December 2, 2010. Request for Proposals (RFP): Rail Transit Signal and Control Systems Research Program - Evaluation of Communication-Based Train Control for a Heavy and Light Rail Transit System [Word] [ PDF ]. Synopses and full announcement are posted on Grants.gov site as opportunity FTA-2011-006-TRI. Proposals must be submitted electronically through the Grants.gov web site by January 25, 2011.
FTA is seeking research proposals to document and evaluate the implementation of Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) technologies for either heavy or light rail US transit systems. FTA’s research activities are authorized by 49 USC 5312, Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment Projects. The goal of this research program is to promote the research and development of new technologies that will improve the safety and efficiency of rail transit system operation in the United States (US). The research will include the evaluation of current CBTC technologies, documentation of implementation issues, and the needs for further research in Rail Transit Signal and Control Systems (RTSCS) for heavy and light rail operations.
An applicant must electronically submit a proposal tohttp://www.grants.gov/ by January 25, 2011 for consideration. All potential applicants are advised to begin the Grants.gov registration process immediately, if they have not previously submitted Federal assistance applications through Grants.gov, 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: Patrick.Centolanzi@dot.gov.
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.