On Friday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is soliciting research proposals to foster rapid development of high-speed and intercity passenger rail service technologies in the U.S.
A pool of $25 million is available for basic and applied technology research, development and demonstration projects to advance the state of the art in track and structures, train control systems, operating practices and rolling stock.
FRA is seeking projects focused on accelerating development of technologies that ensure safe, efficient and strategic deployment of integrated passenger rail systems. The solicitation is open to all sources.
The solicitation continues FRA's long history of supporting the development of advanced rail systems by providing funding and technical assistance in support of new equipment, infrastructure and testing technologies. Nationally, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided an $8 billion down payment for high-speed rail.
The solicitation, which will be open through Sept. 30, 2012, can be viewed, here.