The Transit Cooperative Research (TCRP) recently released the following public transit research reports:

Research Report 202: Handbook for Examining the Effects of Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Brokerages on Transportation Coordination: This handbook provides background information and describes the different models available to states for providing non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) for Medicaid beneficiaries. The handbook also discusses why human services transportation and public transportation providers encourage coordination of NEMT with other transportation services.

Final Research Report 201: Understanding Changes in Demographics, Preferences, and Markets for Public Transportation: This report explores how changes in demographics, traveler preferences, and markets for public transportation affect transit ridership now and in the future. Additionally, it explores how an individual’s demographics affect their long-term values, their current attitudes, and the type of neighborhood they choose to live in. Each of these factors also affects their likelihood to ride transit. Accompanying the report are seven technical appendices.

Prepublication Report 200: Contracting Commuter Rail Services, Volume 1: Guidebook: This is a two-volume set that presents guidance on the different approaches for providing commuter rail service and includes decision trees to assist public transportation agencies and other key stakeholders in determining how to implement commuter rail or evaluate changes in their approach to service delivery of an existing system. Volume 1: Guidebook provides an evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages of each potential approach for providing commuter rail service, including the primary functions for commuter rail delivery—train operations, dispatch, maintenance of way, and maintenance of equipment.

Prepublication Report 200: Contracting Commuter Rail Services, Volume 2: Commuter Rail System Profiles: This report describes the 31 commuter rail services in North America and the various delivery approaches and documents a broad range of strategies and approaches for managing the operation and maintenance issues associated with the contracting of commuter rail services.

To download a copy of these reports, visit the TRB website at​

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