Railroads serve to transport a variety of commodity and goods over long distances, while also supporting a growing passenger service demand. A key focus area in rail is the interaction with vehicles and pedestrians through at-grade level crossings or informal trespassing locations. Collisions between trains and vehicles or pedestrians are frequently severe or fatal and cause significant delay to both motorists and rail traffic. Therefore, reducing the incidence of trespassing or illegal crossings is a research focus area at ITRE.
ITRE manages an internship program for the NC Department of Transportation that offers college students an opportunity to gain work experience at the Rail Division. Program participants have acquired skills that have enabled successful transitions to post-degree positions with public and private employers.