project portfolio showcasing SYSTRA’s innovative projects and experience with rail and mass transit agencies across the country
– Convenient access to SYSTRA’s employment portal and application system
– A live social media feed and resource hub featuring the latest SYSTRA news and announcements
– An enhanced user interface

The new website provides a comprehensive resource for prospective clients and partners to browse SYSTRA’s innovative project solutions, ongoing initiatives, and partnerships throughout the United States, and globally. The site also provides convenient access to SYSTRA’s global resources and project portfolio.

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A global leader in mass transit and rail infrastructure engineering, SYSTRA has a reputation as an established partner in public transport systems for the past 50 years, and a unique wealth of experience in mass transit and rail projects. The Group employs 5,200 people worldwide, manages 3,000 contracts and operates in 78 countries.


The Challenges of Positive Train Control

by Lawrence Light, Director of PTC via Mass Transit

One of the most sought after safety systems, Positive Train Control, has been on the National Transportations Board’s “Most Wanted List” for many years. Yet, despite nearly seven years of anticipation for FRA’s PTC deadline and nearly 20 years of awareness of system requirements, most carriers will not have a PTC system by Dec. 31. With more than 40 railroads filing for installation of PTC under the mandate, few will have PTC in revenue service on time. Four principal factors impacting timely completion are:

1. Complexity of the chosen architecture

2. Individual railroad’s safety philosophies

3. Availability of multiple vendors

4. Development time available, given 1, 2 & 3 above

These four factors are best illustrated by visiting brief histories of four very different PTC technologies seeking certification as FRA Type-Approved (TA) PTC.

ATC/ACSES had a significant head start on the other three systems, beginning in 1993 with the goal of 150mph for high speed trains in the Northeast Corridor. With the simplest architecture, a unique blend of domestic ATC and European transponders following FRA’s established safety Rules, Standards & Instructions for Signals (The RS&I) and with availability from multiple vendors, Amtrak has received final FRA TA certification and expects to meet the deadline for its lines in the Northeast. However, due to a later start, other agencies in the Northeast with lines adjacent to Amtrak will not meet the deadline.

ITCS, was first conceived in 1995 with the original goal of breaking the 79 mph barrier, and with multiple improvements in service, 2000 – 2012, Amtrak began 110 mph operation in February 2012 and received final FRA TAPTC certification in December 2012. ITCS is RS&I compliant with simpler architecture than I-ETMS, and has an important highway crossing warning advance start feature saving millions upon deployment in the emerging corridors with many road crossings. ITCS has one vendor, but thanks to an early start, Amtrak-owned lines in Michigan and Indiana will meet the deadline.

I-ETMS, is a blend of BNSF’s ETMS and UPRR’s V-ETMS, which when merged as I-ETMS appears to have strayed from the goal of vitality. This has led to recent FRA challenges regarding many safety concerns. Unfortunately, pursuit of corollary benefits has created an architectural complexity resulting in a costly increase in overall completion time. Of all the railroads seeking to deploy I-ETMS, only Southern California’s Metrolink expects to be PTC ready by the deadline. Currently, there is only one vendor available to supply the needs of many railroads.

E-ATC, an extension of the ATC concept, is the simplest of all the systems in architecture and safety philosophy (RS&I Compliant); can be supplied by multiple vendors, and can be developed relatively quickly for new PTC initiatives. And while at least two PTC initiatives are able to eliminate data radio and transponders, this is not always possible without losing needed operational utility.

In conclusion, the combination of later deployment of I-ETMS and a lack of consideration for the “four factors” has resulted in the need for additional implementation time. With the majority of carriers filing to install PTC committed to the I-ETMS technology, this has caused much anxiety for a large segment of the industry not meeting the deadline, and with the lack of multiple vendors, budgets are being strained to the breaking point. If granted, a congressional extension of the deadline could provide time for some operators to consider simpler, more mature and less costly alternatives.

SYSTRA Announces the Launch of RAILSIM X® Software Suite

NEW YORK, NY (Oct 7, 2014) – SYSTRA is pleased to announce the launch of the RAILSIM X® Software Suite, the industry’s leading analytical software for rail systems modeling and simulations. This redevelopment of the RAILSIM® operations software package will introduce a brand new set of analytical capabilities and include enhancements to the software’s existing array of modules.

“This isn’t just a new version of the software,” said William Crosbie, President and CEO of SYSTRA USA and Regional Director of SYSTRA North America.  “RAILSIM X® is the new industry standard for rail operations modeling and simulations with unprecedented analytical capabilities specifically designed to reveal the impact of capital investments in real-time. It gives rail operator leadership confidence that their investment decisions will deliver the desired benefits to their customers and stakeholders.”
SYSTRA has taken major steps to enhance the software and its user experience by moving to a cloud-based system and developing tools to match emerging technologies. RAILSIM X® is designed on a 64 bit architecture, facilitating easier use, faster operation, and efficient delivery of simulation models on both PC and Apple operating systems. RAILSIM X® includes improvements to its Train Performance Calculator (TPC), Network Simulator (SIM), Safe Braking Distance Calculator (SBC), Signal Engineer (SIG), Control Line Generator (CLG), Headway Calculator (HDC), Vehicle Inventory database engine and enhancements to the software’s Load Flow Analyzer (LFA).
SYSTRA’s RAILSIM X® certified engineers and transportation experts bring transit agencies and rail operators an unprecedented level of confidence in their decisions by leveraging SYSTRA’s extensive staff experience on operations, signal and electrical engineering projects from around the world.  This includes work on the design and implementation of both positive train control (PTC) and Computer-Based Train Control (CBTC) systems.  SYSTRA’s traction power and electrical engineers bring a depth of expertise and experience in substation, power distribution and overhead contact systems (OCS) design. SYSTRA is a leader in the application of rail operations simulation planning, whole life asset management, and complex capital investment cost – benefit analysis. SYSTRA’s multidisciplinary team of experts continually contribute their extensive experience to the RAILSIM X® development team to ensure functionality spanning all disciplines.
“Our expert staff are industry leaders in the delivery of rail operations analysis as well as signal and electrical engineering,” said Crosbie.  “The new and enhanced analytical capabilities in RAILSIM X® give our engineers and transportation experts tools to validate their design decision with a high degree of accuracy and confidence.”
The RAILSIM X® Simulation Software Suite represents the latest in graphical operations simulation for capital improvements planning, engineering, ridership analysis, operational planning scheduling, and dispatcher/operator training.  RAILSIM X® includes features to aid in the design of new train control systems.  SYSTRA’s rail simulation software has been supporting the rail and rapid transit industry for more than twenty years and continues its legacy with the launch of RAILSIM X®.

SYSTRA’s RAILSIM X® Software Suite is the rail and rapid transit industry’s leading software tool for simulating the operation and performance of rail networks and systems.  It is designed to simulate all facets of rail systems and the interactions of trains with infrastructure, control systems, and the operation of complex systems and networks. RAILSIM X® can accurately simulate any rail system; including light rail, heavy rail or high-speed rail.


A global leader in public transportation engineering infrastructures, SYSTRA has a reputation as an established partner in public transport systems for the past 50 years. In 2013, SYSTRA reported revenues of €443 million, a large majority of which was on international markets. The Group employs 3 800 people worldwide, manages 3 000 contracts and has operations in 78 countries.  For over twenty years SYSTRA rail simulation software has been supporting rail and rapid transit operating and engineering teams with the information and data required to effectively manage their systems.


SYSTRA USA Expands East Coast Presence with a New Office in the Washington D.C. Area

WASHINGTON D.C. – SYSTRA has opened a new office in the Washington D.C. area to support higher demand for the company’s rail planning, infrastructure protection, and engineering services given ongoing rail and transit development throughout the D.C. Metro Area.  This new office is part of the company’s continued growth throughout the North American transit market.

“Washington D.C. is a key market for growth in the rail and transit industry,” said William Crosbie, President of SYSTRA USA and newly appointed Regional Manager of SYSTRA North America. “Maintaining a strong local presence allows us to better serve existing clients and leverage our global expertise to drive innovation throughout the industry.”

SYSTRA is currently engaged with clients and projects in the D.C. Metro Region including WMATA’s Blue Line expansion and DCDOT’s H Street & Benning Road Streetcar.  In addition, SYSTRA is continuing its work with Amtrak at Washington Union Station.

“We’re proud of our work to date in the D.C. region and are excited to expand on that experience as SYSTRA continues to grow,” said Crosbie.

With its headquarters in New York, SYSTRA has additional offices in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Little Falls, New Jersey.  As part of a broader corporate growth strategy, the company is working with CANARAIL to further strengthen its North American presence by expanding into the Canadian Market.

A global leader in public transportation engineering infrastructures, SYSTRA has a reputation as an established partner in public transport systems for the past 50 years. In 2013, SYSTRA reported revenues of €443 million, a large majority of which was on international markets. The Group employs 3 800 people worldwide, manages 3 000 contracts and has operations in 78 countries.

SYSTRA USA Expands Industry Expertise with Strategic Staff Enhancements

NEW YORK, NY (Sept 24, 2014) – SYSTRA USA is pleased to announce strategic additions to the company’s Systems Engineering and Design-Build staff.  Following major systems and design-build project wins and in keeping with the company’s expansive growth in the North American market, SYSTRA has welcomed Robert Puciloski, Mohsen Tabrizi and Neil Gutterman to its team.  “SYSTRA is a place for rail transportation industry innovation, especially in light of our recent strategic project wins across the country,” said William Crosbie, CEO of SYSTRA USA and Regional Director of SYSTRA North America “These new additions to our team exemplify this philosophy of innovation, and will provide expertise in critical disciplines such as signals and systems engineering as well as safety and security, regulatory compliance and facility design.”
Robert Puciloski has joined SYSTRA as Vice President & Sector Manager of the Systems Group.  Based in SYSTRA’s New York headquarters, Mr. Puciloski brings more than 30 years of experience from his career on one of the largest and oldest of railroads in the country.  Most recently he served as Assistant Vice President of Metro North Railroad responsible for overall direction of the entire railroad infrastructure including 795 miles of track, 87 interlockings, 98 grade crossings, 72 substations, 494 miles of electrified track, 122 stations 1080 bridges-culverts and tunnels and the maintenance of Grand Central Terminal. Mr. Puciloski has managed multi-million dollar capital improvements and maintenance projects, involving technological advances, system expansions and sustaining a state of good repair.  His extensive experience gives him a keen understanding of operational requirements and subsequent interdependencies required for service delivery in a reliable, safe and secure manner.
Mohsen Tabrizi has joined SYSTRA as Senior System Safety Designer.  Mr. Tabrizi brings more than 23 years of experience in engineering field with more than 15 years focusing on rail signaling. Starting out as a Software Engineer in 1999, he has designed and developed onboard/wayside systems with CBTC and non-CBTC technology for more than 10 metro projects in USA, Hong Kong and Shanghai China.  Mr. Tabrizi’s previous positions include Principle Systems Engineer and System Safety Engineer with Thales Transport Security Inc. and Sr. Systems Engineer for Ansaldo STS USA, where he worked on design and development of CBTC projects in South Korea, China, USA.  Most recently, Mr. Tabriz worked as a senior engineer with GE Transportation where he worked on the design and deployment of GE proprietary signaling system and products such as ITCS systems, Wireless Highway Grade Crossing system, CAB Signaling Generator. Mr. Tabriz will be based in SYSTRA’s Los Angles Office.
Neil Gutterman has joined SYSTRA as Senior Design-Build Manager.  An industry leader in Design-Build engineering, Gutterman will lead SYSTRA’s design efforts on the WMATA Andrews Federal Center Bus Garage project and is based out of SYSTRA’s new Washington DC area office.  Mr. Gutterman’s experience includes work with numerous clients including the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Transportation Administration, Maryland Transit Administration, Raytheon, Transport for London, Sound Transit and BART.
“We are looking for expert talent in these and other disciplines as we continue to pursue projects of similar size and scope,” said Crosbie.
A global leader in public transportation engineering infrastructures, SYSTRA has a reputation as an established partner in public transport systems for the past 50 years. In 2013, SYSTRA reported revenues of €443 million, a large majority of which were in international markets. The Group employs 3,800 people worldwide, manages 3,000 contracts and has operations in 78 countries.

The New Greater Paris network : SYSTRA wins two major contracts for Line 15, 16 and 17of the Greater Paris Express

Société du Grand Paris (SGP) has awarded SYSTRA some of the first contracts for project management and

assistance to the owner. Thanks to its extensive experience and references in major urban rail transport
projects in France and abroad, the Group was able to develop the best proposals.
I am delighted that SYSTRA can help to improve collective mobility in the Greater Paris region by 
developing safe, efficient and comfortable transport systems for local residents. The technical complexities, 
costs and deadlines for this project are a major challenge and source of motivation for us. Resolving such 
issues is in our DNA. I am quite touched by the confidence SGP has shown in us and in their highly 
professional approach to the tender process, awarding contracts to very tight deadlines” said a delighted
Pierre Verzat, CEO of SYSTRA.
SYSTRA won the contract for infrastructures project management for the southern section of Line 15 
between Noisy-Champs- Villejuif Louis Aragon due to its extensive experience in underground metro 
systems and in-depth understanding of the issues facing the Greater Paris region. 
The joint-venture managed by SYSTRA, comprising architects ANMA Agence Nicolas Mic elin Associés,
Agence Richez Associés, A ence alode and Pistre Architectes and Atelier d’Arc itecture Kin Kon , won
the contract for the 21km south-west section of Line 15 comprising 8 stations and access to two
maintenance sites. SYSTRA will be responsible for all the design work on this section and for supervising
construction work.
SYSTRA also won the project management contract for all automated systems and rolling stock for Lines 
15, 16 and 17 as well as assistance to the owner on systems. 
The Group will work with its partner-shareholder, RATP, the world leader in wide gauge automated metro
systems, to:
– Provide technical assistance on systems for Lines 15, 16 and 17. The Group will advise SGP on all
major systems choices and be responsible for systems integration, performance and coherence.
– Manage projects involving the Line’s rollin stock as well as driverless and central control systems
– Manage systems operations for all the other lines.
SYSTRA will be a key SGP partner, helping to commission successive sections of line between 2020 (from
Noisy-Champs to Pont-de-S vres and 2030. “There is no doubt that one of the Group’s most significant 
assets in winning this contract was its technical partnership with RATP and their complementary areas of 
expertise.” emphasized Pierre Verzat.
These contracts are part of the priority project to improve services for the inhabitants of the Greater 
Paris region and drive economic growth.
The Greater Paris Express is at the centre of a global and sustainable development strategy for the region
that reconciles quality of life with access to outlying districts, economic growth, environmental constraints
and international competitiveness. This new transport network, comprising 200km of new lines and 72
new generation stations, is designed for use by around two million passengers.