TCRP FY 2018 Research Problem Statements Due June 16, 2017

Research problem statements are now being accepted for the FY 2018 Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP). Problem statements should be submitted using the TCRP Problem Statement Submission Form, or be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as a Microsoft Word attachment. Previously submitted proposals may be resubmitted. The closing date for consideration is June 16, 2017.  

TCRP, overseen by the FTA, is an applied, contract research program with the objective of developing near-term solutions to issues facing transit-operating agencies. TCRP undertakes research and other technical activities in a variety of transit-related areas, including operations, design, construction, engineering, maintenance, administration, policy, planning, environment, and safety. For more information, visit the TCRP Overview. View current TCRP research projects.

For more information, please contact Gwen Chisholm Smith, Manager, TCRP, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

This Summary Last Modified On: 4/25/2017

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TRB Seeking Panel Nominations for FY 2017 TCRP Synthesis Projects - Nominations Due July 7, 2017

TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) is soliciting nominations for members of panels that will oversee individual TCRP Synthesis research projects as part of its fiscal year 2017 activities. Nominees should have expertise directly relevant to the issues being addressed by the project, and applicants can nominate themselves. The nomination of women and minority candidates is encouraged. Submit nominations electronically by July 7, 2017.

This Summary Last Modified On: 6/12/2017

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FY 2018 National Cooperative Highway Research Program Legal Studies Topics - Deadline Extended to June 16, 2017

The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) is soliciting ideas on candidate topics for the FY 2018 Legal Studies Program. The NCHRP Legal Research Digest series reports on timely legal issues and problems significant to state departments of transportation. Ideas for study topics for the FY 2018 program will be accepted until June 16, 2017.

This Summary Last Modified On: 5/17/2017

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FY 2017 Transit Cooperative Research Program Legal Studies Topics - Deadline Extended to June 16, 2017

The Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) is soliciting ideas on candidate topics for the FY 2017 Legal Studies Program. The TCRP Legal Studies Program reports on legal issues associated with transit and intermodal law. Each document is intended to provide transit attorneys with authoritative, well-researched, specific information that is limited in scope. The studies focus on legal issues and problems having national significance to the transit industry. Ideas for study topics for the FY 2017 program will be accepted until June 16, 2017.

This Summary Last Modified On: 5/17/2017

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class earns top award

ARLINGTON, Va. — The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the latest winner of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick+ award.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the latest winner of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick+ award.

The midsize luxury car earns good ratings in all five of the Institute's crashworthiness evaluations — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints.

It also has a standard front crash prevention system that earns an advanced rating. An additional, optional system boosts the car's front crash prevention rating to superior.

Although the C-Class was redesigned for 2015, IIHS only recently evaluated it for crashworthiness. In the challenging small overlap test, the car's structure held up well with maximum intrusion into the occupant compartment of 4 inches. That was a big improvement over the earlier generation of the C-Class, which had intrusion of 20 inches at the footrest and earned a marginal rating.

Also notable are the results of the roof strength test. The C-Class was found to have a strength-to-weight ratio of 7, among the highest ever registered. A ratio of 4 or higher is required for a good rating. Roof strength is important for protection in a rollover crash.

To qualify for 2016 Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the five IIHS crashworthiness tests and an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

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