Michael P. Izbicki, President

Education:

  • A.S., Electrical Engineering
  • BSEE Courses at Northeastern

  • GE School of Management

Mr. Izbicki has over 37 years’ experience in the transportation industry. Throughout his career, he has been directly responsible for and supported the design, construction, testing and in-service operations of over $6.5 billion in domestic and international freight, passenger and transit rail projects. He has extensive experience with Integrated Rail Transit Train Control, Signalling, and Communications. Mr. Izbicki is also a Traction Power Systems Expert with specialties in:
  • rolling stock
  • wayside systems
  • onboard train control
  • car born equipment
  • systems planning and operations
  • live cutovers

He has considerable expertise with infrastructure maintenance for all systems, including freight, commuter and intercity rail, rail operations, and light and heavy transit.

Mr. Izbicki serves as a technical rail integrated systems expert to the transit industry. He is no stranger to all types of integrated systems, including:

  • signal and train control
  • communications systems
  • traction power
  • operations control centers
  • passenger information systems
  • complex security systems

Included in his long list of qualifications are technical and operational expertise in the design, construction, testing, operation and maintenance of all types of integrated rail transit systems and infrastructure.

Mr. Izbicki’s 37 years have included many collaborations with state and federal funding, financial analysis and construction financing as well as operations and project management. He has extensive skills with the integration and management of multimodal transportation systems, rail, and public transportation. Mr. Izbicki is proud to be well-versed in cutting-edge signal and train control systems, such as ATO, CBTC, and PTC.

Mr. Izbicki has been actively involved in local, state and federal politics and community service for many years. Some of his accomplishments include:
  • Izbicki currently serves as the Governor of New Hampshire’s (NH) Rail Transit expert and as Chairman of the NH Rail Transit Authority
  • He advises the Governor of NH on intermodal transportation issues within the state of NH and the New England region
  • He served as the Executive Director of the NH Rail Transit Authority from 2009-2012 and was tasked with restoring intercity and commuter passenger rail service from Concord, NH, to Boston, MA, which is currently in the preliminary design/planning stages
  • Izbicki was elected to political office several times and served as the Mayor/Chairman of the town of Bedford NH from 2007-2011
  • Izbicki and the NH Transportation Commissioner were responsible for securing a $1.9M Federal grant from the FTA and a $2.25 M Federal grant from the FRA, for the NH Capitol Corridor Alternative Analysis
  • He has a served as a planning commissioner for the Southern NH Planning Commission, voting member on numerous Town of Bedford, NH boards, including: Planning, Zoning, Historic, Conservation, and other boards and commissions
  • He is also the chairman of Pentatucket (nonprofit) Land conservation, that was established in 2013, to preserve wildlife sanctuaries and conservation property in NH

  • INCOSE-2010-2012-Member
  • APTA Signal and Commination Standards Committee 2000-Prestent-Member,
  • AREMA-Signal Committee 2010-Present
  • New England Railroad Club-Member 1985-Present
  • NY Railroad Club-Member 1995-present
  • IEEE-Member-2000-2002
  • AAR-Signal 1994-2000
  • Master Electrician for 37 years

U.S. Patent No.US 6,958,709 B2-Method, System, And Storage medium For Integrating Vehicle Management, Transportation and Communications Functions

General electric Advance Management Training 2001-2003, Six Sigma Green Belt Training 2002

Proficient in Micro Office Suite applications (word, outlook, project, excel, power point and associated applications)

Published and presented a paper on Mitigating Risks on existing Rail systems to allow Infrastructure Improvements and Upgrading at AREMA’s September, 2012 annual conference in Chicago
  • Communication transmission systems Operational Control Centers (OCC) and Movement Planners with the CN, MBTA, Amtrak, Metra, Dart, LAMETRO, Denver RTA, ConnDOT, MassDOT, Burlington Northern Santa Fay (BNSF) Norfolk Southern (NS), and Canadian National (CN) Class I railroads

 

  • Involvement in designing, furnishing, installing, testing, and in service operation of several large integrated signal and communications projects, such as: MBTA, CTA, Denver TREX, LA-METRO, CAL-TRAIN, BART, DART, SEPTA, NJT, MATRA, Houston, San Diego, Bi-State, NYCTA, Long Island RR, NY Penn Station East River Tunnels, Long Island Storage Yard and Chicago Union Station, IL Penn Station, NY and MBTA South Station, MA

 

  • Over 20 years in a lead and supporting role for the operational and maintenance of the MBTA’s commuter rail , light and heavy rail and associated infrastructure facilities (maintenance  facilitates, stations, bridge and building, car shops, maintenance facilities, track structure, integrated systems (train control/signal systems, communications, passenger information, OCC, security, and passenger information systems), traction power (OCS, third rail, power distribution, traction power systems and associated sub systems), fleet of hyrail and maintenance of way vehicles. Also served in a lead and supporting role for the maintenance of Amtrak’s, Chicago Union Station, DART, Denver’s RDT-TREX extension, and Boston & Maine’s freight and passenger commuter rail operations

Caltrain Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project

Mr. Izbicki currently serves as the freight (Union Pacific) railroads integrated train/signal and communications expert responsible for reviewing  the integrated systems design and contractor submittal, and the phased  construction, inspection, testing and in-service operations of the proposed  train/signal  control and communications systems under traffic. The project consists of upgrading the existing Advanced Signal System referred to as Communications Based Overlay Signal System, Positive Train Control (CBOSS PTC or CBOSS), to allow for electrification of the line, which will convert the line from diesel-hauled to Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) passenger trains for service between the Fourth and King Street terminus station in San Francisco and the Tamien Station in San Jose, CA to a 25Kv 60 hertz operations. Operating speeds for EMU’s would be up to 79 MPH for passenger trains and lower speeds for freight operations. Integrated systems to be replaced or upgraded consists of fiber optic back bone communications system, SCADA,  and various communications systems (passenger information, etc.), Operational Control System (OCC) upgrades, a modified train/signal control system and highway at-grade crossings warning functions, wayside and cab signaling system, ($1Billion).

 

MTA Purple Line Light Rail Design/Build Project-Operations & Maintenance (O&M), MD

Mr. Izbicki is providing management and infrastructure: design, construction, testing, commissioning, Operations and Maintenance support to the Vinci team in various capacities, including integrated systems (train control, signal, communications, security, grade crossings and associate systems). His track design management scope of work includes: validating the integrity of track design on multiple rail yards, supporting technical and design reviews with suppliers to meet technical design requirements for maintenance, inspection periods, overhaul periods, diagnostics assessments, performance commitments, and mean time between failures. Additionally, he will also review the O&M implementation plan to address asset registration, maintenance concepts, life cycle cost analysis, and computer-assisted work planning. He will review and validate the construction team’s infrastructure design with a view to the 30-year Life Cycle Costs (LCC) for the O&M team and he will review the operational plans to ensure integration between maintenance regimes and operations solutions. He is also providing guidance in Request for Proposals (RFP) development to Vinci in regards to MTA’s Purple Line operations and management implementation project. In this role, he is providing technical advice in railway engineering principles and track infrastructure relative to proposal writing, offering alternate infrastructure solutions to enhance the RFP, and working in close collaboration with designers and the construction team to provide optimized and integrated solutions for inclusion in the RFP.

 

California High Speed Rail Consulting, Confidential-Client, Multiple Locations, CA

Mr. Izbicki is serving in the capacity of expert witness to a confidential client, for the use of 25 kV electric lines being used to power high speed trains for the upcoming California High Speed Rail (CAHSR) project. At issue is whether CASHR’s traction power system will create electromagnetic interference with existing conventional railroad and federally mandated positive train control systems. Also to be determined are mitigation measures to be adopted to reduce or eliminate electromagnetic interference with nearby systems and whether minimum clearances, between CAHSR’s electrification system and conventional railroad systems, are to be specified in the Proposed General Order.

 

Operational Control Centers

Responsible for the engineering, deployment and ongoing operations and maintenance  of several Operations Control Centers (OCC) for several major  passenger rail control systems  in North America, including: Los Angeles MTA, Boston MBTA,  SEPTA, Maryland MTA, and WMATA. He holds a US patent for a control center software product.

 

Operations & Maintenance (O & M) Duties included but were not limited to

  • Coordinate mechanical work force for shift assignments to ensure availability of rolling stock equipment for service.
  • Maintain records of attendance and Evaluate work performed by staff
  • Act as the first level of response for performance and discipline issues
  • Provide leadership and direction to the department through planning, implementation, and evaluation of work priorities
  • Assist with the direction of activities for availability and assignment of proper maintenance resources to ensure that service objectives are achieved. Inspect work of Foreperson to ensure problems that were mechanical, electrical/electronic, pneumatic, and/or hydraulic were accurately resolved to prevent damage to vehicle and/or passengers
  • Maintain close working relationship with other departments, vendors, consulting engineers and contractors.
  • Managed third party utility contracts for power, water, sewer, gas, communication service providers-IT, telephone, cellular phones and associated providers
  • Participate in the development and administration of the annual budget. Assist in writing and enforcing standard operating procedures
  • Identify problem area, making timely corrections where possible, or recommendations to upper management for solutions
  • Ensure compliance with operating and maintenance rules procedures
  • Prepare written and oral reports, and power points for management

 

Fitchburg Commuter Rail Track & Signal, MBTA, Boston to Fitchburg, MA

The project consists of work on the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line’s existing track alignment, construction of new tracks through select segments, new or improved interlocking’s, a second track through the South Acton Station area, a new train control signal system, replacement of Automatic Grade Crossing Warning Systems (AGCWS), upgrade of existing at‐grade highway crossing track and roadway surfaces, the retirement of portions of the existing train control signal systems and AGCWS, and the demolition of select existing turnouts, crossovers and track segments. These improvements will be made while the existing commuter line service and freight line service continue to function.

 

Chicago Union Station (METRA & Amtrak), Chicago, IL

Project Manager and Signal Engineer. Duties included overseeing rehabilitation of track, signal, power, and communications systems (including passenger information systems, the traffic control system, and operation control center) at the Lake and Harrison Street interlocking’s as well as platform work at the station. In order to maintain rail operations during construction, detailed phasing plans were developed during the design phase. Implementation resulted in minimized impacts to existing rail operations. The goal of the project was to make the rehabilitation of Chicago Union Station transparent to operations. Professional Services: 1982-1995; Construction: 1988-1995; Size: ($100M); Cost: $6M.

 

Amtrak Northeast Corridor-Washington, DC to Boston, MA

The work involved construction of the electrification system from New Haven to Boston’s South Station during revenue operation. Responsible for coordinating with Amtrak for the installation and testing of the new catenary system foundations, support structures, overhead wire, substations, and associated equipment.

 

MBTA Red Line Extension, Boston, MA

The work consisted of extending the Red line from Harvard station to Alewife. Responsible for overseeing the infrastructure design (slab, track, traction power, signal and communications systems, operational control center, security and passenger information systems) and construction

 

T-REX Denver, CO

Design build project that widened major interstates and added 19 miles of double-track light rail throughout the metropolitan area (40 miles total). Responsible for the design/build of the integrated signal, communications and operational central control systems, $1.7B project.

 

 

Boston & Maine Railroad, North Billerica, MA

Signal Maintainer, Construction Signal Engineer, Signal Designer and Engineer. Duties and responsibilities included the, planning, design, installation and maintenance of new and existing railroad train control and communication systems including: operational control centers, wayside equipment; on board vehicle systems and highway grade crossings throughout the freight and passenger rail system.  Positions were funded via the railroads operating and capital budgets.

 

Long Island Storage Facility, NY, NY

Role; Signal Engineer The work involved the design, furnishing, installation, testing and in service operation of a new Long Island storage facility in downtown New York City. The project also required that the storage facility connect to Penn Station in NYC. The yard was constructed prior to in-service operation and was fully signalized and automated. It included both local and remote supervisory and indications controls. A new yard operational control facility was also provided to manage the yard operations during peak and off peak hours.  Professional Services: 1988; Construction: 1988-1991; Size: ($100M); Cost: $159K.

 

NYCT Canarsie Line, NY, NY

Role: Technical Systems Advisor. The project consisted of installing a new Communications Based Train Control/Positive Train Control (CBTC/PTC) system on the entire line for remote operations of the line. In addition to the CBTC/PTC system a conventional wayside signaling system was deployed. This project was the first CBTC/PTC system to be designed, furnished, installed and placed into revenue service in the U.S. Responsibilities on the project included design, review, operational testing and integrated systems test.  Design build project Services: 199-2007; Size and Cost: ($300M).

 

MBTA Shore line Bridge Replacement, Boston, MA

Role: Signal and Operations Engineer. The work involves the replacement of the existing bridge and modifications to the existing signal and catenary systems to permit the replacement of the bridge during non-revenue service under traffic.  The Shore Line Bridge carries few weekday Franklin Line commuter rail trains. All Fairmount Line trains serve the station platform just east of the bridge, and then reverse direction for the return trip to Boston. On weekends there is no Fairmount service, and all weekend Franklin Branch trains use the Shore Line. The lines crossing under the bridge include the commuter trains to Providence and Stoughton, and AMTRAK trains to New York (Northeast Corridor.) CSX local freight operation on the bridge and in the adjacent freight yard and may have the option of using the tracks when needed for local freight car delivery and pick up to an assortment of rail freight shippers. In order to replace the existing Shore Line Bridge coordination with all the stake holders and obtain the necessary permits, approvals is required prior to actual construction.  Professional Services: 2012; Construction: 2013-2014; Size: ($15M); Cost: $1.5M.

 

Various MBTA Project Experience

  • Managed/Supported the O&M of the authority’s commuter rail system and the heavy rail (Orange, Red and Blue Lines) and light rail (Green Line), systems and assisted with the development of bid documents for the new vehicles ($250M)
  • Completed preliminary signal and communications design for the proposed MBTA’s South Coast (New Bedford, Fall River) Commuter rail service. ($5M)
  • The reconstruction of MBTA South Station to allow for the electrification of the North East Corridor from New Haven, Connecticut to Boston, Massachusetts. ($10M)
  • Design & Construction support for the MBTA’s 45 High Street Central Control facility ($20M)
  • Reconstruction and rehabilitation of several MBTA stations to bring them into compliance with the Americans Disabilities Act standards. The work at the stations required the installation of new elevators, passenger information systems, security systems including cameras and modifications to the existing signal and communications systems to accommodate station upgrades.(2M-10M)
  • Designed, furnished, installed and placed into revenue operation the Old Colony line signal and communications systems including modifications to the CETEC control system located at South Station to allow for control and indications of the Old Colony train control system. ($15M)
  • Boston Engine Terminal, Somerville, MA: Design and construction support a new building to service and inspect MBTA commuter rail trains. The facility consists of areas for periodic maintenance, wheel truing, coach repair and locomotive repair along with allied shops. Responsible for signal and communications design, and commuter rail operations within the facility, $100M project

 

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Involved with Numerous Activities

  • Worked directly with FRA inspectors on several shared corridor projects MBTA Needham Branch, MBTA Old Colony lines, Northeast Corridor, and the Chicago Union station rehabilitation project, and AMTRAK Northeast corridor rolling stock.
  • Assisted in the development of Positive Train Control standards for the St. Louis to Chicago shared corridor project in the initial phases of the project. ($50M)
  • Designed, furnished installed and placed into review service numerous highway grade crossings for freight and passenger shared corridor projects.($0.5M-$2M each)
  • Assisted in the development of the New England High Speed Rail for the New England (NE) states. Developed the plan working with all the NE State Departments of Transportations and commissioners. The plan was approved by all of the New England Governors