Rail Safety

With over 85-years in the rail safety industry, Battelle is consistently the first-choice for safety assessments, analysis, and complex analytics. Our international certification, and unblemished safety record make us an ideal partner for solving rail safety problems–no matter how complex.
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A Proven Track Record

Battelle’s in-depth knowledge of the rail industry and proven track record in safety-critical design and complex analytics make us industry leaders in addressing urgent challenges. We provide proven solutions that meet the demands for increased scrutiny on safety due to rail accidents, the evolving technology of advanced train control systems, and the performance-based safety rules issued by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

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Our Service Solutions

Services Signaling and Train Control Product Design and Development

  • Supporting U.S. and European suppliers in design and development of safety-critical signaling and control products
  • Systems integration and engineering
  • Expertise in design and V&V using accepted safety assurance concepts

Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Safety

  • RAMS program planning, execution, and assessment
  • Hazard analysis –FMEA, FMECA, FTA, SHA, SSHA, O&SHA, etc.
  • Detailed, client-focused qualitative and quantitative analysis

Independent Safety Assessment

  • Independent safety assessor (ISA) for major U.S. transit agencies and railroads
  • Assessment of safety case to U.S or European standards (FRA, CENELEC, AREMA, IEEE)
  • Accredited as ISA by Network Rail (United Kingdom)
  • Developed I2S CBTC specifications and formal methods analysis utilizing the B Method

System Safety Programs and Certification

  • Program planning, execution, and assessment
  • Safety-critical systems and products
  • Cross-Acceptance (FRA-CENELEC)

Laboratory Testing and Analysis

  • Detailed analysis of relays, signals, and other safety-critical equipment
  • Metallurgical, electrical, mechanical
  • Crashworthiness analysis
  • Vibration and shock testing

Positive Train Control (PTC) Safety Support

  • Regulatory compliance - PTCIP, PTCDP, PTCSP development
  • Part 236 Subpart H and Subpart I risk assessment using Battelle’s proprietary BRACE tool
  • Independent safety assessment


  • Personnel training programs
  • Development of product and system training materials

Human Factors Engineering and Analysis

  • Battelle Center for Human Performance and Safety (Seattle, WA)
  • Human performance research
  • System design and evaluation support
  • Organizational safety
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System Integration Verification and Validation

  • Project management oversight

Featured Experts

Jeff Utterback

Oct 19, 2021, 11:14 AM
Title : Jeff Utterback
Name : Jeff Utterback
Position : Rail Practice Lead

Jeff specializes in various internationally accepted rail safety standards, as well as helping clients with their safety standard goals. He applies his extensive experience with Project Management and Six Sigma techniques to achieve the best possible result.

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