The RTAB provides guidance in the following areas:
- Improving student recruitment, from both an industry and a student perspective
- Consistent and active participation from the industry in project and research opportunities as well as in engagement of students
- Visibility of the RTP as a leading rail university, capable of providing both students and research as future assets to the industry
- Consistent and sustained funding for the RTP
The Rail Transportation Advisory Board was established by the Rail Transportation Program in 2013. The first meeting was held on Feb 17, 2014. The board consists of experts who represent a broad cross section of the rail industry and its stakeholders. Several members are Michigan Tech alumni.