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Our Capabilities

Hatch LTK is the market leader in our six main capability areas: Vehicles, Rail Systems, Revenue Management and Technology, Operations Planning and Simulation, Zero-Emissions, and Optimization. As the most experienced rail vehicle consultant in North America, and the only major consulting firm that specializes in rail vehicle and systems engineering, Hatch LTK has been actively involved in most of the major and innovative rail transportation projects in the United States. Hatch LTK's current assignments cover all phases of project development, from preliminary planning through revenue operation and warranty closeout.

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Rail Vehicle Engineering
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Rail Systems Engineering
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Revenue Management & Technology Systems
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Operations Planning & Simulation
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Commuter Rail Rolling Stock

Over the years, as rail cars have evolved, so have we. We’ve helped public agencies purchase and install nearly every type of commuter car in North America — push-pull, electric multiple units, diesel multiple units, gallery, single-level — you name it, Hatch LTK has been ... Read more.

Intercity Rolling Stock

In 1965, we were tapped by the federal government and officials in Pennsylvania to design and develop part of the nation’s first high-speed rail program. Nearly 30 years later, we served as Amtrak’s lead engineer for the Acela project, which currently generates 30 percent of ... Read more.

Light Rail Vehicles

For decades, cities across the U.S. have depended on us for light rail expertise. Having worked for virtually every light rail service provider in North America, we’ve built enduring relationships with our clients, guiding them from beginning to end through the evaluation, planning, installation, ... Read more.


Since the early 1970s, we have applied its proven techniques for engineering and management services on more than 50 locomotive projects serving the passenger and freight transportation industries.... Read more.


Once a symbol of bustling cities through much of the last century, streetcars are signaling a return to downtown investment and revitalization. More than just a “cool” factor, new streetcar installations help make cities cleaner, more sustainable, and more livable. We have helped more than ... Read more.

Rapid Transit Vehicles (Metros)

More than 40 years and 7,000 cars — that’s our background helping transit authorities across North America acquire and install metro rapid transit cars. While the location or region may change, what remains constant is our attention to detail at every step of the ... Read more.

Corrosion Control

Our corrosion engineering practice focuses on the design of ways to manage or prevent galvanic and stray-current corrosion control for underground pipelines, reinforced concrete structures, grounding systems and other elements associated with dc-electrified transit operations and utilities. ... Read more.

Overhead Contact Systems (OCS)

With many projects involving historic neighborhoods and downtown transit malls, Hatch LTK is well-known for minimizing the visual intrusiveness of the OCS while delivering reliable, maintainable, and cost-effective designs.... Read more.

Rail Maintenance Facilities

When designing yard and maintenance facilities, we emphasize the functional elements of the facility to ensure proper integration of the elements into a simple, straightforward, and efficient infrastructure design.... Read more.

Signaling & Train Control

We have played a principal role in major signaling projects throughout North America. Our assignments have included signal and train control engineering for light rail and heavy rail transit, commuter rail, intercity passenger rail (including high speed rail) and freight railroads. ... Read more.

Traction Power

In 1935, we were commissioned to design the traction power substations and third rail system for the rapid transit line between Philadelphia, PA and Camden, NJ. Today, we continue to build on the experience gained from these early projects, and are recognized ... Read more.

Load Flow Modeling

Hatch LTK’s proprietary TrainOps® software provides comprehensive ac and dc traction power simulation capabilities, including loading analysis, regenerative braking optimization, energy consumption prediction (and allocation among multiple operators), rail-to-ground potential and overall traction power system design support for new systems and those ... Read more.

Communications Systems & Supervisory Control

Hatch LTK has developed a strong reputation in the transportation industry for successfully overseeing and integrating the various complex components comprising an effective rail transit communications system. ... Read more.

System-wide Electrical

System-wide electrical engineering gave us our start. Hundreds of projects later, we’re still known for our knowledge and versatility. In some cases, it’s an electrical distribution system for a high-volume transit system. In other cases, it’s an art project bringing audio and ... Read more.

Rail Systems Integration

Our approach to rail systems starts with comprehensive documentation of the relationship between applications design and requirements. Our team ensures that each system’s functionality, interfaces, and performance are well-defined and function as a coherent whole, delivering seamless operation.... Read more.

Fare Payment Systems

Hatch LTK has long been in the forefront of innovations in fare payment systems, including fare structures and emerging technologies. Our experienced professionals include project managers with years of hands-on agency experience who have an excellent track record of managing risk and organizational change to ... Read more.

Smart Card Systems

We have supported many successful transitions from currency, coins and paper to smart cards and other smart technologies. Similar to a credit or debit card, smart cards are long-lasting, cost-effective and reduce the agency role of media distribution.  While the traditional model includes data ... Read more.

Mobile Ticketing

Mobile ticketing systems have become an integral part of the transit landscape. Hatch LTK supports the design, procurement and delivery of mobile ticketing, reloads and purchases, and tie-ins with entertainment venues, events and other partners.  Mobile is an essential, affordable element of any payment ... Read more.

Fare Policy Analysis

Our experts help clients develop their first formal fare policy and pricing strategy, evaluate Title VI requirements, modify pricing structures, expand sales channels and accurately project the effects of pricing scenarios through our Fare Insights Model. We have facilitated listening sessions and public meetings, engaging ... Read more.

CAD/AVL Systems & Other ITS

Computer-aided dispatch/automatic vehicle location systems, which are common on rail and bus fleets, integrate with a variety of other on-board and back-end systems, and offer irreplaceable real-time benefits to agency managers, operators, planners and the riding public. Our staff has worked on a variety of ... Read more.

Service Design & Scheduling

Our capabilities include development of service plans and operating plans for existing and proposed rail networks, as well as development of equipment cycles for a given operating plan.... Read more.

Energy Usage & Conservation

From the application of lighter composite materials in new vehicle designs to optimization of rail systems to recover maximum regenerative braking energy, we are striving every day to make the “green” rail industry even “greener.” Our TrainOps® software can predict energy ... Read more.

Capacity Analysis

We are recognized experts in the critical block layout and control line design phase of train control design, producing layouts for new systems and extensions that satisfy the operational requirements of a rail network while minimizing capital cost. ... Read more.

Operations & Maintenance Costing

Hatch LTK maintains multimodal O&M cost models including those for bus, light rail transit, heavy rail rapid transit, commuter rail and intercity rail.  We develop new models for planning and financial analyses, often using energy usage predictions from TrainOps® as ... Read more.

Operations Analysis & Simulation

Our simulation capabilities include detailed single train type (TPC) simulations, multiple train rail network simulations for operational evaluation, energy consumption/allocation studies and traction power simulation. We use a variety of simulation tools, including our own TrainOps® software.... Read more.

TrainOps Operations, Traction Power, Train Control & Traffic Modeling

TrainOps® is Hatch LTK’s proprietary operations and electrical network simulation software for all types of rail systems. Its capabilities support the unique operational challenges of streetcar, light rail, heavy rail, commuter, ... Read more.

Zero-Emissions Procurement Planning

Transitioning to zero-emissions operations is a major effort for any transit agency. We have the experience to conduct a thorough analysis of agency needs and to assist in the delivery of vehicles and systems that meet those needs.... Read more.

Zero-Emissions Vehicles

We have assisted clients in the procurement, design, and maintenance of zero-emission bus fleets for decades.... Read more.

Zero-Emissions Infrastructure

We have been designing transit power substations since 1935. Today, Hatch LTK leverages its extensive experience to help agencies design charging infrastructure for zero-emissions buses.... Read more.


Assurail® is an intuitive customizable tablet application that digitizes quality control, inspection, maintenance and testing forms and processes using mobile technology. Users can see the inspection progress as it happens because of Hatch LTK's companion back-office application that communicates wirelessly with the tablets. Assurail can ... Read more.

Vehicle Maintenance

Hatch LTK’s unmatched vehicle expertise can help transit agency and railroad operations. Hatch LTK employs more than 310 railcar specialists and engineers –we are the most experienced rail vehicle consultant in North America, and the only major consulting firm that specializes in rail vehicle and ... Read more.

Vehicle Forensics

Hatch LTK is the only major consulting firm to specialize in rail vehicle and systems engineering, giving it unmatched expertise to support emergency situations and incidents using forensic skills.  From derailment investigations to component failures, Hatch LTK provides its experience and knowledge to help ... Read more.

Wayside System Maintenance

Like the train itself, every wayside component of a rail system must be expertly designed and constructed. Hatch LTK's system engineering services cover every phase of rail project development. From investigations of overhead contact system (OCS) and traction power substation (TPSS) failures, to signal system ... Read more.

Wayside System Forensics

Our deep bench of systems engineers and specialists are experts in all wayside components. Hatch LTK routinely supports transit agencies and railroads with forensic investigations and evaluations. From power outages to wayside fires, Hatch LTK can react immediately and be on-site to support the resolution ... Read more.


Every component of a transit system must be operated, dispatched and supported, and Hatch LTK's expertise can help transportation departments enhance day-to-day activities, and support efficiency improvements in all processes. From dispatch playbooks to rules compliance monitoring system development, Hatch LTK’s transportation specialists help clients ... Read more.