FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Marshall University’s Rahall
Transportation Institute presents
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University has selected John West, president of CSX Technology, as the first recipient of the Rail-SORCE (Railroad Safety and Operations Research Center of Excellence) Partnership Award.
Robert Plymale, director of the Rahall Transportation Institute (RTI) at Marshall University, announced the award today.
Rail-SORCE was established at the Rahall Transportation Institute at Marshall about a year ago to formalize industrial advisory and participation in research grants from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
The award, created by RTI, recognizes outstanding contributions made by CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries (“CSX”) in the furtherance of research conducted by the institute through its Rail-SORCE Advisory Board. Most notable was subsidiary CSX Transportation’s use of the Institute’s R-Surveying Solution for use in hump yard engineering.
“It is with great pride that today we recognize CSX and its partnership with the Rahall Transportation Institute and Marshall University, which is furthering the development of new technologies for the rail industry,” said Congressman Nick J. Rahall, for whom the Institute is named. “By revamping the way we evaluate the safety of our central hubs, RTI and CSX, with the help of Sen. Robert C. Byrd, are laying down the track-work towards a more secure, more efficient and faster railway. The emphasis on developing strong private-public partnerships between RTI and industry leaders was a founding vision of the Institute and today we celebrate that accomplishment.”
Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp said the university “is proud to recognize the ongoing support and collaboration by the entire CSX team along with the personal contributions by CSX Technology president, John West.”
“With John’s help the institute has had access to and use of CSX resources to conduct field tests which are a critical step in the evolution of any promising technology,” Kopp said.
West said the partnership with the Rahall Transportation Institute at Marshall University is important to CSX.
“I and the entire CSX team are proud to accept it,” West said of the award. “Advancing the research and development of technologies that solve railroading challenges will provide many benefits to CSX and the entire industry. For example, RTI has developed with our assistance an automated surveying tool for use in yards and rail corridors that is faster, cheaper and safer than the traditional methods of surveying the rail infrastructure. We now use this tool at CSX Transportation.”
The Rahall Transportation Institute at Marshall University is one of 12 National Transportation Institutes created by Congress in 1998. RTI formed the Rail-SORCE Advisory Board in 2006 as a vehicle to engage with our nation’s railroads and to seek their input and cooperation in research and development.