NCRRP Strategic Plan/Research Agenda

The National Cooperative Rail Research Program (NCRRP) was authorized as part of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PL 100-432, Division B, § 306), to conduct applied research on a broad array of problems important to freight, intercity and commuter rail practitioners. The primary goal is to implement a research program that improves industry response to common operating problems, while enhancing the rail industry's ability to identify and appropriate innovations and new technologies from other industries. As part of this effort, there is a need for an effective Strategic Plan that identifies key problems shared by freight, intercity, and commuter rail operating agencies in the area of shared, compatible, and complementary rail service: intercity passenger rail, both regional and high speed; commuter rail; and freight. The Plan will be used both as an informational tool to describe the issues, and as a resource document to determine which research topics not currently being addressed adequately by existing federal research programs should be conducted through NCRRP. Subject areas include technical activities in design, construction, maintenance, operations, safety, security, policy, planning, human resources, and administration, which should be consistent with advancing U.S. Department of Transportation goals contained in its Strategic Plan.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 12-02

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Railroad Administration

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

    National Cooperative Rail Research Program (NCRRP)

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Performing Organizations:

    Northwestern University, Evanston

    Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
    Evanston, IL  United States  60208
  • Principal Investigators:

    Schofer, Joseph

  • Start Date: 20121201
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20140213
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38203

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01547336
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 12-02
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 6 2014 1:00AM