COVID-19 and Transportation

Efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 are having noticeable impacts on the transportation system. Social distancing, teleworking, and travel bans are temporarily, and potentially permanently, remaking travel behaviors. 

As transportation researchers and practitioners, we have a range of hypotheses we might want to test in these times. As several members of the committee were chatting, we thought it would be helpful to document our hypotheses, ideas, and opportunities for analysis. These could inform research papers or a future research needs statement. We encourage people to also identify possible data sources, identify data gaps (which we may be able to collectively address), and also collect up media stories about the transportation impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.

Add your thoughts in the document and share with others!

There is a section in the document to list yourself as a collaborator on this. If you have suggestions for a better tool for gathering these ideas, let Stephanie know!

Planning ahead for 2018?

If you have submitted a paper for the TRB Annual Meeting, you are probably well aware of when papers are due (August 1!), but many of us might not be aware of all the other deadlines that roll around the rest of the year for our committee activities. We have posted two new reference documents to help answer your questions. Head over to the Committee Documents page to see the 2018-2019 committee timeline (snapshot below) and, for additional reference, the broader TRB deadlines from 2017-18.

2018 Annual Meeting Call for Papers

The committee’s call for papers for the 2018 Annual Meeting has been posted! We are a bit behind this year, so we know you probably will not start a new paper to respond. But if you already started a paper that is related, responding to our call will help direct the paper to our committee. The topic areas we are interested in are:

We are also co-sponsoring several calls:

See the calls for all the details! You can also find the  list of calls in the committee documents and all of the calls on the TRB site.

2017 Annual Meeting Call for Papers

The committee’s call for papers for the 2017 Annual Meeting has been posted! This year we have a set of topics under the general heading of “Transportation Issues in Major Cities.” You can find the call on the TRB site and in the committee documents (scroll down to paper calls). The topic areas we are interested in are:

  • Vision Zero and Multimodal Safety
  • Changing Cities
  • Rethinking the Use of the Public Right-of-Way
  • Increasing Innovation and Experimentation
  • Rapidly Improving Technology and a Wealth of “Big Data”
  • Urban Transportation Innovations

See the call for all the details!