Request for Proposals (RFP): Rail Transit Signal and Control Systems Research Program - Technology Enforcement of Temporal Separation for Shared-Track Operations

Date Posted: 12/2/2010

Closing Date: 1/25/2011

Program: Rail Transit Signal and Control Systems Research Program

FTA Opportunity ID: FTA-2011-007-TRI

Opportunity Announcement Text: http://fta.dot.gov/documents/FTA-2011-007-TRI.doc

Opportunity Announcement PDF: http://fta.dot.gov/documents/FTA-2011-007-TRI.pdf

Details:

December 2, 2010. Request for Proposals (RFP): Rail Transit Signal and Control Systems Research Program - Technology Enforcement of Temporal Separation for Shared-Track Operations [Word] [ PDF ]. Synopses and full announcement are posted on Grants.gov site as opportunity FTA-2011-007-TRI. Proposals must be submitted electronically through the Grants.gov web site by January 25, 2011.

Summary

FTA is seeking research proposals to study the Technology to Enforce Temporal Separation for Shared-Track Operations. The project shall study the functional requirements and performance standards of communications-based train control systems meeting the PTC mandate for multiple types of train-sets in the shared use of rail tracks and rights of ways. The purpose is to evaluate the risk and reliability of current PTC technology, and to identify the enhancements needed to enforce the temporal separation of FRA-Compliant (often heavy in weight) equipment and Lighter-Weight equipment in shared-track operations, which may include both freight and passenger railroad systems. The research will include the evaluation of current PTC technology in the automatic enforcement of temporal separation of both freight and passenger trains in shared-track operations.

Dates

The application deadline has been extended from January 19 until January 25. Applicants must electronically submit a proposal to http://www.grants.gov/ by January 25, 2011 for consideration. All potential applicants are advised to begin the Grants.gov registration process immediately, if they have not previously submitted Federal assistance applications through Grants.gov in order to be able to meet the deadline. FTA expects to award funds to successful contractor(s) through a cooperative agreement by February 25, 2011.

For Further Information Contact

Technical, program management, and administrative questions shall be directed to Program Manager: Patrick Centolanzi, PE Office of Technology (TRI-20), E43-463, Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE, Washington, D.C. 20590; email address: Patrick.Centolanzi@dot.gov.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Answers to frequently asked questions regarding this proposal are included as [PDF] or [Excel] documents made available on Dec 15, 2010.