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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 and Development: Federal Role in the National Program
August 19, 2010 - August 20, 2010
Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

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: Amelia Mathis
Phone: (202) 334-3255
Fax: (202) 334-3510


Thursday, August 19, 2010 - Keck Center Room 101

CLOSED SESSION (TRAC Committee and TRB Staff Only)

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.


9:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
- Barry Barker, Chair, TRB Transit Research Analysis Committee

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Keynote Speaker
Dr. Therese McMillan, Deputy Administrator, Federal Transit Administration

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.
FTA’s Mission, Goals of the Workshop
Vincent Valdes, Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration, and Innovation, FTA

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
FOCUS SESSION 1: Transit Safety Research: Current Status & Key Issues

Moderator: Les Hoel, TRAC Member

- Mike Flanigon, Director, Office of Safety and Security, FTA

- Ed Watt, Health and Safety Director, Transport Workers Union (TWU) of America

- John McGuiggan, Director, systems Engineering and Safety Division, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (To Be Confirmed)

- Amber Reep, Program Manager, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida

Discussant: Greg Hull, APTA

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Working Lunch in Meeting Room

1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
FOCUS SESSION 2: Research on Safety Culture, Human Factors, and Safety Management Systems; and their Implications for Transit Safety Research
Moderator: Anna Barry, TRAC Member

- Kristen Bell, Vice President, Research and Development, Behavioral Science Technology (BST)
Safety Culture in Transportation Organizations

- Barry Strauch, Chief, Major Investigations Division (Office of Marine Safety), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Culture and Team Performance in Transportation

- Ralf Resch, General Secretariat, CEEP (The European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services)
European Safety Programs and Research on Standardization in Public Transit, with Special Focus on Metros and Trams

Discussant: Ralf Resch, TRAC Member

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.

3:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
FOCUS SESSION 3: Transit Safety Research: Its Contribution to Safety Culture, Identification of Data Needs, Contribution to Standards Development, and Implications for Federal Transit Research Priorities
Moderator: Linda Bohlinger, TRAC Member


- Mark Campbell, Chief Safety and Security Officer, FRA (retired)
Lessons leaned from previous transit incidents, how safety data is used to support the conclusions drawn from these analyses, and how this is used to identify additional safety data research needs

- Bill Parsons, Director of Operating Rules, Metro North Commuter Rail (retired)
Safety Data Needs (So Cal Metrolink Safety Peer Review and APTA examples) – implications for federal regulation, potential research and standards development needs

- Patrick Sherry, Professor, University of Denver
Safety vs. Fatigue Research and Application – Implications for Federal Regulation and Further Research

- Martin Schroeder, Chief Engineer, American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
Crash Energy Management Work Group Efforts; ASME heavy and light rail crashworthiness standards; SCRRA specification; potential future performance-based approaches

Discussant: Paul Jamieson, TRAC Member

5:45 p.m.

Reception (3rd Floor Atrium)

6::00 p.m. Reception Begins

Friday, August 20, 2010, Keck Center Room 101


8:45 - 10:30 a.m.

Welcome and meeting objectives
- Barry Barker, committee chair

Discussion of Workshop – Issues Raised, Gaps Identified, Potential Research Needs

Overall Outcome of Workshop
- Barry Barker

Focus Session 1: Key Research Issues, Outcome, and Research Action Agenda
- Les Hoel

Focus Session 2: Key Research Issues, Outcome, and Research Action Agenda
- Anna Barry

Focus Session 3: Key Research Issues, Outcome, and Research Action Agenda
- Linda Bohlinger

10:30 am BREAK

CLOSED SESSION (TRAC Committee and TRB staff only)

10:45 am

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
B. Barker
A. Barry
L. Bohlinger
B. Cline
L. Hoel
P. Jamieson
R. Resch.

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
assessment of workshop and possible letter report to sponsor; bias and conflict of interest discussion; plans for next meeting; composition of the committee.

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

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: August 20, 2010