2018 International Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium
Rail Transit Keynote Speaker, Mr. Jim Harper
Chief Infrastructure Engineer, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
In his role as Chief Engineer, Mr. Harper is responsible for managing a staff of approximately 50 engineers and professionals at CTA. His department is responsible for maintaining infrastructure design and construction standards, performing in-house design, coordination of outside design consultants, design support during construction, oversight of system commissioning, participation in asset management development and implementation, and support of ongoing maintenance. Mr. Harper has a BSME from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Urban Systems and Policy Planning from Northwestern University. He began his career working as a Systems Engineer on a people mover project at O'Hare Airport. He later worked on a variety of projects, alternately working for both transit agencies and consultants in a variety of roles, including a design/build light rail project in Minneapolis. Since 2005 Mr. Harper has worked for the CTA in a variety of engineering and maintenance roles, primarily associated with train control. As Chief Engineer, Mr. Harper is associated with a wide range of design, construction, maintenance, regulatory and community issues. Current programs underway at CTA include major rehabs/replacements/expansions of traction power substations, signal systems, rail stations, rail shops, bus garages, track systems. CTA is also embarking on a $2 billion Core Capacity program to completely rebuild and expand a portion of a 100 year old rail line.