Origin of the Joint Council

By , May 23, 2010

The Joint Council on Transit Wireless Communications was established in 2009 in response to results developed under the National Academies, Transportation Research Board (TRB), Transit Research Cooperative Program (TCRP) Project, C-18 Strategic Plan for Meeting Transit Industry Wireless Communications Needs. Under this project, a strategic plan for transit industry wireless communications was developed through a collaborative effort with the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), and other industry representatives. One of the transit industry goals identified in the resulting strategic plan is the creation of a joint council to implement the strategic plan.

The establishment of a non-membership transit organization (i.e., the Joint Council) is viewed as necessary to capture all aspects of the passenger transportation industry.  It is recognized that the wireless communications needs of the more traditional “transit” industry substantially overlap with the needs of other passenger transportation service providers — the Joint Council provides a place to address our shared interests, and to engage crucial partner organizations including: FTA, DHS, FCC, TRB, and TCRP.  To meet the wireless communications goals of the transit industry, it will be important to maintain an on-going exchange with these partner organizations.