EDINBURG, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — UT Pan American is taking the lead in a research project for safer train tracks.
That's the intention of a $3 million dollar grant awarded to the university and comes from the Department of Transportation and will help continue research into designing better railroad bearings and sensors.
UTPA is partnering with Texas A&M and the University of Nebraska on the project and UTPA President Dr. Robert Nelsen stated, "It's really about railroad safety in America itself. So it expands way beyond the Valley, I think it will bring research here, I think it will bring industry here that will be able to build off of what we're doing."
There has been talk about new a commuter train coming through the Valley and Dr. Nelsen says he doesn't think this new development will help the prospect of a commuter rail.