Date:  Jan. 4, 2017


World's Largest Gathering of Transportation Professionals -- Jan. 8-12;
Transportation Secretary Foxx Among Speakers

WASHINGTON -- More than 13,000 people from about 70 countries -- including policymakers, administrators, practitioners, and researchers from government, industry, and academia -- will gather for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 96th Annual Meeting.  The event will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., from Jan. 8-12, and will involve more than 5,000 presentations at over 800 sessions and workshops covering all transportation modes.  Approximately 130 sessions will address one or more of three hot topics: transformational technologies, resilience, and public health.

Several panel sessions and special events include:

Sessions With U.S. Department of Transportation Officials 

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx: Beyond Traffic – Looking Forward to Innovation in an Era of Rapid Change

Based on the report Beyond Traffic 2045: Trends and Choices, Secretary Foxx will provide remarks on key trends that will impact transportation over the next 30 years and potential solutions that can be adopted to address those forces to meet the needs and goals of the U.S.  The session also will include a panel discussion with Blair Anderson, undersecretary of transportation for policy at USDOT; Peter Rogoff, CEO of Sound Transit and former undersecretary of transportation for policy at USDOT; Polly Trottenberg, commissioner of New York City Department of Transportation; and Vincent (Vinn) White, acting assistant secretary for transportation policy at USDOT.

Monday, Jan. 9, 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

The Build America Bureau – What’s Happening and Looking Forward

The Build America Bureau was created to expand the use of federal transportation credit programs and to streamline technical and financial assistance to accelerate project delivery across transportation modes.  Panelists will discuss the accomplishments of the Bureau’s first year and innovations planned for the coming year.

Monday, Jan. 9, 10:15 a.m. to noon

Smart and Inclusive Cities – Where Is All of This Going?

Several U.S. cities are working to reshape their transportation systems to become part of a fully integrated city that harnesses the power and potential of data, technology, and creativity to reimagine how people and goods move throughout their cities.  Panelists will discuss the evolving Smart City ecosystem, which includes other city-oriented grant programs and partnerships across all levels of government, and the private and nonprofit sectors.

Monday, Jan. 9, 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. 

FHWA: Leadership in Innovation

Gregory Nadeau, administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, and leaders of state transportation agencies will discuss meeting transportation challenges through proactive leadership in innovation.

Monday, Jan. 9, 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

State Department of Transportation CEO Roundtables 

Women CEOs Speak About Transportation Leadership

In this session, five women who are heads of state departments of transportation in the U.S. will discuss leadership and their experiences advancing in transportation organizations.

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 10:15 a.m. to noon 

What Keeps CEOs Up at Night? Leadership Perspective on Running DOTs

CEOs from five state transportation departments will discuss the challenges they face in guiding their departments in an era of technological innovation and constrained budgets.

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. 

Accommodating Multimodal Transportation Options Within an Existing Right of Way

Department of Transportation CEOs from Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, and Washington will discuss the use of their most valuable assets, existing rights of way, to provide transportation options beyond cars and trucks.

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sessions Covering Public Health, Transformational Technologies, and Resilience

Transportation Accessibility for Health, Education, and Jobs
Transportation provides access to jobs, education, and a host of other activities. This session will highlight transportation accessibility trends, initiatives, and projects regarding reaching demographic segments such as youth, elderly, minorities, low-income, and rural populations.

Monday, Jan. 9, 10:15 a.m. - noon  

Managing the Transition to Shared Automated Vehicles

The presentations and discussions in this session will cover impacts on congestion, emissions, energy use, space needed for streets and parking, accessibility, and social inclusion, and will address the research and policy actions that should be considered to facilitate deployment of shared automated vehicles.

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 8 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Cybersecurity and Resilience for the Internet of Moving Things
This session describes how to include cybersecurity and resilience in transportation system designs and programs, mechanisms for ensuring a shared response to cyber incidents, and strategies for cyber resilience in complex transportation systems and interdependent energy infrastructures.

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 10:15 a.m. - noon

Connected Cities and Technology Integration: Challenges of Implementing Connected Vehicle Applications Into Aging Urban Infrastructure
This session provides a forum for federal, state, city, and international experts to explain the multiple technology transfer challenges of integrating connected and automated vehicles and related data and communications systems into aging urban infrastructure.

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Chairman's Luncheon

The Chairman's Luncheon is attended by about 750 leaders in the transportation field from the U.S. and abroad.  This year's featured speaker is Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.  Shin manages NASA’s aeronautics research portfolio, which focuses on the fundamental aeronautics of flight, aviation safety, and the nation’s airspace system.  Shin also co-chairs the National Science and Technology Council’s Aeronautics Science and Technology Subcommittee, which wrote the nation’s first presidential policy for aeronautics research and development.  Tickets are required for the luncheon.  Limited seating for the lecture, without lunch, is available in the balcony beginning at 12:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 11, noon to 2 p.m. 

The annual meeting also will feature an exhibit hall with more than 250 exhibitors from government agencies, research organizations, and commercial businesses, showcasing their products and services.  

A newsroom will be available to reporters at the Convention Center, Room 304.  Members of the media must register for access to the room.  For registration information, contact Lisa Marflak (information below).  More information about the meeting schedule, including an interactive program and curated sessions for attendees with specific interests, is available online. 

Attendees can download the free annual meeting app to access information on the schedule of events, program participants, floor plans, exhibitors, and more.  To download, search "TRB 2017" in the App Store or Google Play.  To follow online conversations about the annual meeting, use the hashtag #TRBAM and follow TRB on Twitter @TRBofNA.

TRB is a program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine -- private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine.  The Academies operate under an 1863 congressional charter to the National Academy of Sciences, signed by President Lincoln.  


Lisa Marflak, Transportation Research Board Director of Communications/Media
202-334-3134; e-mail

Dana Korsen, Media Officer
Academies’ Office of News and Public Information
202-334-2138; e-mail