Fursst For Safety & Security

Railway Age, April 2024

The Facility for Underground Rail Security and Safety Testing (FURSST) at the Transportation Technology Center (TTC) also known as the “Underground Tunnel”, is a groundbreaking facility designed to address critical security and safety concerns within the rail and transportation industry.  Funded by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for the Vehicle Blast Vulnerability research project, the tunnel was primarily built for confined space blast tests. However, its design allows for a range of security and safety-related testing, including fire.  The FURSST is one of many proactive testing initiatives led by the TSA to help ensure safety and security of surface transportation.  This article will discuss its construction and use.