The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) owns the Transportation Technology Center (TTC) in Pueblo, Colorado. The facility is on 52 square miles of land leased from the State of Colorado. Since its dedication as the High-Speed Ground Test Center in 1971, it has played an important part in research, development, and testing of rail infrastructure and equipment.
In March 2021, FRA awarded ENSCO, Inc. a $571 million USD contract to provide research and development, testing, engineering and training services at the TTC in support of the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) goal of establishing the TTC as a center for rail and ground transportation innovation. As the awardee, ENSCO will operate and maintain the TTC in support of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to develop a vibrant, engaging and modern TTC that fosters innovation, encourages positive change, and creates opportunity. ENSCO will also expand the use of the facility to support other government and commercial entities to achieve the broader mission of transportation safety, security and innovation. Transition of the DOT operations, maintenance and research programs to ENSCO will be completed by October 2022.
ENSCO will be supported by a team of leading surface transportation research, training, technology and facilities management organizations focused on next generation technology supporting transportation infrastructure.
This team will be further supported by the Center for Surface Transportation Testing and Academic Research (C-STTAR) consortium of eight universities and academic research centers established by ENSCO and led by CUTR to provide expertise in research focus areas across all modes of surface transportation, including intermodal transportation, which will support TTC growth initiatives.
University of South Florida Center for Urban Transportation Research
Colorado State University - Pueblo
Connected and Autonomous Networked-Vehicles for Active Safety (CANVAS), Michigan State University
Michigan Tech Transportation Institute, Michigan Technological University
Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Hawai’i
Mineta Transportation Institute, San Jose State University
Oregon State University