The 90th annual meeting of the National Research Council's Transportation Research Board will have more than 4,000 transportation-related presentations in nearly 650 sessions and workshops. Some 10,000 people -- policymakers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, journalists, and representatives of government, industry, and academia -- attend the meeting. This year's spotlight theme is "Transportation, Livability, and Economic Development in a Changing World."
The meeting will take place in Washington, D.C., from Jan. 23-27 and will be held in three hotels: the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road, N.W.; the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St., N.W.; and the Hilton Washington Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Newsrooms will be available to reporters at the Marriott and Hilton; members of the news media must register to attend the annual meeting. For registration information, contact Russell Houston (contact information below). A list of highlighted sessions follows. More information about the meeting, including a complete list of sessions, is available at http://trb.org/AnnualMeeting2011/Public/AnnualMeeting2011.aspx.
Deborah A. P. Hersman, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), will be the featured speaker. Hersman is expected to share her perspective on safety for all modes of transportation.
(Lunch ticket required. Free perimeter seating without lunch is available.)
JAN. 26, NOON TO 2 P.M., SHOREHAM
Surface Transportation Authorization - A Discussion with the U.S. Department of Transportation Leadership
Leaders from U.S. DOT will discuss national surface transportation programs and policies, and the next surface transportation authorization bill.
SESSION 573, JAN. 25, 3:45 P.M. TO 5:30 P.M., MARRIOTT
Future Directions in Transportation: A MultiModal Dialogue with the U.S. DOT Deputy Administrators
U.S. DOT modal administrations will participate in a discussion of their priorities, programs, and progress.
SESSION 717, JAN 26, 2:30 P.M. TO 4 P.M., SHOREHAM
Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lecture - "Railroads and the New Normal: Impacts of Lean and Green"
James W. McClellan, recipient of the 2011 Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lectureship award and vice president of Woodside Consulting Group, Virginia Beach, Va., will speak about the future of the railroad industry.
JAN. 24, 6 P.M. TO 7:15 P.M., MARRIOTT
Environmental Impacts of High-Speed Rail
The workshop explores the environmental impacts of high-speed rail and compares recent U.S. systems with those in Asia and Europe.
SESSION 118, JAN. 23, 9 A.M TO NOON, SHOREHAM
Cultural Landscapes in Transportation
Panelists will discuss current examples of transportation projects that have incorporated cultural landscapes.
SESSION 123, JAN. 23, 9 A.M TO NOON, HILTON
Reinventing Carpooling to Enhance Livability and Productivity
This hands-on workshop explores how to double ride-sharing in the current decade.
SESSION 129, JAN. 23, 9 A.M TO NOON, HILTON
Use of Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Emergency Preparedness
This workshop will provide information on different computing-inspired tools, such as gaming, multiobjective optimization, and fault-tree analysis, which could be used in emergency preparedness and management.
SESSION 132, JAN. 23, 9 A.M TO NOON, HILTON
Transportation and Cross-National Borders
This workshop focuses on the role transportation plays within the complex international border environment.
SESSION 139, JAN. 23, 9 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M., HILTON
Automated Enforcement: Status Report and Comparison Between U.S. and International Applications
Panelists from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Howard County Police Department, and Partnership for Advancing Road Safety will speak on this topic.
SESSION 201, JAN. 24, 8 A.M. TO 9:45 A.M., MARRIOTT
U.S. Transportation Infrastructure: How Can We Make America More Competitive in World Trade?
The panel will discuss transportation infrastructure issues related to improving U.S. competitiveness, facilitating domestic goods movement, and meeting America's export goals.
SESSION 220, JAN. 24, 8 A.M. TO 9:45 A.M., SHOREHAM
Uncertainty in Extreme Events Caused by Climate Change
This session will address hydrologic uncertainty in design methods for water-related infrastructure.
SESSION 221, JAN. 24, 8 A.M. TO 9:45 A.M., SHOREHAM
Recycled Materials for Transportation Infrastructure
This meet-the-author session will allow researchers to discuss almost 25 projects that explore ways to enhance the performance and durability of recycled materials in the transportation industry.
SESSION 240, JAN. 24, 9:30 A.M. TO NOON, MARRIOTT
Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Applications in Transportation
This meet-the-author session will explore potential applications of artificial intelligence and advanced computing technologies to the transportation industry.
SESSION 251, JAN. 24, 9:30 A.M. TO NOON, HILTON
North American Border Issues and Trends
This panel will discuss data concerning the impediments, successes, and future of border operations.
SESSION 331, JAN. 24, 1:30 P.M. TO 3:15 P.M., SHOREHAM
Who's Suing Whom About What: The Latest in Transportation Environmental Litigation
This panel will discuss environmental litigation associated with the construction and operation of the transportation system.
SESSION 323, JAN. 24, 1:30 P.M. TO 3:15 P.M., HILTON
The "Green" and the "Green" of Biofuels: Considering Cost-Effectiveness and Financial Implications of Biofuels Alongside Environmental Benefit
This session looks at the financial implications of biofuels with a focus on cost-effectiveness, prioritization of use between sectors and modes, and global availability.
SESSION 319, JAN. 24, 1:30 P.M. TO 3:15 P.M., HILTON
Transportation System Adaptation to Climate Change: National and State Efforts
This session looks at how various transportation agencies are planning and designing transportation facilities to be resilient and adaptable to potential future impacts of climate change.
SESSION 322, JAN. 24, 1:30 P.M. TO 3:15 P.M., HILTON
Reducing Energy Use and Emissions From the Freight Sector: Technical and Operational Advancements Related to Heavy-Duty Vehicles
There is concern over the role that heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) play in greenhouse gas inventories and petroleum consumption. This session provides current regulatory, economic, and technical evaluations of recent efforts to improve the efficiency and reduce the carbon intensity of HDVs.
SESSION 376, JAN. 24, 1:30 P.M. TO 3:15 P.M., HILTON
Pedestrian Safety, Behavior, Service, and Optimization
This meet-the-author session will highlight more than 15 research projects on pedestrians and pedestrian facilities that explore ways to enhance the safety, comfort, and efficiency of walking environments along sidewalks, along and across roadways, and connecting with other modes of transportation.
SESSION 392, JAN. 24, 7:30 P.M. TO 9:30 P.M., MARRIOTT
Bicycle Planning and Policy
Panelists at this meet-the-author session will provide insight into more than 20 projects that explore various aspects of bicycling and criteria for bicycle facilities to help assure that bicycle riders have safe, convenient, and efficient experiences when they travel.
SESSION 411, JAN. 24, 7:30 P.M. TO 9:30 P.M., HILTON
Transportation Issues in Major U.S. Cities
Panelists will discuss information-based traffic assignment for analysis of geopolitical equity, and the cost of automobile air emissions in U.S. metropolitan areas.
SESSION 426, JAN. 24, 7:30 P.M. TO 9:30 P.M., HILTON
Environmental Sustainability Rating Systems
Panelists will discuss experience with greenroads and environmental sustainability rating systems, as well as approaches to environmental life-cycle assessment for pavements.
SESSION 433, JAN. 25, 8 A.M. TO 9:45 A.M., MARRIOTT
When Drivers Take "Charge": Human Factors and Safety Issues of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
This session will examine the effects of the hybrid interface on eco-driving and driver distraction, and the auditory detectability of hybrid vehicles by blind pedestrians.
SESSION 441, JAN. 25, 8 A.M. TO 9:45 A.M., MARRIOTT
Advances in Transportation Energy Research
More than 15 panelists at this meet-the-author session will explore various factors that affect energy efficiency and energy use in passenger and freight transporation.
SESSION 477, JAN. 25, 9:30 A.M. TO NOON, HILTON
Factors Contributing to Motorcycle Crashes and Their Severity
United States and Australian panelists will discuss motorcycle driver behavior, crash factors, and severity among various crash types.
SESSION 484, JAN. 25, 10:15 A.M. TO NOON, MARRIOTT
Transportation Implications of Recent Stormwater and Superfund Decisions
Find out how recent legal decisions affect transportation superfund site management as well as the effects of settlement agreements on long-term transportation decision-making processes.
SESSION 508, JAN. 25, 10:15 A.M. TO NOON, HILTON
Transportation Energy: Climate Change and Energy Security -- Role of Biofuels
This session explores the current and potential role of biofuels to lower greenhouse gas emissions and petroleum dependence.
SESSION 544, JAN. 25, 1:30 P.M. TO 3:15 P.M., HILTON
Innovative Bicycle Infrastructure: Is It Working?
Panelists will discuss developed and installed bicycle infrastructure designs and treatments.
SESSION 567, JAN. 25, 3:45 P.M. TO 5:30 P.M., MARRIOTT
Advances in the Detection of Drinking Drivers
Panelist will discuss alcohol detection systems for drivers.
SESSION 595, JAN. 25, 7:30 P.M. TO 9:30 P.M., MARRIOTT
Congestion Pricing of Full Highway Facilities: Impacts and Prospects
Panelists will discuss impacts of various types of congestion pricing involving full pricing of all lanes on highway facilities, cordons, bridges, and freeways.
SESSION 620, JAN. 25, 7:30 P.M. TO 9:30 P.M., HILTON
Implementing the SHRP 2 Naturalistic Driving Study
This session will discuss the TRB SHRP 2 program, which recently launched a naturalistic driver study to closely observe people while they drive and measure safe and unsafe behaviors.
SESSION 634, JAN. 26, 8 A.M. TO 9:45 A.M., MARRIOTT
Beyond Petroleum, Corn, and Soybeans: Renewable Fuels for the 21st Century
This session explores the benefits from and barriers to using liquid and gaseous fuels from nonfood renewable sources such as municipal solid waste, cellulosic feedstock, and algae.
SESSION 697, JAN. 26, 10:15 A.M. TO NOON, HILTON
SHRP2: Geotechnical Solutions for Transportation Infrastructure
Researchers present technologies behind geotechnical solutions for soil improvement, rapid embankment construction, and stabilization of the pavement working platform.
SESSION 109, JAN. 23, 9 A.M. TO NOON, MARRIOTT
Recent Innovations in Concrete: Materials, Construction, Testing, Performance, and Durability
This meet-the-author session will highlight more than 10 research projects thoughout the United States that address various aspects of quality assurance and quality control associated with different uses of concrete.
SESSION 239, JAN. 24, 9:30 A.M. TO NOON, MARRIOTT
Using Information Technology to Support Better Construction Management
This workshop examines emerging technologies and tools for improving data collection, communications, and management on construction sites.
SESSION 113, JAN. 23, 9 A.M. TO NOON, MARRIOTT
Accelerated Bridge Construction
This workshop introduces practitioners to several strategies for increasing construction speed of new bridges or rehabilitating or replacing older bridges.
SESSION 114, JAN. 23, 9 A.M. TO NOON, SHOREHAM
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