WASHINGTON (AP) - The University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign has been awarded $1.4 million in federal funding to support
its rail transportation and engineering research center.
The money will help fund
research on vehicle engineering, risk mitigation and systems integration.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin
and other U.S. lawmakers
from Illinois announced the award in a
statement released in Washington.
Durbin said that "Illinois remains the
heart of our national rail network thanks to our ability to innovate and adapt
to modern freight and passenger needs."
He says the U of I's National University Rail
Center has played "a
critical role in meeting the rapid growth" of the rail sector.
The center is a
multi-university consortium established last year through a $3.5 million grant
from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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