TCRP Synthesis 105 Use of Market Research Panels in Transit

Coffel, Kathryn, Kathryn Coffel Consulting, LLC


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Market research panels offer the potential of fast, inexpensive market research, but if not designed correctly, their benefits can come at the expense of quality results. This synthesis defines the various types of market research panels, identifies critical issues that a researcher needs to consider when engaging in market research and panel surveys, and provides examples of successful market research panel programs. The transit market researcher will understand common pitfalls to be avoided and learn successful techniques that will maximize research dollars without jeopardizing the quality of the data or the validity of the results.
Role of Transportation Planning in the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Process: A Nationwide Scan

National Association of Development Organizations (NADO)

Center for Transportation Advancement and Regional Development


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Many public policy issues extend beyond municipal boundaries, necessitating regional approaches to community and economic development in both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. Transportation, water treatment, information technology, and environmental issues are prime examples. Planning and decision-making at the regional level, however important, often encounter problems due to issues such as conflicting interests of participating governments and the distances covered. Nevertheless, effective regional planning is needed to promote local assets.

Metropolitan and Rural Transportation Planning: Case Studies and Checklists for Regional Collaboration

National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation

Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO)


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The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation and Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO), with funding support from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), developed the following guide to facilitate improved collaboration, communication and partnerships among the nation’s metropolitan planning organizations, rural transportation planning organizations, state departments of transportation and other entities. To date, little national research has been conducted on the partnership efforts of MPOs and RPOs. This report aims to help enhance that discussion.

Rural Local Officials Consultation Assessment Guide: Evaluating Your Knowledge and Input into the Statewide Transportation Planning Process

National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation


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This guide intends to provide rural local elected and appointed officials, along with their regional planning organizations, with a framework for appraising the effectiveness, timeliness and results of their involvement and input into the statewide transportation planning and decision-making processes within their respective states.

Framework for Action: Building the Fully Coordinated Transportation System

United We Ride


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Leaders in communities and states across the country have greatly improved mobility for millions of people over the last several decades. The shift away from providing rides to managing mobility is driving the success of fully coordinated transportation systems.

Executive Summary: Seniors Benefit from Transportation Coordination Partnerships-A Toolbox Promising Practices from the Aging Network with accompanied CD

National Center on Senior Transportation

Revised August 2007

The 14 communities showcased in this report provide valuable lessons for the aging network: they show how better transportation services for seniors resulted when various transportation programs were successfully coordinated.

Transit at the Table: A Guide to Participation in Metropolitan Decision-Making

Hoover, Julie; McDowell, Bruce; Sciara, Gian-Claudia; 2004

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This report presents the observations, perceptive, and recommendations of a cross-section of transit agencies from large metropolitan areas on how to secure strategic positions in the metropolitan planning process. More importantly, the report can be a guide on how to use those positions to win policy and program support for priority transit services. 

Seniors Benefit from Transportation Coordination Partnerships—A Toolbox

Promising Practices from the Aging Network (w/ CD accompaniment)

National Center on Senior Transportation (NCST); Revised 2007

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This report describes promising practices in 14 different communities where seniors have benefited from innovative efforts to coordinate transportation services.

Transit Development Plan 2001-2006

Hillsborough Regional Area Transit Authority (HART); 2000

This document represents Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority’s (HART) major update of its Transit Development Plan (TDP). In accordance with federal and state guidelines, all transit properties must prepare a TDP to be eligible for public funding.

Innovative Approaches for Increasing Transportation Options for People with Disabilities in Florida

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc Transportation Feasibility Study

The purpose of this study is analyze needed systemic reform that may stimulate provider competition, customer service, better accessibility, and safety while allowing improved consumer directed choice in regards to public transportation systems and services.

Streets as Places: Using Streets to Rebuild Communities

Project for Public Spaces, Inc.; AARP, 2008

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In 2008, Project for Public Spaces entered into collaboration with AARP with the overall goal of supporting AARP’s Mobility Agenda. PPS is assisting AARP in their efforts to provide ongoing education, Training and technical assistance so that AARP staff and volunteers are able to effectively promote and advance mobility options.

A Citizen’s Guide to Better Streets: How to Engage Your Transportation Agency

Project for Public Spaces; Gary Troth; Herman Volk, 2008

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In 2008, PPS partnered with the American Association of Retired People (AARP) to publish three books on streets and transportation. The publications are a joint effort of PPS’s “Building Community Through” campaign, which seeks to transform transportation policies and practice that currently prioritize moving people and goods over creating walkable, healthy and sustainable places, and AARP’s “Livable Communities” initiative, which aims to ensure affordable and appropriate housing, supportive community features and services, and adequate mobility options for aging Americans.

Great Corridors, Great Communities: The Quiet Revolution in Transportation Planning

Project for Public Spaces, Inc.; Juliette Michaelson, Gary Troth, Renee Espiau, 2008

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This booklet explores the importance of an emerging corridor approach to transportation planning in which the responsibility for transportation improvements is shared by local communities, private developers and non-profit organizations, not just placed solely on the transportation or public works department.

Promising Approaches for Promoting Lifelong Community Mobility

Project for Public Spaces, Inc.; Molnar, Lisa J.; Eby, David W.; St. Louis, Renee M.; Neumeyer, Amy L.

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute; AARP

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The purpose of this guide is to update and expand upon our earlier work, particularly with regard to the transition from driving to non-driving and the need for alternative transportation options for older adults who are no longer able to or choose not to drive.

Preparing Coordinated Transportation Plans: A Guidebook for State Departments of Transportation

National Cooperative Highway Research Program; Transportation Research Board; 2009

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This digest presents the results of NCHRP Project 20-65, Task 14, “Current Practice and Future Guidance on the Development of SAFETEA-LU-Required Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plans.” The objectives of this research were to identify state Departments of Transportation (DOT’s) that have already designed coordinated planning processes to meet the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA’s) requirements, and generate information about key aspects of those processes that will be useful to other state DOT’s and their planning partners as they develop or revise their own planning processes.

TCRP Report 116—Guidebook for Evaluating, Selecting, and Implementing Suburban Transit Services

Federal Transit Administration (FTA); Transportation Research Board

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This Guidebook examines the current status of suburban transit services and land-use environments and the relationship between the two. Types of suburban transit services include commuter, route deviation, demand response, circulators, shuttles, and vanpools. Also, the guidebook describes the emerging trends that significantly influence the availability and operation of suburban transit services.

TCRP Report 140—A Guide for Planning and Operating Flexible Public Transportation Services

Federal Transit Administration (FTA); Transportation Research Board

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TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 140: A Guide for Planning and Operating Flexible Public Transportation Services explores the types of flexible transportation service strategies that are potentially appropriate for small, medium, and large urban and rural transit agencies. The guide examines financial and political realities, operational issues, and institutional mechanisms related to implementing and sustaining flexible transportation services.

TCRP Report 102—Transit-Oriented Development in the United States: Experiences, Challenges, and Prospects

Federal Transit Administration (FTA); Transportation Research Board

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Transit-oriented development (TOD) has attracted interest as a tool for promoting smart growth, leveraging economic development, and catering to shifting market demands and lifestyle preferences. This study, based on a combination of stakeholder survey responses, interviews, and in-depth case studies, paints a national portrait of contemporary TOD practice in the United States.

60 Ways to Imorive Driver Recruitment and Retention: Proven Strategies to Help Fleet Operators Find and Keep the Best Driver's on the Road

Burkert, Jack; 2006

Written by transportation industry expert Jack Burkert, this handbook is fillesd with strategies designed to retain the best of the best.