Fiscal Year 2016 SRD Program Grant Selections
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA)
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) will receive $1,450,000 to install collision avoidance technology on fifty buses in active service. After researching and developing this technology with private partners, LACMTA will deploy the collision avoidance system for 18 months, during and after which data will be collected and analyzed.
Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT)
The Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) will receive $870,000 to add a secondary warning system for track worker protection. RT will develop, implement, and test a system providing three-way communication between workers on the track, train operators, and dispatchers in the central office. This project will deploy the technology across RT's entire light rail fleet, which will fully demonstrate its functionality, reliability, and utility on an operating light rail system.
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will receive $1,884,992 to demonstrate a worker protection system for employees performing work on or near rail tracks. The system will provide personal alert devices for track workers to wear, which will communicate with devices mounted on both trains and the track itself. These devices will triangulate workers’ locations in real time, automatically issuing warnings to track workers and rail operators when a train is approaching an active work zone, as well as providing real-time updates to the rail operations control center. This technology will be deployed throughout the entire WMATA rail system and is expected to be particularly valuable in low-visibility areas such as tunnels.
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), in partnership with the American Public Transportation Association, will receive $1,078,300 to make several major improvements to its rail control center. Elements of this project include developing a new detection and alarm system, a Workers Ahead status display to help protect track workers, and improving the existing QuicTrac display system to show potential red signal violations and the status of the traction power system.
Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), in partnership with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NYMTA)
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), in partnership with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NYMTA), will receive $688,448 to research, develop, and demonstrate enhanced communication systems involving track workers and wearable alert units in two locations. MDOT, through the Maryland Transit Administration, will demonstrate and evaluate train detection and worker warning systems in the Baltimore light rail system. NYMTA, through New York City Transit, will demonstrate and evaluate a similar track worker protection system based on enhanced communication between modules installed in railcar cabs and track worker personal wearable units. This research will test the functionality of the technology in a variety of operating environments.
New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NYMTA)
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NYMTA) will receive $880,035 to examine best practices for reducing blindspots and improving visibility for operators of transit buses. NYMTA will develop a prototype of a new street-side mirror design for transit buses, which will be evaluated by a sample group of bus operators. NYMTA plans to work with bus manufacturers and APTA to produce a guideline mirror design to reduce bus operator blindspots in future vehicle designs.
Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corporation (Pierce Transit)
The Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corporation (Pierce Transit) will receive $1,664,894 to deploy buses equipped with collision avoidance warning systems or automatic braking features. The objective of this project is to deploy and demonstrate collision avoidance technology in partnership with the Washington State Transit Insurance Pool (WSTIP), a collaborative organization of 25 Washington public transit agencies that combine their resources to provide and purchase insurance coverage, manage claims and litigation, and receive risk management and training. Pierce Transit will work with WSTIP to accurately determine the business case for investing in these technologies.