Joint Rail Transit Research with the Association of American Railroads/Transportation Technology Center, Inc.

Over the years, a number of track-related research problem statements have been submitted for consideration in the Transit Cooperative Research Project (TCRP) project-selection process. In many instances, the research requested has been similar in nature to research currently being performed for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the freight railroads at the Association of American Railroads' (AAR) Transportation Technology Center, Incorporated. (TTCI) in Pueblo, Colorado. As such, it was felt that perhaps, with some additional TCRP funding, the research being performed at TTCI for the FRA and freight railroads could be modified to provide value to the transit industry, thus leveraging the TCRP investment. Based on this possibility, a TCRP task force of transit track, signal, and rail vehicle experts was formed to review the research being conducted by TTCI to determine whether or not such opportunities existed. Based on this effort, a number of research topics were identified by the task force where TCRP funding could potentially be used to leverage research currently being done at the TTCI for the benefit of the transit industry. As such, a request was made to the TCRP Oversight and Project Selection (TOPS) Committee to provide funding for a joint research effort with the TTCI. The objective of this project is to use TCRP funds to supplement and leverage research already being performed for the FRA and freight railroads at the TTCI in order to obtain benefit for the transit industry. The research will be conducted through the TTCI, thereby taking advantage of similar work being conducted for the FRA and freight railroads. Twenty research tasks had been approved for funding to date: (1) Broken Rail Detection Techniques; (2) Transit Switch Design Evaluation, Phase I; (3) Rail Welding Techniques; (4) Control of Wheel/Rail Friction through the Use of Rail Coatings; (5) Transit Switch Design Evaluation, Phase II--Guidelines for An Alternative Transit Switch Design; (6) Exothermic Welding of Heavy Electrical Cables to Rail; (7) Optimized Wheel/Rail Lubrication; (8) Wheel/Rail Profile Optimization and Flange Climb Criteria; (9) Review of AREMA Track Standards: Identification of Those in Need of Revision for Public Transportation; (10) Acoustic Approach to Broken Rail Detection; (11) Development of Direct-Fixation Fastener Specifications and Related Materials; (12) Restraining/Guard Rail Study; (13) Performance and Testing Requirements for Portable Track Geometry Inspection Systems; (14) Rail Base Corrosion Study; (15) Design of Track Transitions; (16) Guard/Restraining Rail Study, Phase 2; (17) Rail Base Corrosion Study, Phase 2; (18) Performance-Based Track Geometry; (19) Performance-Based Track Geometry, Phase II; and (20) Wheel Profile Maintenance Guidelines.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project D-07

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Technology Center, Incorporated

    55500 DOT Road
    Pueblo, CO  United States  81001
  • Principal Investigators:


  • Start Date: 19991028
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37962

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01547216
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project D-07
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 4 2014 1:00AM