Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis--The Transit IDEA Program

The Transit IDEA (Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis) program encourages innovative approaches to transit problems. Transit IDEA emphasizes new and unconventional approaches that have the potential to produce significant advances in transit practice. Transit IDEA projects may be funded to explore the feasibility of new and innovative concepts or for proof of concept or to test the performance of a prototype in field operation. In many cases there is only one Transit IDEA project that is funded, which includes the prototype or field test. The maximum amount of IDEA funds that can be considered for a Transit IDEA project is $100,000. Most Transit IDEA projects are in the $70,000 to $85,000 range in IDEA funds. Cost sharing is encouraged, to supplement the IDEA funds. The panel for the Transit IDEA program has designated the following four high priority focus areas for the program, to encourage and fund proposals for innovative approaches to address those needs: (1) Increasing transit ridership; (2) Improving transit safety, security and emergency preparedness; (3) Improving transit capital and operating efficiencies; and (4) Protecting the environment and promoting energy .


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $8180000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-04

  • 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:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    Technical Activities Division
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Principal Investigators:

    Williams, Jon

  • Start Date: 19921201
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38437

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01548171
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-04
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 18 2014 1:00AM