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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
  • Measuring Modulus for Better-Performing Pavements

    TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) latest Ready Results examines NCHRP Research Results Digest 391 : Modulus-Based Construction Specification for Compaction of Earthwork and Unbound Aggregate. Proper compaction of roadway base and subbase is vital to ensure good pavement performance throughout its life span. Modulus, a measure of stiffness, predicts the performance of pavement. Modulus can be used specifically for recycled materials since there is little data relating the density...
  • Aligning Community Expectations with Airport Roles

    TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) has released ACRP Report 155: Aligning Community Expectations with Airport Roles, which is the first product in ACRP’s new WebResources series. This website provides guidance to help airports manage airport communications and public relations proactively. The primary objective of this research addresses possible misunderstandings about realities faced by airport management related to community expectations for air service or other airport-related services...
  • Planning Applications

    TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2653 consists of 11 papers that explore transportation planning, including: Travel and the Built Environment: Insights Using Activity Densities, the Sprawl Index, and Neighborhood Types Closing the Induced Vehicle Travel Gap Between Research and Practice Delays, Detours, and Diversions: Paths to Fully Executed Safe Routes to School Projects Taxonomy of Shared Autonomous Vehicle Fleet Management Problems to Inform Futu...
  • Updating Fuel Factors for Today’s Construction Projects

    TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) latest Ready Results examines an update to fuel usage factors. NCHRP Report 744 : Fuel Usage Factors in Highway and Bridge Construction provides guidance for more than 1,000 new fuel usage factors and guidance on implementing them, along with a tool for calculating factors for specific contracts and situations.
  • Awards Presented at Innovations in Freight Data Workshop

    TRB presented two awards for data sources and data fusion at the Innovations in Freight Data Workshop, which took place on May 17-18, 2017 in Irvine, California. Garreth Remple of Traininfo received the Best New Data Source Award for the “Live Train Crossing Information Tool.” Vladimir Livshits received the  Best New Data Fusion Award  behalf of Maricopa Association of Governments and a number of collaborators for “Advanced Freight Models as Data Integrators.” Power Point presentations from the...

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