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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
  • Multiagency Electronic Fare Payment Systems

    TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) synthesizes the current practice and describes the challenges and benefits of utilizing electronic fare payment systems (EFPS), such as smart cards. This synthesis reviews current systems and identifies their major challenges and benefits; describes the use of electronic fare systems in multimodal, multiagency environments; and reviews next-generation approaches through existing implementation case examples.
  • TR News January-February 2017: The Promises and Risks of Innovation: Findings from the Transportation Research Board’s 2016 State Partnership Visits Program

    A featured article in the January-February 2017 issue of the TR News explores the impacts of the Transportation Research Board's 2016 state visits to identify current issues in transportation priorities. Each year, TRB staff meet on site with representatives of state departments of transportation and with representatives of universities, transit and other transportation agencies, and industry to collect and generate information on the issues, and disseminate the information throughout the transportation...
  • Methods and Technologies for Pedestrian and Bicycle Volume Data Collection: Phase 2

    TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Web-Only Document 229: Methods and Technologies for Pedestrian and Bicycle Volume Data Collection: Phase 2 explores automated count technologies that capture pedestrian and bicycle volume data. The publication focuses on technologies that came onto the market too late to be included in previous Phase 1 research. Findings from Phase 1 are documented in  NCHRP Report 797 : Guidebook on Pedestrian and Bicycle Volume Data Collection and NCHRP W...
  • Legal Issues Concerning Transit Agency Use of Electronic Customer Data

    TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Legal Research Digest (LRD) 48: Legal Issues Concerning Transit Agency Use of Electronic Customer Data explores the advantages, disadvantages, risks, and benefits for transit agencies moving to electronic, cloudbased, and other computerized systems for fare purchases and for communicating with customers. “Smart” fare cards are now commonplace, and private businesses and transit agencies are using or planning to use smartphones, smart cards and credit card...
  • Guidelines for Emergency Ventilation Smoke Control in Roadway Tunnels

    TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Research Report 836: Guidelines for Emergency Ventilation Smoke Control in Roadway Tunnels presents guidelines for ventilation in roadway tunnels to facilitate human evacuation and emergency responder safety. These guidelines consider tunnel geometrics such as tunnel altitude; physical dimensions (i.e., length, cross section); type of traffic flow (i.e., single or bi-directional flow); and fan utilization and placement. They also consider cargo ...

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