TRB Webinar: Contracting Commuter Rail Services

February 12, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM U.S. Eastern
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AICP: 1.50 hour(s)
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TRB will conduct a webinar on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET that features research from the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP)’s Research Report 200: Contracting Commuter Rail Services, Volume 2: Commuter Rail System Profiles.

This webinar will provide an introduction to the guidebook in Volume 1 and an overview of the commuter rail systems in North America profiled in Volume 2. The presenters will discuss the various approaches that exist for providing commuter rail. They will also identify factors that influence these different approaches. This webinar will discuss a decision tree analysis to assess different approaches for providing commuter rail or to evaluate changes to existing commuter rail services.

This webinar is sponsored by the Transit Cooperative Research Program. There is no fee to attend this webinar; however, sign into to view registration information.

Webinar Presenters

  • Linda Cherrington, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • James Stoetzel, Finger Lakes Rail Consulting Group
  • Bruce Horowitz, ESH Consult

Moderated by:  Allan Rutter, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Webinar Outline

  1. Research purpose
  2. Overview of commuter rail in North America
  3. Approaches to providing commuter rail  
  4. Understanding factors that influence different approaches
  5. Guidance for decision tree analysis
  6. Conclusions
  7. Question and answer session

The first 60 minutes of the webinar will be for presentations and the final 30 minutes will be reserved for audience questions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will able to:

  • Identify different approaches for providing commuter rail in North America
  • Describe the factors that influence the different approaches
  • Discuss how to use decision tree analysis to decide when to apply different approaches or evaluate changes to existing services

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This webinar is approved by the American Institute of Certified Planners for 1.5 Certification Maintenance Credits.  Please make sure that you register for this session and log-in using the link that TRB provides to your email account. We use this as your record that you attended this session. TRB only maintains the records of attendees who use their email address to log into the webinar, and cannot verify attendance of individuals who view the webinar without personally logging into the session.

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