Railroad Systems Issues

This program area directs the entire R&D program towards the DOT’s goals and provide assurance that those goals are being met. Near-term strategic priorities are:

  • Develop and use a safety risk model to help identify R&D priorities
  • Build FRA capabilities for program evaluation to ensure projects have the highest probability of delivering benefits
  • Continue to fund projects to address the DOT’s environmental sustainability goal
  • Seek opportunities for university funding to develop the future railroad workforce
  • Provide technical support for improved accommodations for disabled travelers
  • Provide technical support for Buy America Issues