UTC Participates in NURail US DOT Site Visit

The Urban Transportation Center has been an active participant in the National University Rail Center — known as NURail — for the past several years.  A US Department of Transportation OST-R Tier 1 University Transportation Center, NURail is comprised of seven partner colleges and universities that produce relevant railway transportation engineering research and education in North America.

NURail is headquartered at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and includes researchers and educators who are experts and national leaders in railway infrastructure, systems and vehicles.

On July 25, UTC Director Dr. P.S. Sriraj delivered a presentation that outlined key findings from two research reports that addressed pedestrian and cyclist safety at rail grade crossings. The presentation was made during grant review meetings. UTC Grant Manager LaChaundra M. Graham was on hand for the meetings, which were led by NURail Center Director Dr. Christopher Barkan.

Below are images taken during the meetings in Urbana.


UTC Director Dr. P.S. Sriraj (right) in RailTEC lab with UTC Grant Manager LaChaundra M. Graham (center) and Senior Research Engineer Marcus Dersch.


Touring the Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory at UIUC.


A presentation by RailTEC research engineers.


LaChaundra Graham (foreground) poses for a selfie with NURail Director Dr. Chris Barkan (right) and other members of the research team.


From August 15-17, NURail members will participate in the Midwest Rail Conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and hold its annual meeting. The theme of the event:  “Midwest Connections: Passenger and Freight Rail Look to the Future.” In 2015, the NURail annual meeting was held on the UIC campus.