Participants in the first industry perspective breakout session included representatives from private companies involved in various aspects of freight transportation, including rail, truck, and marine carriers; industrial shippers; and manufacturers and suppliers of equipment. In addition, representatives from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Department of Energy, Volpe TSC, and private consultants were among the participants. The group believed that the best and most effective research and development (R&D) involves a partnership of government and industry. The overarching vision of the group was a safer, more efficient, and productive intermodal transportation system. The group also recognized the importance of smooth, seamless functioning of the entire transportation system. The group agreed that freight requires more emphasis in transportation R&D; discussed process issues, such as those involving environmental and equipment standards; focused on the need to overcome the difficulties in determining the appropriate time to "freeze" a technology into an industry standard; and believed that more government resources should be set aside to implement new technologies. A list of the research needs identified by the group is provided. The second industry perspective breakout session included representatives from aircraft/engine manufacturers, airlines, transit management companies, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, bus manufacturers, and engineering consultants. The consensus of the group was that the role of government is to "ensure that U.S. security and the economy are not limited by transportation factors". Participants agreed that government clearly has a role in transportation safety and regulation, in developing and maintaining standards, in helping industry maintain preeminence and competitiveness, and in sponsoring selected areas of R&D; discussed examples of successful and unsuccessful R&D programs; and recommended that outreach efforts be continued in a focused effort to gather customer input. Participants in the third industry perspective breakout session were from various private organizations interested in advanced transportation systems and technologies. The group agreed that the federal government has several roles in transportation R&D (policy maker, motivator, risk sharer); discussed relative funding levels for different types of federal government transportation R&D (basic research, 5-10%; applied research, 65-80%; development, 15-25%); and identified strategies and priorities for such funding. The group recommended that a new committee on transportation R&D policy and programs be formed to provide consultation, advice, strategies, priorities, management, and evaluation of the federal transportation R&D program on a continuing basis.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: p. 41-45
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00713050
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309061679
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 20 1995 12:00AM