Group 1 - Transportation Systems Planning and Administration
SELF-EVALUATION OF COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES
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are not equally involved in all possible activities and there may be "not
applicable" sections. Diversity amongst committees is valuable. Other committees
in Group 1 will be able to learn from your shared experiences.
COMMITTEE NAME AND NUMBER: Public Transportation Planning and
Development – A1E02
COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON: Patricia V. McLaughlin
DATE: March 8, 1998
A. Date that committee last considered scope? As part of 1997-98
Committee Scope (from TRB directory): Evaluation
of marketing and patronage, service, price policy, product planning, promotion
policy, social services, changes in employment and recreational patterns
and related factors.
Does the current scope statement accurately reflect the committee’s
Should the scope be modified? Yes
Encompasses some aspects of committee’s current work
but does not reflect cross-cutting activities of committee in fostering
new thinking on public transportation – specifically its relationship to
land use and need for development of innovative service approaches. This
is considered a core competency. Also includes some individual activities
(marketing, price policy, social services) that are now being performed
by topic-specific spin-off committees within the Section.
C. What changes are proposed and why are these changes necessary?
Add: The committee’s scope is to examine, discuss and disseminate
public transportation ideas and issues from the planning, development and
implementation perspectives. (rationale: updated Committee Mission
Statement). Modify: The Committee considers emerging trends, new ideas
and innovations as they influence public transportation planning and development
as it relates to the larger, intermodal environment. The Committee considers
impact of factors such as land use, technologies, marketi
and patronage, pricing, service innovations, public policy,
tools and techniques for product planning promotion policy,
and changes in the planning environment, including employment, and
recreation activity patterns and related factors.
2. Committee Goals
Identify, articulate and stimulate follow-up activities on emerging
trends, new ideas and innovations.
Foster topics for future research
Assist in defining public transportation’s role(s) and direction
within the overall transportation system
Coordinate and partner with other TRB committees, organizations
and governmental entities to accomplish the Committee’s overall mission.
Identify planned (up to 2 years) activities to achieve
Broaden Committee’s base by adding at least one member representing
a state or regional planning organization.
Continue to develop a research agenda of both "state of the art"
and practical topics of importance to the current operation and future
development of public transportation. Specifically:
Prepare an annual set of updated Committee research statements for
Continue to improve the number and quality of submitted papers by
monitoring and refining the current paper review guidance process, encouraging
paper review teams to develop consolidated paper feedback and continuing
to develop annual Calls for Papers, co-sponsored with other TRB committees,
Continue to develop at least one or two TCRP problem statements each
year for submittal to TRB
Incorporate at least one TCRP project into a TRB Annual Meeting session
Prepare one committee or "state of the art" session for each Annual
Continue Newsline as our on-going tool for quarterly outside communication
on innovations and ideas in public transportation
Develop potential topics for the biennial, mid-year Public Transit
Increase intergroup liaison, including:
Coordinate Committee member involvement in ITE, ASCE, AASHTO and
APA activities related to Committee interests (for example, public transportation
and land use, transit mitigation measurement, pricing strategies and multi-modal
Establish specific Committee members as "friends" of related committees
(for example, Bus Transit, Planning Methods, Paratransit, Ridesharing,
Statewide Multimodal Planning, Strategic Management, Management and Productivity,
Statewide Multimodal Planning, and Intergovernmental Relations and Policy
Processes) for potential joint topics and investigations, as well as preventing
overlaps or gaps in topics.
Increase Committee communication throughout the year by using
technology -- fax, conference calls, teleconferencing -- as well as encouraging
Committee attendance at the annual, mid-year conference of the Planning
Identify envisioned (3 -5 years) activities to achieve stated goals.
A. Number of members at current time? 23
3. Committee Organization and Membership
Continue and expand activities outlined above
Identify 5-10 year trends in public transportation and recruit committee
members and friends with interest and expertise in those fields and topics.
Take the lead in establishing specific linkages with Section A and
Section F committees to explore intermodal topics of mutual interest.
Develop an inventory of trends in transportation in conjunction with
the Committee on Strategic Management
Publish a Newsline retrospective through TRB to record the past
decade’s trends and experiences in public transportation development.
Geographical distribution (how current membership is distributed across
the nation and worldwide).
Eastern United States: 11 Members
Midwestern United States: 3 Members
Western United States: 7 Members
Canada 1 Member
Europe 3 Corresponding Members
Academic/Research 6 Members
Professional category distribution (how current membership
is distributed across professional affiliations).
Consulting 6 Members
Transit Agencies 7 Members
State/Federal Government 4 Members
D. Number of friends listed as associated with the committee? 50
F. Committee morale (high, medium low). High
E. Level of individual member involvement (high, medium, low). 30%
High; 60% Medium; 10% Low
List subcommittees and their chairs
Strategic Planning: Rich Bickel
Publications: Ed Beimborn
Newsline: George Smerk
Paper Review: Please list number of papers reviewed by committee
during the past 2 years.
5. Interaction with Other TRB Committees and Technical Societies
1998 - 23 papers
1997 - 16 papers
List other TRB committees which your committee maintains
a formal liaison representation.
A1DO6 Transportation Programming, Planning and Systems Evaluation
A1DO5 Transportation Planning Needs and Requirements of Small
and Medium-sized Communities
A1D01 Statewide Multimodal Planning
A1DO4 Public Involvement in Transportation
List outside organizations which your committee maintains ongoing
Federal Transit Administration
American Public Transit Association
Shared activities during the past year (examples should
include co-sponsoring sessions, information exchange, research, etc.).
Sponsorship: FTA Workshop on Future Direction of Advanced Public
Transportation Systems (APTS) Program – Annual Meeting
Co-sponsored Sessions at Annual Meeting:
6. Business Meeting Attendance
A. Annual business meeting attendance: 17 Members 21 Guests
The Major Investment Study at Five (with Committee on Intergovernmental
Relations and Policy Processes and Committee on Environmental analysis
Transit Planning and Quality of Service: An International Perspective
(with Task Force on Transit Capacity and Quality of Service)
Transit Governance (with Committee on Intergovernmental Relations
and Policy Processes)
B. Summer business meeting attendance: not applicable
7. Annual Meeting Sessions Sponsored
A. Number of annual meeting paper sessions sponsored? 2
B. Number of annual meeting conference sessions sponsored? 3
Identify Additional Activities Sponsored During the Past
Published 4 Issues of Newsline
Identify Additional Activities Scheduled for the Next Year.
10. Technology Transfer
Additional Co-sponsored Sessions
Chair Attendance at Section A and F Mid-Year Meetings
A. Is the committee planning to publish documents within the next
two years? No
C. Conferences Proposed.
Year 2000 Mid-year Conference on New Paradigms in Public Transportation
(Co-sponsor in conjunction with Section A and F Mid-Year Meetings)
B. Workshops proposed. None
11. Research Needs (Developing Area in Group 1)
Please list your most recent submissions of Research Problem
B. Number of Research Problem Statements developed in the last
The Major Investment Study at Five – Practice, Results, Effectiveness
Planning and Managing Multimodal Facilities
Plus additional Synthesis topics
C. Number of Research Problem Statements under development? Three
D. Number of Research Problem Statements funded during last three
One – Options to Attract Auto Users to Public Transit (TCRP
Please Detail the Proposed General Committee Directions
for the Next Three Years
Over the next three years, the committee will focus increasingly
on public transportation’s role in the multimodal, intermodal environment.
We will specifically be interested in tools for transit agency involvement
in transportation decision-making in a multimodal environment by taking
an active role in the Highway Capacity Manual update and Task Force on
Transit Capacity and Quality of Service and in fostering development of
a toolbox of quick-response transit planning and evaluation techniques.
The Committee will jointly explore models of public transportation decision-making
and management structures (both national and international) in conjunction
with relevant TRB committees. We will become increasingly involved through
Committee and liaison memberships, in disseminating state DOT models for
supporting public transit operations and public transit considerations
in advanced public transportation information networks. In addition, through
the Committee’s ongoing direct linkage with the Federal Transit Administration
(through FTA membership on the committee), we will continue to assist FTA
and TRB by sponsoring special conferences and workshops conducted by FTA
at TRB events in areas within the committee’s scope. Finally, the Committee
will continue and expand its work on innovative service provision options.
13. General Remarks and Comments Offered by the Committee
A. Should your committee continue in its present form with its
present title? Yes
B. Should it be reoriented, restructured, or retitled? No
If yes, please explain.
C. Should it be merged with one or more other committees? No
If yes, please explain.
D. Does the existing Section under which the committee is organized
consist of the proper committees and is its title appropriate? Yes
E. Any other comments considered appropriate by the committee.