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Project Title: Transit Research and Development: Federal Role in the National Program

PIN: SAIS-P-03-05-A         

Major Unit:
Transportation Research Board

Sub Unit:

Kortum, Katherine

Subject/Focus Area:
Transportation and Infrastructure

Transit Research Analysis Committee
July 7, 2005 - July 8, 2005
J. Erik Jonsson Woods Hole Center
314 Quissett Ave.
Woods Hole, Massachusetts

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Jill Wilson
Phone: 202/334-3817
Fax: 202/334-3510


Thursday, July 7, 2005

10:15 am
Update on FTA's Research Activities and Budget
Barbara Sisson, Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration and
Innovation, Federal Transit Administration

10:45 am
Informal discussion of first TRAC letter report

12:00 noon

1:00 pm
Session on Transit Ridership

Each panelist will give a brief presentation on his/her research. The
panelists, committee members, and other meeting guests will then engage in a
group discussion of future research needs and FTA's possible role in this

Review and Analysis of Ridership Literature
Brian Taylor, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Urban Planning, and
Director, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, Los Angeles, California

A European Perspective on Transit Ridership
David Bayliss, Consultant, Halcrow Group, London, England (committee member)

Ridership Forecasting and Travel Demand Modeling
Frank Spielberg, Principal, BMI-SG, Vienna, Virginia

Marketing and Fare Policy
Karla Karash, Vice President, TranSystems Corporation, Medford, Massachusetts

Campaigns to Increase Ridership at Denver Regional Transit District
Cal Marsella, General Manager, Denver RTD, Colorado (committee member)

Future Public Transportation Needs of an Aging Society
Lisa D'Ambrosio, Research Associate, AgeLab, Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, Cambridge

5:00 pm

Friday, July 8, 2005

10:00 am
Development of FTA's Strategic Research Plan
Gorman Gilbert, Professor and Head, School of Civil and Environmental
Engineering, Oklahoma State University, and Director, Oklahoma Transportation
Center, Stillwater, Oklahoma

11:30 am
Plans for next TRAC meeting

12:00 noon

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
Michael Townes
Barry Barker
David Bayliss
Ron Epstein
Santo Grande
Brian Macleod
Cal Marsella
Mike Mulhern
Nigel Wilson

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
-- Suggestions for future TRAC activities that would assist the Federal
Transit Administration (FTA) in developing its strategic research plan
-- Proposed schedule for future TRAC meetings
-- Process used by FTA to identify research topics
-- Report to FTA from Gorman Gilbert, Oklahoma State University, outlining an
approach for developing the agency?s strategic research plan

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: July 13, 2005