FRA Announces Funding for Projects to Improve Transit

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced that $9.3 million in research funding is available, including $7.3 million for innovative projects that demonstrate advanced technologies to improve rail transit safety.

The funding will support research projects that mitigate trespassing hazards on rail transit systems and improve the operational safety of shared corridor fixed guideway systems, including highway-rail grade crossing safety. The Notice of Funding Opportunity, which is in the Federal Register, is made available under the Safety Research and Demonstration Program.

"We are committed to working with the transit industry to improve the safety of our nation’s public transportation systems," said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams. "We look forward to supporting innovative new designs and projects that will better protect transit employees and passengers alike, as well as improve the overall safety and reliability of the service."

Eligible applicants include public transportation providers, state and local government entities, nonprofit organizations and colleges.