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FTA awards USD9.1 million in safety grants to 10 projects, US [free access]

October 9, 2020

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded USD9.1 million to ten projects under two initiatives at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) that are designed to support safety and innovation in the transit industry. 


The funds have been awarded through the Safety Research and Demonstration Program, which provides technical and financial support for transit agencies to pursue innovative approaches to eliminate or mitigate safety hazards, and to the Bus Operator Compartment Program, which supports the redesign of transit bus operator compartments to improve safety for bus operators and the passengers they serve.


The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will receive USD1.18 million for a pilot project to install new safety features for the electrified third rail at Oakton Skokie Station. The International Transportation Learning Center in Silver Spring will receive USD1 million to redesign a transit bus compartment to improve safety for drivers. The Maryland Department of Transportation will receive USD675,000 to expand its track warning and detection pilot programme to five additional stations in the Baltimore Metro system. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority will receive USD742,000 to install an automated employee protection system. The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA) will receive USD600,000 to study the implementation of shields/barriers on its bus fleet to protect bus operators. Rutgers University (New Jersey) will receive USD357,072 to research and analyse trespasser detection at New Jersey Transit highway rail crossings. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will receive USD3.45 million to conduct research on bio-mechanics modelling with the aim of reducing injuries and fatalities following collisions involving people and trains. The city of Charlotte, on behalf of the Charlotte Area Transit System, will receive over USD56,000 to install signs and to develop a safety public education campaign for the CityLYNX Gold streetcar line. TriMet in Portland will receive USD825,506 to design a risk ranking evaluation tool for rail crossing safety improvements. The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) will receive USD224,000 to identify strategies to prevent and mitigate suicides along UTA’s FrontRunner commuter rail system and TRAX light-rail corridors.