Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont Gets $2.9 Million Grant
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration has awarded Argonne National Laboratory a nearly $2.9 million grant to study mass transit emergency preparedness, according to a news release from U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs.
Argonne, in partnership with Pace Suburban Bus Service and Metra Commuter Rail, will receive funding to research and develop a decision support tool for transit asset management that addresses all-hazards emergency response and recovery, according to the news release.
The tool will help emergency responders to quickly assess a situation, develop an appropriate mitigation strategy, and restore transit services in the most effective manner, using available transit assets, according to the news release.
“As we witnessed recently with the deadly accident in Washington, D.C., mass transit safety and emergency preparedness must be top priorities,” Lipinski said in the news release. “I’m pleased that these new resources will be made available to the bright science and engineering minds at Argonne Lab, and that they’ll be pursuing new research into how to keep riders safe and prepare for transit emergencies in the Chicago area and elsewhere.”
Lipinski’s district includes Argonne National Laboratory.
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