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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
  • Rail Safety Management Systems, Risk Reduction and Improving Safety Culture: What Do You Need to Know?

    TRB is co-sponsoring Rail Safety Management Systems, Risk Reduction and Improving Safety Culture: What Do You Need to Know? on June 10, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. This one day workshop will provide participants with strategies and lessons learned in both implementation and continuous improvement of an active safety management system (SMS). This event is free, but registration is required . To register, create or sign into an account on the American Public Transit Association website, and then register ...
  • Updated Guide to Buy America Requirements—2015 Supplement

    TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Legal Research Digest 49: Updated Guide to Buy America Requirements—2015 Supplement examines various statutory and regulatory Buy America requirements that a state or local governmental entity must examine when receiving funds for a public transportation project from one or more USDOT agencies. The purpose of this Legal Research Digest is to update the earlier TRB legal research to provide a comprehensive and current summary of the FTA Buy America provisi...
  • Inspection Guidelines for Bridge Post-Tensioning and Stay Cable Systems Using NDE Methods

    TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Research Report 848: Inspection Guidelines for Bridge Post-Tensioning and Stay Cable Systems Using NDE Methods describe nondestructive evaluation (NDE) methods for assessing the condition of in-service post-tensioning and stay cable systems. The NDE methods outlined in this report explore different condition assessments, including corrosion, section loss, breakage, grout conditions, voids, water infiltration, and tendon deterioration in the anch...
  • Strategic Program Delivery Methods

    TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 504: Strategic Program Delivery Methods explores holistic approaches to maximizing the benefits of time and cost savings when delivering transportation programs, rather than delivering individual projects. While a considerable amount of published research has focused on the process of selecting an optimal project delivery method, this report documents how implementing a variety of delivery methods strategically for a program of project...
  • An Expanded Functional Classification System for Highways and Streets

    TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has released a pre-publication, non-edited version of Research Report 855: An Expanded Functional Classification System for Highways and Streets. This report builds upon preliminary engineering of a design project, including developing the purpose and need. In particular, it provides additional contexts beyond urban and rural, facilitates accommodation of modes other than personal vehicles and adds overlays for transit and freight. Two case stud...

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