Date:  Jan. 6, 2014




One of the World's Largest Gatherings of Transportation Practitioners to Convene Jan. 12-16


WASHINGTON -- Approximately 12,000 people from around the world -- including policymakers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, journalists, and representatives of government, industry, and academia -- are expected to attend the 93rd annual meeting of the National Research Council's Transportation Research Board (TRB). 

The event will take place in Washington, D.C., from Jan. 12-16 and have more than 4,500 transportation-related presentations at nearly 800 sessions and workshops.  This year's spotlight theme is "Celebrating Our Legacy, Anticipating Our Future." Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will address the attendees at the meeting.


The meeting will also feature an interactive exhibit hall with displays from almost 200 organizations showcasing their products and services.  Exhibitors include government agencies, research organizations, and commercial businesses.  View a complete list at


The meeting will 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.  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


Attendees can download the free annual meeting app for access to the schedule of events, program participants, floor plans, exhibitors, and more.  To download, search "TRB 2014" in the App Store or Google Play, or visit To follow online conversations about the annual meeting, use the official hashtag #TRBAM and follow TRB on Twitter @TRBofNA.



Highlighted sessions:


Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lecture and Presentation of Awards

The Deen Distinguished Lectureship recognizes the career contributions and achievements of an individual in areas covered by the Transportation Research Board's Technical Activities Division.  As the 2013 recipient, Joseph Schofer, professor of civil engineering and transportation and associate dean at the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University, and director of the Infrastructure Technology Institute, will deliver a lecture titled "Moving the Goods: Performance Measures and the Value Proposition for Transportation Projects."  A number of TRB awards will also be presented at this event.

JAN. 13, 6 P.M. TO 7:15 P.M., MARRIOTT


State Department of Transportation CEO Critical Issues Roundtable, Part 1: Funding and Financing

The nation has been locked in a rigorous debate about deficits and taxes, which directly impacts how to fund infrastructure investment.  State department of transportation (DOT) CEOs will discuss whether and how states should shoulder greater funding responsibility over the long term.



State Department of Transportation CEO Critical Issues Roundtable, Part 2: Performance Management 

A panel of state DOT CEOs will discuss the experience of states with performance measurement and management to date, and how they view rules now being proposed to implement the performance management requirements of MAP-21, which funds transportation programs.

JAN. 14, 1:30 P.M. TO 3:15 P.M., MARRIOTT


State Department of Transportation CEO Critical Issues Roundtable, Part 3: Evolving to Systems Management and Operations Culture

A panel of state DOT CEOs will discuss how agencies established to build systems can operate them efficiently, making sound decisions about innovations, technologies, and operating practices to improve system performance.

JAN. 14, 3:45 P.M. TO 5:30 P.M., MARRIOTT


Chairman's Luncheon

As the premier event at the meeting, the luncheon is attended by leaders in the transportation field from the United States and abroad.  The luncheon program's featured speaker will be U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  Limited seating (without lunch and admittance after 12:45 p.m.) is available.



Other sessions of interest:


Role of Climate Resilience in Shaping Sustainable Transport Systems of the Future Part I

This workshop will focus on methods and tools for bringing climate change adaptation into planning and transportation decision making.

JAN. 12, 9 A.M. TO NOON (Part 1) and 1:30 P.M. TO 4:30 P.M. (Part 2), HILTON


The Next 50 Years in Travel Analysis: What We Don't Know but Need to Know

This workshop will examine how travel analysis can or should advance in the coming decades. The audience will participate through comments, handouts, and votes.



Opportunities for Accommodating New Technologies, Apps, and Data Capture in Improving and Regulating Taxis

The past five years have seen exceptional growth in the development of smartphone apps to serve the taxi rider.  This session will examine the opportunities and challenges presented by these apps.



Transportation Issues and Solutions in Major Cities

This poster session will highlight social media's use in transportation decision making, as well as the role of the participatory model in addressing urban transportation challenges.

JAN 13, 8:30 A.M. TO 10:15 A.M., HILTON


Freight Transportation Disaster Preparation and Response, Part 1: Multimodal Response to Port Disruptions from Superstorm Sandy

Presentations will highlight the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Virginia Port Authority's experiences before and after Superstorm Sandy.



Freight Transportation Disaster Preparation and Response, Part 2: Next Steps Emerging from Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, and Planned and Unplanned Closures on the Inland Waterways

This session will explore port and waterway disruption planning, response, and business continuity.

JAN. 13, 1:30 P.M. TO 3:15 P.M., SHOREHAM


Improving the Quality of Rail Transit Operations

This session will discuss a variety of issues faced by rail transit operations including rail car seating design, passenger information signs, and unplanned service disruptions.

JAN. 13, 1:30 P.M. TO 3:15 P.M., HILTON


Well-being and Travel

This session will explore the intersection between happiness and travel.  Participants will discuss the effect of travel on happiness and commuter satisfaction.

JAN. 13, 3:45 P.M. TO 5:30 P.M., HILTON


Optimizing the Performance of Transit Systems

This session will address ways to potentially optimize the performance of transit systems through the use of asset management principles, cell phone data, automated data-driver performance, and the elimination of some stops.  The session also will examine external influences to the public's perception of transit system quality.

JAN. 13, 4:15 P.M. TO 6 P.M., HILTON


Driver Distraction from Cell Phones, Texting, Lack of Sleep, and Aggressiveness

This session will examine the effects of distractions and other inhibiting behavior on a driver's performance.

JAN. 13, 7:30 P.M. TO 9:30 P.M., MARRIOTT


Transportation and Economic Development

This session will review the link between transportation and economic development, including the impact of highway investment and economic analyses of sea-level rise adaptation strategies for decision making.

JAN. 14, 8 A.M. TO 9:45 A.M., HILTON


Effects of and Adaptation to Climate Change in Transportation Systems

This panel of experts will examine how New York's transportation system has responded to climate change and what mitigation strategies are expected to be employed in the future.  It will also explore examples of how other countries handle the threat of flooding and storm surge.

JAN. 14, 8 A.M. TO 9:45 A.M., HILTON


Alternative Transportation Fuels and Technologies

This poster session will highlight non-traditional or alternative transportation fuels and vehicles, with a particular emphasis on hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles.

JAN 14, 8:30 A.M. TO 10:15 A.M., HILTON


Anticipating Future Needs in Transportation Cybersecurity

The need for comprehensive research, policies, and practices to address cybersecurity threats and potential risks in transportation systems is increasing. This session will describe initiatives that are addressing critical challenges, such as cybersecurity research for connected vehicles, cybersecurity education, and how to develop realistic cybersecurity strategies in operational transportation environments.



Impact and Implications of Autonomous Driving on Automated Transit Systems

This session will discuss the capabilities and safety of automated vehicles, public perceptions of self-driving cars, and travel and environmental implications of shared autonomous vehicles.

JAN. 14, 1:30 P.M. TO 3:15 P.M., HILTON


If Waterways Are So Great, Why Aren't We Paying for Them?

The nation's waterway freight transportation system receives high marks for its energy-efficiency, low pollution, and rare accidents, yet service interruptions and aging vessels still trouble the system.  This session will explore how better research could improve the system.

JAN. 14, 3:45 P.M. TO 5:30 P.M., SHOREHAM


Current Issues in Aviation

This poster session will explore economic, environmental, operational, and safety challenges faced by today's airports and airlines.

JAN. 14, 4:15 P.M. TO 6 P.M., SHOREHAM



Russell Houston, Assistant Executive Director

Transportation Research Board

202-334-3252; e-mail


Dana Korsen, Media Relations Officer

Chelsea Dickson, Media Associate

Office of News and Public Information

202-334-2138; e-mail