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Transit Cooperative Research Program


Phoenix, AZ

December 3, 2009

Cooperative Research Programs

  • Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) - 1992

    • FTA - APTA - TRB

  • National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) - 1962


  • Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) - 2006


  • Cooperative Research Programs

    • National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) - 2006

      • RITA - TRB

  • Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Program (NCHRP) - 2006

    • PHMSA - TRB

  • TCRP Objective:

    To develop near-term, practical solutions to problems faced by the transit industry.

    • Customers: Transit Operators

    • Focus onapplied research

    • Industry-Driven Program

    Sponsor: FTA

    Program Manager: TRB

    Governing Board: TDC

    Customers: Transit Operators

    Subject: Practical Problems Objective: Solutions through

    Applied Research

    Timing: July 1992 and



    $8.92 Million (FY ‘92) $9.30 Million (FY’08)

    $7.75 Million (FY ‘93) $10.0 Million (FY’09)

    $8.475 Million (FY ‘94) $10.0 Million (FY’10)

    $8.475 Million (FY ‘95)

    $8.25 Million (FY ‘96)

    $8.25 Million (FY ‘97)

    $4.00 Million (FY ‘98)

    $8.25 Million (FY ‘99)

    $7.15 Million (FY ‘00)

    $6.73 Million (FY ‘01)

    $8.25 Million (FY ‘02)

    $8.20 Million (FY ’03)

    $8.20 Million (FY ’04)

    $8.20 Million (FY ’05)

    $8.91 Million (FY ’06)

    $9.30 Million (FY ’07)

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    A. Operations

    B. Service Configuration

    C. Engineering of Vehicles

    & Equipment

    D. Engineering of Fixed Facilities

    E. Maintenance

    F. Human Resources

    G. Administration

    H. Policy & Planning

    J. Special Projects

    Transit Cooperative Research ProgramResearch Fields

    TCRP Special Projects

    J-1 Dissemination and Implementation of Research


    J-2 TCRP Strategic Planning Process and Strategic Plan

    J-3 International Transit Studies Program

    J-4 Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis - The

    Transit IDEA Program

    J-5 Legal Aspects of Transit and Intermodal

    Transportation Programs

    J-6 Quick Response for Special Needs

    J-7 Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Problems

    J-8 New Paradigms for Public Transit

    J-9 eTransit, Electronic Business Strategies for Public Transportation

    J-10 Public Transportation Security Research

    J-11 Quick-Response Research on Long-Term Strategic Issues

    TCRP Oversight and Project Selection (TOPS) Committee (eff 6/28/09)


    Ann August, Santee Wateree Regional Transportation Authority

    Vice Chair

    Keith Parker, VIA Metropolitan Transit


    John Bartosiewicz, McDonald Transit Associates

    Michael Blaylock, Jacksonville Transportation Authority

    Linda Bohlinger, APTA Vice Chair Research & Technology

    TCRP Oversight and Project Selection (TOPS) Committee

    Members (cont’d)

    Raul Bravo, Raul V. Bravo & Associates

    John Catoe, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

    Gregory Cook, Veolia Transportation

    Terry Garcia Crews, StarTran

    Kim Green, GFI GENFARE

    Angela Iannuzziello, ENTRA Consultants

    John Inglish,Utah Transit Authority

    TCRP Oversight and Project Selection (TOPS) Committee

    Members (cont’d)

    Jeanne Krieg, Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority

    Jonathan McDonald, Stantec

    Gary McNeil, GO Transit

    Michael Melaniphy, Motor Coach Industries

    Frank Otero, PACO Technologies

    Peter Rogoff, Federal Transit Administration

    Jeff Rosenberg, Amalgamated Transit Union

    Richard Sarles, New Jersey Transit

    TCRP Oversight and Project Selection (TOPS) Committee

    Members (cont’d)

    Michael Scanlon, San Mateo County Transit District

    Beverley Scott, Sacramento Regional Transit District

    James Stem, United Transportation Union

    Frank Tobey, First Transit, Inc.

    Matthew Tucker, North County Transit

    Pam Ward, Ottumwa Transit Authority

    Alice Wiggins-Tolbert,Parsons Brinckerhoff

    TCRP Oversight and Project Selection (TOPS) Committee

    Ex Officio Members

    • John Horsley, American Association of State Highway

      and Transportation Officials

    • William Millar, American Public Transportation Association

    • Robert Skinner, Transportation Research Board

    • Victor Mendez, Federal Highway Administration

      TDC Executive Director

    • Louis Sanders, American Public Transportation Association


    • Christopher Jenks, Transportation Research Board

    TCRP Products

    • Reports

    • Syntheses

    • Legal Research Digests

    • Research Results Digests

    • Software

    • Web Documents

    • Publications in PDF Format

    How to Get Involved in the TCRP

    Submit a Problem Statement

    • Anyone Can Submit

    • Not a Difficult, Time-Consuming Process

    • Schedule

      • Problem Statements Due Mid-June

      • Screening Process July/August

      • TOPS Committee Selection October

    • Outline Available through TRB or APTA

      • Brief Discussion of Problem

      • Objective of Research

      • Proposed Research

      • Estimated Cost/Time

    Serve on a Project Panel

    • Panel Nomination Solicitation Process

    • May Nominate Self or Others

    • NRC-Approval Process

    • May Not Propose

    • Typically 3 Meetings and Mail Reviews

    • Panel Composition

      • 6 to 8 people

      • Appropriate Technical Disciplines

      • Geographic Coverage

      • Gender/Ethnic Balance

    TRB TCRP Web site:

    • Information on TCRP

    • Search engine

    • Project Info: Anticipated / Active / Completed

    • TCRP publication lists / ordering info

    • Requests for proposals

    • Registration form for notification of RFPs

    APTA TCRP Dissemination Web site:

    • Information on TCRP

    • Search engine

    • Order Publications Free

    • Submit Problem Statements

    • How to Get Involved in the TCRP

    TCRP: What’s New

    • Report 129: Local and Regional Funding Mechanisms for Public Transportation(w/ on-line database)

    • Report 130: Shared Use of Railroad Infrastructure with Noncompliant Public Transit Rail Vehicles: A Practitioner’s Guide

    • Report 131: A Guidebook for the Evaluation of Project Delivery Methods

    • Report 135: Controlling System Costs: Basic and Advanced Scheduling Manuals and Contemporary Issues in Transit Scheduling

    • Report 136: Guidebook for Measuring, Assessing, and Improving Performance of Rural Demand-Responsive Transportation

    TCRP: What’s New (Cont.)

    • Report 137: Improving Pedestrian and Motorist Safety Along Light Rail Transit Alignments

    • Synthesis 76: Integration of Paratransit and Fixed-Route Transit Service

    • Synthesis 79: Light Rail Vehicle Collisions with Vehicles at Signalized Intersections

    • RRD 93: Rural Transit Achievements: Assessing the Outcomes of Increased Funding for Rural Passenger Service Under SAFETEA-LU(w/ Web Doc 46)

    TCRP: In Process

    • Project A-33: Communication with Vulnerable Populations: A Transportation and Emergency Management Toolkit (September 2011)

    • Project A-34: Improving Safety-Related Rule Compliance in the Public Transportation Industry (April 2011)

    • Project B-34: Guidebook for Comingling ADA-Eligible and Other Passengers on ADA-Complementary Paratransit Services (March 2010)

    • Project B-36: Methods for Estimating Demand and Quantifying Need for Rural Passenger Transportation (January 2010)

    TCRP: In Process

    • Project B-37: Estimation of Demand for Rural Intercity Bus Services (March 2010)

    • Project C-19: Guidebook for Evaluating Fuel Choices for Post-2010 Transit Bus Procurements (February 2010)

    • Project D-13: A Guide for Implementing Bus-on-Shoulder (BOS) Systems (April 2010)

    • Project D-14: Track Design Handbook for Light Rail Transit, Second Edition (March 2011)

    TCRP: In Process (Cont.)

    • Project E-6: The ASE Transit Bus Maintenance Certification Test Series (June 2010)

    • Project E-7: Rail Vehicle Technician Certification Program (June 2013)

    • Project F-14: Addressing Critical Shortfalls: Recruitment, Development, and Retention of High-Quality Managers for Public Transportation Systems (April 2010)

    • Project G-9: Human Services Transportation Cost Reporting Guidelines (April 2010)

    TCRP: In Process (Cont.)

    • Project G-11: Methodology for Performance Measurement and Peer Comparison in the Public Transportation Industry (March 2010)

    • Project H-36: Reinventing the Interstate: A “New Paradigm” for Multimodal Transportation Facilities (January 2010)

    • Project H-38: Developing, Enhancing and Sustaining Tribal Transit Services (October 2010)

    • Project H-40: Guidelines for Ferry Transportation Services—A National Overview (May 2010)

    TCRP FY 2010 Projects

    • Project A-15C: Transit Capacity and Quality of Service Manual, 3rd Edition

    • Project A-35: Defining and Implementing a Transit Safety Culture

    • Project A-36: Command-Level Decision-Making for Transit Emergency Managers

    • Project A-37: Paratransit Emergency Operations and Preparedness Handbook

    • Project D-15: Research Support for Transit Industrial Control Systems and Cyber Security

    TCRP FY 2010 Projects

    • Project E-9: State of Good Repair: Evaluating the Implications for Transit

    • Project F-16: The Public Transportation Industry’s Professional Development/Human Capital Needs to Build a Sustainable Workforce

    • Project H-42: An Evaluation of Warrants for Major Capital Investment Projects: An Update of “Urban Rail in America”

    • Project H-43: Public Transit in the 21st Century: Changing Institutional and Business Models

    • Project H-44: Developing Partnerships Between Transit Agencies and the Disability and Underrepresented Communities

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