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Transportation Research Board 2007-08 Richard Cunard, P.E. Engineer of Traffic & Ops [email protected] 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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TransportationResearch Board


Richard Cunard, P.E.

Engineer of Traffic & Ops

[email protected]

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Increasingly congested facilities across all modes

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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

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Vulnerability to terrorist strikes and natural disasters

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Energy and Environment

Extraordinary challenges

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Burdens on the disadvantaged

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Inadequate revenues

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Human and Intellectual Capital

Inadequate investment in innovation

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Enormous, aging capital stock to maintain

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20th Century Institutions Mismatched to 21st Century Missions

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Lost leadership in road safety

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87th Annual MeetingJan. 13–17, 2008

Only 212 days to go!

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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)

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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

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Compendium CD-ROM

~1,800 Papers

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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

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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)

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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

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Highway CapacityManual 2000

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Selected Recent Publications

  • TRR 1978: Traffic Signal Systems and Regional Systems Management

  • TRR 1973: Traffic Control Devices, Visibility, and Rail-Highway Grade Crossings

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Current Projects:

  • Analytic Procedures for Determining the Impacts of Reliability Improvement Strategies

  • Institutional Architectures to Advance Operational Strategies

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Richard Cunard, P.E.

[email protected]

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Transportation Research BoardCooperative Research Programs

Ray Derr

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  • 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

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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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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