TCRP Ambassadors participate in industry events and visit transportation providers in order to educate the public transit industry on the wide variety of solution-based research available from TCRP. The essential role of an Ambassador is to be a liaison between TCRP, its member organizations, the research community, and transportation properties.
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 program.
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 application for more information on selection criteria.
All nominations should be submitted on the application form below. Self nominations are encouraged. Evaluation will be based on documentation submitted by the nominee as well as by letters and comments from references. FTA staff are not eligible to serve as TCRP Ambassadors and instead work with TCRP as FTA liaisons to projects. The nomination application must be completed and submitted to COMTO National. COMTO will notify nominees of their selection in writing.
For additional information on the program, or to request a visit from a TCRP Ambassador, contact COMTO National at Comtonational.org/tcrp.
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