Railways are a key mover of freight across Nebraska, the Midwest and North America. Nebraska is home to the world's largest railroad classification yard and to Union Pacific railroad, which covers 23 states across the Western United States. Some Nebraska towns see over one hundred trains pass through daily, making railroad grade crossing safety for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians a top priority for NTC researchers. The Federal Railway Administration (FRA) has sponsored several NTC research projects.


NTC's innovative researchers are on the cutting edge by using Intelligent Transportation Systems to control roadway traffic at intersections with railroad crossings. As freight transport becomes further characterized by intermodal operations, NTC faculty members are also working to improve safety and logistics at rail-truck intermodal facilities.


Researchers Email Phone
Farritor, Shane sfarritor2@unl.edu 402-472-5805
Jones, Elizabeth ejones1@unl.edu 402-554-3869
Khattak, Aemal akhattak2@unl.edu 402-472-8126
Lechtenberg, Karla kpolivka2@unl.edu 402-472-9070
Rilett, Laurence lrilett2@unl.edu 402-472-1992
Rosenbaugh, Scott srosenba@unlserve.unl.edu 402-472-9324


Project Principal Investigator Sponsor
Risk Mitigation for Highway and Railway Bridges Nowak, Andrzej Mid-America Transportation Center
Safety Improvement at Railroad Crossing Khattak, Aemal Nebraska Department of Roads