Specialists in the Transportation Research Board Technical Activities Division are in a unique position to sense the current concerns and learn about the activities of the transportation community. The TRB Annual Meeting, Board-sponsored conferences and workshops, standing committees, publications, and contact with thousands of organizations and individuals provide staff with information from the public and private sectors in all modes of transportation. A major source of this information is the annual state-visit program, through which TRB staff meet on site with each state transportation department, many universities, transit and other modal agencies, and industry representatives. The objectives of the state-visit program are to (a) learn of problems facing these organizations and to transmit information from states, industry, or educational institutions to help solve these problems; (b) learn of research activities that are in progress or contemplated and exchange information on similar research being carried out elsewhere, preventing duplication of efforts; (c) identify new methods and procedures that might be applicable elsewhere; (d) identify innovative or experimental work that might not be widely published but is worthy of broader attention; (e) describe TRB's range of services to new staff at transportation agencies that support TRB; and (f) identify potential candidates for TRB committees. Presented in this article is a snapshot of current issues, concerns, and activities in transportation in the United States, as witnessed by the TRB Technical Activities Division staff throughout fiscal year 1996.


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Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 11-25
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 186
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00728418
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Nov 13 1996 12:00AM