The Railroad Research Foundation

The Railroad Research Foundation (RRF) was established in 1999. The foundation undertakes research and development projects devoted to sustaining the safety and security of the railroad industry and to advance the use of technology, market based policies and education in the public interest.  The systems and tools developed through RRF research projects are intended to be integrated throughout the rail network.

Railroading is an exciting industry and provides the backbone of the U.S. economy. Railroads use modern technology to keep the rails safe and operate as a seamless network.  The RRF is supporting the industry by providing innovation in technology systems like Positive Train Control and Chicago’s new graphic displays of train movements as well as security tools for the safe transportation of hazardous materials and upgrading diesel locomotives to make them greener and more fuel efficient.