TACL

TACL FAQs

Why was TACL created?

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) published Public Transportation: Enhanced Federal Information Sharing on Coordination Could Improve Rural Transit Services in January 2020. GAO recommended that Federal Transit Administration (FTA) “develop a communication plan that will effectively share information with state and local stakeholders on coordination opportunities in an accessible and informative way.”  This effort was created to improve interagency resource coordination between FTA and its five Technical Assistance (TA) Centers.

What does coordination mean?

Coordination is the act of organizing federally funded transportation programs and sharing resources across agencies to improve the accessibility, availability, and efficiency of transportation services to targeted populations. To learn more about transportation coordination, visit FTA's Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM).

How are resources reviewed?

Each resource is reviewed by 1) a task force member from a different TA Center and 2) 1-2 additional reviewers (a transportation expert and/or a member of the public with an interest in transportation coordination).

Each reviewer assigns a Y (for yes) or N (for no) for each resource for each criterion:

    • Coordination Focus – based on the GAO report above that resources provide:
      • ways to coordinate with other providers
      • how providers addressed coordination challenges
      • technologies that were used to facilitate coordination
      • quantifiable data and results on coordination
    • Applicability – a user of this resource would be able to apply it to their transit service
    • Equity Focus – focuses on diversity and inclusiveness, unbiased, not politically motivated
    • Timeliness/Up-To-Date – the content of the resource is based on current coordination practice and knowledge and is applicable to current practice

Resources assigned N in Coordination Focus are disqualified.  Resources with 3 or more N in any other criterion are also disqualified.

How is TACL organized?

  • TA Center - which technical assistance center published the document
  • Date - the year the publication was most recently published
  • Format - see below for what types of resources are included in TACL
  • Subjects - broad, overarching focus of each resource, such as planning, funding, etc. For example, the subject Sectors means groups of people, such as mobility managers.
  • TRT terms - see the answer below for What are Transportation Research Thesaurus (TRT) Terms
  • Tags - terms and short phrases in the title or abstract of the article that define it, such as shared mobility, human services transportation, etc.

Search results in TACL can be filtered by each of these items.

What are Transportation Research Thesaurus (TRT) Terms?

The Transportation Research Board's (TRB) Transportation Research Thesaurus (TRT) is a tool to improve the indexing and retrieval of transportation information. The TRT's purpose is to provide a common and consistent language between producers and users of transportation information.

What types of resources are included in TACL?

  • Case studies - documentation of promising practices and approaches from one or more organizations
  • Fact sheets - very brief summaries on topics
  • Learning modules - in-depth training on topics, often with interactive learning components
  • Peer calls - telephone or web meetings where peers discuss topics
  • Research reports - scholarly articles based on current research
  • Seminars - classroom-style online training
  • Technical briefs - Brief documents providing technical assistance
  • Toolkits - comprehensive online documents that provide guidance and resources
  • Topic guides - collections of curated online resources about a topic
  • Trends reports - research on data and analysis
  • Webinars - recorded educational presentations 

How often will TACL be updated?

TACL will be updated on a quarterly basis.

Does TACL include subjects other than transportation coordination?

Although the resources cover many additional subjects (transit technology, shared mobility, etc.), they are all also focused on transportation coordination.

Will TACL include resources created outside of FTA and its TA Centers?

The task force will be exploring this option in 2022. In the interim, you can find related resources in the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Transport Research International Documentation (TRID) Library.

Can my website link to TACL on my organization’s website?

Yes. Transportation organizations (such as State DOTs, University Transportation Centers, etc.) are encouraged to do so and do not need to request permission.  Our URL is http://www.transportation-tacl.org

How can TACL be used? 

TACL resources can be used to identify high-quality technical assistance on transportation coordination. The resources can be used for research, training, practice, operations, planning, and other purposes.  We encourage authors to cite TACL resources.

How do I access technical support if I have questions about using the TACL portal?

Contact us at info@nationalrtap.org and we will be able to assist you.

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