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Project Information

Project Information


Transit Research and Development: Federal Role in the National Program


Project Scope:

TRAC, an interdisciplinary committee of experts from industry, academia, and the private and public sectors, will examine and recommend actions FTA can take to ensure that its research and innovation program is relevant, timely, and effective in meeting the diverse and changing needs of the public transportation community. To do so, TRAC will review the program’s:

•latest Section 5312 Research Report that highlights program activities and accomplishments;
•strategic planning process, including approaches for setting research priorities and identifying research needs and opportunities;
•procedures for obtaining and evaluating stakeholder input;
•means for evaluating research results, furthering their use, and understanding their value to the transit industry and broader public.

TRAC will identify candidate areas of emphasis for FTA-sponsored research that are consistent with the stated goals of the U.S. Department of Transportation and with the Fast Act’s emphasis on improving mobility and infrastructure durability, reducing congestion, promoting safety, and preserving the transportation system and environment.

Drawing on its interdisciplinary knowledge and experience, TRAC will assist FTA in identifying and examining emerging trends affecting the public transportation sector as well as transferable practices from outside the sector that can benefit public transportation. TRAC will make recommendations to FTA on research and innovation program strategies intended to strengthen the public transportation industry’s adaptation to new circumstances and adoption of new practices.

TRAC will issue its findings and recommendations in biannual consensus letter reports but with the option, per request of FTA and subject to funding availability, to issue a longer consensus report that addresses elements of the task statement in more depth and over a longer time horizon.

Status: Current

PIN: SAIS-P-03-05-A

Project Duration (months): 24 month(s)

RSO: Kortum, Katherine

Board(s)/Committee(s):

Transportation Research Board

Topic(s):

Transportation and Infrastructure


Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 08/23/2016

Ms. Anna M. Barry - (Chair)
Connecticut Department of Transportation

Anna M. Barry was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation by Commissioner James P. Redeker in September 2012. In this position, she fills the role of Chief Operating Officer, with day-to-day responsibility for the operations of the Bureaus of Public Transportation, Highway Operations & Maintenance, and Engineering & Construction. This includes the Department’s operation of the nation’s largest commuter rail line and the state’s CT transit and CT rides systems. Since joining the Connecticut DOT, Ms. Barry has played a key role in several major projects, including the CT fastrak bus rapid transit project, the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield High Speed Rail Program and the Stamford Transit Oriented Development Project. Improved emergency management, reporting and preparation have been among her priorities. She has also supported the Commissioner’s priorities of improved project delivery and innovation, customer service and staff development. Prior to joining the Department, Ms. Barry enjoyed a 24 year career with the MBTA in Boston. Her positions there included Senior Director of Vehicle Engineering and Quality Assurance, Director of Subway Operations and Director of Railroad Operations.
Mr. J. Barry Barker
Transit Authority of River City

J. Barry Barker is Executive Director of the Transit Authority of River City in Louisville, Kentucky. He was previously General Manager at Metro in Akron, Ohio, and Assistant General Manager for Marketing and Management for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. He is a former chair of the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Oversight and Project Selection Committee, has served on several TCRP panels, and was a member of the NRC Committee for a Study of Contracting Out Transit Services. He has chaired the National Transit Institute Board and served on the Easter Seals/Project Action National Steering Committee, the TRB Executive Committee, and the Subcommittee on Planning and Policy Review. He has served on TRAC for four years in its previous incarnation, including as the committee’s chair. Barry is a past Vice Chair of Governmental Affairs for APTA. Mr. Barker earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s degree in public administration from Cleveland State University.
Mr. Ronald Brooks
Valley Transportation Authority

Ron Brooks is a 23 year veteran of the public transit industry. He has held technical, managerial and executive level positions in both private companies and public transit agencies. Currently, he serves as the Manager of Accessible Transit Services for Valley Metro, the regional public transit agency serving the Phoenix metropolitan area. In this role, he oversees the agency’s paratransit system, and he works with other staff and contractors to address accessibility issues on the agency’s buses and trains. Prior to joining Valley Metro in 2013, Mr. Brooks spent 13 years with a large international transportation provider, Veolia Transportation, where he specialized in accessible transit and paratransit operations. He has supported transit systems in areas as diverse as San Francisco, California, Palm Beach County, Florida and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and he is involved in a number of transit industry committees—all focusing on the improvement of transit and paratransit services for seniors and people with disabilities. He is very involved with several organizations affiliated with the American Council of the Blind, including the Arizona Council of the Blind, Guide Dog Users of Arizona, and ACB Families, an organization which provides information and peer support to families experiencing blindness or low vision.
Mr. Charles R. Carr
Mississippi Department of Transportation

Charles R. Carr is Director of the Office of Intermodal Transportation Planning for the Mississippi Department of Transportation. His office coordinates policy, planning, programmatic and administrative oversight of the department’s aeronautics, rail, ports, and public transit divisions. Before assuming his current position in 2010, he was Director of the Public Transit Division of the Mississippi Department of Transportation. In this position, he was responsible for grant administration and contract management, as well as policy analysis for public transit programs and initiatives. Previously he served as manager of the Transportation Implementation Bureau of the Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development and as a transit specialist. He has worked in state government since 1973. He has served as chair of the National Transportation Consortium of States, member of the Board of Directors of the Community Transportation Association of America, and chair of the Mississippi Public Transit Association. He is currently a member of the AASHTO Standing Committee on Public Transportation and NCHRP Project Panel SP 20-65, which is developing a public transportation research agenda. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in sociology from Jackson State University.
Dr. Adib Kanafani
University of California, Berkeley

Adib Kanafani, NAE, is a professor of civil engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Inspired by the work of Gordon Newell and Robert Oliver at UC Berkeley, he left Imperial College in London, where he was pursuing studies in transportation, and enrolled at UC Berkeley. During his student days his research interests and experience ranged widely; he developed a model for the location of parking facilities in cities, then went to work for ITS developing a system of transportation planning for national forests. He also discovered he had a keen interest in aviation, nurtured by a project to develop a new airport in Denmark, a project in which Berkeley’s Professor Robert Horonjeff played a key role. In 1970, Dr. Kanafani joined the UC Berkeley Civil Engineering faculty where he taught both planning and aviation, and incorporated microeconomics, systems analysis and optimization into his transportation engineering classes. He was instrumental in initiating research thrusts in new areas such as Intelligent Transportation Systems at UC Berkeley, and thus strengthened the Institute’s position as a leading research center in the field. During his 15-year tenure as UC Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies director, which began in 1983, Dr. Kanafani helped to create the PATH research program, focusing on intelligent transportation systems. He also co-directed the National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research, a university-industry consortium funded by the Federal Aviation Administration. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the American University of Beirut, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Ms. Nadine Lee
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation

Nadine Lee is the Deputy Director for Los Angeles Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation. Previously, she was a Project Manager for the Denver Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) FasTracks Program. A registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and Kansas, she began her career as a highway design engineer in Kansas City before moving to Denver in 1998 to work on her first transit project, RTD’s Southeast Corridor. Since then Ms. Lee has worked on numerous transit projects in Denver, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis, Portland, and Los Angeles. Ms. Lee’s responsibilities include stakeholder communications, consultant oversight, coordination and management, and responsibility for project schedules and budgets. Ms. Lee presented research papers on level boarding for the Northwest Rail (American Public Transportation Association Rail Conference, 2008) and on the at grade crossing evaluation methodology used for Northwest Rail (2007 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting and the 2007 Texas Transportation Institute National Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Training Conference). Ms. Lee participated in the prestigious Transit Cooperative Research Program’s (TCRP) International Transit Studies Program (ITSP) for the Spring 2009 mission to Southeast Asia. This study group traveled to Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Taipei to examine the use of performance measures to improve service delivery to transit customers. The findings by the study mission participants were published in the TCRP Research Results Digest 95 (April 2010). Ms. Lee served on the International Board for WTS (Women’s Transportation Seminar) and is a past Co-Chair of the WTS Leadership Series and a Past President of the Colorado Chapter. She holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Dr. Carol Lewis
Texas Southern University

Carol Lewis is an Associate Professor in Transportation Studies and Director of the Center for Transportation Training and Research at Texas Southern University. She is responsible for educating students in fundamentals of transportation and urban transportation issues, as well as conducting operational and policy related transportation research. Lewis was recently named TSU’s Principal Investigator for the Department of Homeland Security’s National Transportation Security Center of Excellence for Petrochemical Transportation Security. Since 1992, she has conducted research for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently completing a study regarding regionalizing public transportation. Lewis’ work for TxDOT also includes research about Smart Growth, Land Use and Development, Strategic Planning, and Land Value Effects of Elevated and Depressed Freeways. Dr. Lewis was the research supervisor for FHWA’s Noise Compatible Land Use Brochure and workshop series on this topic. Her funded research also includes corridor feasibility studies for major Houston area freeway corridors, analysis of options to better manage freeway lanes and an assessment of the external influences on transit-oriented development. Prior to joining Texas Southern University, Dr. Lewis spent 15 years as manager and director of planning at the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County. She belongs to a number of professional organizations including the Transportation Technical Committee of the local Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Red Cross Transportation Advisory Committee. In 2004, Houston’s Mayor Bill White appointed her to the Office of Mobility, an advisory function of the Mayor’s Office and as Chair of the City’s Planning Commission. At the suggestion of Mayor White, she was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Emergency Evacuation following the 2005 hurricane season. Dr. Lewis served two years on the board of the Metropolitan Transit Authority as an appointee of, then, Houston Mayor Lee Brown and six years as the national academic advisor for the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials. Dr. Lewis holds a Ph.D. from the University of Houston in Political Science and M.A. and B.A. from the University of Iowa.
Dr. John Lewis
Charlotte Area Transit System

John Lewis is the Chief Executive Officer of the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS). He arrived in September 2015 and is leading CATS through a construction of the LYNX Blue Line Extension, expansion of existing light rail platforms to accept three car trains, and advancing of the CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2 (streetcar) through final design and into construction. Mr. Lewis previously served as CEO of the Central Florida Regional Transit Authority (LYNX) where he provided strategic leadership to Central Florida’s primary mass transit system. During his tenure at LYNX, he oversaw two design/build projects for the expansion of Orlando’s LYMMO Bus Rapid Transit Line and managed three additional Alternatives Analysis Studies for the U.S. Route 192 Corridor in Osceola County, Route 50 Corridor in Orange County, and the final segment of the LYMMO study (North/South alignment). Prior to his time with LYNX, Mr. Lewis held several leadership positions as the CEO of the Greater Richmond Transit Company, and director of rail operations and director of bus operations with the Maryland Transit Administration. He chaired the Leadership APTA committee from November 2011 to November 2014, is a board member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials and the TCRP Oversight and Project Selection Committee. Mr. Lewis holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Allegheny College.
Mr. Bradford Miller
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority

Bradford Miller is the chief executive officer at Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, a position he has held since 2013. The Transit Authority has instituted an innovative pilot program with Uber and United Taxi and the successfully negotiated with the Service Employees International Union representing about 500 PSTA employees. Before joining PSTA, Miller worked five years as general manager of the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority in Iowa and six years at the Charlotte Area Transit System in North Carolina.
Ms. Angela K. Miller
Cubic

Angela Miller is the Director of Customer Solutions for Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc. Previously, she was Chief Technology Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer for the North County Transit District (NCTD) in Oceanside, California, which provides public transportation services in North San Diego County. Among her accomplishments, she secured competitive funds to install four solar projects on NCTD property, built a unique Green Data Center, installed electronic ticketing systems on commuter rail, and oversaw the launch of wireless Internet for real-time arrival information on the bus system. In recognition of these and other accomplishments, she was named one of Computerworld magazine's Premier 100 Information Technology Leaders for 2012. She holds an M.S. in environmental science from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. Macy Neshati
BYD Motors

Macy Neshati joined BYD Motors in 2014 as Vice President of Bus Sales. Prior to joining BYD, he spent the previous 17 years as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Complete Coach Works, helping CCW to become a dominant bus remanufacturer in North America. Mr. Neshati has been involved in the heavy equipment and transit industry for 35 years when he joined the Northern California Distributor for Detroit Diesel and Allison in 1979. After working within the Detroit Diesel and Allison distributor network for nearly fifteen years in various roles including service and parts manager, materials manager and eventually sales manager, Mr. Neshati joined Complete Coach Works as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and led the company to a sales growth of over 700% during his tenure. Mr. Neshati holds a B.A. in business management from St. Mary’s College.
Mr. Edward Watt
Amalgamated Transit Union

Edward Watt is Director of Special Projects for the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU). Previously he was responsible for rebuilding the Health and Safety department at the Transit Workers Union of America (TWU) and for health and safety training. He represented TWU of America on Health and Safety matters at the AFL-CIO, National Safety Council, American Public Transportation Association, and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF). He began working for the New York City Transit Authority as a bus operator in 1980. After serving in various union positions, he was elected Financial Secretary-Treasurer in 2000. In this position, he was responsible for coordinating various health and safety research projects with a variety of institutions, including Cornell's Institute for Workplace Studies. He was a member of the U.S. DOT Transit Rail Advisory Committee on Safety. He earned a master’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Baruch/Cornell.

Committee Membership Roster Comments

Sharon Feigon resigned from the committee on March 10, 2017.

Events



Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Covington, Michael
Contact Email:  Mcovington@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2265

Agenda
Thursday, May 31, 2018
OPEN SESSION

9:00
Introduction: Vincent Valdes, Associate Administrator, FTA Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation

9:30
FTA discussion on transit bus automation research

9:30 – 9:50
Introduction of U.S. DOT automation activities: Gwo-Wei Torng, Director, Office of Mobility Innovation, FTA Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation

9:50 – 10:15
Summary of FTA requests for comments on automation readiness and barriers to automation: Steve Mortensen, Senior Intelligent Transportation Systems Engineer, Office of Mobility Innovation, FTA Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation

10:15-10:30
Morning Break

10:30 – 11:30
FTA Strategic Transit Automation Research Plan: Danyell Diggs, Senior Transportation Program Analyst, Office of Mobility Innovation, FTA Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation

Steve Mortensen, Senior Intelligent Transportation Systems Engineer, Office of Mobility Innovation, FTA Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation

11:30 – 12 pm
International Transit Bus Automation Research: Eli Machek, Community Planner, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center


12:00 pm
Lunch

1:00 Open session adjourns


Friday, June 1, 2018
OPEN SESSION

8:00 am
Breakfast

8:30
FTA discussion with committee members
Matt Welbes, Executive Director, FTA - invited
Vincent Valdes

10:00
Open session adjourn
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Anna Barry (Chair)
John Barker
Ron Brooks
Charles Carr
Nadine Lee
Carol Lewis
John Lewis
Brad Miller
Ed Watt

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 11, 2018


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Katherine Kortum
Contact Email:  kkortum@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-3123

Agenda
9:00 Introduction: Vincent Valdes, Associate Administrator, FTA Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation

9:15 FTA presentations on innovation initiatives

Transit Automation Research: Gwo-Wei Torng, Director, Office Mobility Innovation, FTA Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation

Next Generation Public Transportation Vehicle Technology Research: Mike Baltes, Director, Office of Infrastructure and Asset Innovation, FTA Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation

Workforce Development in an Era of Emerging Technology: Mary Leary, Acting Deputy Associate Administrator, FTA Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation

12:00 pm Open session adjourns




Friday, November 17

8:30 FTA discussion with committee members
K. Jane Williams, Acting Administrator, FTA; Matt Welbes, Acting Deputy Administrator and Executive Director, FTA; and Vincent Valdes

10:00 Open session adjourns
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Anna Barry
J. Barry Barker
Charles Carr
Nadine Lee
Carol Lewis
Angela Miller
Macy Neshati
Edward Watt

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Committee reactions to FTA presentations and report outline

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

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
November 20, 2017


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Katherine Kortum
Contact Email:  kkortum@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-3123

Agenda
9:00
Committee introductions, Statement of Task, and report timeline
Katherine Kortum, Senior Program Officer, TRB
Faith Hall, TRAC Program Manager, Office of Research Management, Innovation and Outreach, FTA Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation

9:15
FTA presentations

Response to TRAC’s Fall 2016 letter report & FTA Research Priorities within the new Administration
Vincent Valdes, Associate Administrator, FTA Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation

Review of FTA’s Annual Research Report
Jamie Pfister, Deputy Associate Administrator, FTA Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation
What results were we looking for?
What results are we seeing now?

Review of FTA’s performance metrics for research
Mary Leary, Director, Office of Research Management, Innovation and Outreach, FTA Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation

Highlights of Performance Metrics and Outcomes in Two Major Programs
Mobility on Demand Performance Metrics
Gwo-Wei Torng, Director, Office Mobility Innovation, FTA Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation

Zero Emissions Vehicle Program
Mike Baltes, Director, Office of Infrastructure and Asset Innovation, FTA Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation

12:00pm
Lunch

1:00
Open session adjourns


Friday, April 7

8:30
FTA discussion with committee members
Matt Welbes, Acting Deputy Administrator and Executive Director, FTA
Vince Valdes
Jamie Pfister

10:00
Open session adjourns
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Anna M. Berry
J. Barry Barker
Ron Brooks
Nadine Lee
Carol Abel Lewis
John Lewis
Jr.
Angela Miller
Brad Miller
Macy Neshati
Ed Watt

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

committee discussed their perceptions of FTA's performance metrics and outlined their letter report

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

none

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
April 07, 2017


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Katherine Kortum
Contact Email:  kkortum@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-3123

Agenda
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

3:00pm: Committee Statement of Task and report timeline
--Katherine Kortum, Senior Program Officer, TRB
--Mary Leary, Director, FTA Office of Research

3:30: FTA presentations

Summary of research results to date
--Vincent Valdes, Associate Administrator, Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation
--Jamie Pfister, Deputy Associate Administrator; Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation

Review of FTA’s online dialogue themes
--Mary Leary

Overview of the Current Three Research Priority Areas
--Mobility: Gwo-Wei Torng, Director, Office of Mobility Innovation
--Asset Management & Asset Innovation: Mike Baltes, Director, FTA Office of Technology
--Safety: Mike Baltes

5:30: Meeting adjourns


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2016

8:30am: FTA strategic direction and the role of research
--Matthew Welbes, Executive Director, FTA
--Vince Valdes

9:30: Committee response and feedback to Day 1 presentations

11:30: Open session adjourns
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

A. Barry
J.B. Barker
R. Brooks
C. Carr
S. Feigon
N. Lee
C.A. Lewis
A. Miller
B. Miller
M. Neshati
E. Watt

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Committee discussed potential conflicts of interest and biases; previous experiences with the committee and FTA; and the outline of its report

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
September 26, 2016


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Claudia Sauls
Contact Email:  csauls@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-2373

Agenda
Keck 400 and by Webex

Open Session

10 am Introduction of meeting purpose, B. Barker and A. Barry, TRAC

10:10 Overview of MAP-21 implications on FTA R&D programs, W. Kulyk, FTA

10:20 FTA's plan for as programming framework, W. Kulyk, FTA

11:20 TRAC member questions

11:45 Plans for Next TRAC meeting, TRAC and FTA

Noon Adjourn
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Tom Menzies
Contact Email:  tmenzies@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1837

Agenda
Monday, July 30, 2012

OPEN SESSION
10:10 am Welcome and Overview of TRAC and Workshop Goals

10:30 Guest Presenter: Peter Rahn, HNTB. "State DOTs Have Demonstrated the Goal is Performance Management--Not Performance Measurement"

1:00 pm Guest Presenter: Diane Quigley, Transit Planning Administrator, Florida DOT "The Florida Transit Information System"

2:00 Guest Presenter:Alexander Barron, Research Associate, Railway and Transport Strategy Center, Imperial College, London
"International Transit Benchmarking Systems"

3:15 Guest Presenter:Robert Hazel, Partner, Oliver Wyman
"Techniques used by Public Airports to Monitor and Manage Performance"

4:15 Guest Presenter:Aaron Steinfeld, Senior Systems Scientist, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
"Creative Ways to Leverage Existing Data Resources and End User Contributions"

5:30 Roundtable: Committee, FTA officials, Guest speakers

7:00 OPEN SESSION ADOURNMENT

Tuesday 31 July 2012

OPEN SESSION

10:00 am “Community Transportation Research: Where We Are and Where We're Going.” Overview of CTAA Expo 2012 session,TRAC membrs Barb Cline and Ann August

10:30 Discussion with FTA Officials: Key Issues Raised by Presenters, Research Gaps Indicated, Potential Research Needs

11:30 Next Steps and Future Meeting Topics

1:00 pm OPEN SESSION ADJOURNMENT
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Barry Barker
Anna Barry
Michael Allegra
Ann August
Andrew Bata
Linda Bohlinger
Charles Carr
Barbara Cline
Terry Garcia Crews
Kim Green
Lester Hoel
Angela Miller
Jack Reilly
Ralf Resch
Susan Shaheen
Edward Watt

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The committee held an update of potential sources of bias and conflict of interest discussion. They also discussed the workshop presentations and began to outline a report to the sponsor.

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

none

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
August 02, 2012


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Tom Menzies
Contact Email:  tmenzies@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-1837

Agenda
December 8, 2011

2pm Briefing to FTA on Letter Report, chairman and committee
3pm FTA update of program activities
3:30 Break
3:45 FTA proposal for next TRAC meeting
4:15 Committee discussion
5:00 Adjourn

December 9, 2011

9:30 FTA and TRAC discuss details for 2012 TRAC meeting
11:30 Rotation of members, suggestions for nominees
Noon Adjourn
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Barry Barker
Ann August
Anna Barry
Linda Bolinger
Charles Carr
Barbara Cline
Kim Green
Ralf Resch
Jeffrey Rosenberg
Jack Reilly

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

- Update of committee composition balance and potential sources of bias and conflict of interest
- Plans for upcoming committee meeting was discussed.

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

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
December 22, 2011


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Claudia Sauls
Contact Email:  csauls@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-2373

Agenda
CLOSED SESSION (TRAC Members and TRB Staff Only)

7:45 – 8:25 a.m.

OPEN SESSION

8:35 – 8:50 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
Barry Barker, Chair, TRAC
Bruce Robinson, FTA

8:50 –9:10 a.m.
Kickoff Speaker: Rob Bertini, Deputy Administrator, RITA (invited)

9:10 – 11:10 a.m.
PANEL SESSION 1: Methods of Surveying Riders
Moderator: Anna Barry, TRAC Member
Panelists:
Ahmed El-Geneidy, Professor, McGill University
Understanding the needs of the transit market
Kathryn Coffel ,
ITS data in transit market research
Marcelo Oliveira, GeoStats and Jesse Casas, NuStats
Innovative technologies to improve on-board surveys
Q&A Discussion

11:15 – 12:30 p.m.

PANEL SESSION 2: Amenities and Technologies
Moderator: TRAC Member

Panelists:
Kim Green, President, GFI
Smart cards and other fare payment methods
Alan Borning, University of Washington
OneBusAway and real-time bus information
Josh Robin, Director of Innovation, MBTA
MBTA’s smart phone apps and other tech concepts

12:30 -1:30
Lunch

OPEN SESSION

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

PANEL SESSION 2 (Continued)
Q&A Discussion

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
FOCUS SESSION 3: Service attributes that interest riders
Moderator: Barry Barker, TRAC Chair
Panelists:
Jennifer Flynn, University of South Florida
BRT image and perception
Graham Carey
Experience with BLIMP
Jill Hough, North Dakota State University
Issue to small transit systems


Q&A Discussion

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Break

OPEN SESSION

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Plenary Wrap up and CLOSING REMARKS

5:30 p.m.
Reception and Light Buffet (1st Floor outside of Room 100)

Transit Research Analysis Committee
Transit Safety Research Workshop
Keck Center of the National Academies
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Room 101

Friday 1 July 2011


CLOSED SESSION

8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

OPEN SESSION

9:00-10:30

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

Overall Outcome of Workshop
Barry Barker
Panel 1—Key Research Issues, Outcome, and Research Action Agenda
Anna Barry
Panel 2—Key Research Issues, Outcome, and Research Action Agenda
TRAC Member
Panel 3—Key Research Issues, Outcome, and Research Action Agenda
Barry Barker
FTA Assessment
Bruce Robinson

10:30
BREAK

OPEN SESSION

10:45
Next Steps and Follow-on Workshop Topics

Noon
LUNCH AND ADJOURN

Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

J. Barry Barker

Ann August
Anna Barry

Charles Carr

Barbara Cline

Kim Green

Ralf Resch

Susan Shaheen


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The committee discussed the workshop presentations and held an update of potential sources of bias and conflict of interest discussion

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

none

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
July 01, 2011


Location:

Conference Call
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Claudia Sauls
Contact Email:  csauls@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-2373

Agenda
This meeting was closed in its entirety.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

J. Barry Barker
Linda Bohlinger
Kim Green

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Upcoming workshop in June

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

none

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
May 27, 2011


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Claudia Sauls
Contact Email:  csauls@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2373

Agenda
OPEN SESSION

9:00 FTA Update
Vincent Valdes, FTA

9:15 Overview of 7th TRAC Letter Report
Chairman

9:30 FTA Reaction to letter report
Thoughts on Workshop Process/Structure
Valdes, Bruce Robinson

10:00 Next Workshop Topic: Ridership Experience
Chairman

10:15 Importance to FTA Goals
Valdes, Robinson

10:30 Break

10:45 Overview of Relevant FTA research Valdes, Robinson

11:00 FTA presentations on specific areas being researched
(e.g., ITS, traveler information)

NOON Lunch

1:00 RITA presentation on intermodal ITS research (linking transit to other modes)

2:00 Committee brainstorming on design of workshop – questions that need answers and possible speakers for next workshop.

3:45 Acknowledgment and farewell to departing TRAC members
Chairman

3:55 Break

4:00 Closed session

Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

J. Barry Barker
Ralf Resch
Barbara Cline
Nigel Wilson
Paul Jamieson
Anna Barry

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The committee discussed the upcoming workshop

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

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
December 10, 2010


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Amelia Mathis
Contact Email:  amathis@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3255

Agenda
Thursday, August 19, 2010 - Keck Center Room 101

CLOSED SESSION (TRAC Committee and TRB Staff Only)

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

OPEN SESSION

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

Panelists:
- 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

Panelists:
- 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.
Break

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

Panelists:

- 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.
CLOSING REMARKS

Reception (3rd Floor Atrium)
ALL ARE INVITED AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND

6::00 p.m. Reception Begins


Friday, August 20, 2010, Keck Center Room 101

OPEN SESSION

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
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

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:

None.

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


Location:

J. Erik Jonsson Conference Center
314 Quissett Ave.
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Nikisha Turman
Contact Email:  nturman@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-2373

Agenda
Thursday, June 25, 2009

10:00 am – 4:45 pm OPEN SESSION

10:00 Update on FTA R&T Program, Bruce Robinson, Deputy Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration, and Innovation, FTA
• Activities since December 2008 TRAC meeting
• Future plans and budget
• Status of the Strategic R&D Plan Update
• TRI role in administering TIGER grants

10:45 Overview and discussion of 6th TRAC Letter Report, Chairman and Committee

11:30 Development of Targets for FTA’s Strategic Plan Objectives
• Purpose and overall approach, Bruce Robinson
• TRAC Discussion

12:15 pm Working LUNCH

1:15 Explanation of the Specific Targets Developed for Each of the Strategic Plan Objectives and Goals
• TRAC Discussion

2:30 BREAK

2:45 ITS Research and Strategic Planning at FTA, Walter Kulyk, Director, Office of Mobility Innovation, FTA

3:30 TRAC discussion

3:45 BREAK

4:00-4:45 Public Transport in Germany and Outlook for EU Regulation, Ralf Resch



Friday, June 26, 2009

9:45 – 11:30 am OPEN SESSION

9:45 Informal discussion with FTA
• Reactions to 6th TRAC letter report
• Discussion of previous day’s meeting
• Plans for next meeting
• Future TRAC activities
• Etc.

11:30 Break to CLOSED Session



Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

J. Barry Barker
Anna Barry
David Bayliss
Linda Bohlinger
Barbara Cline
Lester Hoel
Brian Macleod
Gale Ogawa
Ralf Resch
Linda Watson
Nigel H.M. Wilson


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Potential committee report materials.


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

None.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 30, 2009


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Nikisha Turman
Contact Email:  nturman@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-2373

Agenda
National Academies / Transportation Research Board
Transit Research Analysis Committee (TRAC)

Winter Meeting 2008
Wednesday, December 17 – Thursday, December 18

AGENDA

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

9:45 am - Noon
FTA Presentations and Committee Discussion
Vincent Valdes, Associate Administrator, R&D
Bruce Robinson, Strategic Analysis Team Leader

Program Update and Overview
•Status of FTA research program, including developments since spring TRAC meeting
•Revisit purpose of TRAC and its continued role in assisting FTA
•Status of legislation reauthorizing the Federal Transit Program

Strategic R&D Plan and Process
•Recap of plan and process presented at San Francisco spring meeting
•Progress during the past 6 months

Electric Drive Portfolio
•“Expanded” example of the strategic planning process

11:30 am
Committee/FTA discussion

12:00 pm
Lunch in meeting room (continue discussion)

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
RD&T Activities and Needs in Support of Human Services and Rider Accessibility

Guest panel
Mary Leary, Project ACTION and National Center on Senior Transportation, Easter Seals
Charles Dickson, Community Transportation Association
Art Guzzetti, American Public Transportation Association
Doug Birnie, Federal Transit Administration

2:30 pm
Committee discussion with guest panelists

3:30 pm
BREAK

3:45 pm
Group discussion with FTA


Thursday, December 18, 2008

10:00 am
Group discussion with FTA

•Letter Report
•How can TRAC be of value to FTA? Desired Time Frame for Report?
•Plans for next meeting
•Possible discussion themes/topics

11:00 am
BREAK

12:00 pm
ADJOURN


Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

B. Barker
A. Barry
D. Bayliss
L. Bohlinger
B. Cline
N. Ford
P. Jamieson
B. MacLeod
G. Ogawa
R. Resch
J. Rosenbeg
L. Watson
N. Wilson.

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

--Conflict of interest and bias discussion.
--Key points for and struture of the 6th TRACletter report.

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

none

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
December 22, 2008


Location:

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Tom Menzies
Contact Email:  tmenzies@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-1837

Agenda
Monday, June 23, 2008

8:30 am - 9:30 am CLOSED SESSION

9:30 am Break

9:40 am – 4:30 pm OPEN SESSION

9:40 Welcome and Self Introductions

9:45 Introduction and Discussion, Vincent Valdes, FTA Associate Administrator, RD&T

10:15 Overview, TRAC Activities and Past Advice, Michael Townes

10:30 Briefing on June 2008 Letter Report, Michael Townes

11:00 Discussion

Noon Working Lunch in Meeting Room (discussion continues)

1:00 FTA Presentation: Strategic Plan and Multi-year Plan: Progress and Plans

Bruce Robinson, FTA

2:00 Committee Discussion

3:00 BREAK

3:15 - 4:30
Opportunities for FTA and APTA RD&T Cooperation and Collaboration

Jonathan McDonald, Stantec and Chair, APTA Committee on R&T
Vincent Valdes, FTA Associate Administrator
Bruce Robinson, FTA


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

8:30 am - 9:15 am CLOSED SESSION

9:20 am – 11:30 am OPEN SESSION

Informal discussions, TRAC and FTA

11:30 Adjourn



Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

M. Townes
B. Barker
A. Barry
D Bsyliss
A. Cline
L. Bohlinger
N. Ford
L. Hoel
P. Jamieson
N. Wilson
B. Macleod.

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The committee discussed the issues it intended to raise and discuss with FTA officials during the open sessions to follow.

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

none

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 25, 2008


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Laura Toth
Contact Email:  ltoth@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2545

Agenda
Wednesday, December 5, 2007

8:00 am – 9:45 am CLOSED SESSION

9:45 am – 5:15 pm OPEN SESSION
9:45 am – 10:00 am - Break

10:00 am – 12 noon
FTA Updates and Overview

11:00 am
Group discussion

12 noon – 1:00 pm
Lunch (continue discussion)

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The Federal Role in Transit RD&T: Challenges and Opportunities from Reauthorization

1:00 -2:00 pm
FTA Presentation

2:00 pm
Group Discussion

3:30 pm
Break

3:45
Earmarking of Research in the Federal Government: Rationale, Effects, and Solutions

4:30 -5:00 pm
Group discussion

5:00 -5:15
Session wrap-up

5:15 pm Reception for all meeting participants
6:00 pm Dinner (discuss key points of possible letter report)


Thursday, December 6, 2007

8:00 am – 10:15 am CLOSED SESSION

10:15 am – 12 noon OPEN SESSION
10:15 am – 10:30 am
Break

10:30 am – 12 noon
Group discussion with FTA

12 noon – 1:00 pm CLOSED SESSION

1:00 pm - Adjourn
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Michael S. Townes
Hampton Roads Transit
Hampton
Virginia
chair
J. Barry Barker
Transit Authority of River City
Louisville
Kentucky
vice chair
Anna M. Barry
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Boston
David Bayliss
Halcrow Group
London
England
Linda Bohlinger
HNTB Corporation
Santa Ana
California
Barbara Cline
Prairie Hills Transit
Spearfish
South Dakota
Ronald L. Epstein
New York State Department of Transportation
Albany
Lester A. Hoel
University of Virginia
Charlottesville
Brian Macleod
Gillig Corporation
Hayward
California
Jeffrey Rosenberg
Amalgamated Transit Union
Washington
D.C.
Nigel H. M. Wilson
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The committee discussed the structure and content of its next planned letter report.

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

none

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
December 07, 2007


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Laura Toth
Contact Email:  ltoth@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2545

Agenda
Thursday, June 21, 2007

10:00 am
Update on development of FTA’s Multiyear Research Program Plan
Speaker from FTA

10:20 am
Update on FTA’s efforts to involve the University Transportation Centers in its research program
Speaker from FTA

10:50 am
FTA’s Baldrige National Quality Award efforts and research
Speaker from FTA

11:10 am
Group discussion

12 noon
Lunch

1:00 pm
U.S. DOT’s Congestion Relief Initiative
Speaker from Research and Innovative Technology Administration

1:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Session on Transit-Oriented Development

1:45 pm
Setting the Scene – What are we trying to accomplish with transit-oriented development and are we succeeding?
Speaker to be confirmed

2:05 pm
Denver, Colorado: A case study in transit-oriented development
Cal Marsella, General Manager, Denver Regional Transportation District, committee member

2:15 pm
How does smart growth affect travel behavior?
Jay Evans, Senior Associate, Cambridge Systematics

2:35 pm
Break

2:50 pm
Panel discussion on knowledge gaps and research opportunities
Ed Weiner, Mobility and Infrastructure Team Leader, U.S. DOT
Reid Ewing, Associate and Research Professor, National Center for Smart Growth, University of Maryland
Ming Zhang, Assistant Professor, University of Texas, Austin
Additional panelist to be confirmed

3:35 pm
Group discussion

4:50 pm
Session wrap-up
Michael Townes, committee chair; Barry Barker, committee vice chair

5:00 pm
Adjourn

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Reception for all meeting participants


Friday, June 22, 2007

10:30 am
Group discussion with FTA

12 noon
Adjourn
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Michael Townes
Barry Barker
Anna Barry
David Bayliss
Barbara Cline
Ron Epstein
Les Hoel
Paul Jamieson
Brian Macleod
Cal Marsella
Jeffrey Rosenberg
Nigel Wilson

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

• TRAC activities and membership changes since 2006 winter meeting
• Development of FTA’s Multiyear Research Program Plan
• Knowledge gaps and research opportunities in transit-oriented development identified during open sessions of meeting
• Strategies for linking FTA’s research to high-level national goals

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

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 25, 2007


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Laura Toth
Contact Email:  ltoth@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2545

Agenda
Thursday, November 30, 2006

10:15 am
Update on FTA’s Multi-year Research Program Plan
Presentation from FTA staff, followed by group discussion

11:15 am
Transit Research at the University Transportation Centers
Presentation from Mohammad Qureshi, Director, Institute for Multimodal Transportation, Jackson State University, followed by group discussion

12:15 pm
Lunch

1:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Rail Research at FTA: Gaps and Future Opportunities

1:15 pm
Introduction
Ron Hynes, Deputy Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration and Innovation, FTA

1:45 pm
Scope of Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA’s) Research
Speaker from FRA

2:00 pm
Volpe Report on Rail Transit ITS Research Opportunities
Joe Giulietti, Executive Director, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority

2:20 pm
Comments from Expert Panel
Anna Barry, Director of Subway Operations, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Bill Mooney, Vice President, Chicago Transit Authority
Paul O’Brien, Rail Service General Manager, Utah Transit Authority

3:00 pm
Break

3:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Group discussion

5:15 pm
Adjourn

Friday, December 1, 2006

10:15 am
Informal discussion with FTA sponsor

11:30 am
Adjourn
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Michael Townes
Barry Barker
David Bayliss
Linda Bohlinger
Barbara Cline
Paul Jamieson
Brian Macleod
Cal Marsella
Jeffrey Rosenberg
Nigel Wilson

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

• Future TRAC role, activities, and membership
• FTA’s Multi-Year Research Program Plan and Rail Transit ITS Research and Deployment Strategic Action Plan
• Information and ideas from presentations during open sessions of meeting
• Content of committee’s next letter report to FTA


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

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
December 06, 2006


Location:

J. Erik Jonsson Conference Center
314 Quissett Ave.
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Jill Wilson
Contact Email:  jwilson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3817

Agenda
Thursday, July 6, 2006

10:15 am
Update on FTA’s Research Activities and Budget
Ron Hynes, Deputy Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration and Innovation, Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

10:35 am
Development of FTA’s Multi-year Research Program Plan
FTA staff and representative from Battelle (contractor)

11:40 am
FTA’s Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) Review
Bruce Robinson, Transportation Systems Manager and Strategic Analysis Team Leader, FTA

12 noon
LUNCH

1:00 pm
Introduction to benchmarking
Ray Ellis, Director, AECOM Enterprises

1:30 pm
Metro rail and bus benchmarking groups
Eric Randall, Senior Research Associate, Imperial College, London

2:30 pm
Break

2:45 pm
Data for benchmarking of transit systems: issues and research opportunities

The National Transit Database
Brian McCollom, McCollom Management Consulting, Inc.

Discussion points
Nigel Wilson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (committee member)

3:30 pm
Group discussion

5:00 pm
Adjourn

Friday, July 7, 2006

10:15 am
Informal discussion with FTA sponsor

12 noon
Adjourn
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:

Michael Townes
Barry Barker
David Bayliss
Linda Bohlinger
Barbara Cline
Ron Epstein
Brian Macleod
Cal Marsella
Nigel Wilson


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

• Committee composition and balance
• Future TRAC role and activities
• Opportunities to help FTA develop and implement its strategic research plan
• Lessons learned from presentations during open sessions of meeting


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

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

None


Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
July 10, 2006


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Jill Wilson
Contact Email:  jwilson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-3817

Agenda
Monday, December 5, 2005

9:45 am
Provisions of SAFETEA-LU and Implications for FTA's Research Program
Barbara Sisson, Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration and
Innovation, Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

10:45 am
Break

11:00 am
FTA's Strategic Research Plan - Current Status and Future Plans
Bruce Robinson, Transportation Systems Manager and Strategic Analysis Team
Leader, FTA

12:00 noon
Lunch

1:00 pm
Session on Electric Drive Technologies for Transit Applications

The purpose of this session is to identify research needs in the area of
electric drive technologies for transit applications and opportunities for FTA
to contribute to this research.

Following a series of short presentations, the invited speakers, committee
members, and other meeting guests will engage in a discussion of future
research needs and FTA's possible role in such research.

Overview of Current FTA Research on Electric Drive Technologies
Walt Kulyk, Director, Office of Mobility Innovation, FTA

Analysis of Electric Drive Technologies for Transit Applications - Findings and
Suggestions for Moving Forward
Sheila Lynch, Executive Director, Northeast Advanced Vehicle Consortium

Activities of the East Coast Hybrid Consortium
Yina Moore, Executive Director, East Coast Hybrid Consortium (invited)

New York City Transit Hybrid Bus Experience
Dana Lowell, Senior Consultant, M. J. Bradley and Associates

Pittsburgh Operational Experience with Hybrid Buses
Rick Snyder, Manager, Vehicle Procurement, Port Authority of Allegheny County

5:00 pm
Adjourn

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

10:45 am
Informal discussion with FTA sponsor

12:00 noon
Adjourn
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Michael Townes
Karen Antion
Barry Barker
David Bayliss
Santo Grande
Paul
Jamieson
Brian Macleod
Mike Mulhern
Nigel Wilson

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

1. September 30, 2005 edition of the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA's)
strategic research plan and possible revisions and updates to this plan
2. Lessons learned from presentations during open sessions of meeting
3. Content of committee's second letter report to FTA
4. Proposed TRAC membership rotation

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

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
December 16, 2005


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Jill Wilson
Contact Email:  jwilson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-3817

Agenda
AGENDA

Friday, August 26, 2005

9:15 am
Introductions and meeting objectives
Michael Townes, committee chair, and Gorman Gilbert, Oklahoma Transportation
Center

9:20 am
Updated draft of FTA's strategic research plan
Gorman Gilbert and Richard Marshment, Oklahoma Transportation Center

10:00 am
Group discussion
Identifying research objectives and strategies

12 noon
Lunch

1:00 pm
Group discussion
Structure of plan and performance measures
Plans for FTA / stakeholder meetings

3:00 pm
Adjourn
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



Location:

J. Erik Jonsson Conference Center
314 Quissett Ave.
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Jill Wilson
Contact Email:  jwilson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-3817

Agenda
Thursday, July 7, 2005

10:15 am
Update on FTA's Research Activities and Budget
Barbara Sisson, Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration and
Innovation, Federal Transit Administration

10:45 am
Informal discussion of first TRAC letter report

12:00 noon
Lunch

1:00 pm
Session on Transit Ridership

Each panelist will give a brief presentation on his/her research. The
panelists, committee members, and other meeting guests will then engage in a
group discussion of future research needs and FTA's possible role in this
research.

Review and Analysis of Ridership Literature
Brian Taylor, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Urban Planning, and
Director, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, Los Angeles, California

A European Perspective on Transit Ridership
David Bayliss, Consultant, Halcrow Group, London, England (committee member)

Ridership Forecasting and Travel Demand Modeling
Frank Spielberg, Principal, BMI-SG, Vienna, Virginia

Marketing and Fare Policy
Karla Karash, Vice President, TranSystems Corporation, Medford, Massachusetts

Campaigns to Increase Ridership at Denver Regional Transit District
Cal Marsella, General Manager, Denver RTD, Colorado (committee member)

Future Public Transportation Needs of an Aging Society
Lisa D'Ambrosio, Research Associate, AgeLab, Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, Cambridge

5:00 pm
Adjourn

Friday, July 8, 2005

10:00 am
Development of FTA's Strategic Research Plan
Gorman Gilbert, Professor and Head, School of Civil and Environmental
Engineering, Oklahoma State University, and Director, Oklahoma Transportation
Center, Stillwater, Oklahoma

11:30 am
Plans for next TRAC meeting

12:00 noon
Adjourn
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Michael Townes
Barry Barker
David Bayliss
Ron Epstein
Santo Grande
Delon
Hampton
Brian Macleod
Cal Marsella
Mike Mulhern
Nigel Wilson

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

-- Suggestions for future TRAC activities that would assist the Federal
Transit Administration (FTA) in developing its strategic research plan
-- Proposed schedule for future TRAC meetings
-- Process used by FTA to identify research topics
-- Report to FTA from Gorman Gilbert, Oklahoma State University, outlining an
approach for developing the agency?s strategic research plan

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

None.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
July 13, 2005


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Jill Wilson
Contact Email:  jwilson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-3817

Agenda
AGENDA

Thursday, December 2, 2004

9:45 am
FTA's Strategic Research Plan
Barbara Sisson, Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration and
Innovation, Federal Transit Administration

10:15 am
Measuring progress toward FTA's strategic research goals
Richard Marshment, Oklahoma Transportation Center / University of Oklahoma

10:35 am
Panel discussion on performance measurement in R&D programs
Rosalie Ruegg, TIA Consulting, Inc.
Bill Valdez, Office of Planning and Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy
Speaker on state R&D programs

12:15 pm
Lunch

1:15 pm
FTA criteria for selecting research projects
Bruce Robinson, Transportation Program Specialist, FTA

1:45 pm
Group discussion

2:45 pm
Break

3:00 pm
FTA's research analysis and upcoming research
Barbara Sisson, Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration and
Innovation, FTA

3:20 pm
Group discussion

4:00 pm
Adjourn

Friday, December 3, 2004

9:15 am - 10:15 am
Informal discussion with FTA representatives
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Michael Townes
Karen Antion
Barry Barker
David Bayliss
Santo Grande
Delon
Hampton
Paul Jamieson
Brian Macleod
Cal Marsella
Nigel Wilson

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

-- TRB workshop on earmarking of transportation research funds held on October
29, 2004
-- Informal discussions with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) staff
following the first committee meeting in April 2004
-- FTA's strategic research plan
-- Items raised during the presentations and panel discussion at the meeting
-- Committee composition and balance
-- Major messages of the committee's first letter report to FTA
-- The committee's proposed recommendations for inclusion in the letter report

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

None.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
December 10, 2004


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Jill Wilson
Contact Email:  jwilson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202/334-3817

Agenda
AGENDA

Monday, April 5, 2004

10:15am - 12:15pm
Setting the Context for the Committee's Review

10:15am
Charge to the committee and sponsor expectations for the study, FTA staff

10:40am
TRB experience with similar reviews of research programs, TRB staff

11:00am
Historical overview of FTA's research program, FTA staff

12:15pm
LUNCH

1:15pm - 3:00pm
Review of FTA's Draft R&T Strategic Plan

1:15pm
Key features of strategic plan, FTA staff and contractor

2:30pm
Group discussion of strategic plan

3:00pm
BREAK

3:15pm - 5:00pm
Transit R&T - Perspectives on FTA Role

3:15pm
Overview of Transit Cooperative Research Progam activities, TCRP staff

3:35pm
Panel Discussion: The FTA Role in Transit Research
- American Public Transportation Association (invited)
- Community Transportation Association of America (invited)
- Easter Seals/ Project Action (invited)

4:15pm
Group discussion - preliminary reactions to FTA's draft R&T strategic plan

5:15pm
RECEPTION

Tuesday, April 6, 2004

10:15am - 11:45am
Informal discussion with FTA staff
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Michael Townes
Karen Antion
Barry Barker
David Bayliss
Ronald Epstein

Santo Grande
Delon Hampton
Paul Jamieson
Brian Macleod
Michael Mulhern

Nigel Wilson


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

- Committee's statement of task
- Committee composition and balance
- Federal Transit Administration's draft strategic research plan
- Points raised during the presentations and panel discussion at the meeting
- Tentative plans for the second committee meeting

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

None.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
April 19, 2004

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