45 Kittelson staff members will attend the Transportation Research Board (TRB) annual meeting January 13-17, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Will you be there, too? We hope to see you at our workshops, presentations, poster sessions and lecterns! Looking forward sharing and learning with you as we discuss the biggest research questions affecting today’s communities. Here’s where you can find us:

Kittelson’s TRB Schedule

Saturday, January 12

1:00 PM-5:00 PM | Marriott Marquis, Georgetown University (M1)
Workshops for Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee
Tom Creasey, Caliper Corporation, presiding

The Kittelson Research Team will present their ongoing efforts to develop highway capacity adjustment factors for connected and automated vehicles (CAVs). We are using an agent-based scenario simulation planning framework, which uses fully customizable vehicle and driver behavior characteristics for CAVs and non-CAVs. Using simulation tools, we will model different levels of volume and market penetration in order to adapt the use of the HCM in analyzing CAV applications. The Kittelson presenters will be joined by their research partner Dr. Jiaqi Ma of the University of Cincinnati. This research is sponsored by a pooled fund study guided by a Technical Advisory Committee of state department of transportation representatives.

Sunday, January 13

8:00 AM-12:00 PM | Marriott Marquis, Monument (M4)
Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Group 2: Uninterrupted Flow Group, AHB40(2.0)
Bastian Schroeder, Kittelson & Associates, presiding

9:00 AM-12:00 PM | Convention Center, Salon B
Workshop Risky Business?: Exploring What Lies Ahead for Designing Roads for All Users
Bastian Schroeder and Mike Alston, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., presenting

Bastian and Mike will present as part of this combination workshop and panel discussion, focusing on achieving the integration of pedestrian and bicycle facilities, including accessible features, into road projects, including those at alternative or innovative intersections. The workshop will touch on current research efforts and best practices and will identify further research needs and opportunities.

1:00 PM-5:00 PM | Marriott Marquis, Supreme Court (M4)
Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Group 4: Cross-Cutting Issues, AHB40(4.0)
Paul Ryus, Kittelson & Associates, presiding

1:30 PM-4:30 PM | Convention Center, 208
Workshop Presenting a Comprehensive Update of AASHTO’s “A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets, 8th Edition”
Hermanus Steyn, Kittelson & Associates, presiding
Brian Ray, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., leading the visioning portion

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Green Book is a compilation of specifications and guidelines for geometric design – but the bigger story is it’s a reflection of the way our industry has shifted over time. Kittelson is honored to lead the visioning and roadmap of a comprehensive update to the Green Book that will take into account the realities of our multimodal world.

1:30 PM-4:30 PM | Convention Center, 143B
Workshop Big Data Without Machine Learning Is Just Lots of Data: A Guided Tour to Big Data and Machine Learning
David Reinke, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., presenting

What makes big data “big” is not the amount of data, but the predictive analytic techniques built upon it. The development of machine learning methods has allowed us to build better predictive models that can take full advantage of the opportunities presented by access to large and diverse data sets. Past TRB workshops on big data have focused on data storage and traditional statistics; this one will emphasize the connection between big data and machine learning. Several speakers from the TRB Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computational Methods (ABJ70) will present an overview of machine learning essentials (supervised and unsupervised learning as well as deep learning), necessary mathematical and statistical background, and applications to building predictive models in transportation. This will include an overview of TRB’s forthcoming ABJ70 primer on machine learning. 

3:30 PM-4:30 PM | Marriott Marquis, Liberty N (M4)
Multimodal Traffic Signal Systems Subcommittee, AHB25(5)
Stacie Phillips, Kimley-Horn and Associates, presiding
Kevin Lee, Kittelson & Associates, presiding

4:00 PM-5:30 PM | Marriott Marquis, Cherry Blossom (Mezz)
Design and Construction Group Younger Members Subcommittee, AF000(2)
Pete Jenior, Kittelson & Associates, presiding

Monday, January 14

8:00 AM-9:45 AM | Marriott Marquis, Magnolia (Mezz)
Geometric Design Technical and Research Subcommittee, AFB10(1)
Hermanus Steyn, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., presiding

10:15 AM-12:00 PM | Convention Center, 154
Lectern Advancing Public Health in Transportation Is Critical for a Smart, Sustainable, and Equitable Future, Part 2
Edward Christopher, Independent, presiding

  • Brian Ray on Task Force Panel, Member Perspectives

10:15 AM-12:00 PM | Convention Center, 147B
Managing Curbspace Access in an Increasingly Congested Urban Environment
Erica Wygonik, RSG, presiding

  • “Demystifying Urban Curbside Freight Management: A Strategic Incremental Approach from Washington, D.C.”
    Alek Pochowski, Kittelson & Associates, Inc. and Meredyth Sanders, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

10:15 AM-12:00 PM | Convention Center, Hall A
Poster Session New Research on Travel Time, Speed, and Reliability Data
Michael Fontaine, Virginia Transportation Research Council, presiding
Sam Granato, Ohio Department of Transportation, presiding
Mei Chen, Kentucky Transportation Center, presiding

  • “Dynamic Prediction of Arterial Travel Time Mean and Variability.”
    Lilian Wu, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

10:15 AM-12:00 PM | Convention Center, 102A
Lectern Best Papers from the 2018 Access Management Conference
Marc Butorac, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., presiding

1:30 PM-3:15 PM | Convention Center, Hall A
Parking Potpourri
Lauren Mattern, Nelson\Nygaard, presiding

  • “Yellow Brick Road-Map to Demand-Based Parking Pricing: Findings from Washington, D.C.”
    Alek Pochowski, Kittelson & Associates, Inc. and Meredyth Sanders, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

3:45 PM-5:30 PM | Convention Center, 150A
Lectern First Innovations in Transit Performance Measurement Challenge
Yvonne Carney, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, presiding
Vy Phan-Hoang, Foothill Transit, presiding
Rachel VerBoort, Seattle Department of Transportation, presiding

Transit agencies have long used data models to demonstrate proposed alternatives. There is a problem with most current models, however: they don’t capture the things that are important to transit users. Jorge and his project team were selected as finalists in a data challenge, and will present a paper at TRB explaining how Orlando transit agency LYNX built a trip routing engine that simulated the impact of its proposed alternatives, capturing what’s important to users – how much they’ll have to wait, how often they’ll need to transfer, and how long they will spend riding the bus. Data models like this one will be critical for transit agencies as they look for ways to compete against driving, bicycling and ride hailing.

3:45 PM-5:30 PM | Convention Center, Hall A
Poster Session Gaining Insight into Highway Safety and Risk Through Improved Methods and Models
Raghavan Srinivasan, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, presiding

  • “Applications of Measurement Error Correction Approaches in Statistical Road Safety Modeling.”
    Anusha Musunuru, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

Tuesday, January 15

7:00 AM-8:00 AM | Marriott Marquis, Liberty K (M4)
Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Research Subcommittee, ABJ70(1)
Yunlong Zhang, Texas A&M University, presiding
David Reinke, Kittelson & Associates, Chair

8:00 AM-9:45 AM | Convention Center, 147B
Lectern Innovations in Transit Quality of Service Measurement
Paul Ryus, Kittelson & Associates, Presiding

With the number of mode options available to roadway users, improving the transit experience is important for attracting and retaining ridership. Paul Ryus will preside over this lectern session, in which contributors will describe innovative ways for quantifying passenger experience and using the information for decision-making and communication.

8:00 AM-9:45 AM | Convention Center, Hall A
Poster Session Methodologies, Tools, and Technologies to Provide Accessible Transportation
Joey Goldman, Joey Goldman, Presiding

  • “An Intersection Database to Facilitate Access to Complex Signalized Intersections by Pedestrians with Vision Disabilities.”
    Lee Rodegerdts, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

10:15 AM-12:00 PM | Convention Center, Hall A
Poster Session Uninterrupted Flow

  • “Evaluating the Operational Impact of Narrow Lanes and Shoulders for the Highway Capacity Manual.”
    Bastian Schroeder and Anxi Jia, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

1:30 PM-3:15 PM | Convention Center, Hall A
Poster Session Confirming Existing, Enhancing Current, and Developing New Geometric Design Practices
Zhongren Wang, California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS), presiding

  • “Geometric Design of Metered On-Ramps: State-of-the-Practice and Remaining Challenges.”
    Laura Zhao, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

3:45 PM-5:30 PM | Convention Center, 203
Lectern Geometric Design Features and Respective Affect on Drivers
Pete Jenior, Kittelson & Associates, presiding

  • “Risk and Reliability Analysis of Geometric Design Criteria: A Critical Synthesis.”
    Anusha Musunuru, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

Highway and street designers are faced with the challenge of designing for a broad range of driver, vehicle, and roadway characteristics and conditions. However, the variability in the design inputs and controls that influence design criteria and decisions is significant and has traditionally been considered implicitly through selected values for geometric design parameters and criteria. Anusha and her team found that addressing this variability and uncertainty through probabilistic design approaches that quantify both risk and reliability can lead to more well-informed and cost-effective design decisions. These approaches have been successfully incorporated into other design disciplines and are likely to be central to future performance-based design initiatives. 

3:45 PM-5:30 PM | Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom Salon 16 (M2)
Truck and Bus Technology Subcommittee, ANB70(6)
Abby Morgan, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., presiding

6:00 PM-7:30 PM | Marriott Marquis, Georgetown University (M1)
Geometric Design Committee
Hermanus Steyn, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., presiding

Wednesday, January 16

8:00 AM-9:45 AM | Convention Center, 207B
Lectern Young Practitioner Research in Asphalt
Pete Jenior, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., presiding

8:00 AM-12:00 PM | Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom Salon 9 (M2)
Access Management Committee
Marc Butorac, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., presiding

8:00 AM-12:00 PM | Marriott Marquis, Mount Vernon Square (M3)
Transit Capacity and Quality of Service Committee
Paul Ryus, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., presiding

10:15 AM-12:00 PM | Convention Center, Salon B
Lectern Bending the Learning Curve: Local Agencies Adapting Their Roundabout Implementation Based on Experience
Lindsey Van Parys, GHD, presiding

  • “Temporary Roundabout Relieves Traffic Issues After Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, NC.”
    Bastian Schroeder, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

Hurricane Florence created many challenges, including knocking out power to traffic signals at major intersections. The City of Wilmington Police and Traffic Engineering Departments worked together to quickly implement temporary roundabouts at intersections to free up their officers for other critical duties. Bastian Schroeder is joined by Don Bennett of the City of Wilmington for this presentation highlighting the efforts that led to the idea and tell how it was implemented and refined to get traffic moving again safely with minimal staffing resources. This presentation is part of the session ‘Bending the Learning Curve: Local Agencies Adapting Their Roundabout Implementation Based on Experience,’ sponsored by TRB’s Standing Committee on Roundabouts (ANB75).