Monday, Aug. 2, 2010
U.S. Congressman Nick Rahall and Marshall officials accepted the check from J. Randolph Cheetham, CSX regional vice president for state relations, in a ceremony in conjunction with the National Rural Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference being held Aug. 1-4 at the Pullman Plaza Hotel in Huntington.
The donation will be matched through the state’s “Bucks for Brains” West Virginia Research Trust Fund.
“CSX is pleased to work closely with Marshall University’s Rahall Transportation Institute on a variety of important transportation research initiatives,” said Cheetham. “Our contribution is meant to recognize that work and, with the matching grant from the research trust fund, position the institute for continued initiatives that will help the railroad industry continue its role as the safest, most efficient form of surface transportation.”
The contribution will be used to further transportation research conducted by RTI through its Railroad Safety and Operations Research Center of Excellence (Rail-SORCE). The center was formed to enhance the study of technologies that address railroad industry challenges nationwide. The Rail-SORCE at RTI provides an array of services including technology testing, research and development for asset mapping and inspections; train, car and mobile worker tracking; and intelligent grade crossings.
This was the second donation CSX has made to Marshall. The company made a $50,000 contribution last year for transportation research at RTI. That gift was also matched by the trust fund.
Dr. Stephen J. Kopp, president of Marshall University, also thanked the company for the donation, saying, “Once again, CSX has demonstrated their support for the Rahall Transportation Institute, Marshall University and our community. This latest gift complements the significant investments made in transportation research at Marshall over the past several years, and we thank CSX for their continuing commitment. We also salute Congressman Rahall for his unwavering dedication and support of our university and this entire region.”
CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation’s leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The company’s transportation network spans approximately 21,000 miles, with service to 23 eastern states and the District of Columbia, and connects to more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports.
A National University Transportation Center located at Marshall University, RTI is a multimodal institute with an emphasis on intelligent transportation systems, rail research and enhancements, and custom web-based Geographic Information Systems. RTI fosters strategic relationships with private industry and public agencies to leverage resources, technology and strategic thinking to improve mobility and stimulate economic development in West Virginia and throughout the 13-state Appalachian Region.
The West Virginia Research Trust Fund was established in 2008 to serve as a catalyst for economic development across the state. The trust fund program allows Marshall to double private gifts that support expansions to research faculty and infrastructure in key areas linked to economic development, health care and job growth. The West Virginia Legislature initially appropriated $15 million in the trust fund for Marshall. Qualifying private gifts to the university are matched dollar-for-dollar by the state’s fund.
Photo Caption: From left, Lance West, vice president for development at Marshall University; Dr. Stephen J. Kopp, president of Marshall University; J. Randolph Cheetham, CSX regional vice president for state relations; U.S. Congressman Nick J. Rahall II, and Bob Plymale, director and CEO of the Nick J. Rahall II Appalachian Transportation Institute, participate in a check presentation today at the Pullman Plaza Hotel. CSX presented a gift of $50,000 to Marshall University for research at the Rahall Transportation Institute. Photo by Rick Haye/Marshall University.
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304.746.1964
CSX presents Marshall with grant [WV Public Radio: August 3, 2010] – audio available
CSX donates $50,000 through “Bucks for Brains” initiative [Herald-Dispatch: August 3, 2010]