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Today’s 21st Century freight railroads run on a state-of-the-art network that is dynamic and constantly innovating to ensure safety and efficiency. Technology permeates every aspect of the freight rail industry, from highly sophisticated operational centers that manage rail capacity and traffic to new equipment that improves safety and reduces rail’s environmental footprint.
The Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI), a wholly owned subsidiary of AAR, is a world-class transportation research and testing organization that provides emerging safety technology solutions for the railway industry throughout North America and the world. Headquartered in Pueblo, Colorado, 21 miles northeast of Pueblo Airport, TTCI manages extensive track facilities, cutting edge laboratory facilities and a highly talented engineering and support staff. Freight and passenger railroads from around the world use TTCI’s wide range of capabilities to enhance safety. For example, Amtrak’s high-speed Acela Express trains were extensively tested at TTCI before entering service. TTCI’s work also makes it possible for freight railroads in the U.S. and Canada to operate heavier freight cars. Through the Safety and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC), TTCI provides extensive class room and hands-on training to help railroad employees and emergency responders prepare for potential hazardous materials incidents.
Railinc uses railroad data collected as trains pass intelligent sensors that track the movement and condition of rail cars across the U.S. By analyzing this information, Railinc can provide near-real time information that helps companies better manage inventory, manufacturers more accurately plan production schedules, and railroads plan for network and rail car maintenance and upgrades. Programs such as the Equipment Health Management System improve the safety of freight rail by identifying repairs before they are needed.