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TCRP J-04 [Active]

Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis--The Transit IDEA Program

  Project Data
Funds: $500,000 (FY 1992)
$500,000 (FY 1994)
$400,000 (FY 1995)
$400,000 (FY 1996)
$500,000 (FY 1997)
$0 (FY 1998)
$500,000 (FY 1999)
$500,000 (FY 2000)
$500,000 (FY 2001)
$200,000 (FY2002)
$500,000 (FY 2003)
$500,000 (FY 2004)
$500,000 (FY 2005)
$500,000 (FY 2006)
$500,000 (FY 2007)
$560,000 (FY 08)
$560,000 (FY 09)
$560,000 (FY 10)
$560,000 (FY 11)
$460,000 (FY 12)
$300,000 (FY 13)
$300,000 (FY 14)
$560,000 (FY 15)
Staff Responsibility: Stephan A. Parker
Research Agency: Transportation Research Board
Principal Investigator: Jon Williams
Effective Date: 12/1/1992

The Transit IDEA (Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis) program encourages innovative approaches to transit problems. Transit IDEA emphasizes new and unconventional approaches that have the potential to produce significant advances in transit practice.

Transit IDEA projects may be funded to explore the feasibility of new and innovative concepts or for proof of concept or to test the performance of a prototype in field operation. In many cases there is only one Transit IDEA project that is funded, which includes the prototype or field test. The maximum amount of IDEA funds that can be considered for a Transit IDEA project is $100,000. Most Transit IDEA projects are in the $70,000 to $85,000 range in IDEA funds. Cost sharing is encouraged, to supplement the IDEA funds.

The panel for the Transit IDEA program has designated the following four high priority focus areas for the program, to encourage and fund proposals for innovative approaches to address those needs:   

1.  Increasing transit ridership

2.  Improving transit safety, security and emergency preparedness

 3.  Improving transit capital and operating efficiencies

4.  Protecting the environment and promoting energy independence

Proposal review cycles typically begin March 1 and September 1. Information on the IDEA programs and how to prepare IDEA proposals is included in the IDEA Program Announcement on the IDEA web site. For more information, visit the IDEA web site at http://www.trb.org/idea

The Transit IDEA program funds projects with a high risk/high payoff approach to seeking timely, innovative methods to address transit problems. The program is funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as part of the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP).

J-04/IDEA 01 Customer Satisfaction Index for the Mass Transit Industry

Completed

J-04/IDEA 02 Adaptive Diagnostic System Project
Completed

J-04/IDEA 03 Automatic Wheel Inspection Station
Completed

J-04/IDEA 04 Management Information Benefits of On-Board Integration of Electronic Fareboxes
Completed

J-04/IDEA 05 Improved Passenger Counter and Classification System for Transit Applications
Completed

J-04/IDEA 07 Wheelchair Restraint System, Baylor College of Medicine
Completed

J-04/IDEA 08 Real-Time Transit Date Broadcast
Completed

J-04/IDEA 09 The Independent Transportation Network: Alternative Transportation for the Elderly
Completed

J-04/IDEA 10 Automatic Data Collection on Transit Users Via Radio Frequency Identification
Completed

J-04/IDEA 11 Customers, Conflicts, and You: A Transit Operator's Guide to Problem Solving
Completed

J-04/IDEA 13 Self Paced PC-Based Track Safety Training System
Completed

J-04/IDEA 14 Market Study and Operational Test Results for the Instant Rent-A-Car (IRAC) Station Field Tests
Completed

J-04/IDEA 15 Internet Information Sharing for Transit Maintenance
Completed

J-04/IDEA 16 Transit Restraint System for Wheel Chairs
Completed

J-04/IDEA 17 Operational Evaluation of a Rail-Based Wheel Gauge Inspection System
Completed

J-04/IDEA 18 Pilot Testing Innovative Payment Operations for Independent Transportation Network (ITN)
Completed

J-04/IDEA 19 Field Testing and Evaluation of the Transit Integrated Monitoring System
Completed

J-04/IDEA 20 Non-Contact Sensor for Passenger Counting and Classification
Completed

J-04/IDEA 21 Smart Parking Lot with Just-in-Time Bus Service
Completed

J-04/IDEA 22 Sleeved Column System for Crashworthiness of Light Rail Vehicles
Completed

J-04/IDEA 24 Operational Testing of Intelligent Rail Lubrication System
Completed

J-04/IDEA 28 Transit Scrathitti Removal by Controlled Fire Polishing
Completed

J-04/IDEA 29 Fare Machine Tactile/Audio Instruction System (Completed)
Completed

J-04/IDEA 31 A Tool for Evaluating and Optimizing Bus Stop Location Decisions
Completed

J-04/IDEA 32 Simulation and Animation Model for Planning and Designing Transit Facilities
Completed

J-04/IDEA 33 Community Visualization In Design of Light Rail Transit Oriented Development
Completed

J-04/IDEA 35 Innovative Bioterrorism Detection Technology for Transit Security
Completed

J-04/IDEA 36 Cleaning Device for Electrified Third Rail Insulators
Completed

J-04/IDEA 37 Bandwidth Expansion and Real-Time Surveillance for Security on Transit Buses
Completed

J-04/IDEA 38 Assessment of Rear Facing Wheelchair Accommodation on BRT
Completed

J-04/IDEA 39 Dynamic Tiimetable Generator from Schedule Data
Completed

J-04/IDEA 40 Counter-Terrorism Chemical Detector for Rail Transit Systems
Completed

J-04/IDEA 41 Track Geometry/Design Testing for Transit Applications
Completed

J-04/IDEA 42 Detection of Radioactivity in Transit Stations
Completed

J-04/IDEA 44 Cleaning and Recoating Electrified Third Rail Cover Boards
Completed

J-04/IDEA 45 Chemical and Biological Decontamination System for Rail Transit Facilities
Completed

J-04/IDEA 47 Cleaning Device for Electrified Third Rail Insulators Phase 2
Completed

J-04/IDEA 49 SmartSander Enhancement for Commuter Rail
Completed

J-04/IDEA 50 Developing Regional Mobility Management Centers

Completed

J-04/IDEA 52 Travel Assistance Device (TAD) to Help Transit Riders
Completed

J-04/IDEA 53 Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation for Transit Buses
Completed

J-04/IDEA 54 Detection of Radioactivity in Transit Stations – Phase 2

Completed

J-04/IDEA 55 Warning Device for Rail Transit Personnel for Approaching Trains
Completed

J-04/IDEA 56 Detection of Explosives and Weapons in Transit Systems
Completed

J-04/IDEA 57 Independent Wheelchair Securement

Completed

J-04/IDEA 58 Google Transit Data Tool for Small Transit Agencies

Completed

J-04/IDEA 60 TCIP Traveler Information Pilot Project
Completed

J-04/IDEA 61 Flexible Carpooling to Transit Stations

Completed

J-04/IDEA 62 Development of Maintenance Training Module for Bus Transit Technicians

Completed

J-04/IDEA 63 Improving Bus Transit On-Time Performance through the Use of AVL Data

Completed

J-04/IDEA 65 A Context Aware Transit Navigator

Completed

J-04/IDEA 66 Advanced Wayside Energy Storage Systems (WESS) for Rail Transit

Completed

J-04/IDEA 67 Diesel-Electric Locomotive Energy Recovery and Conversion

Completed

J-04/IDEA 68 Light Rail Transit / Street Grade Crossing Safety System
Completed

J-04/IDEA 69 Predictive Failure Mode Characterization System for Rail Transit Car Equipment

Completed

J-04/IDEA 70 Effortless Passenger Identification System

Completed

J-04/IDEA 71 Transit Information Access for Persons with Visual or Cognitive Impairments
Completed

J-04/IDEA 72 Handheld Noncontact Electronic Rail Wheel Gauge

Completed

J-04/IDEA 73 Innovative Operating Strategy for Paratransit Services

Completed

J-04/IDEA 74 Apparatus for Gap Management
Completed

J-04/IDEA 75 Transit Trip Planning Web Application

Completed

J-04/IDEA 76 RideScout Mobile Application
Completed

J-04/IDEA 77 Development of a Prototype Retrofit Bumper for Improved Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) Safety
Completed

J-04/IDEA 78 Rail Neutral Temperature Monitoring for Rail Transit

Completed

J-04/IDEA 79 Implementation of Smart Card Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) Technology in Small Transit Agencies for Standards Development
Completed

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