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TCRP Releases Reports

The Transportation Research Board recently released the following Transit Cooperative Research Program publications:

Synthesis 88 - Strollers, Carts, and Other Large Items on Buses and Trains. This synthesis documents the state of the practice of transit agencies managing capacity on vehicles carrying customers with large items. It also includes a discussion of vehicle designs to accommodate these various large items.

Synthesis 89 - Public Strategies for Transit. This synthesis documents the state of the practice in terms of public participation strategies to inform and engage the public for transit-related activities. It also provides ideas and insights into practices and techniques that agencies have found to be most successful, and discusses challenges relating to engaging the public.

Report 146 - Guidebook for Evaluating Fuel for Post-2010 Transit Bus Procurements. This report is designed to help those considering the deployment of, or conversion to, alternative fuel buses. The guidebook and life-cycle emissions model spreadsheet (FuelCost2) are intended to aid individuals who, while being knowledgeable about the transit industry, may not be familiar with alternative fuels and implementation issues.

The guidebook and FuelCost2 provide tools to simplify the process of developing an alternative fuel strategy by clearly identifying the issues, costs, and benefits associated with the conversion to various available alternative fuel technologies.

FuelCost2 life-cycle costs and life-cycle emissions spreadsheet are available for download in a Microsoft Excel format. Appendix C of TCRP Report 146 is the user’s guide for the tool. The spreadsheet includes additional instruction for using FuelCost2.

This report additionally updates, expands on, and replaces TCRP Report 38: Guidebook for Evaluating, Selecting, and Implementing Fuel Choices for Transit Bus Operations.

Legal Research Digest 37 - Legal Arrangements for Use and Control of Real-Time Data. This digest is designed to help transit officials understand the legal options and limitations for real-time data ownership, protection, and use.

 The reports are available here.

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