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RESCUE TRAIN

A rail vehicle used to transport rescue personnel, passengers or retrieve disabled rail vehicles.

RESEARCH AND INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ADMINISTRATION

Formed by the Norman Y. Mineta Research and Special Programs Improvement Act that mandated the creation of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. RITA is dedicated solely to the advancement of U.S. DOT…

RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM (RD&D)

An Urban Mass Transportation Administration (now Federal Transportation Administration) program to stimulate technological, institutional, and operational improvements in public transportation. (TRB)

RESIDUAL HAZARD

A hazard that remains after system design and construction is completed. (NTSC)

RESPONSE TIME

In demand-responsive operations, the time between a passenger’s request for service and the passenger pickup. (TRB)

RESPONSIBLE AGENCY

A public agency that proposes carrying out a project but is not necessarily the lead agency for the project. (TRB)

RESPONSIBLE BIDDER/PROPOSER

A bidder/proposer determined by the MTA to have the financial resources, trustworthiness, judgment, skill, integrity, experience, and ability to successfully fulfill the requirements of the Contract.

RESPONSIVE BID

A bid that conforms to the requirements set forth in the invitation for bids.

RESTORATION OF SERVICE

The resumption of service according to schedule after it has been interrupted or operating off schedule. (TRB)

RESTRAINING RAIL

A rail placed parallel to the inside running rail on a curve to restrain the wheel flange and reduce wear on the outside running rail. Also see Guard Rail. (TRB)