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Pennsylvania Public Transportation Spring Conference & Expo, April 24-27, 2017, Lancaster, PA
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The Transit Cooperative Research Program will be co-hosting a webinar with the National Transit Institute (NTI) on May 11, 2017, 2:00-3:30pm ET, on Current Trends in Multi-Agency Transit Electronic Fare Systems. The webinar will feature TCRP Synthesis 125: Multiagency Electronic Fare Payment Systems, and TCRP Report 177: Preliminary Strategic Analysis of Next Generation Fare Payment Systems for Public Transportation.  This webinar is hosted by NTI and is free.  For more information and to register, click here.
Research problem statements are now being accepted for the FY 2018 Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP). Problem statements should be submitted using the TCRP Problem Statement Submission Form, or be sent to as a Microsoft Word attachment. Previously submitted proposals may be resubmitted. The closing date for consideration is June 16, 2017.  For more information click here.
The Transit Cooperative Research Program is accepting proposals for the Transit Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Program. The Transit IDEA Program provides financial support of up to $100,000 for the early stage development and testing of TRB innovative and unproven concepts and methods for advancing transit practice. The deadlines for submitting proposals are May 1 and November 1, 2017.  For more information, and to apply click here.
The National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP) host Peer Calls every other month on a particular topic in rural and tribal transit to facilitate information sharing and discussion of mutual issues and solutions.  Click here ( to find out more and to register for upcoming Peer Calls.



Latest Publications

Decision-Making Toolbox to Plan and Manage Park-and-Ride Facilities for Public Transportation: Guidebook on Planning and Managing Park-and Ride
Report Number: R-192
This report is a pre-publication, non-edited version. The report provides approaches to managing park-and-ride facilities, from developing the park-and-ride concept for a community to day-to-day management. Key themes include design, implementation, operations, and maintenance of these facilities.
Print copy not available
Practices For Evaluating the Economic Impacts and Benefits of Transit
Report Number: S-128
This report provides state-of-the-practice information for transit agencies to help them in incorporating economic benefits and impacts into their decision-making processes, which may lead to more sustainable funding solutions for transit agencies. The report describes the methods used for assessing transit economic impacts and benefits, the types of effects that are covered by these methods, and the ways that agencies are using the information obtained for planning, prioritizing, funding, and stakeholder support.
Print copy not available
Public Transportation Guidebook for Small-and Medium-Sized Public-Private Partnerships
Report Number: R-191
This report is a pre-publication, non-edited version.  The guidebook serves as a resource to explore, evaluate, initiate, plan, and implement small- and medium-sized public-private partnership (P3) initiatives. The guidebook also addresses why and when to consider P3s for small- and medium-sized initiatives, what types of initiatives may be undertaken, and how to effectively undertake these initiatives.
A P3 Project Screening Checklist, a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, accompanies the guidebook and may assist transit agencies with screening and evaluating a P3 initiative.
Click the link to access the additional tool.
Legal Issues Concerning Transit Agency Use of Electronic Customer Data
Report Number: LRD-48
This report explores the advantages, disadvantages, risks, and benefits for transit agencies moving to electronic, cloudbased, and other computerized systems for fare purchases and for communicating with customers. “Smart” fare cards are now commonplace, and private businesses and transit agencies are using or planning to use smartphones, smart cards and credit cards, and other systems to obtain payment, location, and other personal data from customers.
The digest updates TCRP LRD 14: Privacy Issues in Public Transportation (2000) and TCRP LRD 25: Privacy Issues with the Use of Smart Cards (2008) and covers additional dimensions of collection and use of personal information using new technologies developed since those studies. Appendix A-D are available online only at
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Multiagency Electronic Payment Fare Systems
Report Number: S-125
This report describes the current practice, challenges, and benefits of utilizing electronic fare payment systems (EFPS), such as smart cards. The synthesis reviews current systems and identifies their major challenges and benefits; describes the use of electronic fare systems in multimodal, multiagency environments; and reviews next-generation approaches through existing implementation case examples.
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