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About John Zuspan

John Zuspan, The Track GuyMarch 20, 2004 was the day that John Zuspan decided to form Track Guy Consultants. His motive for doing this was certainly not money. John has had a very successful career working with Contractors with a lot of interaction with Railroads, Transits, Designers, Owners, Contractors, Suppliers and even Politicians over the last 38 years. The type of people that he has encountered range from the meek and mild to the egotistical and arrogant. The project types have ranged from the wave machine at Fort Belvoir to the Automated System at Kennedy Airport. The diversities of people, places and projects have given John a wide range of experience and, for that, he is grateful. It is now time to give back to the industry that has supported John and his family in an ever increasing quality of life.


After graduating high school in 1968, John joined the United States Air Force and served 2 tours in Vietnam loading bombs on fighter aircraft at Bien Hoa Air Base. He then enrolled at Clemson University majoring in Industrial Engineering. After two years, he transferred to Drexel University majoring in Civil Engineering. During his 6-month co-op with Day and Zimmerman, John learned the basics of railroad track construction. He then hired on with the Contractor as a Laborer/Foreman and began work in Washington, DC, on many of the Metro projects. During John's six years in Washington, he worked on many lines of the Metro system and relocated the Southern Rail yard to accommodate the C9 tunnel. After finishing the Rockville route in 1981, John relocated to New York City working for Slattery/Skanska. He spent years working in the New York City subway system doing trackwork at nights and weekends under short outages. During the 'red tag' era in the mid 80's, John was responsible for hundreds of track workers in three boroughs. He estimated and managed numerous large scale rail projects, always finishing on time and on budget. Visit Track Guy Project Sheets. Within the last 13 years, John found it necessary to get specific railroad engineering training in order to keep pace with designers and changing technology. This is absolutely essential in today's Design/Build arena. In 2004, John decided to share his experiences with other sin the field of Track design and construction as Track Guy Consultants.

Work History

  • President - Track Guy Consultants   
    2004 to Present
  • Vice President Operations - Balfour Beatty Rail
    2002 to 2004
  • Director Track Division - Slattery/Skanska
    1980 to 2002
  • Foreman - Delta Railroad Construction
    1978 to 1980
  • Foreman/Superintendent - Atlas Railroad Construction
    1974 to 1978

Formal Education

  • Drexel University
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Clemson University
    Clemson, SC


  • University of Delaware
    Student, course work
  • University of Wisconsin
    Student & Instructor

Membership, Associations & Organizations

  • AREMA Member -- www.arema.org
    1987 to Present
  • National Railroad Contractors -- www.nrcma.org
    Member and Board of Directors
    1989 to Present
  • APTA, Noise & Vibration -- www.apta.com
    Committee Member
  • American Society for Training & Development -- www.astd.org
National Railroad Contractors

Continuing Education & Course Work

  • AREMA Railway Structures Loading
  • Federal Publications Inc. Design Build Contracting
  • FTA Turnkey Contracting
  • Harvard Business School Executive Negotiator
  • Harvard Business School Dealing with Difficult People
  • How to be a Dynamic Trainer
  • Introduction to Automatic People Movers
  • Labor Strategy Symposium 2003
  • Mass Transit Procurement Course
  • Railway Educational Bureau Foreman Training Program
  • RT&S Rail Transit 1995
  • Zeta-Tech Thermal Forces


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