November 12, 2010. Transit Safety Research Program - Notice for Request for Proposals (RFP): Assessment of Facilities for Qualification Testing of Rail Passenger Equipment and Signal and Control Systems Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) [Word] [PDF]. Synopses and full announcement are posted on Grants.gov site as opportunity FTA-2011-003-TRI. The closing date has been changed. Proposals must be submitted through thehttp://www.grants.gov/ web site by February 14, 2011.
FTA’s research activities are authorized by 49 USC 5312, Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment Projects. Safety is one of FTA’s five Strategic Research Goals. Under this goal, FTA has set forth an objective to increase safety for the passengers and workers of rail transit systems in the U.S. by establishing a framework to support the qualification or acceptance testing of passenger rail vehicles (commuter/transit railcars) and signal and control systems on existing test site. The scope of this effort includes identifying tests required for all types of passenger rail equipment and the signal systems which control them to qualify or be accepted for service, assessing the adequacy of the Transportation Technology Center’s (TTC) facilities for performing each of these tests, and defining required upgrades to TTC’s facilities or recommending alternative facilities for tests that cannot currently be performed at TTC. FTA seeks applications for research proposals that will support the achievement of this goal and its associated objectives. FTA expects to award funds to successful contractor(s) through a cooperative agreement by Summer 2011.
An applicant must electronically submit a proposal tohttp://www.grants.gov/ by February 14, 2011 for consideration. Download the application instructions or package on Grants.gov.
For Further Information Contact
Technical, program management and administrative questions should be directed to Program Manager: Roy Chen, Office of Technology (TRI-20), E43-440, Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE, Washington, D.C. 20590; email address:Royweishun.firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 202-366-0462.