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LTK Engineering Services
Louis T. Klauder and Associates

Excellence In Rail Systems Engineering
When it comes to rail passenger transportation, today’s planners and decision-makers want the best products at the best price, designed to meet their 21st century needs. Rail systems are major investments that must be crafted with superior design and workmanship to deliver years of reliable performance.

To protect these investments, transit agencies and railroads need assistance from an experienced consultant—one with a long history of success. LTK Engineering Services, one of the nation’s leading rail systems consulting firms, has participated in the planning, design and development of nearly every rail transit system in North America. From new starts to system upgrades, our mission is to provide engineering excellence in every project we undertake, to ensure that our clients’ rail systems are solid investments for the future.

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Our Clients

The firm's clients include public agencies at local, regional, state and federal levels, both domestic as well as foreign agencies for operating rail transit, railroad, people mover and bus systems.

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Light Rail & Streetcar Systems: How They Differ; How They Overlap

This brochure provides an easy-to-use guide that explains the typical characteristic of light rail and streetcar systems, highlighting what sets them apart and where the differences become fuzzy. This is intended to be a useful tool for civic leaders and the general public as new transportation initiatives are being proposed in their communities, and for practitioners as they strive to explain these initiatives in broadly understood terms. There are many examples that clearly illustrate how we have described light rail and streetcars, as well as the fuzzy middle. Hopefully, this brochure has been an aid in better understanding these two modes of rail transit and a recognition of their common features. Perhaps the best conclusion from this information is that it is less important what you call a rail transit project than it is to understand what flexibility you have in making it work best for you and your community.
To view APTA’s brochure, visit APTA’s website or view a copy here.