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Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP)

TCRP is a cooperative effort of three organizations: 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). 

 

The TCRP Ambassador Program was developed in 1998 as a joint effort between the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP). 

 

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TCRP AMBASSADOR PROGRAM


The TCRP Ambassador Program was developed in 1998 as a joint effort between the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), 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. The Ambassadors' travel expenses are reimbursed by the program.


 

Program Purpose

The main 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 through peer to peer contact by the TCRP Ambassadors.


 

The Role of a TCRP Ambassador


The essential role of a TCRP Ambassador is that of liaison between TCRP, its member organizations, the research community, and transit properties. Through peer-to-peer collaboration, Ambassadors are able to get TCRP research information into the hands of transit professionals, managers, and other personnel and to provide awareness of research reports available to them through the program.  Ambassadors assist transit providers in exploring the latest developments in advance technologies, innovative management techniques, and best operating practices as investigated by TCRP. They also educate transit properties on the TCRP research process and how their transit professionals can participate. In addition, they serve TCRP 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.


 

Program Objectives


TCRP Ambassadors have four goals:

  1. To inform their peers in the transit community of the benefits of the research products from the TCRP program
  2. To encourage implementation of the TCRP research
  3. To promote participation in the TCRP program
  4. To gather anecdotal information from their peers as to the usefulness of the various research products applied in their departments


 

Nomination/Application Process


Nominees must work in a full-time, on-site position for U.S. transit agencies, government transit agencies at the state, regional and local levels, state department of transportations, transit educational institutions, transit industry organizations, or other non-operating agencies playing a major role in planning or financing public transit.

 

A TCRP Ambassador is selected for their field experience and for their ability to motivate and instruct others on how to use the research results or products. Ambassadors are selected by a committee of individuals distinguished in the field of transit operations and research.

 

All nominations or applications should be submitted on the form that follows. Self-nominations are encouraged. Evaluation will be based on documentation submitted as well as on letters and comments from references. A statement from an agency executive supporting the nominee's participation is essential.


 

Selection Process

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


Ambassador nominees must have practical transit field experience. Nominees must currently work for U.S. transit agencies; government transit agencies at the state, regional and local levels; transit educational institutions; transit industry organizations; or other agencies playing a major role in planning or financing public transit. TCRP Ambassadors are selected for their field experience and ability to motivate and instruct others on how to use TCRP results or products. Please see the nomination form for more information on selection criteria.


All nominations or applications should be submitted on the nomination form linked below. Self nominations are encouraged. Evaluation will be based on documentation submitted by the nominee as well as by letters and comments from references. The nomination form must be filled out, signed, and faxed or mailed to COMTO at the address listed on the bottom of the form. COMTO will notify Ambassadors of their selection in writing.


 

Selection Criteria


The selection committee will use the following criteria in determining the Ambassadors:

  • Interest in current areas of transit research
  • 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


 

Activities


Each new Ambassador is required  to participate in an Ambassadors' Orientation that will instruct the ambassadors about TCRP and its research projects, as well as help developing presentation skills. The agenda for the seminar includes:

 

  • An orientation on the TCRP research process and current research projects
  • Open exchange of ideas and experiences with other ambassadors
  • Help with developing presentation skills
  • Preparation of presentation materials
  • Create a preliminary travel schedule

Following orientation, each Ambassador will participate in several venues for sharing the research results with colleagues. Examples include:

 

  • Identifying regional industry events/conferences where they can promote TCRP research
  • Visiting regional transit properties
  • Attending APTA sponsored industry conferences
  • 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.


 

Nomination Deadline


Nominations for the TCRP program are accepted year round.  However, nominations for the 2016-2017 program cycle must be submitted by Friday, April 24, 2015. Any nominations submitted after this date will be applied for the next ambassador cycle, 2018-2019. 

 


 

COMTO and APTA 


COMTO manages the TCRP Ambassador Program under APTA's Dissemination and Implementation Program. Questions should be directed to COMTO at 202-857-8065 or tcrp@comto.org.


 

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