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FRA providing funding for rail safety research

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Washington — The Federal Railroad Administration is making available $5 million in grants for the creation of a rail research and development Center of Excellence.

An FRA press release states that the funding is aimed at research activities and workforce and training development efforts “related to safety, project delivery, efficiency, reliability, resiliency and sustainability of urban commuter, intercity high-speed and freight rail transportation, to include advances in rolling stock, advanced Positive Train Control, human factors, rail infrastructure, shared corridors, grade crossing safety, inspection technology, remote sensing, rail systems maintenance, network resiliency, operational reliability, energy efficiency, and other advanced technologies.”

The Center of Excellence is designed as a three-year program. Eligible applicants “include those with strong past performance related to rail research, education, and workforce development activities.”

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