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Safety Research & Demonstration Program (SRD) and Bus Operator Compartment (BCP) Program Project Selections, FY2018-19

State Project Sponsor Project Description Funding Amount Project Program
IL Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will receive funding for a pilot project to install new safety features for the electrified third rail at Oakton Skokie Station. The rail, which powers CTA subway cars, will be buffered and feature warning labels, improving safety for transit riders and rail maintenance crews. $1,183,091 Safety, Research and Demonstration Program
LA New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA) The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA) will receive funding to study the implementation of adding shields and barriers on its bus fleet to protect its bus operators. NORTA will work with its bus operators to secure feedback on the implementation of this project and install a prototype for field testing. $600,000 Bus Operator Compartment Program
MD Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) will receive funding to expand its track warning and detection pilot program to five additional stations in the Baltimore Metro system. The technology will instantly alert train operators when someone is on the tracks. $675,000 Safety, Research and Demonstration Program
MD International Transportation Learning Center The International Transportation Learning Center based in Silver Spring, Maryland, will receive funding to redesign a transit bus compartment to improve safety for drivers. By designing a barrier, the compartment will minimize operator assaults and maintain positive passenger interactions through mirrors and lighting. $1,000,000 Bus Operator Compartment Program
NJ Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey Rutgers University in New Jersey will receive funding to research and analyze trespasser detection at New Jersey Transit highway rail crossings to reduce fatalities. New Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology will gather data and help transit agencies develop trespasser avoidance solutions. $357,072 Safety, Research and Demonstration Program
NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York will receive funding to research state-of-the-art bio-mechanics modeling to help save lives with modern, energy-absorbing materials to reduce injuries and fatalities following collisions involving people and trains. $3,450,907 Safety, Research and Demonstration Program
NC City of Charlotte The City of Charlotte, (Charlotte Area Transit System) in North Carolina will receive funding to install signs and develop a safety public education campaign for the CityLYNX Gold streetcar line. The project will educate riders and residents about the importance of pedestrian safety along the route. $56,080 Safety, Research and Demonstration Program
OR Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District Of Oregon (Tri-Met) Tri-Met in Portland Oregon, will receive funding to design a risk ranking evaluation tool for rail crossing safety improvements, including upgrading cameras to document risks and incidents at grade crossings on its MAX light rail system. $825,506 Safety, Research and Demonstration Program
PA Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will receive funding to install an automated employee protection system, allowing rail transit workers to enhance their safety while working on the tracks. $742,000 Safety, Research and Demonstration Program
UT Utah Transit Authority (UTA) The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) in Salt Lake City, Utah will receive funding to identify strategies to prevent and mitigate suicides along UTA's FrontRunner commuter rail system & TRAX light rail corridors. $224,000 Safety, Research and Demonstration Program

Total Funds:
$9,113,656

Last updated: Thursday, October 8, 2020