The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $250 million in Positive Train Control (PTC) Systems Grants.
“These funds are part of the Department’s ongoing efforts to strengthen our country’s rail safety by helping railroads to more rapidly deploy positive train control systems,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
The purpose of the NOFO is to solicit applications for $250 million in PTC Systems Grants to fund the deployment of PTC system technology for intercity passenger rail transportation, freight rail transportation and/or commuter rail passenger transportation.
Eligible projects include:
- Back office systems
- Wayside, communications and onboard hardware equipment
- Equipment installation
- Any component, testing and training for the implementation of PTC systems, and
(CNN goes inside the engineer’s cabin of a passenger train to learn how technology is used to prevent crashes and derailments. Courtesy of CNN and YouTube. Posted on May 14, 2015)