Jan. 7, 2019

World's Largest Gathering of Transportation Research Professionals Jan. 12-16; Transportation Research Board Celebrates Centennial

WASHINGTON – Nearly 14,000 people – including industry leaders, policymakers, administrators, and researchers from government, industry, and academia – are expected to gather for the Transportation Research Board’s 99th Annual Meeting, taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., from Jan. 12-16, 2020.

TRB is celebrating its centennial with the launch of a book chronicling the history of how the once-small group established in 1920 by the National Academy of Sciences grew to the nationally recognized organization it is today. In The Transportation Research Board, 1920–2020: Everyone Interested Is Invited, author Sarah Jo Peterson details the transportation milestones of the last 100 years and the role that TRB has played in shaping the current transportation landscape.

A number of sessions and workshops will focus on the meeting’s spotlight theme: “A Century of Progress: Foundation for the Future.” Nearly 800 total sessions and workshops and more than 5,000 presentations will cover all transportation modes.

Panel sessions and special events include:

Sessions With U.S. Department of Transportation Officials

Laying a Foundation for Advanced Transportation Technology
This session will introduce attendees to U.S. Department of Transportation senior officials who are leading the department’s automation technology initiatives. Attendees will hear about the USDOT’s views on how it is managing advances in transportation technologies and what to expect next.
Monday, Jan. 13, 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Infrastructure Policy in 2020 and Beyond
This roundtable discussion will focus on U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao’s priorities for 2020 and beyond. This session will include topics such as DOT’s Rural Initiative, Opportunity Zones, permitting reform, and railroad grade crossing safety; attendees will also be able to hear the administration’s perspective on surface transportation reauthorization.
Monday, Jan. 13, 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Preparing for Connected and Automated Vehicles: Results from EU - U.S. Research Collaboration
A 2018 agreement was signed between research contractors for the U.S. Department of Transportation and the European Commission to “twin” three projects on the topic of developing connected and automated vehicle (CAV) driving behavior models and assessing their impact on the traffic stream. This session will detail the agreement, the developed CAV driving behavior logic and applications, the EU and U.S. case studies, and a planning framework towards automation-readiness.
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Chair's Luncheon

The Chair's Luncheon draws an audience of 750 leaders in transportation from the public and private sectors throughout the United States and abroad. The program includes the introduction of new Executive Committee members and officers, as well as presentation of TRB’s most prestigious awards. The keynote speaker will be Elaine L. Chao, U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Also appearing as a featured speaker will be Sarah Jo Peterson, author of The Transportation Research Board 1920-2020: Everyone Interested Is Invited. A separate fee and ticket is required for the lunch. Gallery seating is available at no charge, and begins at 12:45 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 15, noon to 2 p.m.

Sessions With State Department of Transportation Officials

CEO Session: Equity's Role in Transportation Decision Making
This session will feature the nation's female CEOs of transportation as they discuss the role of equity in their decision-making. This session is also tied to the War Games Workshop, which will focus on the disruptive impacts of demographic growth and shifts as they relate to equity policy.
Monday, Jan. 13, 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Toward Zero Deaths: State DOTs Renewing Focus on a National Public Health Crisis
Ensuring the safety of the nation’s surface transportation system remains the foremost priority for each state DOT. This state DOT CEO roundtable will examine state DOTs actions to address transportation-related deaths and injuries by raising public awareness, utilizing life-saving technological advancements, and deploying innovative designs to safely accommodate all travelers.
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Sessions Focusing on Autonomous Vehicles and Shared Mobility

Shared Mobility and Traveler Choices
Shared mobility is the most common theme in this era of new mobility options, but is everyone willing to share? This session will present four research papers with differing perspectives on factors that influence the choices travelers make regarding shared mobility.
Monday, Jan. 13, 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Making Autonomous Vehicles Accessible for All
Autonomous vehicles are a promising technological step in improving transportation options for all persons, but there is a need to identify and address potential barriers to accessibility of vehicles. This session will feature presentations of research in accessibility of autonomous vehicles in both public transit and general transportation applications, including focus group research, testing of vehicles, and evaluation of service.
Monday, Jan. 13, 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Impact of Connected/Autonomous Vehicles on Roadway Maintenance Operations
Research initiatives are underway to understand how roadway assets such as traffic control signs, markings, signals, and computing and communications systems can facilitate connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) operations. State and local transportation agencies must strategically plan and prepare now for the potentially increased maintenance needs demanded by CAV.
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

The annual meeting will feature an exhibit hall with more than 300 exhibitors from government agencies, research organizations, and commercial businesses showcasing their products and services. 

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 for "TRB 2020" in the iTunes App Store or Google Play. To follow online conversations about the annual meeting, use the hashtag #TRBAM and follow TRB on Twitter @NASEMTRB.

A newsroom will be available to reporters at the Convention Center, Room 304. Members of the media must register for access to the room; contact Paul Mackie (information below). Registered media may receive a copy of TRB’s centennial book onsite. More about the meeting schedule, including an interactive program and curated sessions for attendees with specific interests, is available online.

TRB is a program unit 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.

Paul Mackie, Director of Communications/Media
Transportation Research Board
202-334-2378; e-mail PMackie@nas.edu

Andrew Robinson, Media Relations Associate
Office of News and Public Information
202-334-2138; e-mail news@nas.edu