At CTC, our mission is to develop innovative grade crossing safety and rail signal system solutions across North America for our freight, transit, and public agency partners in order to reduce collisions and save lives.

At the core of CTC are five values that guide the decisions our employees make every day:

  • Safety of the public, clients, and employees comes first
  • Integrity in every situation
  • Innovation is encouraged and celebrated
  • Accuracy, because lives depend on it
  • Quality services and products with the client’s best interests in mind


Prior to joining CTC, Inc, Nathan served as an aviator and test pilot in the US Marine Corps, gaining hands-on understanding of how safety, teamwork, and technology interconnect in transportation operations. He also served in various international roles, completing his career at the US Embassy, Madrid, Spain. Nathan is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and earned an MBA at EDHEC, in Nice, France.


Richard “Rick” Campbell is a nationally recognized expert and thought leader in railway signal design and rail grade crossing safety. Since 2000, Rick has provided more than 200 training seminars regarding grade crossings for personnel from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), five U.S. Class I railroads, nine U.S. passenger railroads, Transport Canada, 35 state DOTs, numerous city/county agencies, and law enforcement organizations.

For more than four decades, Rick has served on numerous federal committees and working groups to develop standards and recommended practices for rail and traffic signal systems. At present, he serves on the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) Executive Board; is the chair of AREMA’s Subcommittee 1 (Committee 36), Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Warning Systems Controls; and acts as the engineering adviser to Operation Lifesaver National Advisory Council (NAC).

Rick also serves as a qualified signal expert witness for railroad litigation, providing testimonies and opinions regarding design, operation and maintenance of railroad signals, application of traffic control devices, four-quadrant gate operation, traffic signal interconnection and preemption. Additionally, he is a published author on the topic of signal systems.

KURT J. ANDERSON, VP Engineering

Kurt J. Anderson brings more than 40 years’ railroad engineering experience to CTC’s executive leadership team. Kurt has been involved with highway-rail grade crossing safety programs since 1979, and he has comprehensive engineering expertise in all aspects of implementing highway-rail grade crossing improvement projects, including preliminary surveys, project design, estimating and construction.
Before joining CTC, Inc. in 2007, Kurt managed public-private projects for the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) for more than 20 years. Kurt has been involved in the planning and development of more than 50 quiet zones across the country, working with varied municipalities, state Departments of Transportations, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and railroads, including commuter and freight rail. Kurt is also a leading national expert in wayside horn technology, and led the development of that technology and crossing closure verification systems as quiet zone treatments described in 49 CFR § 222 and 229, Use of Locomotive Horns at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings.

DAN FREGIA, VP Operations

Danny Fregia has more than 20 years of experience in railroad signal design and is an active member of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA). He has experience in the design of traffic signal operations for highway-rail grade crossing signal projects and wayside signals and has designed more than 200 signal systems over the last two decades. Danny has also overseen the design and implementation of thousands of vital inductive loops for railroad applications on all classes of freight and commuter railroads across North America. Danny’s career experience includes responsibility for project development, estimating, engineering, material procurement, construction, inspection and in-service testing.

Danny has also provided signal construction inspection and project management support for multiple light rail commuter agency construction projects and has more than 10 years’ experience in the design, installation, cutover and in-service testing of wayside signals for multiple freight railroads. He is also experienced in design of interlockings and four-quadrant gate systems, including cabinet layout design, testing and implementation.


Nicole L. Jackson has more than 15 years of experience in traffic engineering. Ms. Jackson previously held the position of senior traffic engineering specialist with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and was responsible for traffic signal design and maintenance, including extensive traffic signal timing, highway signing and pavement marking design, and maintenance supervision. Nicole is a registered professional engineer in 34 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces, as well as a registered Professional Traffic Operations Engineer. In 2017, she was named one of Railway Age’s Fast Tracker’s 10 Under 40, an annual award highlighting the rail industry’s brightest professionals.

Her extensive experience has enabled her to provide engineering consulting services in all areas related to grade crossing safety and traffic signal preemption for state and local agencies, railroads, and various engineering and consulting firms. Additionally, she conducts preemption training, providing Continuing Education Units across the U.S. and Canada.


Tim Oster is a highway-rail grade crossing specialist with more than 16 years of experience. Throughout his career, he has conducted hundreds of diagnostic meetings and has managed more than 400 railroad projects to evaluate highway-rail grade crossings. His experience ranges from planning and design to estimating and construction.
Additionally, Mr. Oster has extensive experience in quiet-zone planning and design. He has worked on quiet zone projects since the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) train horn rule was implemented in 2006. His quiet-zone experience includes the use of supplemental safety measures, alternative safety measures, the Federal Railroad Administration’s quiet zone calculator, and submission of public authority applications for FRA approval.

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