TCRP Ambassador Program

The TCRP Ambassador Program was developed in 1998 as a joint effort of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP). The Ambassador Program is credited with assisting the TCRP in reaching an expanded segment of the transportation community that would otherwise have limited access to these resources. The Ambassadors are a diverse group, representative of various professions and transportation communities in the United States. Ambassadors serve a two year term and are asked to identify opportunities to educate the industry.

Meet the 2018-2020 Ambassadors

Program Purpose

The purpose of the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) is to broaden, strengthen, and accelerate the introduction and adoption of TCRP-sponsored research results within the transportation industry. Ambassadors achieve this through

  • Informing peers in the transit community of the benefits of TCRP research products,
  • Encouraging implementation of TCRP research,
  • Promoting participation in the TCRP, and
  • Gathering anecdotal information from peers about the usefulness of TCRP research products applied in their respective agencies or companies.

Program Description

TCRP Ambassadors liaise between TCRP, its member organizations, the research community, and public transportation agencies. Through peer-to-peer collaboration, Ambassadors put TCRP research materials into the hands of transit professionals, managers, and other personnel, provide awareness of available TCRP research reports and best practices; and educate transit properties on TCRP research processes and information about how transit professionals can participate in TCRP research projects. Additionally, TCRP Ambassadors serve as a primary source of information on research efforts being conducted by public transportation agencies, and on the successes and failures of implementing TCRP and other transit research in the field.


In addition to Orientation, Ambassadors participate in activities in which they may share research results with colleagues, including attending regional industry events and conferences, visiting regional transit properties, attending COMTO- and APTA-sponsored industry conferences, and interviewing with transit-related media.

Over a two-year period, Ambassadors are expected to spend as many as ten days on TCRP business. Arrangements for conferences, seminars, workshops, and so forth are made by the Ambassadors in coordination with COMTO. All expenses associated with participating in TCRP activities, including travel, conference arrangements, and materials, are covered by the program, However, TCRP does not provide a stipend to the Ambassadors or their employing organizations.

Applicant Eligibility

The selection committee uses the following criteria in selecting qualified TCRP Ambassadors:

  • Interest in current areas of transit research;
  • Currently employment in the public transportation industry (a U.S. public or private agency, transit educational institution, transit organization, or other agency playing a major role in planning or financing public transit);
  • Practical field experience in one or more of the TCRP areas of investigation.
  • Successful experience in the application and the implementation of transit research;
  • Presentation and instruction skills with a willingness to improve those skills;
  • Commitment to using research to improve service and achieve greater cost efficiencies;
  • Willingness to share knowledge and experiences, of both successes and failures, with colleagues; and
  • Evidence of support from the nominee's organization.

Application Process

Ambassadors are selected every two years from a competitive pool of applicants by a panel composed of representatives from COMTO, APTA, FTA, the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), the National Transit Institute (NTI), and other organizations.

Applications for the TCRP Ambassador Program will be accepted only through COMTO's online portal. Applications must include letters of reference. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Self-nominations are encouraged. COMTO will notify all applicants in writing. Applications are accepted year-round. To be considered for the next Ambassador class, a complete application must be received by May 11, 2018.

Apply to the TCRP Ambassador Program

Program Management

TCRP is a cooperative effort of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA); the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine acting through TRB; and the Transit Development Corporation, Inc. (TDC), a nonprofit educational and research organization established by APTA. For more information about TCRP, visit it's website 

COMTO manages the TCRP Ambassador Program under APTA's Dissemination and Implementation Program. Contact Mariah Stanley with any questions.