TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD

NEW

MINUTES OF MEETING FOR COMMITTEE A1E02 - PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

January 12, 1999

1. Introductions

Committee Chair Pat McLaughlin opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. and reviewed the meeting agenda. Those attending introduced themselves.

It was noted that the committee has a web page at

http://www.uwm.edu/dept/cuts/trb.

E-mail to all members and friends of the committee can be sent to trb-ptp@uwm.edu. People may subscribe to the e-mail reflector by sending a message to listserv@uwm.edu; leave the subject blank and include the term "subscribe trb-ptp" in the message body.

2. Approval of Meeting Minutes

George Gray moved, Dave Miller seconded, to approve the minutes of the 1998 meeting. Motion carried.

3. News and Information

Pat McLaughlin introduced Dave Miller as the incoming Chair of the committee.

Pat McLaughlin presented certificates to George Smerk and George Gray as emeritus members of the committee.

Peter Shaw gave a report on this year’s meeting. Attendance will be more than 8,000 people.

Diane Schwager (202/334-2969) provided an update on the TCRP program. Panels are currently being formed for the new projects approved in the current program and members were urged to nominate candidates for the TCRP panels. Diane indicated that problem statements are more likely to be successful if those proposing projects would indicate the potential benefits of the project. Pat McLaughlin mentioned that project titles and topics that are very relevant to the industry do well. Such projects should be manageable within the potential budget.

The deadline for topic submittals is April 1999.

Rich Bickel moved, Jim Bunch seconded, that a letter of support be submitted for the Revised MIS statement.

There will be a 1999 midyear meeting of the TRB Planning, Management, Finance, and Economics Committees in Boston. It is scheduled for Thursday-Sunday, July 8-11. A1E02 has been invited (for the first time; the summer get-together of the other committees has gone on for some years) and will participate.

The 2000 TRB meeting will have a number of millennium "Where do we go?" sessions.

A conference on refocusing planning for the twenty-first century will be scheduled for February 1999 in Washington, with a follow-up conference in Irvine, CA in April. The first conference will identify issues, while the second conference will deal with methods.

The committee received good comments on its triennial review.

Highway Capacity Manual/Transit Task Force: Dave Miller indicated that the committee will soon review a draft of the transit capacity material. There was considerable discussion within the task force on level of service measures. Quality of service m easures are being looked at from a user's perspective. The first edition of the manual is expected to be published by midyear 1999. The transit chapters of the Highway Capacity Manual (HCM 2000) should be published next year. Issues of how the manual i s to be updated must be addressed. Committee members indicated that the fundamental need is for a transportation capacity manual, rather than manuals that deal with specific modes.

The work has a quality of service emphasis and will require additional work dealing with paratransit. Efforts on this project need to be coordinated with other TRB committees. People who would like to keep abreast of these activities should work thro ugh Dave Miller. Jim Bunch and George Gray expressed interest in participating.

4. Newsline

Several issues were produced in the past year. The committee thanked George Smerk for his efforts in Newsline’s preparation.

5. Paper Reviews

Ed Beimborn gave a report on paper reviews by the committee. Twenty papers were received; ten were presented in regular sessions, one in a poster session, and one was sent to another committee and presented in another session. Publication decisions have not yet been made. Paper reviewers were thanked for their assistance. Thirty-two people were involved in the reviews. The committee will try to use electronic reviews next year to speed up the process.

6. Liaison Reports

George Mazur, Statewide Multimodal Planning: The committee will be preparing a synthesis and a statement of research needs. A recent conference in Statewide Travel Forecasting will have a proceedings volume published. Some of the issues of concern -- use of secondary data sources, cross-modal tradeoffs, stated preference surveys, a statewide companion to NCHRP187, synthesis of the current forecasting process. A conference in Alaska in July is also being planned as a performance measures conference. It is likely that transit will get more attention in future statewide plans for environmental justice reasons.

Bill Loudon, Public Involvement Committee: The committee is working on its year 2000 millennium paper and the issues involved. The committee is focusing on developing educational materials for public involvement. (See their web site.) The committee also has some good ideas for poster session presentations.

7. FTA Strategic Plan and Five-Year Research and Technology Plan (Business Plan)

Ed Thomas: There is likely to be an increased emphasis on smart growth and planning in the future. Technology and information will be extremely important. Some of the problems FTA has identified in their strategic plan are: transportation needs of an aging population, proliferation of information technology and how to use it, devolution of federalism, decision-making at the local level, and globalization of economies.

The industry is interested in strong regional planning, mobility management, infrastructures, local decision-making, training, safety and security. FTA has identified six program areas: Planning and Policy, Safety and Security, Equipment and Infrastructure, Professional Capacity Building, Fleet Operations, and Specialized Customer Needs.

The program will look at how to integrate innovation into its program through partnering with the industry to enhance economic growth and competitiveness. Elements of the programs in each of the areas of emphasis were described. The strategic plan wa s published within the last several months and the specific research and development plan will be available soon. The FTA budget for research is about $74M/year, but much of those funds are used for deployment, rather than research. TCRP plays a valuabl e role, and people are encouraged to submit good topic statements. Committee interest in Land Use Transportation Linkage, Transportation Technology Planning, and Customer Information relate well to the emphasis areas of FTA.

A subgroup, Rich Bickel (lead), Dave Miller, Ed Beimborn, Foad Farid, Glenn Lunden, Dan Benson, Jim Bunch and Tara Bartee (maybe), was formed to discuss the implications of smart growth on transit planning in light of the committees strategic plan and to determine what the committee should do in response to this initiative.

System Architecture for ITS, Mac Lister (www.its.dot.gov): TEA-21 has a requirement that all ITS related projects should conform to the National ITS Architecture. This will insure that information can be linked together. Future policy will be more s pecific in terms of specific requirements for planning and projects "shall" versus "should" components).

7. Millennium Paper Committee, Future Activities

A 3,000 word paper is due on May 1 about the future transit planning activities for the millennium -- AWhere are we now, and where are we going?@

The committee held a general discussion of these issues as a workshop (see table at end of minutes).

Dave Miller will initiate discussion of the millennium paper through the e-mail reflector. Glenn Lunden, Pat McLaughlin, and possibly others will be asked for feedback.

Brendan Hemily volunteered to develop a conference session for the year 2000 meeting with the millennium paper used as a basis of a panel session.

 

 

Where we are now

 

 

Where we are going

The Market

Down but great potential

Opportunity to bend the trends

A

Implications -- broaden focus

Rest of the world

Rest of planning

 

Day to Day Operational Issues

A

View transit planning as part of integrated whole

Land use intermodal smart growth issues will gain in importance

 

Mass Transit Focus

A

Dispersed varied trips

 

Still some traditional daily ridership

A

Complex, diversified markets

Trend toward tailored travel; special events, occasional use

Implications for Research

Panel session for 2000 millennium paper

Trip chaining

TOD development process

Models for development

Lessons learned

Evaluation of impacts

Edge Cities -- where are they going?