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Proceedings of the Summer Meeting of the Transportation Research Board


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Suggested Citation:
Guensler, Randall L. (1992) Proceedings of the Summer Meeting of the Transportation Research Board. Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, Presentation Series UCD-ITS-RP-92-29

Committee on Transportation and Air Quality (A1F03), Beckman Center, Irvine, CA, July 8 - 10, 1992

This year's summer meeting was an ambitious effort by the Committee to begin to articulate a long term transportation and air quality research agenda. We were, as is often the case, overly ambitious. None-the-less, an organized dialogue on promising approaches in this area began. And as can be seen in the breakout sessions, there is a good deal of consensus on particularly important topics.

The conference was designed around presentations, dialogue and consensus building related to five topic areas:
  • 1) Mobile source emissions estimates.
  • 2) TCM and IDM effectiveness analysis and monitoring.
  • 3) Land use, travel patterns and air quality.
  • 4) Transportation demand modeling for air quality plans and control measure analysis.
  • 5) Top-down approaches to obtaining data for air quality analysis.
Leading researchers from around the country were invited to share their latest findings in these broad topic areas and to outline areas needing focused research. Presentations did not focus narrowly on one or two research projects, but rather on what has been happening in the field as a whole, what data and analytic gaps exist, and what research is needed to fill the gaps.

Breakout sessions followed the presentations with all participants deliberating the same topics and coming together to share group findings.

The summer meeting was stimulating and energizing. The mandates of the Federal Clean Air Act and Federal Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act have made understanding the relationship of transportation and air quality much more compelling than in years past. With new research monies available, the opportunity to close some of the critical information gaps is great.

What is important is that we, as professionals, continue to define the tasks at hand in a way that will build on the work of the past. We must also ensure that future research efforts are multifaceted by design, so that broad-based transportation effects — be they air quality, energy, mobility, etc. — are addressed.

For the research to be relevant, ultimately it must be summarized, disseminated and utilized by decisionmakers. The dissemination of research information was considered a high priority by those who attended. The abstracts shared at the meeting and attached to this proceedings are hopefully only the beginning of a more thorough and ongoing information exchange.