- Bring Back the Streetcars: A Conservative Vision of Tomorrow’s Urban Transportation - 2002
- Commuter Rail Economic Study - 1997
This study details the economic benefits provided by commuter rail systems to the local, state and national economy.
- Continuous Welded Rail on Aerial Structure - Examples of Transit Practice Manual - 1985
Provides general guidelines for track structures using continuously welded rail, also includes information about inspection and maintenance of continuously welded rail within the APTA Manual of Standards and Recommended Practices for Rail Transit Systems, Volume 5 – Fixed Structures, Section 2, Standard for Rail Transit Track Inspection and Maintenance.
Members: $30.00, Nonmembers: $60.00, available in the APTA Bookstore.
- Financing High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail With Tax Credit Bonds: Policy Issues And Fiscal Impacts
- Guidelines for Design of Rapid Transit Facilities - 1981
Provides safety and technological recommended practices for use in construction of rapid transit facilities. The reader may also wish to refer to the Glossary of Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability Terminology for Rail Rapid Transit.
Members $30, Nonmembers $60, available in the APTA Bookstore.
- Guidelines for Rail Rapid Transit Equipment Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability Specification - 1981
Provides guidelines for managers to use during rail rapid transit equipment procurement. The reader may also wish to refer to the Glossary of Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability Terminology for Rail Rapid Transit.
Available in the APTA Bookstore.
- High-Speed Rail Investment Background Data - February 2011
Definitions of categories of high-speed rail are presented with a history of federal laws supporting high-speed rail. Historical and projected growth trends of passenger trips, vehicles, and agencies for all types of passenger rail are calculated. High-speed rail policy, plan, and need statements from APTA and other organizations are described. Summaries of research detailing high-speed rail land use impact, energy use and emissions reduction, and economic benefits are presented.
- Light Rail Vehicle Request for Proposals (RFP) Procurement Guidelines - 2011
This is the first edition of the APTA standard light rail vehicle procurement guideline including both procurement terms and conditions and technical specifications. Please provide feedback to APTA on how it worked and what changes might be needed. Transit agencies and their vehicle consultants are requested to let APTA staff know when they are using the document. APTA staff contacts are Fran Hooper (email@example.com) for procurement issues and Martin Schroeder (firstname.lastname@example.org) for technical specification issues.
- Manual for the Development of System Safety Program Plans for Commuter Railroads - 2008
As more people than ever rely on commuter railroads to get them safely and efficiently to their daily destinations, transportation providers are called upon to perform at the highest level of industry safety despite increasing budgetary pressures. The development of the manual is a direct outgrowth of the work of the commuter rail industry and further refinements made by the APTA Commuter Rail Safety Subcommittee, the Federal Railroad Administration, and APTA staff.
- Proceedings of the APTA/TRB 8th Joint Conference on Light Rail Transit - Light Rail: Investment for the Future - 2000
This CD-ROM of the 2000 Light Rail Transit Conference Proceedings includes 49 papers presented at the eighth in a series of light rail transit conferences jointly sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association and the Transportation Research Board.
Members $15, Nonmembers $15, available in the APTA Bookstore.
- Public Transportation Vehicle Database
Annual report of revenue vehicles by fleet characteristics, including date of manufacture, manufacturer, model, length, and equipment. Includes summary tables which group vehicles by mode and list by manufacturer, size, year built, and equipment. Special section on the new vehicle market includes orders, planned orders, prior year deliveries, and vehicle costs. Approximately 300 transit systems included. Published annually in June. Database available for download in Microsoft Excel and Access, and Adobe PDF formats.
- Rail Transit in America: A Comprehensive Evaluation of Benefits - 2004 (Litman, Todd)
This report quantifies the benefits of rail transit based on a comprehensive analysis of system performance. The analysis indicates that rail transit investments are a cost-effective way to improve urban transport, and shows that rail transit systems provide a variety of economic, social and environmental benefits that tend to increase as a system expands and matures.
- Rapid Transit (Rail) Fare Collection Survey - 1993
This survey of 33 rail properties in North America provides details of the types of fare collection systems including fare media, equipment, reliability, and maintenance. The survey was conducted by the APTA Revenue Management Committee. 108 pages.
Members $30, Nonmembers $60, available in the APTA Bookstore.
- Roster of North American Rapid Transit Cars - 1993
This document is a compilation of data on rapid transit cars in service as of July 1993. It includes cars in the United States and Canada. Data includes 345 characteristics such as cost, performance, dimensions, weights, electrical equipment, heating and ventilating systems, traction motors, propulsion equipment, lighting systems, and trucks and suspensions. The Roster is organized in alphabetical order by transit system name.
Members $45, Nonmembers $90, available in the APTA Bookstore.
- This Is Light Rail Transit - 2003
The brochure was prepared by the Light Rail Transit Committee of the Transportation Research Board. It was first distributed at the Eighth National Conference on Light Rail Transit in Dallas, Texas, in November 2000 and has subsequently been updated. Its printing in this Second Edition was sponsored jointly by the Transportation Research Board and APTA. The brochure gives the history of this mode, then outlines the current state of the art, including vehicles, infrastructure, operations and economics. It is an excellent introduction to this versatile mode of public transportation.