December 20, 2010
Read the classifieds in this issue to learn about 7 bids & proposals and 7 transit job opportunities!
|2010: THE YEAR IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
TCRP Notes an Active Year, Releasing 26 Reports
As 2010 comes to a close, the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) looks back on a very active year, publishing a total of 26 reports: seven research reports, five legal research digests, three research results digests, six syntheses, one CD, and four web-only documents.
The reports covered a wide range of subjects including transit call centers, hybrid-electric bus technology, pedestrian safety, advertising, performance measurements, ridership, greenhouse gas emissions, planning, and various guidebooks.
In October, TCRP approved 10 new research projects for 2011 in areas including paratransit, signal and traction power systems safety, best practices for improving bus operator health, policing and security, using Intelligent Transportation Systems data, retrofitting, and greenhouse gas emissions. The program is currently seeking individuals to serve on panels that will oversee the research process of these projects.
An important component of TCRP is its Dissemination Program, as managed by APTA. This program focuses on a variety of distribution venues to promote and deliver TCRP reports and products to the industry: communiqué and web site dissemination, major industry events, state-sponsored workshops and seminars, and transit-related events.
The TCRP Ambassador Program, managed by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), uses a cadre of volunteer public transit professionals to represent the program at more than 40 industry events and venues throughout the year and to help maintain a high level of awareness for TCRP. In 2011, the program will campaign for new ambassadors to serve a two-year term as program representatives.
In addition, TCRP is seeking nominations by Jan. 19, 2011, for its next study mission, April 1-16 in India and China, focusing on “Sustainable Public Transportation—Environmentally Friendly Mobility.” More information about the International Transit Studies Program is available here. here or by contacting Kathryn Harrington-Hughes.
For more information, visit the TCRP web site.