The Transit Cooperative Research (TCRP) recently released the following publications:
Legal Research Digest 43 - Contractual Means of Achieving High-level Performance in Transit Contracts: This digest identifies legal and other restrictions on an agency’s use of incentives or liquidated damages in its contracts. It also examines how an agency determines the amounts of incentives and liquidated damages to specify in its contracts and whether there are any risks or adverse consequences associated with the use of clauses such as litigation, claims, delays, limiting of competition, problems in enforcement, and increased costs.
Synthesis 106 - Energy Savings Strategies for Transit Agencies: This synthesis describes energy reduction strategies being used in the United States and Canada that address vehicle technologies; vehicle operations, maintenance, and service design; non-revenue vehicles; stations and stops; buildings; indirect energy use; and renewable power generation.
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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products. More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada ride APTA member systems.