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

Final Report 197: Tools for a Sustainable Transit Agency: This report explores the development of practical tools for improving sustainability at transit agencies:

The Sustainability Routemap. An interactive PDF, similar in feel to a website, that guides the user to improve a transit agency’s sustainability program through application of change management principles, best practice examples, and references to online tools. A checklist of possible actions is included with the Routemap that will help users prioritize strategies and track progress.

The S+ROI Calculator. An Excel workbook that quantitatively evaluates potential sustainability projects in terms of financial, social, and environmental return. The workbook is accompanied by two completed examples.

Draft Report 201: Understanding Changes in Demographics, Preferences, and Markets for Public Transportation: This report is a pre-publication, non-edited version. The report explores how changes in demographics, traveler preferences, and markets for public transportation affect transit ridership now and in the future. The report explores how an individual’s demographics affect their longterm 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.

Draft Report 199: Transit Technical Training, Volume 1: Guide to Applying Best Practices and Sharing Resrouces: This report is a pre-publication, non-edited version. The purpose of this report is to provide information on training methods and best practices that transit agencies can apply to guide and to enhance their existing training programs. Improvements may include creating new instruction or modifying existing training. In particular, innovative methods that engage learners are highlighted along with techniques for anytime, anywhere learning.

Final Research Report 193: Tools and Strategies for Eliminating Assaults Against Transit Operators, Volume 1: Research Overview: This report provides the materials and methodology used to produce potential countermeasures and strategies to prevent or mitigate assaults against transit operators. it also documents the materials used to develop Volume 2: User Guide. The User Guide includes an operator assault risk management toolbox developed to support transit agencies in their efforts to prevent, mitigate, and respond to assaults against operators. The User Guide also provides transit agencies with guidance in the use and deployment of the vulnerability self-assessment tool and the route-based risk calculator and includes supportive checklists, guidelines, and methodologies.

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


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