Date:  Jan. 17, 2012

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


TRB's 2012 Annual Meeting Highlights Putting Innovation and People To Work in Transportation

 

WASHINGTON -- The 91st annual meeting of the National Research Council's Transportation Research Board will have more than 4,000 transportation-related presentations in nearly 650 sessions and workshops.  Some 11,000 people from around the world -- including policymakers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, journalists, and representatives of government, industry, and academia -- will attend the meeting.  This year's spotlight theme is "Transportation: Putting Innovation and People to Work."

 

The meeting will take place in Washington, D.C., from Jan. 22-26 and be held in three hotels: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road, N.W.; Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St., N.W.; and Hilton Washington Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Ave., N.W.  Newsrooms will be available to reporters at the Marriott and Hilton; members of the news media must register to attend the annual meeting.  For registration information, contact Russell Houston (contact information below).  A list of highlighted sessions follows.  More information about the meeting, including a complete list of sessions, is available at http://www.trb.org/AnnualMeeting2012/AnnualMeeting2012.aspx.  

 

Highlighted sessions:

 

What to Do When TEA Runs Out: Challenges and Opportunities for Restructuring the Federal Surface Transportation Program

Although the fundamental restructuring of both the purpose and revenue of the federal surface transportation program has been widely discussed and studied, achieving political and public consensus has been elusive.  Transportation experts will discuss the future direction and focus of the federal program.

JAN. 21, 1:30 P.M. TO 5:30 P.M., HILTON

 

Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lecture: "Public Transportation - Today and Tomorrow"

William W. Millar, recipient of the 2012 Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lectureship award and former president of the American Public Transportation Association, will speak about the future of public transportation. 

JAN. 23, 6 P.M. TO 7:15 P.M., MARRIOTT

 

The Future of the Federal Role in Transportation (e-session)

There is general agreement that future federal transportation programs should focus on areas that are in the "national interest."  There is less agreement, however, on what constitutes the national interest.  Leaders from the U.S. Department of Transportation and Congress will debate the future federal role in transportation.

JAN. 25, SESSION 682, 8 A.M. TO 9:45 A.M., MARRIOTT

 

Dialogue With U.S. DOT Secretaries

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joins previous secretaries to discuss some of the most challenging issues faced and most significant accomplishments made during their tenures, and how these might relate to current and future transportation issues and challenges.

JAN. 25, 10:15 A.M. TO NOON, MARRIOTT

 

Chairman's Luncheon

Featured speaker Earl Swift, Virginia-based journalist and author, will share his perspective on the history of the Interstate highway system, which is the subject of his new book, The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways, released in June 2011.

Lunch ticket required.  Free perimeter seating without lunch is available.

JAN. 25, NOON TO 2 P.M., SHOREHAM

 

Monday, Jan. 23

 

Achieving Balance Between Pedestrians and Vehicles at Roundabouts

This session will look at driver responses to pedestrian treatments in roundabouts, how pedestrians impact vehicular capacity, and other topics.

SESSION 200, 8 A.M. TO 9:45 A.M., MARRIOTT

 

Maintenance in Lean Times

This session will address some of the difficult choices state highway agencies have made during periods of economic constraint and the impacts of those choices on infrastructure maintenance.

SESSION 257, 10:15 A.M. TO NOON, MARRIOTT

 

Pedestrians and Safety

Presentation topics will include safer midblock pedestrian crossings, communications between right-turning vehicles and pedestrians, and approaches to pedestrian safety in New York City. 

SESSION 260, 10:15 A.M. TO NOON, MARRIOTT

 

Improving Delivery of Transit Services in a Fiscally Austere Economy

This session will present creative responses to financial constraints that have improved transit performance.  They include low-cost bus-only and bicycle lanes and signal priority in New York City as well as lessons learned from a national perspective.

SESSION 281, 10:15 A.M. TO NOON, HILTON

 

Parking: Getting the Supply Right

Presentations will discuss price elasticity of on-street parking demand and parking use in affordable housing, among other topics.

SESSION 336, 1:30 P.M. TO 3:15 P.M., HILTON

 

Changing Safety Culture Within Organizations

This session will discuss how organizations can go beyond compliance with safety procedures to create a true safety culture and philosophy.

SESSION 362, 3:45 P.M. TO 5:30 P.M., MARRIOTT

 

Transit Fare Policy

From zero-fare policies to sustainably funded metro systems, this session will examine the impacts of transit fare policies as applied to specific case studies.

SESSION 391, 3:45 P.M. TO 5:30 P.M., HILTON

 

Relationship Between Walking and Design

Questions examined in this session will include whether distance matters in walking trips and how commonly pedestrians walk to, from, and within shopping districts.

SESSION 430, 7:30 P.M. TO 9:30 P.M., MARRIOTT

 

Vehicle Crash Avoidance Technologies: Design Considerations and Real-World Experience

This session will examine real-world impacts of crash avoidance technologies for older and teenage drivers.

SESSION 437, 7:30 P.M. TO 9:30 P.M., MARRIOTT

 

Commercial Space Transportation: The Endless Frontier

This session will explore the future of commercial space transportation from a technological, business, and regulatory perspective.

SESSION 439, 7:30 P.M. TO 9:30 P.M., SHOREHAM

 

 

Tuesday, Jan. 24

 

Driverless Cars: Tomorrow or Next Century?

An international panel of experts will look at advances made during the last 15 years by Google and others toward the goal of a driverless car and how close we are to cars that can drive themselves.

SESSION 457, 8 A.M. TO 9:45 A.M., MARRIOTT

 

Future of Transportation for Older Adults in Small Communities

Four speakers will discuss how transportation access can impact aging populations in small communities, including inhabitants' access to health care.

SESSION 486, 8 A.M. TO 9:45 A.M., HILTON

 

Communicating the Value of Transportation Research to Senior Policymakers, Politicians, and the Public (e-session)

This session will address how to raise awareness of the value of transportation research among those audiences that appear to be most influential -- senior policymakers, politicians, and the public.

SESSION 502, 10:15 A.M. TO NOON, MARRIOTT

 

Driver Distraction: Implications for Young Drivers

How to make young novice drivers concentrate on the road will be discussed in this session, which will examine adolescent brain development and technologies to improve focus.

SESSION 503, 10:15 A.M. TO NOON, MARRIOTT

 

Managing Disasters: Communications Tools and Technologies (e-session)

This panel will explore enhanced communications during disasters to mitigate the impact on critical transportation infrastructure and the effect of communications on policy and financial decisions.

SESSION 517, 10:15 A.M. TO NOON, SHOREHAM

 

Big Ideas for Smaller Cities: Planning in Small and Medium-Sized Communities

Topics covered in this session will include planning of secondary road networks for low-speed vehicles, alternative tools for small metropolitan planning organizations, and factors that influence walking in a small urban region.

SESSION 523, 10:15 A.M. TO NOON, HILTON

 

Social Media and Public Transportation

From determining rider satisfaction to personalized transit service alerts, this session will look at the uses of social media in public transportation and how to overcome barriers to their implementation.

SESSION 532, 10:15 A.M. TO NOON, HILTON

 

Intercity Passenger Rail: Tailored Solutions and Market Penetration

Speakers will provide observations and a modal-competition framework to consider the future competitiveness of U.S. intercity passenger rail.

SESSION 546, 1:30 P.M. TO 3:15 P.M., MARRIOTT

 

Current Issues in School Transportation Safety

This international collection of experts will discuss parental attitudes on children's active school commuting, use of "your speed" changeable message signs in school zones, and how school choice and fiscal austerity can impact school transportation.

SESSION 604, 3:45 P.M. TO 5:30 P.M., MARRIOTT

 

Bicycle Safety and Infrastructure from a Multiuser Perspective

This session reviews issues in bicycle safety and infrastructure from around the world -- China, Ireland, Australia, and Portland, Oregon.

SESSION 646, 7:30 P.M. TO 9:30 P.M., MARRIOTT

 

 

Wednesday, Jan. 25

 

Location Data and Privacy Values: Implications for Policy and Planning

The popularity of smart phones and applications for location-based services have led to increased interest in associated data in transportation.  In this context, speakers will discuss what privacy is and what it means to stakeholders in different usage scenarios.

SESSION 698, 8 A.M. TO 9:45 A.M., HILTON

 

Beginning Analysis of SHRP 2 Naturalistic Driving Study

This session will provide an overview of the naturalistic driving study followed by presentations on specific aspects of the study, including driver inattention, offset left-turn lanes, congested freeways, and rural two-lane curves.

SESSION 716, 10:15 A.M. TO NOON, MARRIOTT

 

Considering Operating Speed in Design

An international panel of speakers will discuss motor vehicle speeds for urban sustainability, impacts of centerline and shoulder rumble strips, road width and free-flow speed in rural highways, and more.

SESSION 747, 2:30 P.M. TO 4 P.M., MARRIOTT

 

Carsharing: Behavioral Findings and Public Policy Implications

Sharing insights from international case studies, this session will include presentations on cumulative impacts of carsharing on vehicle ownership and choice, taxes on carsharing in relation to public benefits, and more.

SESSION 761, 2:30 P.M. TO 4 P.M., HILTON

 

Where Have All the Hitchhikers Gone? Are They Really Gone or Have They Just Changed?

From "slugging" to casual carpooling, this session will look at the evolution of the hitchhiker.  Presenters will include Stephen Dubner, co-author of "Freakonomics."

SESSION 772, 2:30 P.M. TO 4 P.M., HILTON

 

Price-Managed Lanes: Current Topics and Experience (e-session)

The current state of price-managed lanes continues to evolve.  This session will identify the latest findings from four projects: I-10 (Houston), I-394 (Minnesota), I-85 (Atlanta), and Bay Area facilities.

SESSION 790, 4:30 P.M. TO 6 P.M., HILTON

 

Determining Designs for More Effective Light-Rail and Streetcar Investments

This session will consider light-rail and streetcar design and the impacts systems can have on poorer neighborhoods.

SESSION 791, 4:30 P.M. TO 6 P.M., HILTON

 

 

Thursday, Jan. 26

 

Nonmotorized Travel Behavior

Experts from Korea, Japan, England, Canada, and the U.S. discuss bike-sharing, mode and walk-route choice in a downtown area, turning points in travel behavior, conducting walkability audits, and integrating walkability into planning practice.

SESSION 810, 10:15 A.M. TO NOON, HILTON

 

TRB is a division of the National Research Council.  The Research Council is the principal operating agency of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.  For more information, visit http://national-academies.org.

 

Contacts: 

Russell Houston, Senior Communications Officer

Transportation Research Board

202-334-3252; e-mail rhouston@nas.edu

 

Lorin Hancock, Media Relations Officer

Office of News and Public Information

202-334-2138; e-mail news@nas.edu

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