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Title: National Cooperative Highway Research Program


1
Transportation Research Board
National Cooperative Rail Research
Program AASHTO Standing Committee on Rail
Transportation Washington, DC March 15, 2011
2
  • Coming soon
  • National Cooperative Rail Research Program
    (NCRRP)
  • FRA AASHTO AAR APTA NARP - TRB

3
Approximate Annual Funding levels
Highways (NCHRP) 37.5 M
Transit (TCRP) 10.0 M
Airports (ACRP) 15.0 M
Freight (NCFRP) 3.4 M
HazMat (HMCRP) 1.1 M
Rail (NCRRP) Coming Soon 5.0 M
4
  • NCRRP--Basics
  • Authorized in PRIIA Legislation
  • 5.0 million per year starting in FY 2010 through
    FY 2013
  • To cover freight, intercity passenger (including
    HSR), and commuter rail (FRA-Regulated Systems)
  • Applied, problem solving research
  • National Academy of Sciences (i.e., TRB) to
    administer as per PRIIA
  • Governing board to be selected by Secretary,
    USDOT
  • FY 2010 funding from HSR pot (5.0 Million)

5
  • NCRRP--Status as of 3/14/2011
  • FRA-NAS NCRRP Memorandum of Agreement-- Executed
  • NCRRP FY2010 Grant--Approved
  • U.S. DOT Appointment of NCRRP Governing Board in
    Process
  • Solicitation of Potential Research Topics
    Underway through FRA and Relevant AASHTO, APTA,
    TRB Committees (31 Received to Date)
  • First Meeting of NCRRP Governing Board Expected
    Spring 2011 to Select FY 2010/11 Research
    Projects

6
  • NCRRP Governing Board
  • 21 Voting Members
  • - 4 Freight Rail, 1 Alaska Railroad
  • - 1 Amtrak, 2 Intercity Passenger, 2 Commuter
    Rail
  • - 4 State DOTs
  • - 2 Railway Labor
  • - 3 Private Sector and/or University
  • - FRA Administrator, Associate Administrator of
    Railroad and Policy Development
  • 7 Non-Voting, Ex-Officio Members
  • - AAR, APTA, AASHTO, EPA, FAA, NARP, TRB

7
  • Potential NCRRP Products
  • Guides and Specifications
  • Software products
  • Product enhancements
  • New or improved models/tools
  • Guidebooks/handbooks
  • Improved operations and services
  • Testing/evaluation techniques

8
  • Involvement in NCRRP
  • Submit a Potential Research Topic
  • Serve on a CRP Project Panel
  • Serve as a Research Contractor
  • Use the Research Results

9
NCRRP RESEARCH FIELDS
  •  
  •  
  • Operations
  • Environmental
  • Policy and Planning
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Human Resources
  • Administration 
  • 8. Engineering of Rolling Stock and Equipment
  • 9. Engineering of Fixed Facilities
  • 10. Construction
  • 11. Maintenance
  • 12. Special Projects

10
NCRRP PROBLEM STATEMENTS RECEIVED
  • Local Connections to High Speed Intercity Rail
    Where Do We Put the Station?
  • Identifying Best Asset Management Practices for
    State-Owned Railroad Corridors
  • Program of Research into Shared Passenger and
    Freight Issues
  • Innovative Manufacturing Technology for Passenger
    Rail Systems
  • Travel Impacts of Amtrak Cascades Intercity
    Passenger Rail Service
  • Feasibility Study Dynamic Brake Energy Recovery
    using Cab Control Cars
  • Factors in Evaluating Dedicated High Speed Rail
    Track Development
  • Guidance for High Speed Rail Ridership Forecast
    and Estimate
  • Bridge Natural Frequency with Direct Fixation
    Continuously Welded Track
  • Serving Needs of Property Owners Adjacent to HSR

11
NCRRP PROBLEM STATEMENTS RECEIVED
  • Sustainable Business Models for New Passenger
    Rail Operating Agencies and Authorities
  • Benchmarking of International Intercity Passenger
    Rail Systems
  • Evaluation of Long-Term Electrification Options
    for Intercity Passenger Rail
  • Strategies to Meet Safety Standards for Mixed
    Freight and Intercity Passenger Rail Traffic
  • Outlook and Options for the U.S. Domestic
    Passenger Rail Manufacturing Industry
  • Fostering Strategic Partnerships between U.S. and
    International Passenger Rail Manufacturers
  • Capital Improvements and Operating Strategies
    Needed to Provide Necessary Capacity for Proper
    Management of Mixed Freight and Intercity
    Passenger Rail
  • Professional Workforce Capacity Building for the
    Intercity Passenger Rail Industry

12
NCRRP PROBLEM STATEMENTS RECEIVED
  • Homeland Security and Environmental
    Considerations for High Speed Rail System
  • Comparative Study of High Speed Rail Vehicles for
    US Market
  • High Speed Rail Stations Accessibility (ADA)
    Program
  • Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Warning Devices for
    Pedestrians and Bicyclists
  • A Comprehensive Economic-Based Revenue-Generation
    Strategy for Inter-City High-Speed Rail System
    Planning and Development
  • Lessons Learned from Funding of High-Speed
    Passenger Rail Projects
  • Legal Aspects of Rail Programs
  • Prioritization of Incremental and Emerging
    High-Speed Rail Investments
  • Development of Emerging High-Speed Rail Passenger
    Systems

13
NCRRP PROBLEM STATEMENTS RECEIVED
  • Assessing the Risk Associated with Electronic
    Transmission of Authorities
  • Improving Safety Culture in High Speed and Short
    Line Railroads
  • Developing a Synthesis Program of Research and
    Evaluation on Effective Safety Practices within
    NCRRP
  • Performance Tracking of Rail Grant Programs
  • Dynamic Analysis of Steel Bridges for High Speed
    Rail Service

14
  • Related CRP Products/Projects
  • NCHRP Report 657, Guidebook for Implementing
    Passenger Rail Service on Shared Passenger and
    Freight Corridors (Published 2010)
  • Provides improved principles, processes, and
    methods to support agreements on access,
    allocation of operation and maintenance costs,
    capacity allocation, operational issues, future
    responsibilities for infrastructure improvements,
    and other fundamental issues that affect the
    ultimate success of shared-use passenger and
    freight agreements between public and private
    railroad stakeholders.

15
  • Related CRP Products/Projects
  • TCRP Report 130, Shared Use of Railroad
    Infrastructure with Noncompliant Public Transit
    Rail Vehicles A Practitioners Guide (Published
    2009)
  • Provides a business case for the shared use of
    non-FRA-compliant public transit rail vehicles
    (e.g., light rail) with freight operations and
    offers a suggested business model for such
    shared-use operations. Identifies the advantages
    and disadvantages of shared-use operations and
    the issues and barriers that can arise in the
    course of implementation. Includes a section that
    identifies and evaluates available and emerging
    technology, operating procedures, and techniques
    that could be used to minimize the risks
    associated with sharing of track between
    non-FRA-compliant public transit rail vehicles
    and freight railroad operations.

16
  • Related CRP Products/Projects
  • NCFRP Project 30, Web-Based Screening Tool for
    Shared-Use Rail Corridors (UnderwayCompleted
    July 2012)
  • Objective to develop a web-based tool to enable
    states and passenger rail operators to perform
    preliminary feasibility screening of proposed
    shared-use passenger and freight rail corridor
    projects

17
  • Related CRP Products/Projects
  • NCHRP Project 8-85, The Comprehensive Costs of
    Highway-Rail At-Grade Crossing Crashes (contract
    pending)
  • Objectives to develop (a) a categorization
    scheme for comprehensively describing costs
    associated with highway-rail at-grade crossing
    collisions (b) estimates of the cost magnitudes
    in recent experience and (c) an analytical
    framework for developing a model or set of models
    for forecasting these costs, considering the
    characteristics of a crossing and the rail and
    highway traffic using it.

18
  • Related CRP Products/Projects
  • NCHRP Project 8-86, Understanding Capacity
    Modeling for Shared-Use Passenger and Freight
    Rail Operations
  • (proposals under review)
  • Objective to produce a guidebook that state
    transportation agency staff and other
    stakeholders may use to better understand the
    modeling processes and results that support the
    negotiation of service outcome agreements for the
    shared use of rail lines for freight, intercity,
    and commuter rail operations.

19
TRB website www.trb.org
  • Information on NCHRP, TCRP, ACRP, NCFRP, HMCRP,
    NCRRP
  • Search engine
  • Project Info since 1988 Anticipated / Active /
    Completed
  • CRP publication lists / ordering info
  • Requests for proposals
  • Registration form for notification of RFPs
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