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Airport Cooperative Research Program

The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) is an applied research program that develops near-term solutions to problems facing airport-operating agencies that are not being adequately addressed by existing federal research programs. ACRP is managed by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies and sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The research is conducted by contractors who are selected on the basis of competitive proposals.

Research contractors for ACRP succinctly summarize their findings in language that is understandable to airport industry practitioners. Results are presented in published reports and online, digital documents. Presently, there are over 80 ACRP publications.

The mission of the Transportation Research Board is to provide leadership in transportation innovation and progress through research and information exchange, conducted within a setting that is objective, interdisciplinary, and multimodal. NASAO partners with the Transportation Research Board to further its own objective to provide educational material to aviation professionals.

The ACRP Oversight Committee (AOC) is an independent governing board appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation in October 2005, with representation from airport operating agencies, other stakeholder, and relevant industry organizations. NASAO is a founding member of the AOC and oversees the program’s activity as a member of the board of directors.

For more information visit the ACRP website or click on the links below.


TRB’s ACRP Publication Feed
  • Transportation Research Record: Early Access Papers Addressing Data and Information Technology: Part 1

    TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board has released 15 early access papers addressing data and information technology, including: Missouri-Specific Crash Prediction Model for Signalized Intersections ( link ) Data Fusion of Commercial Vehicle GPS and Roadside Intercept Survey Data ( link ) Network Level Clearance Assessment using LiDAR to Improve the Reliability and Efficiency of Issuing Over-Height Permits on Highways ( link ) Automated Extraction of Horizonta...
  • The Renewal of Stormwater Systems Using Trenchless Technologies

    TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 519: The Renewal of Stormwater Systems Using Trenchless Technologies summarizes technologies used for the renewal of stormwater systems, including new, emerging, and underutilized trenchless methods, and identifies future research needs. Both trenchless replacement and trenchless renewal methods can reduce negative impacts associated with surface disruption by moving the work area outside of the travel lanes and concentrating the const...
  • Tools for a Sustainable Transit Agency

    TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Research Report 197: Tools for a Sustainable Transit Agency explores the development of practical tools for improving sustainability at transit agencies: The Sustainability Routemap: An interactive PDF, similar to a website, that guides the user to improve a transit agency’s sustainability program through application of change management principles, best practice examples, and references to online tools. The Sustainability Checklist The S+ROI Calculator: ...
  • Transportation Research Record: Early Access Papers Addressing Bridges and Other Structures

    TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board has released 13 early access papers addressing bridges and other structures, including: Developing Guidelines for Epoxy Grout Pourback Systems for Controlling Thermal/Shrinkage Cracking at Post-Tensioning Anchorages: Full-Scale Testing and Numerical Analysis ( link ) Pullout Behavior of Steel Mechanically Stabilized Earth Reinforcements ( link ) Thermal Field Characteristics of Reinforced Concrete Box Girder during High-Te...
  • Resilience in Transportation Planning, Engineering, Management, Policy, and Administration

    TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has released a pre-publication, non-edited version of Synthesis 527: Resilience in Transportation Planning, Engineering, Management, Policy, and Administration. The report documents resilience efforts and how they are organized, understood, and implemented within transportation agencies’ core functions and services. Core functions and services include planning, engineering, construction, maintenance, operations, and administration. The informati...

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