UTPA awarded portion of $1.4M for railway safety

UTPA awarded portion of $1.4M for railway safety

POSTED: Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 11:38am

Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX-15) announced the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a grant of $1,414,100 to the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA), Texas A&M University and the University of Nebraska to improve railway safety in their areas.

"Living in the Rio Grande Valley, we all have experienced and know of the potential danger in crossing railroads which weave through all of our cities and rural towns," said U.S. Rep. Hinojosa. "As the enrollment at UTPA continues to expand, we must be ever vigilant of finding ways to make our roads and highways safer. I commend UTPA for receiving this U.S. Department of Transportation grant award that will serve as a distinct measure for improving safety for UTPA students and for all of our residents."

The transportation center funding will be used to improve railway safety by reducing fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings, reducing failure by developing more durable material and systems. The grant funds will also be used to develop advanced technology for infrastructure monitoring and developing innovative safety assessments and decision making tools.

The grant would also serve to foster collaboration with the university researchers, industry partners and a variety of education partners and programs to create innovative opportunities for the community.

Members of each university consortium will determine how the funds will be distributed among the universities.

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