TRB 88th Annual Meeting

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The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 88th Annual Meeting will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Connecticut Avenue Collection hotels: Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham, and Hilton Washington. Plan now to attend the TRB 88th Annual Meeting, an information-packed program that will attract more than 10,000 transportation professionals from around the world to Washington, D.C., January 11–15, 2009.

The TRB Annual Meeting program covers all transportation modes, with more than 3,000 presentations in nearly 600 sessions addressing topics of interest to all attendees—policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. The spotlight theme for 2009 is Transportation, Energy, and Climate Change.

The TRB Housing Bureau will manage all hotel reservations for the meeting. To register and secure your hotel accommodations, go to, and make your reservations. Guest rooms are available at the following hotels: Hilton Washington*, Marriott Wardman Park*, Omni Shoreham*, Courtyard Marriott Northwest, Mayflower (Renaissance), Palomar (Kimpton), and The Churchill. (*Locations of TRB Events)

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will be hosting several forums and presentations during the TRB program. Visit the FTA Booth 3712 during the TRB Annual Meeting registration at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Exhibit Hall A, during exhibit hours: Sunday, January 11, 4:00-7:00 pm (Opening Reception); Monday, January 12, 9:30 am-4:00 pm; or Tuesday, January 13, 9:30 am–4:00 pm.

FTA’s forums and presentations include topics that provide leadership, technical assistance, and financial resources for developing safe, affordable and accessible transportation systems:

Session 450 - Transit’s Role in Responding to Climate Change, Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 8:00-9:45 am, Washington Hilton, Lincoln East.
• Included Topics:
o Climate Change and Transit
o Quantitative Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Reductions from U.S. Public Transportation
o Role of Transit-Oriented Development and Planning in Reducing Emissions
o Transit Agency Responses: Minimizing the Carbon Footprint of Operations and Construction
o Federal Role in Transit’s Response to Climate Change

Session 501 - State of Good Repair: Urban Transit Maintenance and How to Pay for It, Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 10:15 am-12:00 pm, Washington Hilton, Lincoln East.
• Included Topics:
o Asset Management and Preventative Maintenance: Setting Priorities to Improve Efficiency
o Lessons Learned from London Underground Experience with Public-Private Partnerships 
o The View from the Subway – the Challenges of Maintaining and Operating A Hundred Year-Old Subway System 
o Policy Options for Improving Maintenance

Session 531 - Public Private Partnerships: Coming to a Transit Agency Near You, Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 1:30-3:15 pm, Washington Hilton, Lincoln East.
• Included Topics:
o Public-Private Partnership Experiences from Past Projects and Other Industries
o Case Study of the Oakland Airport Connector 
o Transit-Oriented Development and Joint Development Opportunities
o Protecting the Public Interest – Evaluating Public-Private Partnership Contracts 

An FTA special meeting, Global Climate Change Considerations in the Context of the Environmental National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) Process, will be held Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 5:30-7:15 pm, Washington Hilton, Kalorama.
• Included Topics:
o Legal Requirements to Consider Global Climate Change
o Advocating for Transit as a Climate Change Strategy
o Transportation Planning and Global Climate Change
o A Transportation Industry Consultant’s Experiences with Global Climate Change
o MPO Response to AB 32 and AB 375 in California

Additional sessions, presentations, and workshops:
• Workshop 165: FTA Looks at Project Management and Estimating Practices; Sunday, January 11, 2009, 1:30–4:30 pm, Washington Hilton, Monroe East.
• Session 221: Applications of Forecasting Tools and Techniques; Monday, January 12, 2009, 8:00-9:45 am Washington Hilton, Monroe East.
• Session 229: Report from 18th National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation; Monday, January 12, 2009, 8:00–9:45 am, Washington Hilton, Thoroughbred.
• Session 287: Transportation Planning and Management on Public Lands; Monday, January 12, 2009, 10:15 am–12:00 pm, Washington Hilton, Georgetown East.
• Session 308: Advanced Clean Propulsion Technologies for Transit: Current Status, Challenges, and Future Outlook; Monday, January 12, 2009, 1:30–3:15 pm, Washington Hilton, Jefferson West.
• Poster Session 330: How to Get People Interested in Transportation; Monday, January 12, 2009, 2:30-5:00 pm, Washington Hilton, International Center.
• Session 445: Programming in Year-of-Expenditure Dollars: Successful Approaches and Recommendations for Improvement; Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 8:00–9:45 am, Washington Hilton, Cabinet.
• Poster Session 623: Congestion Pricing Research: Laying the Foundation for the Future; Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 7:30–9:30 pm, Washington Hilton, International Center.
• Session 662: Improving the Delivery of Transit: Explorations for Transit Service and Transit Capital Projects; Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 8:00-9:45 am, Washington Hilton, Jefferson West.
• Session 668: Safety and Security in the MPO Planning Process; Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 8:00-9:45 am, Washington Hilton, Monroe West.
• Session 670: Visualization Tools for Better Understanding of Effects of Land Development with Transportation; Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 8:00-9:45 am, Washington Hilton, Lincoln East.

Check out TRB’s web site at for any updates or program information. See the flyer attached for further information concerning FTA forums and presentations.

For further assistance, contact Region 10’s Linda Gehrke at (206) 220-4463 or email


/s/ Linda Gehrke for

R.F. Krochalis
Regional Administrator

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