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 Ambassador Program

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 form for more information on selection criteria.

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.

More Information

For additional information on the program, or to request a visit from a TCRP Ambassador, contact COMTO National at or visit COMTO's website.

Current Ambassadors

Christina Arthur
Senior Manager, Traffic Planning
Chicago Transit Authority
Chicago, IL​
Jessica Vargas Astaiza
Transportation Planning Manager
South Florida Regional Transportation Authority
Pompano Beach, FL 
Brent Boyd
Senior Transportation Planner and Rail Operations Analyst
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System
San Diego, CA
Alva Carrasco
Deputy Chief Operations Officer
Sacramento Regional Transit
Sacramento, CA
Desmond Cole
Manager of Engineering – New Equipment
Philadelphia, PA
Ryan I. Daniel
Executive Director
St. Cloud Metro Bus
St. Cloud, MN
Paula Haskin
Director of Flexible and Contracted Services
Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation
Indianapolis, IN
Reeny James Madathany
Performance Analyst, Office of Management and Budget
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
Atlanta, GA
RJ Palladino, AICP/PP
Director, Intermodal & Interagency Coordination
Newark, NJ
Jamaal Schoby
Transportation Planner
KFH Group
Bethesda, MD
Brian S. Waterman, AICP
Senior Transportation/Transit Planner
Tallahassee, FL


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