Quick Response for Special Needs. Task 21. New Paradigms Research and Strategic Plan Update

The Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) was established in 1992 to provide a continuing program of applied research on transit issues. The program is sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and carried out under a three-way agreement among the National Academies (the Academies), acting through its Transportation Research Board (TRB); the Transit Development Corporation, an educational and research arm of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA); and the FTA. For the past 6 years, TCRP has funded research projects categorized as New Paradigms research. Broadly speaking, the intent of these projects has been to pursue "blue sky" and cutting-edge research topics that address a broad array of issues. The New Paradigms research projects have included technology, organization, communications, innovative modes of service, and other related topics (e.g., community livability and transit-oriented development). The New Paradigms research projects have been distinct from other TCRP projects in that most TCRP projects are applied research that develop near-term solutions to various problems involving facilities, service concepts, operations, policy, planning, human resources, maintenance, and administrative practices. While most TCRP research projects are undertaken to address existing problems and identify opportunities for near-term improvements for transit operators and the communities they serve, the New Paradigms research projects have a longer-term time-horizon and may be characterized as higher risk. TCRP's New Paradigms initiative has funded 23 research projects at a cost of $4,654,000. This research has represented a significant proportion of TCRP's research budget between 1996 and 2001. While most TCRP problem statements are submitted in response to an annual solicitation for research topics, many of the New Paradigms problem statements were developed through special initiatives. These special initiatives have included workshops, targeted consultant efforts, and the efforts of a TCRP New Paradigms working group. In March 2001, the New Paradigms working group met to discuss the status and future direction of TCRP's New Paradigms research efforts. During this meeting, the working group drafted a new mission statement and concluded that TCRP's New Paradigms research initiative would benefit from a new process for formulating research problem statements. The preliminary new mission for TCRP's New Paradigms research effort follows.<br /><br />


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-06, Task 2

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Schwager, Dianne

  • Start Date: 19970000
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20070600
  • Source Data: RiP Project 16284

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464640
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-06, Task 2
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:46PM