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Innovative Safety, Resiliency, and All-Hazards Emergency Response and Recovery Demonstration Project Selections

StateProject SponsorProject DescriptionAmount
CALos Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA)The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) will receive funding to install and test a Platform Track Intrusion Detection System (PTIDS) at select light rail and heavy rail stations to reduce injuries, fatalities and other track intrusion incidents. The radar-based system will monitor station platforms and portions of track, and alert rail operators and LACMTA's Rail Operations Center to stop trains if a person or object is detected within the track right-of-way. $1,722,400.00
CAApplied Research Associates, Inc.Applied Research Associates, Inc., in partnership with Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT), will receive funding to develop, test and demonstrate a front-end bumper design for light rail vehicles that operate in a shared right-of-way environment to improve safety, reduce injuries and minimize the impact of collisions with automobiles, pedestrians or bicyclists. Bumper prototypes will be mounted on select light rail vehicles to test compatibility during normal operation of light rail service, and during crashworthiness testing.  $1,323,414.00
CASan Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) will receive funding to develop and demonstrate innovative safety technologies that will improve track worker safety and help prevent accidents involving trains and track workers. The technology will alert track workers to the presence of an approaching train and will stop the train if the workers do not acknowledge receipt of the alert. $5,000,000.00
GAMetropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) will receive funding to install and demonstrate Bombardier's TrackSafe system along six miles of MARTA's rail system to improve track worker safety and reduce hazards associated with track inspection, maintenance and repair. The technology will be installed between Medical Center and North Springs stations and will alert track workers to the presence of an approaching train, and train operators and control center staff to the specific location of track workers. $4,233,865.00
GACenter for Transportation and the Environment (CTE)The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) will receive funding to develop, evaluate and plan the deployment of a Bus Exportable Power System (BEPS) that would allow existing transit buses to export power using their hybrid propulsion systems. The system essentially would transform hybrid buses into a mobile power generator for use during all-hazards emergency response and recovery.$995,098.00
ILThe Board of Trustees of the University of IllinoisThe Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, in partnership with multiple public transit providers across the country, will receive funding to develop and deploy prototype concrete crossties and fastening systems for light rail, heavy rail, and commuter rail transit infrastructure to increase the life cycle of critical components and help maintain rail infrastructure in a state of good repair during normal operations and natural disasters. Transit partners include MetroLink (St. Louis, MO), Metra (Chicago, IL), Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Washington, DC), New York City Transit Authority (New York, NY), and TriMet (Portland, OR).$2,396,981.00
ILUChicago Argonne LLCUChicago Argonne LLC, in partnership with Pace Suburban Bus Service (Pace) and Metra Commuter Rail, will receive funding to research, develop and demonstrate a decision support tool for transit asset management that addresses all-hazards emergency response and recovery. The technology will help emergency responders to quickly assess a situation, develop an appropriate mitigation strategy, including rescue and evacuation response plans, and to restore transit services in the most effective manner, using available transit assets. $2,890,600.00
LACity of New OrleansThe City of New Orleans, in partnership with the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) and the University of New Orleans, will receive funding to improve the evacuation of city residents and vulnerable populations during emergencies and disasters. This project will focus on evacuation transportation planning provided by the City of New Orleans and RTA, and includes the identification of transportation assets that are needed for an evacuation and of current transportation assets that are used on a daily basis by the RTA.$500,329.00
MNMinnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA)Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) will receive funding to equip additional buses in its Bus Rapid Transit and express bus fleets with GPS-based technology to improve safety and bus service within narrow shoulder lanes along highly congested corridors in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The technology will provide lane keeping information, lane departure warnings, and collision avoidance advisories to bus operators in various weather and road conditions.$1,790,014.00
NJNew Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit)New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit), in partnership with Stevens Institute of Technology, will receive funding to develop an advanced forecast and observation system that can provide real-time information on the potential risk and magnitude of flooding before and during significant storm surge events at specific locations critical to NJ Transit's operations. The system will help inform decision making on which equipment or rolling stock needs to be moved, which signals and substations need to be de-energized, and where staffing should be prioritized in advance of a major weather event.$843,750.00
NYNew York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will receive funding to research and demonstrate an automated, data-based information collection system to measure and monitor the condition of subway railcar wheels and rail infrastructure to enhance safety, increase energy efficiency, and ensure reliable subway service. The system will be tested on MTA's Flushing (#7) Line.  $3,617,948.00
OHBattelle Memorial InstituteBattelle Memorial Institute, in partnership with Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA), will receive funding to research, develop and demonstrate integrated vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technology to minimize transit bus collisions with automobiles and pedestrians at intersections. This project will add both in-vehicle and infrastructure elements to create a connected vehicle environment for transit bus operations in the Cleveland area. $2,741,617.00
ORPortland State UniversityPortland State University, in partnership with the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) will receive funding to develop and test a Transportation Demand Management system that utilizes social media and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technology for emergency response and recovery in the Portland metropolitan area. The project will help TriMet and other transportation and emergency management agencies to deploy transportation services and personnel with increased effectiveness before, during and after an emergency.$943,984.00
Total $29,000,000.00
Last updated: Monday, October 26, 2015