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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
  • Railroad Bridge Inspections for Maintenance and Replacement Prioritization Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) with Laser Scanning Capabilities


    TRB's Rail Safety Innovations Deserving Exporatory Analysis (IDEA) program has released Safety Report 32: Railroad Bridge Inspections for Maintenance and Replacement Prioritization Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) with Laser Scanning Capabilities. Measuring bridge movement under trains in the field is difficult and expensive because a fixed reference point is not normally available, thus creating the need to erect independent scaffolding to create good reference points near the bridge from where to ...
  • How Transportation Agencies Assess the Value of Added Capacity Highway Projects Versus Other Modal Projects and Strategies


    TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 529: How Transportation Agencies Assess the Value of Added Capacity Highway Projects Versus Other Modal Projects and Strategies summarizes the methods and policies used by state departments of transportation (DOTs) and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to evaluate and compare different types of transportation improvement strategies. This information will help to quantify the full spectrum of benefits, costs, and economic impac...
  • Transportation Research Record: Early Access Papers Addressing Safety


    TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board has released 18 early access papers addressing safety issues, including: Identification of Site Characteristics for Proactive High-Friction Surface Treatment Site Selection using Sensor-Based, Detailed, Location-Referenced Curve Characteristics Data ( link ) Safety Evaluation of Destination Lighting Treatment at Stop Controlled Cross-Intersections ( link ) Situation Awareness Fast-Tracking, Including Identifying Escape Rou...
  • TR News July-August 2018: Transportation Project Delivery: Alternative Contracting Methods Research


    The July–August issue of TR News examines 20 years of research and TRB activities on alternative contracting methods (ACM) and success stories from implementing research innovations. Explored are pioneering tools and contracting techniques used by state departments of transportation such as Georgia and Colorado, along with tested project delivery methods, selection tools for transit, international alliancing, using ACM for risk sharing and transfer, benefits of early contractor involvement, and risk-base...
  • Transportation Research Record: Early Access Papers Addressing Maintenance and Preservation


    TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board has released 24 early access papers addressing maintenance and preservation, including: Study on the Day-Based Work Zone Scheduling Problem in Urban Road Networks Based on the Day-to-Day Traffic Assignment Model ( link ) Development of a Pavement Marking Life Cycle Cost Tool ( link ) Developing Guidelines for Epoxy Grout Pourback Systems for Controlling Thermal/Shrinkage Cracking at Post-Tensioning Anchorages: Full-Scale T...

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