THE US Association of American Railroads (AAR) announced on March 15 during its Annual Research Review in Pueblo, Colorado, that Transportation Technology Center Inc (TTCI) has been renamed MxV Rail.  

MxV Rail employs more than 300 people including 110 mechanical, civil, industrial and electrical engineers and metallurgists. MxV Rail will move from the Transportation Technology Center (TTC) to the new MxV Rail campus at the PuebloPlex facility in the autumn. 

The transfer follows the decision of the Federal Railroad Administration to appoint Ensco to manage the TTC test centre from April 1, with full operation starting on October 1. AAR has managed the site through TTCI since 1982. Ensco had offered for TTCI to continue the AAR’s Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) at TTC but this was rejected by TTCI.  

“MxV Rail’s SRI programme is an important industry effort that aims to improve all aspects of rail transportation,” says Mr Ian Jefferies, president and CEO of the AAR. “This week’s Annual Research Review demonstrates that MxV Rail is the only organisation equipped to conduct this essential work at the new facilities.”