The Association of American Railroads (AAR) hosted its annual research review this week for more than 325 railroad professionals around the world to learn about progress under the Strategic Research Initiatives program. (IRS) sponsored by the industry.
US freight railroads have announced that the team they have relied on for decades to lead the industry in research, testing and training will now be known as “MxV Rail”.
MxV Rail, formerly Transportation Technology Center, Inc (TTCI), is a team of more than 300 employees, including 110 mechanical, civil, industrial, and electrical engineers and metallurgists who advance railway scientific research with objective intelligence and thoughtful diligence. Serving the rail industry, MxV Rail provides a unique testing environment focused on improving rail safety, reliability and efficiency, backed by a level of specialist knowledge and experience that is hard to duplicate.
“The country’s major railroads, passenger and freight, are enthusiastic supporters of MxV Rail,” said Ian Jefferies, President and CEO of AAR, adding that MxV Rail will continue to lead the SRI program nationwide. industry.
“MxV Rail’s SRI program is a major industry effort to improve all aspects of rail travel. This week’s annual research review demonstrates that MxV Rail is the only organization equipped to carry out this essential work at new facilities,” he said.
MxV Rail will continue its critical work at the Transportation Technology Center until its new facility opens in Pueblo, Colorado this fall. The new MxV Rail campus is designed to meet the changing needs of the rail industry and the company’s diverse customer base. New facilities and operations will enhance industry research and testing operations, while providing a proving ground for cutting-edge technology focused on improving the safety, reliability and efficiency of freight railways.
“MxV Rail is ready for a successful transition to our new facilities. Part of our success is a name that communicates our purpose and demonstrates that our value and contributions to the industry do not depend on one location. Our new name, MxV Rail, is based on the formula of momentum: mass x speed, evoking our commitment to creating the momentum needed to drive our industry forward,” said Kari Gonzales, President and CEO of MxV Rail. “Our experts are guided by the principles of rigor, innovation, collaboration and real-world applicability that are essential to help solve the industry’s most pressing challenges, both short and long term.
“Located at PuebloPlex’s sprawling 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 schedule until upon completion will ensure continuity of service.
The new location also provides opportunities for expansion to meet changing industry and research needs. The site will include a high tonnage loop for accelerated service testing, curve negotiation loops, as well as the additional track infrastructure needed to support AAR certification testing. Relocating operations to PuebloPlex allows MxV to continue to serve the industry in an environment that protects confidentiality, research integrity and client interests.
About MxV Rail: MxV Rail, formerly TTCI, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads, established to support the development and safe deployment of innovative technologies to increase safety, reliability and the efficiency of the railway industry.
About AAR: The Association of American Railroads is the world’s leading railroad policy, research, and technology organization focused on railroad safety and productivity. AAR members include major freight railroads in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as Amtrak.