TTCI Expands to Create Epicenter for Railway Research, Testing and Training Services


Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief

TTCI will expand to the PuebloPlex facility in Pueblo, Colorado.

Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads (AAR), establishes independent training and track testing facility in Pueblo capable of serving the needs of the rail industry today and to test the transportations of tomorrow. solutions.

This announcement marks the start of the establishment of a test track and training infrastructure that will be operational in 2022.

“As TTCI continues to evolve into an increasingly agile and responsive organization, our facilities must be able to keep pace,” said Kari Gonzales, President and CEO of TTCI. “With this new independent site, TTCI will make targeted, strategic investments in key and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to support the industry in ways we have never been able to do before.”

Located on PuebloPlex’s extensive facilities in Pueblo County, TTCI’s new location will serve as the epicenter for TTCI’s world-class research, testing and training services. Extensive planning and scheduling activities are underway for a phased construction that will ensure continuity of service.

PuebloPlex’s new location also offers opportunities for expansion to meet the ever-changing needs of industry and research. The site will feature a heavy-duty loop for accelerated service testing, curve negotiation loops, as well as additional track infrastructure needed to support AAR certification testing.

The new location will also house a redesigned Safety and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC), the organization’s fully immersive hazardous materials response training center. The new SERTC campus will feature modern equipment and improved training scenarios to better serve the emergency response community. The first lessons in the new facility will start in early 2022.

The development of PuebloPlex will give TTCI more freedom to make key capital investments, streamline operations, increase flexibility and improve profitability. Other benefits include the preservation of TTCI’s provision of independent evaluations and the ability to maintain high levels of confidentiality for proprietary customer research and testing.

“Pueblo has a long history of being home to railway research and innovation, which is why we are delighted that TTCI will serve as a key tenant for PuebloPlex and the region’s economy,” said PuebloPlex President and CEO Russell DeSalvo. “This is a long-term relationship that will meet the current needs of TTCI and the rail community and create opportunities for future development and innovation.

As it has done for over 40 years, TTCI will continue to provide vital support to the nation’s rail industry as the most trusted research, testing and engineering service partner. Building on its heritage of excellence, TTCI is committed to providing innovative business solutions to solve current and future transportation challenges. Through targeted funding and strategic planning, TTCI is making key investments in people and facilities to meet new technological challenges in the rail industry and beyond.

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