The AAR recently hosted its Annual Research Review for more than 325 railroad professionals from around the world to learn about progress made under the industry-sponsored Strategic Research Initiatives (SRI) program. During the event, the U.S. freight railroads announced that the Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) — the team they have counted on for decades to lead the industry in research, testing and training — will now be known as MxV Rail.

The Same Bright, Dedicated Team

MxV Rail is a team of more than 300 employees, including 110 mechanical, civil, industrial, and electrical engineers and metallurgists advancing the scientific research of railroads with objective intelligence and thoughtful diligence. In service to the rail industry, MxV Rail provides a unique testing environment focused on improving rail safety, reliability and efficiency backed by a level of specialized knowledge and experience not easily duplicated.

“The nation’s major railroads — both passenger and freight — enthusiastically support MxV Rail,” said Ian Jefferies, AAR President and CEO, adding that MxV Rail will continue to lead the industry-wide SRI program. “MxV Rail’s SRI program is an important industry effort that aims to improve all aspects of rail transportation. The recent Annual Research Review demonstrated that MxV Rail is the only organization equipped to conduct this essential work at the new facilities.”

A Name That Says it All

“MxV Rail is poised for a successful transition to our new facilities,” said Kari Gonzales, MxV Rail President and CEO.

“Part of our success is grounded in a name that communicates our purpose and demonstrates that our value and industry contributions are not dependent on a single location. Our new name, MxV Rail is based on the formula for momentum: mass x velocity, evoking our dedication to creating the momentum needed to move our industry forward. Our experts are guided by the principles of rigor, innovation, collaboration and real-world applicability that are key to helping solve the industry’s most pressing challenges — immediate and long-term.”

New Facilities in Pueblo, Colorado

MxV Rail will continue its critical work at the Transportation Technology Center until the opening of its new facilities in Pueblo, Colorado this Fall. The new MxV Rail campus is designed to meet the evolving needs of the rail industry and the company’s diverse client base. New facilities and operations will enhance industry research and testing operations, as well as provide a proving ground for advanced technology focused on improving freight railroad safety, reliability and efficiency.

Located on the expansive PuebloPlex facility in Pueblo County, MxV Rail’s new location will serve as the epicenter for its research, testing and training services. The first phase of construction is underway, and the schedule through completion will ensure service continuity.

The new location also offers expansion opportunities to meet evolving industry and research needs. The site will feature a high tonnage loop for accelerated service testing, curve negotiation loops, as well as additional track infrastructure necessary to support AAR certification testing. Relocating operations to PuebloPlex allows MxV to continue serving the industry in an environment that protects confidentiality, integrity of research and clients’ interests.