The Federal Railroad Administration has awarded Alion Science and Technology will study human performance in rail operations and maintenance, the company announced Monday.
Under a five-year contract, the company will Alion provide the FRA’s human factors research division technical guidance with the goal of reducing human factors in train, trespasser and grade crossing accidents.
“With all the technology onboard current passenger and freight trains, as well as at control centers, people still play a critical role in preventing accidents,” said Terri Spoonhour, senior vice president and manager of the distributed simulation group. “People can get distracted or need to make quick decisions based on the unexpected, from weather to track conditions to trespassers or cars approaching crossings.
According to the company, the FRA division has reduced human factor-related accidents by more than 50 percent since 2005.
The company will assess and provide the FRA recommendations for equipment, technology, policies, system performance and organizational culture and behavior.
Work under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract is scheduled to finish by May 14, 2017.