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Request for Proposals (RFP): Rail Transit Signal and Control Systems Research Program - Positive Train Control for Commuter and Regional Rail Systems

Date Posted: 12/02/2010
Date Closed: 1/25/2011
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December 2, 2010. Request for Proposals (RFP): Rail Transit Signal and Control Systems Research Program - Positive Train Control for Commuter and Regional Rail Systems[Word] [ PDF ].Synopses and full announcement are posted site as opportunity FTA-2011-005-TRI. Proposals must be submitted electronically through the web site by January 25, 2011.


FTA is seeking research proposals to study the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) systems on a commuter rail or regional rail line. The project shall study the current state of PTC technology and the decision-making process by the US rail transit authorities for implementing a PTC system in the commuter rail and regional rail operating environment. The research will include the evaluation of current PTC technology, the documentation of implementation issues, and the needs for further research in Rail Transit Signal and Control Systems (RTSCS) for commuter and regional rail operations.


An applicant must submit a proposal electronically to by January 25, 2011 for consideration. All potential applicants are advised to begin the registration process immediately, if they have not previously submitted Federal assistance applications through, in order to be able to meet the deadline. FTA expects to award funds to successful contractor(s) through a cooperative agreement by February 25, 2011.

For Further Information Contact

Technical, program management, and administrative questions shall be directed to Program Manager: Patrick Centolanzi, PE Office of Technology (TRI-20), E43-463, Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE, Washington, D.C. 20590; email address:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Answers to frequently asked questions regarding this proposal are included as [PDF] or [Excel] documents made available on Dec 15, 2010.

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