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Public Transportation Research at TRB

The mission of the Transportation Research Board is to provide leadership in transportation innovation and progress through research and information exchange, conducted within a setting that is objective, interdisciplinary, and multimodal. This page highlights recently released TRB reports, meeting announcements, requests for proposals, and other announcements related to public transportation. In addition, it includes links to selected public transportation research-related activities taking place at the federal and state levels, and within the academic and international transportation communities. Finally, this page also highlights and provides links to TRB public transportation-related programs and activities, which are the source of most of TRB’s marine transportation-related research products.

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TRB Public Transportation-Related Programs and Activities

TR News 326: March-April 2020 table of contents now online

May 7, 2020

The March-April 2020 issue of TR News (#326) – including a cover feature on TRB’s “century of progress and foundation for the future” of transportation research – is available in hard copy and digital copy for subscribers. For those who are not subscribers, the table of contents is available. Other feature articles in the issue include ones on whether research processes can keep up, accessible …


May 6, 2020

Help those searching for transportation research on your site. If you have already implemented the TRIDGET (TRID Widget)  on your website or LibGuide, it will now take you to a result list in TRID based on the keyword(s) you entered into the TRIDGET keyword box.It is a widget that can be embedded on your own web platform and allows your customers to initiate a TRID search directly from you…


May 6, 2020

TRANSED is the International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Older Adults and People with Disabilities. Transportation Research Circular E-C262: TRANSED 2018 is a sample of current research and practice in the field of accessible transportation for older adults and people with disabilities. The research was presented at TRANSED on November 12-15, 2018, in Taipei, Taiwan.

RFP: Practitioner’s Guide to Bus Operator Workforce Management

May 6, 2020

TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) has issued a request for proposals to develop a comprehensive, evidenced-based guide for bus operator workforce management from pre-employment through retirement. The guide should present both best practices and innovative practices that enhance and sustain public transit and support bus operators who provide fixed-route, flexible-route, and on-…

Telework transportation research in light of the COVID-19 pandemicTelework transportation research in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

May 5, 2020

If you’re fortunate enough to still be working during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you are likely to be doing so from home. Teleworking (or telecommuting) has been suddenly and widely adopted. For example, Arizona DOT reports doubling the number of employees who telework in multiple departments in just two weeks. In conjunction with Texas’ disaster declaration related to COVID-19, TxDOT…

Development of Transactional Data Specifications for Demand-Responsive TransportationDevelopment of Transactional Data Specifications for Demand-Responsive Transportation

May 4, 2020

Demand-responsive transportation (DRT) can produce benefits — fewer empty seats, lower cost per passenger, less delay for customers — to both passengers and transportation service providers, particularly the public and private nonprofit agencies that finance DRT services with public funds. The TRB Transit Cooperative Research Program’s TCRP Research Report 210: Development of Transactional Data…

New TRID Feature: Keyword Highlighting

May 1, 2020

Are you looking for specific phrases in transportation research? When submitting keywords or keyword phrases as part of any search in TRID , those words are now highlighted in yellow in both the results list and in individual records. You can turn this feature off in the Advanced Search Filters with the toggle just below the Keywords field.

Submit a Research Needs Statement about transportation and pandemics

May 1, 2020

As all aspects of transportation deal with the unfolding effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are research needs, gaps, and potential ways to leverage innovation revealing themselves across all modes, systems, and disciplines in transportation. In keeping with the mission of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to provide trusted, timely, impartial, and evidence-base…

TRB 2021 Paper Review UpdatesTRB 2021 Paper Review Updates

May 1, 2020

TRB 2021 Committee Paper Review will go on as scheduled. The submission site will open June 1 and the deadline is August 1. We have learned a lot during this year’s transition to the TRR Editorial Board workflow for publication papers and have listened to your feedback. Important improvements this year include: • Committee review comments will go to authors by October 31. • Full papers will be …

RFP: Homelessness: A Guide for Public Transportation

April 30, 2020

TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) has issued a request for proposals to develop a guide for public transportation agencies and concerned stakeholders on effective approaches and best practices that are responsive to people who are experiencing homelessness. This project is intended to help public transportation agencies preserve the quality of their services and facilities, whil…

Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Problems

TRB’s Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Problems searches out and synthesizes useful knowledge from all available sources and prepares concise, documented reports on specific topics. Reports from this endeavor constitute an Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) report series, Synthesis of Transit Practice.

Transit Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Program

TRB’s Transit Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Program is designed to provide an opportunity to investigate new and unproven concepts or to evaluate novel applications of technologies that have been tried, tested or used for transit systems practice.

Technical Activities Standing Committees

TRB’s Technical Activities Division provides a forum for transportation professionals in all modes and functions to identify research needs and to share information on research and issues of interest. The Division’s staff of specialists in each mode and discipline work with a network of volunteers to carry out activities on behalf of TRB sponsors and the transportation community, including the TRB Annual Meeting, conferences and workshops, publications, visits to each state, and responses to inquiries. This network includes members and friends of over 200 standing committees, supplemented by designated TRB representatives in each state, over 150 universities, and 35 transit agencies.

Research in Progress in this Subject Area

TRB’s Research in Progress (RiP) Database now contains more than 11,900 current or recently completed transportation research projects. Most of the RiP records are projects funded by federal and state departments of transportation. University transportation research is also included. The RiP Database also serves as a clearinghouse of University Transportation Centers ongoing research.

Research Needs in this Subject Area

An important function of TRB is to stimulate research that addresses concerns, issues, or problems facing the transportation community. In support of this function, TRB Technical Activities standing committees identify, develop, and disseminate research need statements (RNS) for use by practitioners, researchers, and others.

Research Completed in this Subject Area

TRB’s TRID is integrated database that combines the records from TRB’s Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) Database and the OECD’s Joint Transport Research Centre’s International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD) Database. TRID provides access to over 900,000 records of transportation research worldwide.

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