HUNTINGTON -- An investment in the Rahall Transportation Institute will have far-reaching effects for engineering and transportation students at Marshall University, thanks to a $25,000 gift presented Tuesday.
Norfolk Southern presented RTI with a $25,000 check, to be matched by the West Virginia Research Trust Fund, at Marshall University's Foundation Hall. The funds, which will be used for future collaborative rail research, were accepted on behalf of RTI by Bob Plymale, director and chief executive officer.
"This is a big day in terms of the investment being made in the Rahall Transportation Institute, and we welcome Norfolk Southern as they make this investment in the institute and in the realm of engineering and transportation at Marshall University," Plymale said.
Darrell Wilson with Norfolk Southern called the new partnership a "living, breathing thing" he was grateful to be a part of.
"We're really excited about this presentation and the research going on at the Rahall Transportation Institute. They are committed to the success of our industry, and this is a way for us to say thank you for supporting what we do," Wilson said. "We're very grateful to enter into this partnership with the Rahall Transportation Institute and Marshall University."
It was the second gift in as many weeks for RTI, which has collected more than $400,000 in on its way to a goal of $1 million for the fund. At that level, Plymale said last week, the fund will create enough interest to sustain personnel for railway projects.