Research Archive

Connected Vehicle Safety for Rail is a research effort designed to support the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which mandates that certain classes of railroads that carry Toxic Inhalation or Poison Inhalation (TIH/PIH) cargo have categories of track instrumented with Positive Train Control (PTC) by 2015.

The vision for the Connected Vehicle Safety for Rail is to research and demonstrate a prototype set of applications to advance the FRA’s safety goal of a reduction in fatalities, injuries, and collisions, as well as to identify a cohesive approach to fulfilling other goals such as reduction of transportation congestion. A further focus of the research is to develop a more precise understanding of the risks presented by the railroad Right of Way (ROW) and to determine how best to mitigate these risks through the application of ITS technologies.

Research Contacts

contacts Kevin Dopart
Program Manager, Connected Vehicle Safety & Automation
ITS Joint Program Office
(202) 366-5004