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FTA awards grant to improve pedestrian detection at rail crossings

Rutgers University will use the funds to gather pedestrian detection data at New Jersey Transit rail crossings.
Photo – NJ Transit Twitter


The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) yesterday awarded Rutgers University a $357,000 grant to study pedestrian detection at New Jersey Transit rail crossings.

Under the program, Rutgers' Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation aims to develop a customized artificial intelligence-aided edge computing system that will gather data to help transit agencies develop trespasser avoidance solutions.

Trespassing accounted for nearly 18% of transit-rail related deaths from 2010 to 2019, Rutgers officials said in a press release.

The grant was awarded under the FTA Safety Research and Demonstration Program, which is designed to provide technical and financial support for transit agencies to pursue innovative approaches to eliminate or mitigate safety hazards.


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