Join Us at TRB ~ History Meetings


Below is a list of all the 2017 Annual Meeting sessions that TRB Transportation History Committee has sponsored or co-sponsored. You can view these and all sessions on  the online program.

In addition, the committee has supported the Arizona DOT in creating a display on the history of transportation in Arizona. The display will be presented in the Exhibit Hall (“Arizona Journeys: How Transportation Shaped the Grand Canyon State”).

Transportation History Committee – Published Meeting

Tuesday 1:30 PM- 5:30 PM
Marriott Marquis, Liberty J (M4)

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Asha Agrawal, San Jose State University, presiding

Sponsored by Standing Committee on Transportation History (ABG50)

 The meeting agenda will be finalized later. In addition to business items, we will have two presentations:

 Trends in Mobile Work in the United States, 1850 to 1990 (17-02232)
– Jonathan Stiles, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Not Just a Walk in the Park: The History of Roads and Transportation in New York City’s Central Park (P17-20202)
– Sara Cedar Miller, Central Park Conservancy

Lectern session: How Airports Serve: Case Studies of Co-development of Cities and Their Airports

Airports are transportation gateways linking communities with the world. Deepened connections between cities and the outside world have influenced how cities and their airports have developed.  In spite of this, individual airports have unique histories reflecting their city’s social and economic characteristics. This session provides perspectives on the ways cities and their airports have grown together, illustrating how understanding of these historical relationships can improve city and airport planning for residents and travelers.

Wednesday 8:00 AM- 9:45 AM
Convention Center, 152B

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David Ballard, Gellman Research Associates (GRA), Inc., presiding

Sponsored by Standing Committee on Transportation History (ABG50); Standing Committee on Aviation System Planning (AV020); Standing Committee on Aviation Economics and Forecasting (AV040); Standing Committee on Airport Terminals and Ground Access (AV050)

 Evolution of the Airport System in Montreal, Canada (P17-20242)
– Pierre Barrieau, University of Quebec

Making Connections: St Louis and Its Lambert Airport (P17-20328)
– Daniel Rust, University of Wisconsin, Superior

Aviation’s Living History: Why Studying the Future of Aviation Requires Understanding of the Past (P17-20831)
– Megan Ryerson, University of Pennsylvania

A Century of Intrametropolitan Contestation, Cooperation, and Competition: Dallas and Ft.Worth and Their Airports, 1917-2016 (P17-20832)
– Owen Gutfreund, City University of New York (CUNY)

Lectern session: Lessons from the History of Statistics in U.S. Department of Transportation for a Future of Soundbites, Infographics, and Performance Measurement

The U.S. Department of Transportation opened for business 50 years ago with a general mandate to improve transportation statistics. ISTEA created the Bureau of Transportation Statistics 25 years ago with specific mandates to improve transportation statistics. How does the history of transportation issues and the statistical programs in BTS, DOT, and the federal statistical system inform the future evolution of those programs to meet the new world of soundbites, infographics, and performance measurement?

Tuesday 8:00 AM- 9:45 AM
Convention Center, 152B

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Michael Walton, University of Texas, Austin, presiding

Sponsored by Standing Committee on Transportation History (ABG50); Standing Committee on National Transportation Data Requirements and Programs (ABJ10)

Transportation Statistics in DOT’s First 25 Years (P17-20205)
– Alan Pisarski, Alan Pisarski Consulting

The Creation of BTS and Evolution of Transportation Statistics Since ISTEA (P17-20206)
– Rolf Schmitt, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

Panel presentation (P17-20305)
– Joseph Schofer, Northwestern University

Lectern session: DOT @ 50: Are We There Yet?

On the 50th anniversary of the U.S. DOT opening its doors, how well has it met its mandates and the vision of its founders? What difference has it made? Where could it have done better?  These questions will be addressed by a distinguished panel of long-time observers from inside and outside DOT as well as outside the federal government.

Monday 10:15 AM- 12:00 PM
Convention Center, 152B

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Alan Pisarski, Alan Pisarski Consulting, presiding

Sponsored by Standing Committee on Transportation History (ABG50)

Panel presentation (P17-20306)
– Bruce Seely, Michigan Technological University

Panel presentation (P17-20307)
– Jack Schenendorf, Covington and Burling

Panel presentation (P17-20308)
– Jeffrey Shane, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Panel presentation (P17-20309)
– Jeff Davis, Eno Center for Transportation

Panel presentation (P17-20315)
– Kenneth Mead, AOPA

Poster session: Linking Transportation History and Current Practice

Monday 1:30 PM- 3:15 PM
Convention Center, Hall E

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Bradley Flamm, HNTB Corporation, presiding

Sponsored by Standing Committee on Transportation History (ABG50)

Contributions and Crossroads: Our National Road System’s Impact on the U.S. Economy and Way of Life (P17-20203)
– Erica Interrante, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
– Bingxin Yu, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
– Masood Azizi, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Traffic Control Devices for Deterring Wrong-Way Driving: Historical Evolution and Current Practice (17-00880)
– Fatemeh Baratian Ghorghi, Parsons Corporation
– Huaguo Zhou, Auburn University

Efficiency Versus Aesthetics in Highway Projects: 200 Years of Conflict (P17-20204)
– Paul Marriott, National Trust for Historic Preservation


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