About the IEEE Rail Transportation Standards Committee

Who are we?

RTSC is a standing committee of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society of the IEEE (VT/RTSC)  We are the Sponsor Committee for all rail transportation related standards developed by IEEE.

Formal scope: The Rail Transportation Standards Committee (RTSC) shall develop standards associated with rail passenger vehicles, trains and systems, including (but not limited to) automatic train control, communications and electrical power distribution systems, which interface with these vehicles or trains. Org Chart

Our current leadership is:

Chair - Lowell Goudge
Vice Chair - Tim Cramond
Secretary - Dave Gregson

Our History

The group was originally formed as the Rail Transit Interface Standards Committee (RTVISC).  RTVISC was formed in 1996 to provide a permanent and on-going process for developing rail transit standards, using the consensus standards process.  Our founding chair was Tom McGean, whose insight and industry established the committee.  Standards are developed using the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) consensus procedures as administered by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).  In 2011, the name was changed to reflect the work that was actually being performed.


Committee Policies and Procedures

IEEE Requires that Sponsor Committees have approved policies and procedures.  The official P&Ps are only available from the IEEE Standards Association web site.  The link above is for a local copy of these policies (but they cannot be considered to be the "official" ones).

Working Group Policies and Procedures

IEEE also requires that working groups have policies and procedures.  All of the committee's groups will use the same P&Ps.  These were approved by AudCom on 29-March-2012.


Home Page: http://grouper.ieee.org/groups/railtransit
Modified - 11 January 2013