MTA awarded $2M federal SMART grant for automated railcar inspection program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently awarded the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), North America’s largest transportation network, with a $2 million Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) grant.

The agency will use the funding for its automated railcar inspection system pilot program. The goal of the program is to allow Metro-North Railroad to more efficiently conduct daily Federal Railroad Administration-mandated railcar inspections.

Automated detection systems provide early notification of existing and new defects. This allows railroads to address conditions immediately, reducing repair and replacement time. When automated detection system are used with manual inspections, they allow railroads to be more proactive conducting rolling stock maintenance.

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