Rep. Lipinski Announces $2.9 Million Federal Grant for Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont (February 10, 2015)

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) has announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded Argonne National Laboratory a nearly $2.9 million grant to study mass transit emergency preparedness.

“As we witnessed recently with the deadly accident in Washington, D.C., mass transit safety and emergency preparedness must be top priorities,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “I’m pleased that these new resources will be made available to the bright science and engineering minds at Argonne Lab, and that they’ll be pursuing new research into how to keep riders safe and prepare for transit emergencies in the Chicago area and elsewhere.  As the Representative of tens of thousands of constituents who take public transportation, co-chair of the Congressional Public Transit Caucus, and a public transit rider, I am very hopeful that this grant will increase safety.”

Argonne, in partnership with Pace Suburban Bus Service and Metra Commuter Rail, will receive funding to research and develop a decision support tool for transit asset management that addresses all-hazards emergency response and recovery.  The tool will help emergency responders to quickly assess a situation, develop an appropriate mitigation strategy, and restore transit services in the most effective manner, using available transit assets.  This project was competitively selected for funding as part of the FTA’s solicitation for proposals under the Innovative Safety, Resiliency, and All-Hazards Emergency Response and Recovery Demonstration program.

Congressman Lipinski is the most senior member from Illinois on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, serving on three subcommittees: Aviation; Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials; and Highways and Transit.  He also serves on the Science, Space, and Technology committee.  He is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Research and Technology, and also sits on the Subcommittee on Energy.

Lipinski’s district includes Argonne National Laboratory, the first national laboratory in the United States and the largest facility of its kind in the Midwest.