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TRANSIT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM Sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration Responsible Senior Program Officer: Gwen Chisholm-Smith January 2017 SYNTHESIS OF INFORMATION RELATED TO TRANSIT PRAcTIcES This is a staff digest of the progress and status of TCRP Project J-7, “Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Practices,” for which the Transportation Research Board is the agency conducting the research. Individual studies for the project are managed by Mariela Garcia-Colberg, Senior Program Officer, with assistance from Jon M. Williams, Program Director, Synthesis Studies, serving under the Studies and Special Programs Division of the Transportation Research Board, Stephen R. Godwin, Director. Research Results Digest 113 BAcKGROUND The Transit Cooperative Research Pro- gram (TCRP) was established in 1992. The U.S. Department of Transportation proposed the TCRP, and it was authorized in the Inter- modal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991. The program was reau- thorized in the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) and the Safe, Ac- countable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA- LU). On May 13, 1992, a memorandum agreement outlining operating procedures was executed by three cooperating orga- nizations: the Federal Transit Administra- tion (FTA); the National Academies, acting through the Transportation Research Board (TRB); and the Transit Development Corpo- ration, Inc. (TDC), a nonprofit educational and research organization established by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). The memorandum agreement was updated on January 12, 1999. INTRODUcTION Transit administrators, engineers, and researchers often face problems for which information already exists, either in docu- mented form or as undocumented experi- ence and practice. This information may be You can submit your recommendation at: http://www.trb.org/Synthesis Programs/Suggest.aspx under “Syn- thesis Topic Submittals.” Topics sug- gested must be accompanied by a brief (one or two paragraphs) scope state- ment, including a discussion of the problem. A title (preferably 10 words or less) and the name and affiliation of the submitter are also necessary. Iden- tification of information sources is appreciated. If a topic is not selected, it may be resubmitted the following year to be considered. Annually, synthesis topics are typically due by the end of March. The TCRP Oversight Panel for the project meets in May/June to select new topics based on funding available. Interested in writing a synthesis? For details contact Mariela Garcia-Colberg by e-mail at mgarciacolberg@nas.edu or by phone at 202/334-2361 or Jon M. Williams at jwilliams@nas.edu or by phone at 202/334-3245.

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TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Research Results Digest 113: Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Practices is a digest of the progress and status of TCRP Project J-7, “Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Practices,” for which the Transportation Research Board is the agency conducting the research.

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