Rail News – ENSCO wins contract to manage Transport Technology Center. For railway professionals
ENSCO Inc. was awarded a $ 571 million contract to provide research and development, testing, engineering and training services to the Transportation Technology Center (TTC) in support of the Federal Railways Administration‘s (FRA) to establish the center for innovation in rail and land transport.
Under the contract, ENSCO will operate and maintain the TTC and expand the use of the Pueblo, Colorado facility to help other government and commercial entities ensure transportation safety, security and innovation, said ENSCO officials in a press release.
The terms of the contract include a base period of five years and three option periods of five years for a total of 20 years. The transition from operations, maintenance and research programs to ENSCO will be completed by October 2022.
It was announced last week that FRA would transfer management of the center from a single-source care, custody and control contract to a new Department of Transport (DOT)-wide contract to take care of all modes of transport.
The transition is not expected to result in major changes to health care services. Center de technologie des transports inc., Association of American Railways (AAR) officials said in a press release issued last week. TTCI is a subsidiary of AAR.
Since its inception in 1998, TTCI has invested in research, testing, training and technical assistance activities to strengthen the performance of the rail industry. The nature and location of studies have evolved to meet the demands of evolving technology, with such efforts being deployed across North America, including at FRA TTC facilities in Pueblo, said responsible for the AAR.
TTCI will continue to provide research and engineering services in accordance with its mission to advance safety, reliability and efficiency in the rail industry, and will determine any future use of the TTC in accordance with the new DOT contractual terms and conditions. availability of the site, AAR officials said. .
ENSCO will be supported by a team of leading surface transportation research, training, technology and facilities management organizations focused on the next generation of transportation infrastructure support technologies, officials said. ‘ENCSCO.
The ENSCO team will also be supported by the Center for Surface Transportation Testing and Academic Research (C-STTAR) consortium of eight universities and university research centers. ENSCO created C-STTAR to provide expertise in areas of research in all modes of surface transport, including intermodal, which will support the growth initiatives of the TTC, they said.
“We have assembled an incredible team of industrial and academic research, safety, technology, testing and training entities to meet the needs of FRA, DOT and the surface transportation industry,” said declared Boris Nejikovsky, president of ENSCO. “We are delighted to support the many stakeholders at the site, including the AAR and its members, to continue the important rail research being conducted at the center today and to expand the site’s capabilities to other modes of transport. with this strong team. ”