Transit Cooperative Research Program

. The objective of this project is to address the needs of the transit industry workforce through innovative research, education, and information sharing; and to develop innovative near-term solutions to meet the demands placed on the transit industry. The Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) addresses the needs of the transit workforce through innovative research, education, and information sharing, and develops innovative near-term solutions to meet the demands placed on the transit industry. The FTA established the TCRP, which was authorized as part of ISTEA and reauthorized by TEA-21, in July 1992. The program focuses on issues significant to the transit industry, with emphasis on local problem-solving research. The TCRP conducts research in a variety of transit fields such as planning, service concepts, vehicles and equipment, facilities, operations, human resources, maintenance, policy, and administrative practices. TCRP synthesis reports summarize best industry practices and have been useful to transit operators. The TCRP International Transportation Studies Program assists in the professional development of transit managers, public officials, and others charged with public transportation responsibilities. The terrorist events of September 11, 2001, directed TCRP to focus its resources for security-related research, designated as the TCRP Special Project J1-10, Security-Related Research for Public Transportation. TCRP established a Security Task Force, created two TCRP formal panels to oversee security research, and sought contractor support to assist the Task Force in determining how best to allocate security funds. To date the Security Task Force has endorsed 13 topics by the technical panels.