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TRB Annual Meeting still to be held in January, but format is yet to be determined

TRB is committed to holding its 100th Annual Meeting in January 2021. We are closely monitoring the evolving situation related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and its potential impacts on the meeting. We are evaluating how to hold the meeting in a way that ensures the health and safety of everyone involved in the event, including whether some or all of the meeting will be held virtually. A final decision will be made in the summer and will be announced at that time.

Rapid Rehabilitation of Highway Slopes Using Seeded Microbial Bio-Cement

When an intense wildfire occurs, the heat changes the chemical and biological makeup of the soil, impacting the microbial environment and increasing erosion risks that can propagate to devastating mudslides and debris flows. The TRB Highway Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis Program's IDEA Final Report 200: Rapid Rehabilitation of Highway Slopes Using Seeded Microbial Bio-Cement  aims to help Department of Transportation managers at all levels who deal with erosion. The product developed in ...

“Tell Us ‘Our’ Story” by Hongtao Dang

According to Hongtao Dang, Assistant Professor, Central Washington University "I hope to make an impact on intelligent transportation and smart infrastructure through the internet of things and data analytics. The emerging 5G technology will transform transportation worldwide. The transformation will take a collective endeavor. I wish to contribute my effort through research activities. Also, transportation should not only Be intelligent and smart but also protect identity and privacy to diverse users. T...

TRB 2021 Annual Meeting: Prepare for paper submission starting June 1

Full paper submissions for the 2021 TRB Annual Meeting will be open starting June 1, 2020. Please consult the submission guidelines before preparing your paper. The deadline for paper submission is August 1, and committee review comments will go to authors by October 31. Authors submitting for both presentation and publication in the Transportation Research Record (TRR) will be given the opportunity to revise their papers before they go to the TRR Editorial Board.

Addressing the nation’s rural transportation challenges

Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland , released by TRIP

Improved safety outcomes along road corridors

Network Design for Road Safety (Stereotypes for Cross-sections and Intersections): User Guide , released by Austroads

Guidance for cross-section designs for roads

Road Cross-section Design for Road Stereotypes (including Network Safety Plans) and a Safe System , released by Austroads

TR News 326: Driver Training for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Issue Number 326 of TR News magazine is available in full to subscribers. Here is a sample from the issue: a feature article on the trap that drivers could fall into by believing that autonomous vehicles are more capable than they really are. As with traditional driving instruction, a solid understanding of the concepts of automation is important—not just knowing which buttons to press.

TRB Webinar: Enhancing Monarch Butterfly Habitats Along Roadway Corridors

Monarch butterflies rely on roadside corridors for essential nectar sources and milkweed. TRB is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:30 PM Eastern that will discuss how transportation managers may enhance roadside areas for monarchs and other pollinators. This webinar will identify the current state of knowledge about monarchs’ use of roadside rights-of-ways and associated risks. Presenters will describe two tools roadside managers can use to assess monarch habitats. These tools i...

TRB Webinar: Construction Project Staffing Strategies for Transportation Agencies

State transportation agencies are tasked with doing more to manage highway transportation networks with fewer staff. TRB is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM Eastern that will present guidance for addressing workforce challenges within the construction industry. Presenters will identify how agencies determine their construction staffing needs and will explain how to allocate their state or consultant engineering and inspection staff and resources to highway construction pro...

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