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TRB Webinar: Advances in Unstable Slope Instrumentation and Monitoring

Unstable slopes affect almost every state transportation department in all types of geographies. TRB will host a webinar on Monday, November 23, 2020 from 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern that will explore the geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring technologies that are used to inform safety, operational, and treatment decisions for these slopes. Presenters will discuss technology advancements that are creating positive outcomes across many systems. They will identify how these advancements may improve safety ...

TRR Special Issue on COVID-19: Deadline October 31

Transportation Research Record (TRR) will be publishing a special, open-access issue featuring research relating to COVID-19 and transportation. In addition to papers submitted for TRBAM 2021 and recommended by TRB committees, we are also accepting additional submissions until October 31. We invite papers that address all aspects of pandemic-related effects on transportation, including: The COVID-19 pandemic and use of various travel modes The COVID-19 pandemic, telecommuting, and activity organization ...

Cybersecurity Expands Into All Realms of Transportation

Today’s transportation systems are increasingly integrated cyber and physical systems. Rail crossing and other traffic signals are automated. Control systems at airports monitor and control systems like staff access, airfield lighting, and baggage handling. Other systems monitor bridge and tunnel traffic and structural integrity. As a result, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October takes on a new importance in 2020 as more tasks move online in an effort to keep people healthy and protected from...

TR News: Research Pays Off: State Water Quality Requirements Addressed Via an Innovative Pavement

The Texas Department of Transportation had a rare opportunity to investigate how pavement type affects the quality of stormwater runoff, something that is often difficult to address in the limited space available in highway rights-of-way. The research showed that roadways paved with permeable friction course/open-graded friction course (PFC/OGFC) produced runoff with substantially reduced concentrations of solids, phosphorus, and metals compared with conventional pavement. The findings are detailed in a ...

2021 TRB Annual Meeting: Secure Your Exhibit Virtual Booth Now!

Secure your organization's booth as part of the exhibit at its TRB 2021 Annual Meeting in January. Booths in the virtual exhibit hall will cost $1,900 or half the cost of the 2021 in-person rate, which was $3,800 for a 10 x 10 square foot booth. A 2021 virtual booth will come with two full meeting registrations, the ability to register an unlimited number of staff to monitor for and engage with booth visitors, bonus priority points to potentially enhance the order by which your organization will be calle...

How much of an affect do drugs and alcohol have in serious crashes?

Drug and Alcohol Prevalence in Seriously and Fatally Injured Road Users Before and During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency , released by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Guidebook for Managing Data from Emerging Technologies for Transportation

With increased connectivity between vehicles, sensors, systems, shared-use transportation, and mobile devices, unexpected and unparalleled amounts of data are being added to the transportation domain at a rapid rate, and these data are too large, too varied in nature, and will change too quickly to be handled by the traditional database management systems of most transportation agencies. The TRB National Cooperative Highway Research Program's NCHRP Research Report 952: Guidebook for Managing Data from Em...

TRB Conference on Planning Applications - abstracts deadline November 30, 2020

Convened by Transportation Research Board, the 18th TRB Conference on Planning Applications (AppCon 2021) will be held in a virtual format June 21-25, 2021. AppCon attracts professionals from the academic, public, and private sectors to explore practical applications of transportation planning advances. The conference will include instructive and insightful presentation of the application of innovative tools and techniques to address a wide range of planning contexts and challenges illustrated with relev...

TRB Webinar: Keep on Truckin’--Using Simulators for CDL Testing During COVID-19

Truck driver training schools and Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL) testing agencies face pressure to keep up with the perennial driver shortages. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, these pressures are exacerbated by social distancing rules that increase the time and manpower demands for CDL road tests. TRB is hosting a webinar on Friday, November 6, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:30 PM Eastern that will explore the advantages of conducting CDL tests using truck driving simulators programmed to meet the s...

Featured Centennial Paper - Congestion Pricing: Driving Efficiency Through Innovation, Research, and Deployment

Initially formed as a joint subcommittee the Standing Technical Committee on Congestion Pricing received full standing committee status in September 2005, reflecting the broad and growing interest in research, education and outreach in congestion pricing and related market-based transportation issues.  Congestion pricing and related market-oriented strategies have the potential to create far-reaching improvements in the planning, funding, and operation of transportation systems. The increased benefi...

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