Tuesday, November 17, 2009

TCRP Announces FY 2010 Research Projects

The Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) recently announced the major research projects it will fund in the coming year. These topics are:

  • Transit Capacity and Quality of Service Manual, 3rd Edition
  • Defining and Implementing a Transit Safety Culture
  • Command-Level Decision Making for Transit Emergency Managers
  • Paratransit Emergency Operations and Preparedness Handbook
  • Research Support for Transit Industrial Control Systems and Cyber Security
  • State of Good Repair: Evaluating the Implications for Transit
  • The Public Transportation Industry's Professional Development/Human Capital Needs to Build a Sustainable Workforce
  • An Evaluation of Warrants for Major Capital Investment Projects: An Update of "Urban Rail in America"
  • Public Transit in the 21st Century: Changing Institutional and Business Models

At this point, TCRP is recruiting individuals to serve on the panels that will oversee these projects. At some point in the coming months, those panels will develop scopes of work, and TCRP will invite interested, qualified firms or individuals to submit competitive proposals. Prospective proposers should register with the TCRP website for email notifications with RFPs are released for any of these research projects.

Other cooperative research activities, including TCRP synthesis studies, special and quick response studies under TCRP, transit-related research under the National Cooperative Highway Research Program project 20-65, and the Transportation Research Board's (TRB) "Transit IDEA" program, are announced under separate cycles, but information on these projects and their current and future activities can be found from various pages under the TRB site.