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USA: The Transportation Technology Center Inc subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads has been renamed MxV Rail and is to relocate to new site, as its contract to manage the Federal Railroad Administration’s test track in Pueblo, Colorado, comes to an end.

TTCI has managed FRA’s Transportation Technology Center for 40 years, but from October the site will be operated by ENSCO under new contract.

Various research, testing and training services which TTCI currently provides at the TTC will in future be provided under the MxV Rail brand at a campus which is now under construction in the PuebloPlex industrial area, 25 km east of Pueblo.

This will feature a high tonnage loop for accelerated service testing, curve negotiation loops, and tracks to support AAR certification testing.

‘MxV Rail is poised for a successful transition to our new facilities’, said President & CEO Kari Gonzales on March 15. ‘Our new name, MxV Rail is based on the formula for momentum: mass x velocity, evoking our dedication to creating the momentum needed to move our industry forward.’

MxV Rail has more than 300 employees, including 110 mechanical, civil, industrial, and electrical engineers and metallurgists.

‘Our experts are guided by the principles of rigour, innovation, collaboration and real-world applicability that are key to helping solve the industry’s most pressing challenges — immediate and long-term’, said Gonzales.