Tracks to the Future, Railroad Transportation and Engineering Summer Youth Program - 2023

Registration will open for both sessions in early 2023

Program Overview

Railroads, the high tech and environmentally sensitive transportation mode!  Don’t believe us?  Come and learn why railroads remain the most energy-efficient transportation mode and what forms modern railroad track, equipment, and communications/control systems might take.  Learn how rail compares with other modes and leads the charge in reducing transportation greenhouse gas emissions!  Find out how it all works: classroom/virtual sessions, hands-on activities, and plenty of field visits to all sorts of railroad facilities!  Read on to learn more about our 2023 hybrid program!

Our 2023 program will fearture two sessions and six different participating universities. Students in our program will receive two days of virtual instruction on Monday and Tuesday of their session week.  This portion will feature hands on activities (we will send each participant a package of materials to use!), group virtual instruction and activities, and online activities.  Wednesday will be a travel day to get you from your home to your University location. The session will continue on Thursday and Friday of your session week at one of our six University locations, see the university and session options below!  The program is covered by an FRA Grant, which covers all program materials, plus lodging and meals for the on-site portion.  Students will be responsible for travel to the assigned university location.  The application process will ask each participant to rank their preference of sessions and sites.  Participant preference and home location will both be considered when assigning the on-site location.  You will be asked to submit some supporting documents and complete a scholarship application as part of the application process.  After participant selection and placement to one of the three university locations takes place in mid April you will be notified and will need to complete a suplemental registration package for the assigned university location.     Problems with registration?  Contact our program staff at

Session 1 will run from June 19-23 and will feature on-site  activities at University of South Carolina, Columbia SC; University of New Mexico, Albequerque, NM; and University of California, Fresno, Fresno CA - Click HERE for registration and more information

Session 2 will run from July 17-21 and will feature on-site activities at Michigan Tech, Houghton, MI; Penn State University, Altoona, PA; and University of Illinois, Champaing-Urbana, IL  - Click HERE for registration and more information