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1988 Research and Development Program

  • 01
  • Aug
  • 1988
AUTHOR: Office of Research and Development, Federal Railroad Administration
SUBJECT: Program Evaluation
KEYWORDS: Railroad Technology, Railroad Research, R&D, Transportation Test Center
ABSTRACT: [From the Introduction] The Office of Research and Development formulates anticipatory and responsive technical programs, institutes projects and conducts the research, development, test and evaluation activities necessary to promote and ensure the safe performance of railroad equipment, track, trains and operations. Of particular concern is providing for the protection of the public and railroad employees from the railroad environment. A large portion of the safety testing is performed at the Transportation Test Center at Pueblo, Colorado. Contracts for the conduct of research are awarded to qualified private sector firms and to other Government agencies. Technical assistance, on a reimbursable cost basis, is provided to other Government agencies concerning railroad safety issues of mutual interest. The staff personnel in the Office of Research and Development are predominantly engineers with experience and expertise in a variety of engineering disciplines relating to railroad technologies. The major staff tasks include project research, planning and management in order to produce the practical means for converting advances in technology into standards or systems to be used either voluntarily by the railroad industry or by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in its rulemaking actions to improve railroad safety. Assisting in these activities are high caliber technical personnel of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Transportation Systems Center at Cambridge, Massachusetts. At the Center, the Railway Safety Division and the Structural and Dynamics Division provide the Office of Research and Development with engineering and analytical assistance, a quick response capability, the flexibility for accommodating changing work requirements and an interdisciplinary team approach to problem solving.