TCRP Synthesis 2021
Hello! Welcome to our TCRP Synthesis working proposal site for 2021. Below, you'll find some of the culled research interests based on committee member conversation. Use the prompts and descriptions below to craft your own TCRP Synthesis proposal and send the results back to the co-Committee Research Chair's (Raymond Chan and Siew Hoon Lim... Go find their email in your inbox or on the TRB site...). They don't have to be perfect - but do flesh them out with detail based on the guidance from TCRP Synthesis.
If you've submitted syntheses in the past, the instructions for 2021 are new and slightly more involved.
March 5: Your Draft Proposals are Due
March 5-12: Review and Merging similar proposals together and/or Referring to other committees
March 19: Final Synthesis Review for Submissions
InstructionsCopied from the TCRP Synthesis Submission page: http://www.trb.org/SynthesisPrograms/ProjectonSynthesisofInformationRelatedtoTransitPro.aspx
The scope of work aligns with a $45,000 budget and a 10-month turnaround.
Additional Info for our committee:
Other TRB Committees and/or APTA committee/councils that would be interested in this topic (we'll do the reach out!)
Potential Panel members that would be really good to sit on this committee (don't be shy! recommend yourself!)
Other people that helped author your proposal, including co-workers, friends, family and pets. Follow typical academic guidance for authorship - 'substantial contribution,' not mere 'editorial support.' Remember to ask for permission before adding someone's name!
Am I capable of writing a TCRP Synthesis?
Yes! Besides, the entire committee will be providing you with editorial support. The fact that you're reading this and are interested puts you in a good position to write this. ;)
I've never written an academic paper... can I still write a synthesis?
Yes! Use the resources outlined in "Information Sources" above to get a firm ground of "what's been done," then position your idea to build off the work of others.
Oh no, this problem has been answered!
Has it? Does it have a transit context? Is it widely known? - position your synthesis proposal to respond to this gap.
There's already a TCRP Synthesis on this? Is it recent? Is the synthesis still relevant? I smell a gap here that you can exploit
Why did you strip the best practice phrase off of everything?
TCRP Syntheses are not best practice documents (Best practices are better for the more involved TCRP Problem Statement). They document the current state of the industry to better provide organizations understanding of what each other are doing.
This has a bigger context than just transit... What do I do?
Don't worry - write it anyways. We might move your submission to a more plentiful funding source, but we will continue to acknowledge your work! There are multiple other programs that accept research ideas for funding (like state DOT programs, NCHRP, etc)
Working Synthesis Proposals
The outcomes of the synthesis study could shed light on industry-wide acceptable metrics in times of crisis, identify “performance” areas/goals that may have long been overlooked, including social equity, environmental outcomes, and the welfare of transit employees.
Managing the "MaaS" purse
Data Management and Use
How do organizations communicate information and data intra and interagency?
How do organizations increase Information Velocity for Decision Making
How are real-time data used to extract information for operational decision making?
Other Performance Management Topics
Many organizations are adding additional metrics to their contracts with third parties to enable increased accountability. How are these performance metrics written and how are they enforced? Many times, regulatory bodies have limited staff to provide oversight and enforcement on third party providers.