TCRP Ambassador Program

The TCRP Ambassador Program was developed in 1998 as a joint effort of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP). The Ambassador Program is credited with assisting the TCRP Program in reaching an expanded segment of the transportation community that would otherwise have limited access to these resources. The Ambassadors are a diverse group, representative of various professions and transportation communities in the United States. Ambassadors serve a two year term and are asked to identify opportunities to educate the industry. 

Meet the 2015-2017 Ambassadors

Program Purpose

The purpose of the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) is to broaden, strengthen, and accelerate the introduction and adoption of TCRP-sponsored research results within the transit industry.Ambassadors acheive this through:

  1. Informing peers in the transit community of the benefits of TCRP research products
  2. Encouraging implementation of TCRP research
  3. Promoting participation in the TCRP program
  4. Gathering anecdotal information from peers about the usefulness of TCRP research products applied in their respective agencies or companies

Program Description

TCRP Ambassadors liaise between TCRP, its member organizations, the research community, and transit properties. Through peer-to-peer collaboration, Ambassadors putTCRP research materials into the hands of transit professionals, managers, and other personnel, and provide awareness of available TCRP research reports and best practices, and educate transit properties on TCRP research processes and information about how transit professionals can participate in TCRP research projects.Additionally, TCPR Ambassadors serve as a primary source of information on research efforts being conducted by transit properties, and the success and failures of implementing TCRP and other transit research in the field.


In addition to Orientation, Ambassadors participate in activities where they may share research results with colleagues, including attending regional industry events and conferences, visiting regional transit properties, attending COMTO- and APTA-sponsored industry conferences, and interviewing with transit-related media.  

Over a two-year period, Ambassadors will be expected to spend as many as ten days on TCRP business. Arrangements for conferences, seminars, workshops, etc. will be made by the Ambassadors in coordination with COMTO. All expenses associated with participating in TCRP activities are covered by the program, including travel, conference arrangements, and materials. However, please note, TCRP does not provide a stipend to the Ambassadors or their employing organizations.

Applicant Eligibility

The selection committee uses the following criteria in selecting qualified TCRP Ambassadors:

  • Interest in current areas of transit research
  • Currently employed in the transit industry (a US public or private agency, transit educational institution, transit organization, or other agency playing a major role in planning or financing public transit)
  • Practical field experience in one or more of the TCRP areas of investigation.
  • Successful experience in the application and implementation of transit research
  • Presentation and instruction skills with a willingness to improve those skills
  • Commitment to using research to improve service and achieve greater cost efficiencies
  • Willingness to share knowledge and experiences, of both successes and failures, with colleagues
  • Evidence of support from the nominee's organization 

Application Process

Ambassadors are selected every two years from a competitive pool of applicants by a panel composed of representatives from COMTO, APTA, FTA, Transportation Research Board (TRB), Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), the National Transit Institute (NTI) and other organizations. 

Applications for the TCRP Ambassador program will only be accepted through COMTO's online portal. Applications must include letters of reference. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Self-nominations are encouraged. COMTO will notify all applicants in writing. Applications are accepted year-round. To be considered for the January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2020 Ambassador class, your complete application must be received by May 1, 2018. 

Apply to the TCRP Ambassador Program

Program Management

TCRP is a cooperative effort of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA); the National Academies, acting through the Transportation Research Board (TRB); and the Transit Development Corporation, Inc. (TDC), a nonprofit educational and research organization established by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). For more information about TCRP, visit their website 

COMTO manages the TCRP Ambassador Program under APTA's Dissemination and Implementation Program. Contact Mariah Stanley with any questions.