Guide to Joint Development for Public Transportation Agencies

Report Number: R-224
Publication Date: 01/05/2021

Joint development is real estate development that occurs on transit agency property or through some other type of development transaction to which the transit agency is a party.

This report is designed to expand the successful use of joint development in North American transit systems—in the volume and variety of projects undertaken, the diversity of transit agencies participating, and the quality of outcomes achieved.

Supplemental to the report is a PowerPoint presentation titled “Guide to Joint Development for Public Transportation Agencies.”

TCRP Annual Report of Progress 2020
Report Number: Annual Report
Publication Date: 01/04/2021

This annual report provides background and an overview of the program, status of each of TCRP’s projects, and a summary of some of the program’s accomplishments for the year.

In FY 2020, TCRP produced 22 publications, including 11 research reports, 8 syntheses, 1 legal research digest, and 1 web-only document bringing the total to more than 720 publications since the inception of the program. In the period from August 1992 (when the first TCRP grant was received) through December 2020, approximately 828 study activities have been authorized and more than 720 publications have been issued.

TCRP focuses on issues significant to the public transportation industry, with emphasis on developing near-term research solutions to a variety of transit problems involving facilities, vehicles, equipment, service concepts, operations, policy, planning, human resources, maintenance, and administrative practices.

Characteristics and Elements of Nonpunitive Employee Safety Reporting Systems for Public Transportation
Report Number: R-218
Publication Date: 12/17/2020

The importance of safety cannot be overstated and requires continued shifts in the approach to safety management within the public transportation industry.

This report compiles the best practices used in nonpunitive employee safety reporting systems at transit agencies.

Improving the Health and Safety of Transit Workers with Corresponding Impacts on the Bottom Line
Report Number: R-217
Publication Date: 12/09/2020

​Transit workers experience more health and safety problems than the general workforce, primarily as a result of a combination of physical demands, environmental factors, and stresses related to their jobs.

This report focuses on the prevalence of these conditions, costs associated with these conditions, and statistical analysis of data on participation in and the results of health and wellness promotion programs.

Supplemental files to the report include a PowerPoint of the final briefing on the research and the Executive Summary.

Maintenance Planning for Rail Asset Management—Current Practices
Report Number: S-151
Publication Date: 12/02/2020

The occurrence of rail defects, broken rails, and broken rail derailments is consistent with the rate of development found in other studies that look at larger populations of rail defects. Likewise, the larger and more heavily used transit systems develop increased levels of defects, which is again consistent with what is seen in the railroad industry at large.

This report presents the results of a survey and the analysis of the response data in an effort to synthesize current practices.

Third Rail Insulator Failures: Current State of the Practice
Report Number: S-150
Publication Date: 11/30/2020

Third rail systems provide traction power to electrified rail systems in many parts of the world, including the United States, and encounter problems such as failures that need to be investigated and remediated.

This report documents the present practices and lessons learned, challenges, and gaps in information related to the use of third rail insulator systems in the United States. It delivers information that can assist transit organizations in making informed decisions about their third rail insulator systems and mitigation strategies.

A Pandemic Playbook for Transportation Agencies
Report Number: R-225
Publication Date: 11/12/2020

Understanding pandemics, their impacts to transportation, and potential effective response has become more important, not only for the response to COVID-19, but also if, as the World Health Organization warns, we are now “living in a time of viruses.”

National Cooperative Highway Research Program and Transit Cooperative Research Program have jointly issued this pre-publication draft to improve transportation agency responses to a pandemic.

The Playbook concentrates on what needs to be done, when and by whom. It briefly addresses planning for a pandemic, a topic addressed in greater depth in NCHRP Report 769: A Guide for Public Transportation Pandemic Planning and Response. It summarizes effective practices currently used by transportation agencies based on interviews with state departments of transportation and transit agency leaders and operational personnel, supplemented with national and international research results.

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