A Universal Commuter Railcar Boarding Device for Use by Both Disabled and Able-bodied Individuals Configurable for all U.S. Railstation Platforms

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT5707C10031
Agency Tracking Number: DTRS5705C10025
Amount: $499,948.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
SAFE, Inc.
5032 S. Ash Avenue, suite 101, Tempe, AZ, 85282
DUNS: 116749289
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stanley Desjardins
 President
 (480) 820-2032
Business Contact
 Stanley Desjardins
Phone: (480) 820-2032
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In Phase I of this SBIR project the proposed commuter railcar loading concept was developed in detail and its operation was simulated in order to demonstrate feasibility and to quantify the reduction in station dwell time compared to other railcar loading operations. Feasibility was demonstrated. The boarding system will enable the loading of all passengers, regardless of mobility, from a wide range platform configurations. In Phase II of this SBIR program, Safe proposes to continue the detailed design effort and to build and test a prototype of the design to demonstrate the performance characteristics of the device. The design when completed is anticipated to be ADA-compliant.

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