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Project Title:

Transit Research and Development: Federal Role in the National Program
PIN: SAIS-P-03-05-A        

Major Unit:

Transportation Research Board

Sub Unit: Transportation Research Board Consensus and Advisory Studies Division

RSO: Kortum, Katherine

Subject/Focus Area: Transportation and Infrastructure

Project Scope
TRAC, an interdisciplinary committee of experts from industry, academia, and the private and public sectors, will examine and recommend actions FTA can take to ensure that its research and innovation program is relevant, timely, and effective in meeting the diverse and changing needs of the public transportation community. To do so, TRAC will review the program’s:

•latest Section 5312 Research Report that highlights program activities and accomplishments;
•strategic planning process, including approaches for setting research priorities and identifying research needs and opportunities;
•procedures for obtaining and evaluating stakeholder input;
•means for evaluating research results, furthering their use, and understanding their value to the transit industry and broader public.

TRAC will identify candidate areas of emphasis for FTA-sponsored research that are consistent with the stated goals of the U.S. Department of Transportation and with the Fast Act’s emphasis on improving mobility and infrastructure durability, reducing congestion, promoting safety, and preserving the transportation system and environment.

Drawing on its interdisciplinary knowledge and experience, TRAC will assist FTA in identifying and examining emerging trends affecting the public transportation sector as well as transferable practices from outside the sector that can benefit public transportation. TRAC will make recommendations to FTA on research and innovation program strategies intended to strengthen the public transportation industry’s adaptation to new circumstances and adoption of new practices.

TRAC will issue its findings and recommendations in biannual consensus letter reports but with the option, per request of FTA and subject to funding availability, to issue a longer consensus report that addresses elements of the task statement in more depth and over a longer time horizon.

Project Duration: 24 months    

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Committee Membership
Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 04/05/2004
 Meeting 2 - 12/02/2004
 Meeting 3 - 07/07/2005
 Meeting 4 - 08/26/2005
 Meeting 5 - 12/05/2005
 Meeting 6 - 07/06/2006
 Meeting 7 - 11/30/2006
 Meeting 8 - 06/21/2007
 Meeting 9 - 12/05/2007
 Meeting 10 - 06/23/2008
 Meeting 11 - 12/17/2008
 Meeting 12 - 06/25/2009
 Meeting 13 - 08/19/2010
 Meeting 14 - 12/02/2010
 Meeting 15 - 04/20/2011
 Meeting 16 - 06/30/2011
 Meeting 17 - 12/08/2011
 Meeting 18 - 07/30/2012
 Meeting 19 - 02/28/2013
 Meeting 20 - 09/22/2016
 Meeting 21 - 04/06/2017
 Meeting 22 - 11/16/2017
 Meeting 23 - 05/31/2018


Reports having no URL can be seen
at the Public Access Records Office
Letter Report of June 2, 2005
Letter Report of March 10, 2006
Letter Report of September 27, 2006
Letter Report of May 4, 2007
Letter Report of June 4, 2008
Letter Report of May 26, 2009
Letter Report of October 21, 2010
Letter Report of November 16, 2011
Letter Report of November 11, 2016
Letter Report of June 5, 2017
Letter Report of February 27, 2018