A Rural Railroad Safety Center will soon be established at K-State thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Federal Railroad Administration announced more than $326 million worth of grants for a wide variety of state and local railroad infrastructure projects around the country. K-State will see just over $2.5 million to develop the center, according to a release from the university.

Eric Fitzsimmons, assistant professor of civil engineering, will head the project within the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering.

The goals of the new railroad safety center include promoting safety research, developing a comprehensive railroad education curriculum at partnering universities, facilitating rail-focused outreach activities, and delivering results to the railroad industry.

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