Senior Director, Vehicle Engineering

Rick Franzen has 45 years of experience, specializing in rail vehicle design and testing. He has technical expertise in all phases of light rail, rapid transit, and commuter rail vehicle procurements from developing specifications, carbuilder selection, design reviews through to inspection and warranty support.

Rick also has extensive project management experience. He was the PM for the procurement of 1,172 electric multiple unit (EMU) commuter cars for use by Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and Metro-North Railroad (MNR) where he was responsible for the development of the technical specification, overseeing the review of proposals and bids, and managing engineering and testing aspects of the project. The LIRR/MNR M-7 project was the first in the US to comply with the new federal safety standards (49 CFR 238) promulgated in 1999.

Rick assisted MNR in the procurement of an option for 66 additional M-8 EMU commuter cars. He was also responsible for the development of the technical specification and overseeing the review of proposals and bids for the procurement of 405 M-8 EMU cars. And, he assisted LIRR in the procurement of 202 M-9 EMU commuter cars.

Rick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Urban Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He  enjoys boating, the beach, gardening, and woodworking.