Through peer-to-peer collaboration, Ambassadors place TCRP research
information into the hands of transportation professionals, managers, and other
personnel who utilize the program's research products in the field. They also
educate transportation properties about TCRP’s research process and how their
transportation professionals can become involved.
The Ambassador Program
The TCRP Ambassador Program was developed in 1998 as a joint effort between
the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the Conference of
Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), The Federal Transit Administration
(FTA), and the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP).
The Ambassador Program is credited with assisting the TCRP Program in
reaching an expanded segment of the transportation community that would
otherwise have limited access to these resources. The Ambassadors are a diverse
group, representative of various professions and transportation communities in
the United States.
Ambassadors serve a two year term and are asked to identify opportunities to
educate the industry. The Ambassadors' travel expenses are reimbursed by the
Ambassador Selection Process
Ambassadors are generally selected every other year from a competitive pool
of applicants by a panel composed of representatives from FTA, COMTO, APTA,
Transportation Research Board (TRB), Community Transportation Association of
America (CTAA), the National Transit Institute (NTI) and other organizations.
COMTO provides management services to TCRP Ambassadors.
Ambassador nominees must have practical transit field experience. Nominees
must currently work for U.S. transit agencies; government transit agencies at
the state, regional and local levels; transit educational institutions; transit
industry organizations; or other agencies playing a major role in planning or
financing public transit. TCRP Ambassadors are selected for their field
experience and ability to motivate and instruct others on how to use TCRP
results or products. Please see the nomination form for more information on
All nominations or applications should be submitted on the nomination form
linked below. Self nominations are encouraged. Evaluation will be based on
documentation submitted by the nominee as well as by letters and comments from
references. The nomination form must be filled out, signed, mailed, or emailed
to COMTO at the address listed on the bottom of the form. COMTO will notify
Ambassadors of their selection in writing.
For additional information on the program, or to request a visit from a TCRP
Ambassador, contact COMTO National at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit COMTO's