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Transit Cooperative Research Program


Phoenix, AZ

December 3, 2009

cooperative research programs
Cooperative Research Programs
  • Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) - 1992
      • FTA - APTA - TRB
  • National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) - 1962
      • FHWA - AASHTO – TRB
  • Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) - 2006
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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
transit cooperative research 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
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

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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


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

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
TCRP Products
  • Reports
  • Syntheses
  • Legal Research Digests
  • Research Results Digests
  • Software
  • Web Documents
  • Publications in PDF Format
submit a problem statement
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
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
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
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
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)
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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
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)
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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
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
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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