Public health and transportation is the theme of the September-October 2015 issue of TR News

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The Transportation Research Board Health and Transportation Subcommittee (ADD50-01) advances research, education, and professional practice in public health and transportation. 

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The TRB Health and Transportation Subcommittee ADD50(1) invites authors to submit papers that focus on the impact of transportation on public health in rural areas. Under the broad theme of public health effects associated with transportation in rural areas, the papers may be mode-specific or multi-modal, policy or data oriented, public or private sector focused, and studied within the United States or elsewhere. Research papers may concern rural areas only or they may be comparative studies with suburban and/or urban areas.

See the full rural health call for papers for more information. 

The Health and Transportation Subcommittee of the Transportation Research Board seeks research papers expanding and improving our understanding and evaluation of the relationship between public health and transportation. We welcome papers that are based on critical thinking and that add to the growing body of knowledge with concepts, principles, theories, and applications in the area of health and transportation.

See the full call for papers for more information. 

TCRP Research Proposal, 2017

Problem statement: 
Comprehensive Operational Analyses (COA) are a regular practice in the transit industry and vary in format and topics covered. COAs can include an in-depth study that identifies the transit system’s strengths and areas for improvements and suggestions to improve efficiency and increase usage. Agencies will often undertake a COA as a means of adjusting and adapting its operations to achieve the objectives of the agency, region, and metropolitan long-range plan.

Components of COAs vary. Elements may include:
  • A market assessment, customer profile, and ridership analysis;
  • Review of service structure and service standards;
  • System and route performance evaluation;
  • Management audits;
  • Fleet profiles;
  • Capital needs assessment including improvements to passenger facilities;
  • Staffing recommendations; and 
  • Implementation strategies. 
Transit properties concentrate on one or more elements as part of their COA.

What is missing from the COA is a systematic means explaining how to weave population/public health concerns through the various elements. 

This problem statement calls for:

1. An assessment of the state of the COA practice;
2. A guidebook to bring a population/public health perspective to the COA elements; and
3. A checklist-type evaluation that agencies can use to quickly assess how well they may be considering population/public health in their organization without doing a complete COA.