2016 TRB – Annual Meeting

Download PDF – AHB50 Meeting Agenda – January 2016

Download PDF – AHB50 Meeting Minutes – January 2016

Agenda and Meeting Minutes:

Annual Meeting – January 11, 2015 8:00 – NOON
Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom Salon 9 (M2)
Preliminary Meeting Agenda
PART 1, AHB50
8:00 AM – 9:50 AM

1.      Welcome and introductions (Carlson)

  • Brought to order at 8:10am by Paul
  • AHB50 – Mission Statement
  • AHB50 – Goals
  • List of mid-year activities
  • Paper Review Process 2016
  • 54 received; completed 209/ assigned 235 (89%)

2.   Staff report (Cunard)

  • Pre-registration of 13,200, the final numbers will be 13,500,
  • 5,600 papers were submitted this year,
  • The is the second year at the convention center, and it is reserved through the next 20 years
  • The final program is printed at 140 pages rather than 600 if the entire document was printed (300 trees were saved)

3. Section report (Briglia or Bertini)

  • Section report was presented by Rob Bertini
  • Recognized the great work of Rich Cunard

4. Paper review update (Carlson)

5. Paper publication committee (Gates)

  • Best Paper Award
  • New annual best paper award, lead author, Brad Brimley, “Guidelines for Traffic Control Devices at Changes in Horizontal Alignment”
  • Received the highest ranking by the TCD committee
  • The award requires that the paper
  • Time needs to re-review 10 manuscripts for publication for this year; will limit to 2 per person; Tim has 16 re-reviewers on his list to-date. Attendees will leave their business cards with Tim at the break if they would like to participate.

6. Committee membership status (Carlson)

  • We are not in a year where 1/3 of the members need to be rotated.
  • There is room for additional members on the committees.
  • Attendees interested should speak with Paul after the meeting.

7. Triennial Strategic Plan (Hurwitz)

8. Discussion of sponsored sessions

  • 4 sessions including this committee meeting:
    • Session 466 Monday 7:30am to 9:30pm,
    • Session 499 Tuesday 8:am to 9:45, and
    • Poster Session 590.

9. Webinars

  • WWD – Finley
  • Future webinar topics

10. TCD research update (Noyce)

  • Trying to expand our reach into research through the development of problem statements / rfp’s for NCHRP
  • NCHRP RFP on FYA – was advanced to a formal problem statement NCHRP 03-125.
  • NCHRP PS on TCDs for AVs – were drafted and are in consideration.
  • Right Turn on Red Arrow (Sajid Hassan)
    • Presented a case study on “Right Turns on Red Arrow by State”
    • Only 15 states prohibit right turn on red arrow
    • Argues that supplemental signage is unnecessary
    • Hawkins – sometimes the MUTCD presents as many problems as it solves. We need to consider what are hard and fast requirements, and
  • TCD Research needs and opportunities
    • Dr Noyce proposed a round table discussion of new topics at today’s meeting.
    • There was interest in developing a research statement on RTOR, David Noyce and Paul Carlson
    • Carlson described NCUTCD research needs statements
      • Develop guidance for LED-enhanced signs
      • Design criteria and guidelines of full graphic dynamic message signs
      • Guidelines for sizing regulatory and warning signs
      • Enhanced Traffic Control Device designs and guidelines for automated vehicles
    • What is the best traffic control device for conflict between U-turns and right turns?
    • David Noyce requested that attendees send him any and all research ideas that they would like to contribute

11. Future committee activities

a) Blue Ribbon Award

  • Nominated the PhD session, David Noyce, Mike Knodler, Paul Carlson worked on this, and are looking for additional help if others are interested.

b) TRB/ATTSSA TCD Design Competition

  • Martin Peitrucha provided a report
  • Create and hold a design competition for the creation of a novel traffic control device (TCD) or new adaption of an existing TCD to address a safety problem identified at ATSSA’s Circle of Innovation
  • Should this be exclusively for students or design professionals?
  • We could select a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner
  • A poster session would result from the submissions at TRB
  • Timeline:
    • Approval by the TCD committee in this meeting Jan 16
    • Draft competition participant guide prior to March 16
    • Approval by TRB and ATSSA in March 16
    • Finalized rules April 16
    • Distribute 16
    • Hold competition at TRB 17
    • Host winners at ATSSA 17
  • Discussion
    • Emphasis on student only competition
    • Possibility of transportation professionals acting as mentors
    • Consider support from industry for awards
    • Would need to execute a separate call for the activity

c) Meetings

  • Mid-year meetings have been difficult to identify
  • TCD has been sponsoring a session at the Automated Vehicle Symposium
  • Try a webinar as a mid-year meetings

d) TCD Listserv

  • If you would like to be added to the list serve, please share your email with Paul Carlson

e) Other

  • David Noyce mentioned, do we need to update our website? No volunteers as of now.

PART 2, Joint Meeting with Signing & Marking Material Committee (AHD55)

10:10 AM – NOON

  1. FHWA MUTCD Update (Sylvester via Dave Kirschner)
    • Update on MUTCD team – almost fully staffed, one vacant position
    • Next edition of MUTCD
      • Draft NPA to accommodate new materials in 2014.
      • Proposed content and preamble material substantially drafted
      • Still not included in FHWA’s priority rulemakings – content can still be modified
      • Once NPA is published in Federal Register – approximately 2 years until new MUTCD is published
    • Request for Comments on Future Direction for the MUTCD is currently available until late February.
    • 5-year transportation bill (FAST Act).
      • New R&D provisions added, but no additional funds – money comes from existing R&D budget.
      • TAP was repealed.
      • HSIP fund limitations
      • States may allow different design standards if the road is owned by local jurisdiction
    • Connected vehicles are being considered for the MUTCD (near term)
    • Shared streets
    • Markings – wide versus normal, double line, colored pavement, shared streets
    • Temporary traffic control – regulatory vs. advisory
    • MUTCD is 80 years old
  2. NCHRP Update (Derr)
    • Handout – TRB’s report to the AASHTO SCOTE
      • Recent publications
      • Ongoing projects
  1. FHWA TCD‐Pooled Fund Study Update (Shurbutt)
    • Human factors study (simulator) for bicycle signalization techniques
    • Human factors evaluation to determine sign messages for intersections collision warning systems
    • Lane line markings in advance of lane merge
    • International symbol sign study IV
    • Flashing yellow arrow cases to eliminate yellow trap
    • Rest area amenities signage
    • Minimum buffer distance law for motorists passing cyclists
    • Warning signs for bicyclists traversing light rail tracks
    • NDS/RID Pooled Fund Announcement (Charles Fay) SHRP2 – solicitation will come out in next month or two. Purpose is to conduct ground breaking research using the NDS/RID to advance development of implementable solutions for DOTs. FHWA plans to commit $750K – $1M
  2. Revision of the International Road Sign System: Progress Report on the UN Project (Pronin)
    • International road sign harmonization project
    • First treaty was 1909, then in 1968 and periodically with the most recent in 1995.
    • Currently under revision now, particularly to include VMS.
    • Goal is to harmonize sign shapes and symbols (not standardize)
  3. TRB Automated Vehicle Symposium summary (Carlson)
    • Gave summary on what was learned from TRB Automated Vehicle Symposium, including the NCHRP problem statement that resulted
  4. Delphi’s Infrastructure Experience from their 3400 mile Demonstration (Absmeier)
    • Paul Carlson provided a summary of this based on what he learned at the Automated Vehicle Symposium. Delphi was not present.
  5. Automated Retroreflectivity Measurements (Ferne)
    • Presentation on automated retroreflectivity measurement in Europe was presented
  6. In Roadway Auxiliary Warning Lights (Faisal)
    • Presented failure rates
    • Proposed two problem statements for in-roadway auxiliary lighting
  7. Important Environmental Factors Contributing to the Temporary Obstruction of Signs (Heaslip)
  8. Adjourn