Bridget Hodgson is President of BRT Services, a specialized consulting firm that serves the passenger rail industry. Originally founded to assist clients in their specialized Educational and Technical Writing needs, BRT has expanded to provide Operation Support, Signals and Track Maintenance Services, and Specialized Applications in System Safety and Reliability/Maintainability Engineering. Bridget has served as technical editor on several professional publications including several books on light rail. She is a graduate of Widener University with Bachelor’s Degrees with Honors in English and Spanish and a minor in Italian, and holds a Masters Degree in Education and Linguistics from University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Alfred Fazio has 40 years experience in freight and passenger rail. Born in Brooklyn, Al’s favorite transit system is the New York City Subway. He has worked for Amtrak, New Jersey Transit’s RiverLINE, and the Twenty First Century Rail located in Northern New Jersey, and has a particular expertise in DBOM models. Al holds a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Villanova University, a Master’s in Environmental Engineering from Drexel University, a Master’s in Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a registered Professional Engineer. He is a member of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) as well as the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
As Senior Track Specialist with BRT Services, Dave utilizes his technical expertise to develop, implement, and mentor trainees in training programs. He is a Subject Matter Expert on all things track, including safety standards and inspections. Prior to joining BRT, Dave worked for Amtrak for 30 + years, beginning as a Trackman and retiring as a Senior Technical Trainer. He brings invaluable experience in the areas of track inspections, safety, technical knowledge, and professional training.
Ben Reed began his career in the mid-1960’s with the Pennsylvania Railroad. He continued through Penn Central and AMTRAK, progressively holding more senior positions in Engineering and Management. He retired from AMTRAK as Manager of Systems Construction for New York, where he was responsible for all new signals and communication construction in Penn Station and its approaches. Upon retirement Ben joined BRT Services where he supported the startup of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail System; in addition to C & S, Ben supported the installation and cut-in of the highway traffic control system. Ben has also developed and instructed training and qualification courses for a number of programs.
Roger Wood, Ph.D.
After flying F-4 Fighter Bombers for the US Air Force, Roger joined NASA where he specialized in aerospace applications of System Safety. Upon the formation of Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Roger transferred to that agency to pioneer the application of System Safety in the Transit Industry. Having established System Safety at WMATA, he developed the System Safety and System Assurance Standards for the Hudson Bergen Light Rail in North Jersey. Other transit experiences include work on the RiverLINE, the Tren Urbano in Puerto Rico, and the Baltimore Rapid Transit System. Roger holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA, and a Doctorate in Philosophy in Safety Engineering.
Lorenzo Lau has worked for the Penn Central, Conrail, and AMTRAK in a career spanning 40 years. He worked as a Lineman until 1980, when he assumed the role of Power Director at AMTRAK. His skill set enabled him to acquire this special duty position working on plate books, drawings, and power plates. He is also qualified on Traction Power Sectionalizing and Substation Maintenance and Operation. Lorenzo has continued in this field since retirement in the area of Light Rail, and joined BRT in 2015. He is currently assisting BRT at Hudson Bergen Light Rail, where he works on both plate drawings and lineman training/education.
Lou Moschitti retired from AMTRAK in 2014 after a 38- year career with that railroad. During that period, Lou held successive positions of increasing responsibility, which included Assistant Supervisor of Bridge Maintenance, Resident Engineer, and Supervisor for Special Projects. His responsibilities included facilities and tunnel systems in Penn Station New York, including ventilation, pumps, lighting, 60-cycle power, and major bridges. Following this, as Supervisor of Structures, Lou was responsible for inspection and maintenance of all structures on the Northeast Corridor. Later, as Supervisor of Special Projects, Lou was responsible for inspections, maintenance, and corrective actions on five major mainline moveable bridges, four of which are in electrified territory. As the lead in the moveable bridge maintenance effort, Lou was responsible for coordinating signals and track as well as traction power with all of the moveable bridge control and indication circuits and machinery. His efforts led to a major reduction in moveable bridge failures, particular at one of the most critical locations in North America, the Portal Swing Bridge over the Hackensack River, on the approach to Penn Station. This increase in reliability was accomplished through a rigorous and well-executed preventative maintenance program; and all systems and sub-systems were maintained in a manner which was fully compliant with FRA requirements.