Right on schedule, dozens of ITS faculty members and student researchers traveled to Washington, D.C. in January to present their latest findings at the 89th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board. TRB's Annual Meeting, which covers all modes of transportation, and attracts more than 10,000 transportation professionals from around the world. The theme for 2010 was" Investing in "Our Transportation Future – Bold Ideas to Meet Big Challenges."
Challenges, opportunities, and unintended consequences were key words at a fall symposium on the California high-speed rail project moderated by ITS Director Samer Madanat. Six faculty with expertise in transportation and planning told an overflow audience at Alumni House on October 6 that the bullet train Californians voted to support with a $9.95 billion bond issue last November has the potential to not only lessen congestion up and down the state but also within the state’s increasingly-congested metropolitan areas. On the other hand, without careful planning, the project could increase sprawl in the Central Valley, create more environmentally hazardous emissions than air or road travel, and be dependent on subsidies for years to come.