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Title: TCRP Slides

NCHRP Project 20-65 Research for the AASHTO
Standing Committee on Public Transportation
  • The objective of Project 20-65 is to provide
    flexible, ongoing, quick-response research on
    public transportation issues in support of SCOPT
    and State DOT activities.

Project Panel
  • John Dockendorf, Pennsylvania DOT (Chair)
  • Mr. Charles Carr, Mississippi DOT
  • Edward Coven, Florida DOT
  • Ms. Diane Davidson, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Ron Epstein, New York State DOT
  • Ms. Gale Ogawa, California DOT
  • Mr. Michael Sanders, Connecticut DOT
  • Mr. David T. Spacek, Illinois DOT

Project Panel (Cont)
  • Mr. Harlan Miller, FHWA Liaison
  • Lorna R. Wilson, FTA Liaison
  • Shayne Gill, AASHTO Liaison
  • Richard Weaver, APTA Liaison
  • Mr. Christopher Zeilinger, CTAA Liaison
  • Peter Shaw, TRB Liaison
  • Gwen Chisholm Smith, NCHRP Staff
  • Ms. Janet Weaver, Consultant

NCHRP Funding Allocations to Date
  • FY 2004 300,000
  • FY 2005 300,000
  • FY 2006 300,000
  • FY 2007 250,000
  • FY 2008 250,000
  • FY 2009 300,000
  • Requested in FY 2010 350,000

Allocation Guidelines
  • Research need
  • Policy-related and technical issues
  • Not editorial in nature
  • New product or upgrading an existing item
  • For SCOPT use with widespread benefits throughout
    State DOTs and the transit industry
  • Within available Project 20-65 funds
  • Beyond the capabilities of SCOPT

Allocation Guidelines (cont)
  • Small or moderate in scale
  • Less than 100,000
  • Usually 10,000 to 50,000
  • Short in duration (Usually lt 12 Months)
  • Not a continuing operational activity
  • Urgent ready to begin now
  • Not able to wait for regular NCHRP/TCRP
  • Not inappropriate for the TRB/NCHRP

Research Topics Solicitation
  • Research topics are solicited from SCOPT, the
    20-65 project panel, members of AASHTOs MTAP,
    members of APTAs State Affairs Committee, and
    the staffs of AASHTO, FTA, CTAA, and APTA.

Consultant Selection
  • Currently, a solicitation is prepared for each
    topic and sent to the task-order contractors
    selected competitively for NCHRP 20-65 Projects .
    These task order contractors submit proposals,
    as interested. The 20-65 panel reviews the
    proposals and selects the contractor for each

New Task Order Contractors
  • 8 Proposals received
  • 6 selected

  • Studies Funded To Date 26 studies, totaling
    1,675,000 have been funded to date.
  • Studies Requested Last Year 16 topics, totaling
    1,650,000 were proposed in 2008 (FY 2009).
  • Studies Funded Last Year 5 topics, totaling
    300,000 were funded in 2008 (FY 2009).
  • Studies Completed To Date/Last Year 18 studies
    have been completed to date, including 2 studies
    completed in 2008

Tasks Authorized to Date
  • Task 1. Research Agenda/Potential Roles of
    SCOPT, 50,000 (Results Provided to SCOPT)
  • Task 2. Toolbox for Promoting the Transit Bus
    Safety and Security Program in Your State,
    75,000 (Results Posted on CUTR Model Bus Safety
    and Security Program Website)
  • Task 3. Availability and Accessibility of
    Liability and Excess Insurance For Public Transit
    and Private Coach Operators, 75,000 (Published
    as NCHRP Research Results Digest 295)
  • Task 4. Impacts of the U.S.'s Aging Population
    and Changed Demographics on Public
    Transportation, Including ADA Paratransit, Over
    the Next Ten Years, 75,000 (Published as
    Web-Only Document 86)

Tasks Authorized to Date, (Cont)
  • Task 5. Transit Oriented Development Developing
    a Strategy to Measure Success, 25,000
    (Published as NCHRP Research Results Digest 294 )
  • Task 6. Comparative Review and Analysis of State
    Transit Funding Programs, 100,000(Published as
    NCHRP Report 569 )
  • Task 7. Evaluation of States Ability to Have
    Adequate Staff Resources to Implement Federal
    Public Transportation Programs,
    100,000(Published as NCHRP Research Results
    Digest 314 )
  • Task 10. FMCSA Regulations as They Apply to FTA
    Section 5310/5311 Providers A Handbook,
    75,000(Published as NCHRP Research Results
    Digest 311)

Tasks Authorized to Date, (Cont)
  • Task 12. Cost-Allocation Methods for Commuter,
    Intercity and Freight Operations on Shared-Use
    Rail Systems and Corridors, 75,000(Published as
    NCHRP Research Results Digest 313 )
  • Task 13, State Public Transportation Division
    Involvement in State Emergency Planning,
    Response, and Recovery, 100,000 (Published as
    NCHRP Research Results Digest 326 )
  • Task 14, Current Practice and Future Guidance on
    the Development of SAFETEA-LU- Required
    Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services
    Transportation Plan, 100,000 ( In Publication)

Tasks Authorized to Date, (Cont)
  • Task (15), Updated Research Agenda for State DOT
    Public Transportation Divisions and NCHRP Project
    20-65, 50,000 (Completed-Results provided to
  • Task (16), Current State Eligibility Requirements
    for Grantees to Qualify for Federal Section 5310
    and 5311 Funds, 25,000 (Completed-Results
    provided to SCOPT)

  • Task 17, Compliance Monitoring Tools, 100,000
    (Completion expected in April 2009) Cambridge
    Systematics, Sue Knapp
  • Objectives Develop a handbook that includes a)
    compliance monitoring tools currently in use by
    State DOTs in oversight of their subrecipients of
    federal funds (can also include oversight of
    recipients of state grants) b) an evaluation of
    those tools and c) drafts of new tools (i.e.,
    model tools) derived from the evaluation of
    existing tools.

  • Task 18, State DOT Best Practices for Developing
    a Title VI Civil Rights Program Document,
    50,000 (Completion expected in March 2009)
    Cambridge Systematics/ Sue Knapp
  • Objectives Identify and document best practices
    for the following components of a Title VI Civil
    Rights program document
  • Procedures used to certify that the statewide
    transportation planning process complies with
    Title VI,
  • Procedures the State DOT uses to pass-through FTA
    financial assistance in a non-discriminatory

Task 18, State DOT Best Practices for Developing
a Title VI Civil Rights Program Document,
  • Procedures the State DOT uses to provide
    assistance to potential sub-recipients applying
    for funding in a non-discriminatory manner,
  • Procedures the State DOT uses to monitor it
    sub-recipients for compliance with Title VI,
  • Procedures for filing Title VI civil rights
    complaints with State DOTs,
  • Plan for providing access to meaningful
    activities and programs for persons with limited
    English proficiency,
  • Notices issued by State DOTs to beneficiaries of
    their rights under Title VI, and
  • Steps taken with public outreach and involvement
    activities to ensure that minority persons have
    meaningful access to State DOT activities

  • Task 19, Utilization by States of the
    Flexibility to Transfer Federal Funds Among
    Eligible Federal Programs, 25,000 (Completion
    expected in January 2009) AECOM/Mark Schofield
  • Objective Determine which states have utilized
    the option to transfer funds from one or more,
    eligible federal programs for the last three
    federal fiscal years. An analysis should be
    conducted that identifies the specific federal
    programs involved in these transfers, the amount
    and percentage of eligible federal funds
    transferred, the reasons for these transfers, and
    the resulting benefits of these actions.

  • Task 20, Analysis of Rural Intercity Bus
    Strategy ,50,000 (Completion expected in March
    2009) Cambridge Systematics, Sue Knapp
  • Objectives of this research are
  • 1)      To conduct a sample of states intercity
    bus providers and onboard survey. The survey
    should provide information on the current
    intercity rural service network, describing
    miles, demographics of ridership and
    origin/destination of riders. 
  • 2)      Develop an organized matrix of the
    information revealed from the surveys. The matrix
    should inform states on how to best make an
    investment given their scenario/rural conditions
    and service network.

Task 20, Analysis of Rural Intercity Bus
Strategy ,50,000, Cont
  • 3)      Develop a methodology to estimate the
    value of filling the broken connections of
    service using the information on current service
    to inform on those areas where service is
    currently not available.   Would adding services
    to fill gaps create meaningful access for rural
    travel or does the service benefit travelers
    going through state. Provide on information on
    how far rural passengers wish to travel when they
    use intercity bus?

  • Task 21, Cost/Benefit Analysis of Converting a
    Lane for Bus Rapid Transit, 50,000, (Completion
    expected in September 2009) ICF Consulting, Inc
    Karen Savage
  • Objectives Develop a tool to help practitioners
    analyze the effectiveness and public feasibility
    of converting an existing lane to a High
    Occupancy Vehicle Lane or other means of
    providing increased people throughput.

Studies that will be initiated in 2009
Task 22, Cost/Benefit Analysis of Converting a
Lane for Bus Rapid Transit Phase II Evaluation
and Methodology.
  • The project will develop a cost/benefit analysis
    tool for practitioners to use to determine if
    converting a mixed flow traffic lane to a BRT
    (bus only)/HOVL is effective on the State Highway
    System and feasible to the public. (100,000/12

Task 23, Identification of State and Local
Matching Fund Requirements for State Administered
Federal and State Public Transportation Programs.
  • This project will document the current policies
    and procedures utilized by states DOTs for their
    use of Section 5311 funds for intercity bus
    services. This project will also identify best
    practices used by states for administration of
    the 5311 program. (50,000/6months)

Task 24, State DOT Role in the Implementation of
Transportation Demand Management Programs.
  • This research will examine TDM programs
    nationwide from the perspective of what the state
    DOTs role is in program implementation and
    support. It will identify several states at the
    forefront in this area, examine and assess their
    programs, and report on the observed benefits and
    pitfalls. It will make recommendations based on
    these states experiences on how states may go
    about implementing TDM programs. (50,000/ 6

Task 25, Evaluate requirements for the
utilization of Section 5311(f) Funds for
Intercity Bus Service.
  • This project will document the current policies
    and procedures utilized by applicable state DOTs
    for their use of Section 5311 funds for intercity
    bus services. The project will also identify
    some of the better practices utilized by states
    for the administration of this program.

Task 26, An Analysis of States Implementation of
the FTA 5310, 5316, and 5317 Programs.
  • This project will evaluate states implementation
    of the first 3 years of FTA funding for these
    programs. It will determine the degree of
    success states are having in awarding the funds,
    and will analyze the extent to which the programs
    objectives are being met. Recommendations will
    be made that will help formulate the states
    positions regarding whether or how these programs
    should be changed in the upcoming
    reauthorization. (50,000/6months)

  • Gwen Chisholm Smith
  • National Academies
  • Transportation Research Board
  • Cooperative Research Programs
  • 500 5th Street, N.W.
  • Washington, D.C 20001
  • 202-334-3246
  • 202-334-2006 Fax