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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
  • Bicycles

    TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2662 consists of 19 papers that explore bicycle transportation, including: Comparing Crowdsourced Near-Miss and Collision Cycling Data and Official Bike Safety Reporting Where Do Bikeshare Bikes Actually Go? Analysis of Capital Bikeshare Trips with GPS Data Bicycle Backlash: Qualitative Examination of Aggressive Driver–Bicyclist Interactions Low-Stress Bicycle Network Mapping: The District of Columbia’s Innovative App...
  • Impacts on Practice: Creating a Collaborative Environment Between Airport Operations and Maintenance

    TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) latest Impacts on Practice discusses how Harrisburg Airport (MDT), part of the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania applied results of ACRP Report 92 : A Guidebook to Creating a Collaborative Environment Between Airport Operations and Maintenance. The tools contained in helped MDT employees collaborate across the department to increase trust and confidence in others to complete tasks.
  • Development of a Portable Stress Measurement Instrument

    TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Program Final Report 179: Development of a Portable Stress Measurement Instrument explores the development of an ultrasonic stress measurement (USM) instrument for bridge engineers. The instrument provides a practical method to measure total stress for in-service steel bridges. The total stress measured includes dead load, residual, and live load stresses. This new technology enables analysis of ...
  • Impacts on Practice: Finding Solutions to Information Technology Issues at Airports

    TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) latest Impacts on Practice explores a resource that helps airports view information technology from a strategic level. ACRP Report 59 : Information Technology Systems at Airports—A Primer helped officials from Los Angeles World Airports codify best practices. Additionally, the use of the report's assessment tools by Tulsa International Airport have helped produce several benefits that range from annual savings of $235,000 in phone services to improved eff...
  • Public Transportation, Volume 1: Urban and Rural Bus Services

    TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2647 consists of 17 papers that explore bus services, including: Effect of Regional Characteristics on Injury Severity in Local Bus Crashes: Use of Hierarchical Ordered Model Real-Time Bus-Holding Control Strategy to Reduce Passenger Waiting Time San Pablo, California, Corridor Rapid Service: Planning and 10 Years of Operational Experience Real-Time Public Transport Operations: Library of Control Strategies Identifyin...

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