WRI Ross Center at the Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting

Santiago, Chile is looking for ways to close the public transport funding gap through Transport Demand Management measures. Experts will discuss this case study at the 96th annual TRB meeting in Washington, D.C. Photo by: Claudio Olivares Medina / Flickr

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 96th Annual Meeting will be held in Washington D.C. on January 7-12. The meeting program will cover all modes of transportation, with more than 5,000 presentations in over 800 sessions and workshops, addressing topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers and representatives of government, industry and academic institutions. This year’s spotlight theme will be “Transportation Innovation: Leading the Way in an Era of Rapid Change.”

WRI has been an active TRB participant in the past, presenting multiple papers in lectures and poster sessions, including two award-winning papers. This year is no exception; we will have a strong presence in multiple workshops, sessions and committees. Below we highlight events in which WRI researchers will be present:

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Nexus of Transportation and Environmental Health Governance: Intersections and Collisions Across and Within Borders

Sunday, January 8, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Convention Center, 147A, Workshop 101

Claudia Adriazola-Steil and Amit Bhatt, WRI

Presentation: Mobility Patterns, Physical Activities and Safety: Case Studies from Ahmedabad and Mexico City

This research explores the nature of implementing a bus rapid transit (BRT) lane in an arterial street in Mexico City and its impact on traffic safety, air quality and physical activity. The results show positive impacts for health and also provide cues for further research and design adjustments to have a greater positive impact.

Performance Measures and Targets Across the Pillars of the Decade of Action for Road Safety

Sunday, January 8, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Convention Center, 101, Workshop 136

Claudia Adriazola-Steil, WRI and Natalie Draisin, FIA Foundation

Presentation: Global Update and SDG 3.6

This session will review the progress achieved in the UN Sustainable Development Goal 3.6: “Globally, the United Nations has set a sustainable development goal to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from traffic accidents by 2025.”

Innovations in Financing of Urban Public Transport and Non-motorized Transportation Infrastructure

Sunday, January 8, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Convention Center, Salon B, Workshop 155

Dario Hidalgo, WRI

Financing Sustainable Mobility in Bogotá and Cali, Colombia and Santiago, Chile. Analysis of how Bogotá has financed its BRT, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure networks as well as how it is looking for ways to cover the public transport funding gap through Transport Demand Management measures, also replicated in Cali, Colombia and Santiago, Chile.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Transportation in the Developing Countries Committee

Monday, January 9, 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom Salon 10 (M2)

Adriana Lobo, Amit Bhat, Adriana Lobo and Madhav Pai, WRI

This session highlights the research and activities of multilateral, bilateral and non-government organizations, including WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Transit Capacity and Quality of Service

Tuesday, January 10, 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM, Convention Center, Hall E

Luis A. Lindau, Mariana Barcelos, Maria Beatriz Berti da Costa, Carla ten Caten, Cristina Albuquerque Moreira da Silva, Brenda Pereira, WRI Brazil

Poster: Benchmarking Focused on Satisfaction of Bus Transit Users

This session discusses the results and lessons from standardized user satisfaction surveys applied in several Latin American Cities.  

Sustainable Transport Award Ceremony 2017 honoring Santiago, Chile; Windhoek, Namibia and Curitiba, Brazil

Tuesday, January 10, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Convention Center, Ballroom C

Holger Dalkmann, WRI; Clayton Lane and Michael Kodransky, ITDP

The Sustainable Transport Award recognizes profound leadership, vision, and achievement in sustainable transport and urban livability. Established in 2005, it has been given annually to a city that has implemented innovative sustainable transport projects in the preceding year. These strategies improve mobility for all residents, reduce transport greenhouse and air pollution emissions, and improve safety and access for bicyclists and pedestrians. Award committee members represent the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), The World Bank, WRI Clean Air Asia, Clean Air Institute, Codatu, Despacio, GIZ, ICLEI and the BRT Center of Excellence.

Free registration here

Bikesharing and Electric Bikes and Trikes in Asia and Latin America

Tuesday, January 10, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Convention Center, 103A

Ajay Kumar, The World Bank and Dario Hidalgo, WRI, presiding

This session discusses research from applications in Indonesia, China and Mexico.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Public Transport, BRT and Innovations Subcommittee, ABE90(2)

Wednesday, January 11, 8:00 AM – 9:45 AM, Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom Salon 13 (M2)

Dario Hidalgo, WRI, presiding

Presentations:

Juan Pablo Bocarejo/Claudia Diaz, Secretary of Transportation, Bogotá Colombia, Plans and Progress for Making Bogotá the Bicycling Capital of the Americas

Jyot Chada/Amit Bhatt, WRI India. “Gender and Innovation in Public Transport, India Perspective”

Clayton Lane/Aimee Gauthier, ITDP, “Evaluating Country Performance in Meeting Transit Needs of Urban Populations”

Juan Carlos Muñoz, CEDEUS, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, “Free Transit: Uthopian or Practical?”

Commentary from:

Andrea Monje/Isabel Granada, Inter-American Development Bank (Gender and Transport)

Jorge Kogan/Harvey Scorcia, CAF-Development Bank of Latin America (Urban Mobility Observatory)

Holly Krambeck/Roger Gorgham, World Bank (Innovation, Big Data/Africa)

Current Research on Bus Rapid Transit Planning, Design, and Operations

Wednesday, January 11, 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM, Convention Center, 103A

Pablo Guarda, Juan M. Velasquez, Thet Hein Tun, WRI; Xumei Chen, Zhong Guo, China Academy of Transportation Sciences

Presentation: Comparing Chinese and Non-Chinese Bus Rapid Transit: Evidence from Evaluation of Global BRT Based on BRT Design Indicators

Benchmarking study on design features and performance of systems compared with Chinese applications.

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