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!

2015 TRB Annual Meeting | January 11-15, 2015

TRB’s 2015 Annual Meeting is rapidly approaching and we are looking forward to seeing you all there!  If you are planning to attend and you are a member or friend of ABE30, please fill out our quick survey so that we can get a quick sense of where / when we can expect to see you.  

Take a look at the full slate, including descriptions of workshop, poster, paper, and podium sessions that ABE30 is sponsoring and co-sponsoring this year by clicking here, a summarized table of sessions is as follows (and can be found in an easy-to-print version here):

Day / Time Title / Description Location
Sunday 9:00AM- 12:00PM Workshop 105 | The Art of Urban Street Performance Metrics

Jamie Parks, City of Oakland, presiding

Convention Center, 152B
Sunday 1:30PM- 4:30PM Workshop 161 | Funding and Financing Vital Corridors: A Workshop on the What, Why, How, and Who of Value Capture Methods

Sharada R. Vadali, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Sasha Page, IMG/Rebel, Ema Yamamoto, City of Philadelphia, presiding

Convention Center, 140B
Monday 8:00AM- 9:45AM Session 228 | Goods Movement in Vibrant Urban Communities

Frederick C. Dock, City of Pasadena, presiding

Convention Center, 147A
Monday 10:15AM- 12:00PM Session 257 | City Transportation Officials: First Year on the Job

Rina Cutler, City of Philadelphia, presiding

Convention Center, 151B
Monday 2:00PM- 3:45PM Session 371 | Not Your Mother’s Parking Meter: Parking in the 21st Century

Gretchen A. M. Johnson, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, presiding

Convention Center, Hall E
Monday 5:45PM- 7:15PM Transportation Issues in Major U.S. Cities Committee Meeting

Rina Cutler, City of Philadelphia, presiding

Marriott Marquis, Liberty M (M4)
Tuesday 8:30AM- 10:15AM Session 527 | Understanding the Gender Gap in Urban Biking, Part 1 (Part 2, 735)

Ema Yamamoto, City of Philadelphia, presiding

Convention Center, Hall E
Tuesday 8:30AM- 10:15AM Session 528 | Transportation Issues and Solutions in Major Cities

Jennifer Buison, Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, presiding

Convention Center, Hall E
Tuesday 10:15AM- 12:00PM Session 548

Livable Arterials: Urban Elixir or Oxymoron?

Madeline Brozen, University of California, Los Angeles, presiding

Convention Center, 151B
Tuesday 4:15PM- 6:00PM Session 729

Advanced Research and Practices in Urban Freight Transportation

Qian Wang, State University of New York, Buffalo, presiding

Convention Center, Hall E
Tuesday 4:15PM- 6:00PM Session 730 | Urban Freight Parking Research: To Curb or Not To Curb

Jesse Koehler, TransLink

Convention Center, Hall E
Tuesday 7:30PM- 9:30PM Session 735 | Understanding the Gender Gap in Urban Biking, Part 2 (Part 1, Session 527)

Fionnuala Quinn, Alta Planning + Design, presiding

Convention Center, 151B
Thursday 8:00AM- 12:00PM Workshop 867 | The Urgent Need for Improved Pedestrian Infrastructure and Options: Issues, Solutions, and Gaps

Ilona Kastenhofer, Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research, presiding

Convention Center, 101
We especially hope that we will see you at the ABE30 Committee Meeting!  The agenda is jam-packed with presentation and updates, check it out:
Monday, January 12, 5:45pm – 7:15
Marriott Marquis, Liberty M (M4)
1. Welcome & Introductions | Rina Cutler, ABE30 Committe Chair
2. NACTO Update | Linda Bailey, NACTO
3. TRB Update | Monica Starnes, TRB
4. Special Remarks | Kathryn A. Wolfe, Politico
5. Sub-Committee Reports |
a. Strategic Plan
b. Paper Review
c. Research
d. Annual Meeting Organizers
e. Communications
6. Research Presentations |
a. How Big Travel Can Help Big Cities – Steve Buckley, City of Toronto
b. Small Travel Data Collection for Big Cities – Stephanie Dock, DDOT
c. How LOS Contravenes Smart Growth, and California’s Transition to VMT – Chris Ganson, California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
7. Open Floor for Announcements | All
In addition, to all of the sessions and our committee meeting, there are a few receptions as well that we would like to highlight —

Sunday, January 11, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Convention Center
Whether you’re a first-time attendee, or are a long-time veteran of the TRB Annual Meeting, you are invited to come and learn how to make the most of your time at the meeting. Offered are a brief overview of TRB, tips on navigating the Meeting and on networking during the meeting, the role TRB can play in career development, and how to become involved in TRB activities and committees. Refreshments are provided, and it is an opportunity for attendees to meet each other and TRB leaders from similar areas of interest.
Sunday, January 11, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
The Independence Ballroom, Marriott Marquis
WTS, in conjunction with the TRB’s Committee on Women’s Issues in Transportation, is hosting its annual winter reception during the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting. WTS Members: Complimentary Admission, Non-Members: $30
Sunday, January 11, 9:00pm – 10:30pm
Convention Center
Co-hosted by the TRB Young Members Council (YMC) and Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT), this networking reception is open to all young professionals and supporters to discuss career development and to meet peers from around the country. Light refreshments will be served.
Monday, January 12, 6:00pm – 7:15pm
Convention Center
The Deen Distinguished Lectureship award recognizes the career contributions and achievements of an individual in areas covered by the Transportation Research Board’s Technical Activities Division. Honorees present overviews of their technical areas, covering the evolution, status, and prospects for the future.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at TRB, in the mean time, please have a safe and happy holiday season!

ABE30 Calls for Papers

Our committee has posted four Calls for Papers. The calls and paper submission instructions can be found on the TRB website at the links below and on our website (https://sites.google.com/site/trbabe30/calls-for-papers-and-presentations). Paper submission is open from June 1 to August 1. Papers submitted in response to these calls will be reviewed by our members and friends and used to shape the sessions we sponsor at the upcoming 2015 Annual Meeting.

Applications of “Big Data” in Addressing Urban Transportation Issues 
Never before have transportation agencies had access to the amount of data available today and at low cost. Each day, terabytes of data are automatically collected on numerous transportation systems including freeways, arterial streets, and transit vehicles. Additionally, manual data collection can shed light on freight movement, safety, and other critical areas. We are soliciting papers that highlight innovative ways cities are using their data including, but not restricted to, the following subject areas:

  • Improving the planning process for new infrastructure or new transit routes
  • Setting goals and measuring progress in strategic planning
  • Using real-time data in traffic and transit operations
  • Improving safety, especially of non-motorized modes
  • Public communication and transparency

Goods Movement in Active Urban Communities co-sponsored with ANF10-Pedestrians, ANF20-Bicycle Transportation, and AT025-Urban Freight Transportation
Previously, in many cities, wide motor-vehicle focused roadway designs and sprawling development patterns separated residential and freight activities and truck and non-motorized movements. However, emerging infill and mixed-use developments and multimodal urban streets now generate ever-increasing interactions between non-motorized travelers and commercial vehicles. The modes must compete for access to limited urban road and curb space, leading to delays, accidents, and expensive parking and moving violations.

While disparate vehicle sizes make commercial vehicles and non-motorized modes very incompatible from a safety perspective, these modes are also codependent; travelers without a personal vehicle must rely on access to goods from local businesses or via direct-to-home deliveries. New approaches to safely accommodate last-mile goods movements on densely developed, multi-use urban streets are essential to support the quality of life and economic vitality of these communities.

We are seeking papers that investigate this issue, focusing in areas including but not limited to:

  • Characterizing residential and commercial freight demands in mixed-use areas;
  • Identifying freight industry accessibility challenges in livable communities;
  • Examining policy and curb regulation approaches to accommodate multimodal activities;
  • Examining policy and city logistics approaches to reduce freight externalities for non-motorized travelers;
  • Examining the compatibility of innovative non-motorized urban street infrastructure for commercial vehicle movements.

Livable Arterials: An Oxymoron or Urban Elixir? co-sponsored with ANB20-Safety Data, Analysis and Evaluation, ANF10-Pedestrians, and ANF20-Bicycle Transportation
The AASHTO functional classification system specifies that arterials should provide for high mobility and low access. Arterials in urban contexts often fail to fit nicely into this categorization because they provide for both high mobility and high access. This paper call is looking for research that seeks to better understand this mismatch – and the positive and negative implications of violating the standard functional classification system – with respect to issues such as road safety, multimodal transportation, urban vitality, economic development, and livability. Papers demonstrating the use of evolving and new data sources for safety and mobility to empirically demonstrate these tradeoffs are encouraged.

Understanding the Gender Gap in Urban Bicycling co-sponsored with ABE70-Women’s Issues in Transportation and ANF20-Bicycle Transportation
Many cities in the United States have seen an exponential growth in bicycling over the last decade. That being said, most of the growth has occurred among men as the share of bicycle trips taken by women in the US fell from 33% to 24%, and bike mode share by women remained at 0.5%. For men, bike mode share rose from 1.2% to 1.6%. As cities and urban areas across the U.S. begin to focus their efforts on increasing bicycle mode share, it is important that they address the gender gap in bicycling, enabling the bicycle mode share growth to be present and accessible to a diverse population.

We are seeking papers that investigate this issue, focusing on areas including, but not limited to:

  • Identifying the underlying issues that contribute to the current gender gap in urban biking;
  • Examining programs and factors which can reduce the current gender gap in urban biking;
  • Review of international and domestic municipal policies and programs put in place to reduce the gender gap and whether they have proven successful;
  • Using and exploring available bicycling data to create a more nuanced picture with regards to gender and urban biking;
  • Exploring sources of bias in bicycle data collection and surveys.

Please share these calls with anyone who might be interested. Submitting a paper in response to a call is a great way to get involved in the committee and contribute to advancing the state of the practice in our field.

Plan to attend Major Cities sessions at TRB

he committee is sponsoring several sessions that should be of interest to our members and friends during the TRB Annual Meeting, January 12-16. When you know your plans for TRB, please fill out this quick survey so we know what friendly faces to look out for at the various sessions we’re sponsoring.

Sunday, January 12
9:00am – 12:00pm | Workshop Session: Designing Urban Streets for the 21st Century

Monday, January 13
8:30am – 10:15am | Poster Session: Transportation Issues and Solutions in Major Cities
10:15am – 12:00pm | Committee Meeting
3:45pm – 5:30pm | Presentation Session: Innovative Solutions to Congestion in Urban Areas
Tuesday, January 14
10:15am – 12:00pm | Paper Session: Using Social Media to Urban Transportation
3:45pm – 5:30pm | Presentation Session: State DOT Projects in Urban Area