|Legal Issues Concerning Transit Agency Use of Electronic Customer Data
March 22, 2017
TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Legal Research Digest (LRD) 48: Legal Issues Concerning Transit Agency Use of Electronic Customer Data explores the advantages, disadvantages, risks, and benefits for transit agencies moving to electronic, cloudbased, and other computerized systems for fare purchases and for communicating with customers. “Smart” fare cards are now commonplace, a...
|Addressing Difficult Customer Situations
March 1, 2017
TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis 127: Addressing Difficult Customer Situations considers issues surrounding difficult customers or passengers and the variety of circumstances that can arise when they utilize transit system facilities or vehicles. The report identifies current practices used by transit agencies to prevent, prepare for, and deal with these incidents.
|Public Transportation Volume 5: Planning and Parking
February 23, 2017
TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2543 consists of 19 papers that explore traffic signal systems, including: Should Transit Continue to Chase Development? Scenario Modeling and Analysis Supporting Regional Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness in Washington, D.C., Region Complete Streets Policies and Public Transit Method for Estimating Statewid...
|Manual to Improve Rail Transit Safety at Platform/Vehicle and Platform/Guideway Interfaces
February 14, 2017
TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Research Report 189: Manual to Improve Rail Transit Safety at Platform/Vehicle and Platform/Guideway Interfaces provides treatment strategies to prevent incidents and improve safety at platform/guideway and platform/vehicle interfaces. The research focused on rail transit systems with level or near level boarding where the vehicle floors are lev...
|Planning and Design for Fire and Smoke Incidents in Underground Passenger Rail Systems
February 10, 2017
TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis 124: Planning and Design for Fire and Smoke Incidents in Underground Passenger Rail Systems documents the state-of-the-practice to address fire and smoke incidents. Fires in underground passenger rail tunnels require implementation of different measures in order to provide safety for the passengers and ensure structural and system inte...
|Successful Practices and Training Initiatives to Reduce Accidents and Incidents at Transit Agencies
February 6, 2017
TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis 126: Successful Practices and Training Initiatives to Reduce Accidents and Incidents at Transit Agencies documents current practices and training initiatives, including bus operator training and retraining programs that have been effective in reducing accidents and incidents at transit agencies. The study also focuses on other system a...
|Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity
February 5, 2017
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has release a report that seeks to delineate the causes of and the solutions to health inequities in the United States. The report focuses on what communities can do to promote health equity, what actions are needed by the many and varied stakeholders that are part of communities or support them, as well as the root causes and struct...
|TR News November-December 2016: Freight Transport in a Low-Carbon World (Feature Article)
February 3, 2017
A featured article in the November-December 2016 issue of the TR News highlights the challenges of freight transportation with regards to meeting new emissions standards. The TR News is TRB's bimonthly magazine featuring timely articles on innovative and state-of-the-art research and practice in all modes of transportation. It also includes brief news items of interest to the transportation com...
|Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Practices: 2017
January 25, 2017
TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Research Results Digest 113: Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Practices is a digest of the progress and status of TCRP Project J-7, “Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Practices,” for which the Transportation Research Board is the agency conducting the research.
|Guide to Value Capture Financing for Public Transportation Projects
January 6, 2017
TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) has released Research Report 190: Guide to Value Capture Financing for Public Transportation Projects. Value capture is the public recovery of a portion of increased property and other value created as a result of public infrastructure investment. The report identifies the requirements necessary for successful value creation through transportati...
|TCRP Annual Report of Progress 2016
January 6, 2017
TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) has released its annual report, which provides background and an overview of the program, status of each of TCRP’s projects, and a summary of some of the program's accomplishments for the year.
|New IDEAS for Transit: Transit IDEA Program Annual Report - January 2017
December 28, 2016
TRB’s Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) program has issued its New IDEAS for Transit: Transit IDEA Program Annual Report, which summarizes recent investigations conducted under the Transit IDEA program. The Transit IDEA Program is designed to help foster concepts that have the potential to enhance security, increase ridership, and improve efficiency for transit agencies. ...
|Traffic Signal Systems: Volume 2
December 23, 2016
TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2558 consists of 9 papers that explore traffic signal systems, including: Arterial Progression Optimization Using OD-BAND: Case Study and Extensions Connected Vehicle–Based Adaptive Signal Control and Applications Managing User Delay with a Focus on Pedestrian Operations Automated Turning Movement Counts for...
|Public Transportation: Volume 4, Paratransit, Accessibility, Mobility, and the Sharing Economy
December 19, 2016
TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2542 consists of 14 papers that explore public transportation, including: Transportation Issues of Adults on the Autism Spectrum: Findings from Focus Group Discussions Travel Patterns, Needs, and Barriers of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Report from a Survey Shaping the New Future of Paratransit: An ...
|Public Transportation: Volume 6, Marketing, Fare Policy, and Transformative Data Trends
December 17, 2016
TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2544 consists of 16 papers that explore public transportation, including: Use of Mobile Ticketing Data to Estimate an Origin–Destination Matrix for New York City Ferry Service Evaluating Off-Peak Pricing Strategies in Public Transportation with an Activity-Based Approach Impact of a Loan-Based Public Transpo...
|Transportation Asset Management: Summary of the 11th National Conference
December 9, 2016
TRB's Conference Proceedings on the Web 20: Transportation Asset Management: Summary of the 11th National Conference explores the discussions that took place on July 10–12, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Conference presenters highlighted the advancements and improvements in transportation asset management programs at the state, regional, metropolitan, and local levels. Information on the inno...
|13th National Light Rail and Streetcar Conference: Transforming Urban Areas
November 22, 2016
TRB's Transportation Research E-Circular 213: 13th National Light Rail and Streetcar Conference: Transforming Urban Areas documents the papers and discussions from a conference that took place on November 15–17, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference focused on how investments in light rail and streetcars may strengthen the entire transit network, contribute to regional mobility, and in...
|Highway Capacity Manual, Sixth Edition: A Guide for Multimodal Mobility Analysis
November 20, 2016
Now available to order from the TRB Bookstore, the Highway Capacity Manual, Sixth Edition: A Guide for Multimodal Mobility Analysis (HCM) provides methods for quantifying highway capacity. In its current form, it serves as a fundamental reference on concepts, performance measures, and analysis techniques for evaluating the multimodal operation of streets, highways, freeways, and off-street path...
|Public Transportation: Volume 1, Urban and Rural Bus Service
November 4, 2016
TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2539 consists of 10 papers that explore public transportation, including: Modeling Fuel Consumption of Hybrid Electric Buses: Model Development and Comparison with Conventional Buses Use of Real-Time Operational Tactics to Synchronize Transfers in Headway-Based Public Transport Service Estimation of Short-Te...
|Research Pays Off - Enhancing Runway Safety Areas at San Francisco International Airport
October 18, 2016
The latest edition of Research Pays Off explores ways to enhance runway safety areas (RSAs) through research conducted by the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP). The research identifies four primary improvements to RSAs, including extending the RSA, modifying or relocating the RSA, reducing the declared distance available, and installing an engineered material arresting system (EMAS).&...
|Public Transportation Volume 2: Passenger Rail and Terminals
October 3, 2016
TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2540 consists of 15 papers that explore public transportation, including: Development and Application of a Scale to Measure Station Design Quality for Personal Safety Group and Single Pedestrian Behavior in Crowd Dynamics Use of Agent-Based Crowd Simulation to Investigate the Performance of Large-Scale Inter...
|Livable Transit Corridors: Methods, Metrics, and Strategies
September 19, 2016
TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Research Report 187: Livable Transit Corridors: Methods, Metrics, and Strategies presents practical planning and implementation strategies to enhance livability in transit corridors. This Handbook provides a resource for planning practitioners, policy makers, and other stakeholders to measure, understand, and improve transit corridor livability....
|Shared Mobility and the Transformation of Public Transit
September 15, 2016
TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 188: Shared Mobility and the Transformation of Public Transit examines the relationship of public transportation (including paratransit and demand-responsive services) to shared modes, including bikesharing, carsharing, microtransit, and ridesourcing services provided by companies such as Uber and Lyft. The report also explores issues and...
|Contracting Commuter Rail Services
September 9, 2016
TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Research Results Digest 112: Contracting Commuter Rail Services provides guidance for public agencies and other key stakeholders in contracting commuter rail services. The digest presents potential approaches for contracting commuter rail services, an evaluation of the approaches, and guidance on how and when to apply different approaches to exi...
|Research Pays Off - Assessing the Impacts of Real-Time Transit Information
August 9, 2016
The latest edition of Research Pays Off explores ways to address unknown transit wait times through the application of technology enhancements. This Research Pays Off explores one software, OneBusAway, which was developed in 2008 at the University of Washington. OneBusAway is an open-source system that allows developers, researchers, and transit agencies to adapt the code to their own systems a...
|Public Transportation, Volume 3: Management, Performance, and Quality of Service
August 4, 2016
TRB's Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2541 consists of 8 papers addressing public transportation issues, including: Rising Costs of Transit and Baumol’s Cost Disease Demand-Sensitive Candidate Route Generation Algorithm Dear Driver, Could You Enter the Bus Bay Properly? Communication-Based Cooperative Control Strategy for Public Transport Transf...
|Economic Impact Case Study Tool for Transit
July 14, 2016
TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 186: Economic Impact Case Study Tool for Transit presents the results of a project aimed at creating the prototype for a searchable, web-based database of public transit investment projects and their associated, transit-driven economic and land development outcomes. This information is intended to inform future planning efforts for transi...