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Research Initiatives In Support of Rail Safety

Solicitation Number: DTFR53-BAA-2013-1
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
Location: Office of Acquisition and Grants Services
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DTFR53-BAA-2013-1
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Added: Feb 14, 2013 3:15 pm

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has a successful history of supporting the development of advanced rail technologies to meet the transportation needs of the country.  Over the last few decades, the FRA has provided funding and technical support to facilitate research and to stimulate development of new equipment, infrastructure, and testing technologies to enhance the nation's rail transportation safety and efficiency.  These efforts are undertaken in support of the US DOT's mission:


Serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.


The FRA's Office of Research and Development is charged with conducting research and development in support of improved railroad safety and national rail transportation policy.  These activities support the objectives of the US DOT, the mission critical needs of the FRA, and the rail industry as a whole, through technology development and demonstration, basic and applied research, and information exchange with the rail industry.


The purpose of this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is to solicit a variety of basic and applied technology research projects that will support the strategic objectives of Office of Research and Development and the research needs of the four FRA research divisions:


·         Track


·         Rolling Stock and Equipment


·         Train Control and Communications


·         Human Factors


Projects shall be focused on technology development that can be used to achieve safe and efficient freight and passenger rail operations in the US.  Such technologies will:


•·         Reduce the operational and program deployment risks associated with mixed use rail lines;


•·         Improve safety by reducing human and technology failures;


•·         Bring about capital cost reductions and economy in producing equipment and facilities;


•·         Reduce operating costs of rail service by providing more efficient operations;


•·         Improve the reliability of equipment and infrastructure components by reducing failures and/or reducing false failure detections;


•·         Enhance the social benefits and/or environmental aspects of rail transportation; and


•·         Facilitate the development of domestic manufacture of rail equipment and infrastructure components.


Specific research topics for this BAA are contained in Appendix C.  Additional research topics may be announced at any time during the open period of this BAA.

The technical point of contact for this BAA is Mr. Cameron Stuart who can be reached via email at FRARDBAA@dot.gov or cameron.stuart@dot.gov.
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Package #1

Posted Date:
February 14, 2013
Description: Solicitation

Amendment 1

Type:
Mod/Amendment
Posted Date:
April 24, 2013
Description: BAA 2013-1 - Amendment 1 - Appendix C Revision - 24 April 2013

Amendment 2

Type:
Mod/Amendment
Posted Date:
May 7, 2013
Description: Amendment 2

Amendment 3

Type:
Mod/Amendment
Posted Date:
May 15, 2013
Description: Revised Appendix C dated May 7, 2013
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