Tracks to the Future - Session 2

The FRA Sponsored Tracks to the Future - Railroad Transportation and Engineering Summer Youth Program - Session 2

Registration will open early in 2023!

Session 1 - will take place June 19-23, 2023

Session 2 - will take place July 10-14, 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!  


This hybrid program will start with two days of virtual instruction on Monday and Tuesday featuring 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 and the session will continue on Thursday and Friday at one of our University locations.  We will run two sessions this summer and will include six Universiies:

Session 1 - June 19-23: University of South Carolina, University of New Mexico, or Fresno State University

Session 2 - July 10-14:  Michigan Technological University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, or Penn State Altoona. 

The university programs will feature hands-on activities and rail industry field trips. Lodging is provided on the campus of the selected university  This program is covered by an FRA Grant, which includes 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 for the two sessions and six available sites.  Participant preference and home location will both be considered when assigning the on-site location.  Go HERE for instructions on how to apply for the program.  You will be asked to submit some supporting documents and complete a scholarship application.  After participant selection and placement to one of the two sessions and six 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.  Again, start your registration HERE!   Problems with registration?  Contact our program staff at


Jul 10, 2023 8:00am to Jul 14, 2023 5:00pm
Rail Transportation Program
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI. 49931-1295
Phone: 1-906-487-3547
Fax: 1-906-487-2943
A special thank you to our sponsor and partners!

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.