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Transportation Research Board 2007-08 Richard Cunard, P.E. Engineer of Traffic & Ops Congestion Increasingly congested facilities across all modes New Road Capacity Increase Transit Options Improved Land Use Coordination and Collaboration Improve System Operations

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transportation research board

TransportationResearch Board


Richard Cunard, P.E.

Engineer of Traffic & Ops


Increasingly congested facilities across all modes

addressing congestion
New Road Capacity

Increase Transit Options

Improved Land Use Coordination and Collaboration

Improve System Operations

More Sophisticated User Fees

Better Information

Public Investment in Freight Efficiency

Addressing Congestion

Vulnerability to terrorist strikes and natural disasters

energy and environment
Energy and Environment

Extraordinary challenges


Burdens on the disadvantaged


Inadequate revenues

human and intellectual capital
Human and Intellectual Capital

Inadequate investment in innovation


Enormous, aging capital stock to maintain


20th Century Institutions Mismatched to 21st Century Missions


Lost leadership in road safety

trb annual meeting
TRB Annual Meeting
  • Over 10,000 attendees
  • Over 550 sessions
  • 3,200+ presentations
  • 425 TRB committee meetings
  • 500+ other meetings
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TRB Annual Meeting
  • All levels of government, industry, academia
  • 40% government (1,300 State; 1,500 Fed)
  • 23% private sector
  • 25% universities (1350 Students)
trb annual meeting is international
TRB Annual Meeting is International
  • >1100 attendees from more than 67 countries outside U.S.
  • >550 presentations from 50+ countries outside U.S.
  • >20 sessions dedicated to international issues
compendium cd rom
Compendium CD-ROM

~1,800 Papers

87th annual meeting
87th Annual Meeting

January 13-17, 2008

Washington, DC


Partnerships for Progress in Transportation

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87th Annual Meeting

New This Year:

Commercial Exhibits & Sponsorship

workshops at trb 2008
Workshops at TRB 2008
  • Simulation Modeling and Analysis for Traffic Evacuation
  • VII and CICAS: Current Status and Future Research Needs
  • The National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management - Safety, Clearance, and Communications
  • Human Factor Workshops (Billboards)
sessions at trb 2008
Sessions at TRB 2008
  • Intersection Design, Safety and Operations
  • VII – Pathway to the future
  • Role of Simulation in Engineering Analysis
  • Incident Management
  • Traffic Signal Dilemma-Zone Control
  • Benefits of ITS Systems
  • Access Management



selected recent publications
Selected Recent Publications
  • TRR 1978: Traffic Signal Systems and Regional Systems Management
  • TRR 1973: Traffic Control Devices, Visibility, and Rail-Highway Grade Crossings
trb e newsletter distributed to over 25 000 persons week
TRB e-Newsletter(Distributed to over 25,000 persons/week)
  • TRB News
  • New TRB Publications
  • Upcoming TRB Meetings and Conferences
  • Federal Research News
  • University Research News
  • International Research News
  • In the Know
new trb webinars
New! -- TRB Webinars
  • Make info available to those who cannot attend our major meetings and conferences.
  • Attend right at your desk
  • ~90 minutes in length
  • PDH available
  • Hot topics
trb conferences 2007
TRB Conferences - 2007
  • 18th Visibility Symposium, College Station, TX, April 17-18, 2007 (Papers on web)
  • Freeway and Tolling Operations in the Americas, May 20-22, 2007, Houston, TX (Papers on web)
  • 3rd Urban Street Symposium, June 24-27, 2007, Seattle, WA (CD available)
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TRB Conferences - 2007
  • Workshop on VII and CICAS – Research Needs, July 22-25, 2007, San Jose, CA
  • Third International Conference on Performance Measurement, October 9, 2007, Irvine, CA
trb conferences future
TRB Conferences - Future
  • National Roundabout Conference, May 2008
  • Regional Traffic Monitoring Workshop, Spring 2008
  • 8th National Access Management Conference, Fall, 2008, Baltimore, MD
  • Freeway and Tolling Operations, June 2009, Hawaii
Research to Address the Sources of Travel Time Reliability:
  • Building a Foundation and Institutional Setting for Operations
  • Integrating Operations in Agency Decision Making
  • Developing Improved Operational Strategies
Current Projects:
  • Analytic Procedures for Determining the Impacts of Reliability Improvement Strategies
  • Institutional Architectures to Advance Operational Strategies

Richard Cunard, P.E.

  • Chris Jenks is the new division director; Crawford Jencks will be managing NCHRP
  • New Programs
    • Strategic Highway Research Program 2
    • Airport Cooperative Research Program
    • Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Program
    • National Cooperative Freight Research Program
selected new publications
Selected New Publications
  • NCHRP Digest 318: An Expert System for Recommending Speed Limits in Speed Zones
  • NCHRP Report 572: Roundabouts in the United States
  • NCHRP Web-Only Document 97: Guide to Effective Freeway Performance Measurement: Final Report and Guidebook
  • TCRP 112/NCHRP 562: Improving Pedestrian Safety at Unsignalized Crossings
  • NCHRP Synthesis 356: Pavement Markings—Design and Typical Layout Details
new nchrp projects
New NCHRP Projects

3-89 Right-Turn Interactions and Channelized Right-Turns ($500,000)

3-90 Traffic Signal System Control for Congested Conditions ($600,000)

3-91 Guidance for the Provision of Left-Turn Lanes at Unsignalized Intersections ($350,000)

3-92 Production of the Year 2010 Highway Capacity Manual ($1,000,000)

3-93 Automated Enforcement for Speeding and Red Light Running ($150,000)

22-25 Design Layout and Placement Guidance for Cable Barrier Systems ($400,000)

nchrp projects cont
NCHRP Projects (cont.)

Syn. Pavement Marking Warranty Specifications ($100,000)

Legal Liability Aspects of Bikeway Designation Updated ($50,000)

Quick Development of a Guide to Update ADA Transition Plans ($100,000)

Quick Traffic Control Devices for Roundabouts ($90,000)

Quick Observed Minimum Thresholds of LED (Light Emitting Diodes) Traffic Signals ($74,500)

nchrp continuations
NCHRP Continuations

03-60 Capacity and Quality of Service of Interchange Ramp Terminals ($200,000)

03-66 Traffic Signal State Transition Logic Using Enhanced Sensor Information ($400,000)

03-79 Measuring and Predicting the Performance of Automobile Traffic on Urban Streets ($225,000)

17-26 Methodology to Predict the Safety Performance of Urban and Suburban Arterials ($100,000)

17-29 Methodology to Predict the Safety Performance of Rural Multilane Highways ($100,000)

17-31 Human Factors Guidelines for Road Systems—Phase 2 ($100,000)

17-32 Guidance for the Design and Application of Shoulder and Centerline Rumble Strips ($200,000)

scor desires for 2009 nchrp
SCOR Desires for 2009 NCHRP
  • Research problem statements should support AASHTO committee/subcommittee strategic plans
  • Research problem statements should support the AASHTO Strategic Plan and Vision
  • Research problem statements should address immediate needs and long term vision
  • Problem statements should be ranked by the appropriate AASHTO committee/subcommittee
  • Subgroup problem statements should be ranked by the parent committee/subcommittee
  • Staged research submittals (e.g., to develop a new manual) should include a plan showing future submittals
  • Committees/subcommittees should identify the top 2 or 3 issues they face