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Suggested Citation:"Introduction ." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Practices: 2018. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24970.
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TRANSIT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM Sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration Responsible Senior Program Officer: Mariela Garcia-Colberg January 2018 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 the following staff serving under the Cooperative Research Programs Division of the Transportation Research Board: Senior Program Officer: Mariela Garcia-Colberg TCRP Manager: Gwen Chisholm-Smith Cooperative Research Programs Director: Christopher J. Hedges Research Results Digest 114 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 Public transportation administrators, engineers, and researchers often face prob- lems for which information already exists, You can submit your suggestion for a synthesis topic at: SynthesisPrograms/Suggest.aspx under “Synthesis Topic Submittals.” Topics suggested must be accompa- nied by a brief (one or two paragraphs) scope statement, including a discussion of the problem. A title (preferably 10 words or less) and the name and affilia- tion of the submitter are also necessary. Identification 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 or by phone at 202/334-2361.

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TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Research Results Digest 114: 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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