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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
  • Systemic Pedestrian Safety Analysis

    TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Research Report 893: Systemic Pedestrian Safety Analysis provides a safety analysis method that can be used to proactively identify sites for potential safety improvements based on specific risk factors for pedestrians. A systemic approach, as opposed to a “hot-spot” approach, enables transportation agencies to identify, prioritize, and select appropriate countermeasures for locations with a high risk of pedestrian-related crashes, even when cra...
  • A Guide to Developing Financial Plans and Performance Measures for Transportation Asset Management

    TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has released a pre-publication, non-edited version of Research Report 898: A Guide to Developing Financial Plans and Performance Measures for Transportation Asset Management. The report presents guidance for state departments of transportation (DOTs) and other agencies conducting financial analyses and developing financial plans to support efficient and effective management of the agency’s transportation assets. The guide addresses fiscal and pr...
  • TR News September-October 2018: Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017

    A featured article in the September-October 2018 issue of the TR News explores observations and lessons from the August 2017 total solar eclipse to better understand successful strategies and areas for improvement so that transportation agencies can prepare for the next total one in 2024.   The TR News is TRB's bimonthly magazine featuring timely articles on innovative and state-of-the-art research and practice in all modes of transportation. It also includes brief news items of interest to the tran...
  • Transportation Research Record: Early Access Papers Addressing Energy

    TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board has released 10 early access papers addressing energy, including: An Investigation of Battery Electric Vehicle Driving and Charging Behaviors Using Vehicle Usage Data Collected in Shanghai, China ( link ) Cost of Oil and Biomass Supply Shocks under Different Biofuel Supply Chain Configurations ( link ) Feedforward Tactical Optimization for Energy-Efficient Operation of Freight Trains: The Swiss Case ( link ) Dealing with t...
  • Design Considerations for Airport EOCs

    TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Report 189: Design Considerations for Airport EOCs will guide airport staff in the planning and design of an airport emergency operations center (EOC). This report provides EOC design considerations in the areas of physical space, technology, function, operations, and governance. The guidance includes lessons learned, a Concept and Development Planning Decision Tree flow chart, and several useful checklists to help airport staff work through all ...

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