International Transit Studies Program

Since 1994, the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) has sponsored an International Transit Studies Program (ITSP). The primary purpose of this program has been to broaden the professional development of U.S. transit managers by providing them with opportunities to visit transit systems abroad, returning with insights and knowledge useful to their organizations, the transit industry, and their own personal transit career advancement. The primary element of the program is the conduct of two international study missions per year in which teams of public transportation professionals visit exemplary transit operations in other countries. Each study mission focuses on a theme that encompasses issues of concern in public transportation. Cities to be visited are selected on the basis of their ability to demonstrate new ideas or unique approaches to handling public transportation challenges reflected in the study mission's theme. Each study mission begins with a briefing before departing on an intensive, 2-week mission. After this professional interaction, mission participants return home with ideas for possible application in their own communities. Participants are encouraged to share their international experience and findings with peers in the public transit community throughout the United States. To assist in this effort, each participant is required to prepare a trip report on an element of the mission agreed to in advance by the group. These trip reports are then consolidated into a mission report for TCRP publication and dissemination to the transit industry. Study missions normally are conducted in the Spring and Fall of each year. Study teams typically consist of 14 individuals—a senior transit general manager designated as team leader, 12 participants, and a representative of the ITSP contractor team responsible for the smooth operation of the mission. The team leader and participants for each mission are selected on the basis of open nomination processes for each. All travel expenses associated with the study mission are covered by the program. Past missions have visited Africa, Europe, Asia, Canada, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Hungary, Iceland, India, and the People's Republic of China.


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  • Status: Inactive
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-03

  • 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:

    Chisholm-Smith, Gwen

  • Performing Organizations:

    Harrington-Hughes and Associates

  • Principal Investigators:

    Harrington-Hughes, Kathyrn

  • Start Date: 19940201
  • Expected Completion Date: 20121231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 305

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01547860
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transit Cooperative Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-03
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 16 2014 1:00AM