Advanced Transport Technology Specialist
TECH 418 | (713) 313.1929
jsam.lott@tsu.edu

Education and Registrations

  • Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston, 1980
  • Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas-El Paso, 1973
  • Registered Professional Engineer in Texas

Biography

J. Sam Lott has 35 years of experience planning and designing all modes of ground and rail transportation systems, with particular expertise in advanced transportation technologies. His experience includes system conceptual design and analysis, performance and operations analyses, cost estimating, system specifications, and design verification review and testing.

Transit: Specific project experience in monorail, maglev, automated people mover, bus rapid transit (BRT), street trolley, light rail (LRT), high-capacity rapid transit/metros, commuter rail systems and leading edge technologies for personal rapid transit (PRT) and group rapid transit (GRT).

Multimodal: Specific project experience with major activity centers, airports and intermodal centers, for pedestrian systems, elevator and escalator systems, and moving walkways; roadway systems for transit corridors and mixed mode traffic flows; and freeways under normal and congested flow conditions.

Simulations: Lead in development and application of the Advanced Land-Transportation Performance Simulation TM (ALPSTM), one of the most advanced analysis tools in the transportation field for modeling complex, multimodal operating environments.

International Recognition: – 10 years as the Vice Chairman of the ASCE Automated People Mover Standards Committee, that developed the first complete set of safety, design, and operational standards for fully automated transit systems – From 2002 and 2010 as the U.S. representative to Working Group 45 of the International Electrotechnical Commission, Technical Committee 9 Electrified Railways (IEC TC9) focusing on the development of safety standards for large-scale, fully automated urban metros, in particular high-capacity rapid transit and subway systems. – Speaker at the 2012 Transportation Research Board annual conference addressing the “Emerging Importance of Automated Guideway Transit in the Multimodal Context” at the request of the TRB Major Activity Center Circulation Systems subcommittee.

Selected Publications (since 2009)

  • “Emerging Importance of Automated Guideway Transit in the Multimodal Context”, Multimodal Efficiency – Working Together Session (Invited Presentation), Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, January 2012
  • “Barriers to Entry”, Automated Mobility Session (Invited Presentation), Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, January 2012
  • “Newark Airport APM Circulator Studies”,13th International Conference on Automated People Movers and Transit Systems, May 2011, coauthor
  • “Simulation Analysis of a Personal Rapid Transit System in a University Campus Setting”, 13th International Conference on Automated People Movers and Transit Systems, May 2011, coauthor
    “Intermodal Connections for High Speed Rail – Addressing the Last Mile Challenge”, 2009 APA Texas Conference, October 2009
  • “Simulation Analysis of APM Systems in Dense Urban Environments –Part 1: Transit User Experience and Part 2 System Operations”, ASCE 12th International Conference on Automated People Movers, June 2009 (coauthor)
  • “PRT System Capacity”, ATRA Carbon Free Mobility Conference, March 2009 Simulation Based Pedestrian Analysis along Houston LRT Corridors (East End and Downtown)”, Texas ITE Annual Meeting, August 2009 (coauthor)
  • “Supporting Renewal and Growth of LRT through use of the Multi-modal ALPS simulation tool”, 11th Joint TRB/APTA Light Rail Conference, June 2009 (coauthor)