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TRB 2021 AnnuAl RepoRT / 3 Strengthening Our Capacity to Contribute to the Well-Being of Our Nation and the World Since March 2020, resilience and adaptability have become increasingly vital skills worldwide. Change and uncertainty are concepts to which we have all become more accustomed. TRB is leading the way into underexplored territory. As part of a larger scientific organization, TRB’s work often intersects with or illuminates the larger scientific challenges of our time. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine bridges gaps across its various units to provide constantly updating thematic collections of resources.¹ Currently in focus are COVID-19; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I); climate change; and economic recov- ery. TRB’s 2021 resources are featured heavily throughout these pages, and this work has been drawing in a new audience of experts. Much like transportation and research professionals around the world, TRB staff and volunteers are showing up to work in new ways. We are all learning to embrace new work styles and new ways to communicate and collaborate to achieve a shared mission. Convening, Researching, and Advising TRB’s mission is divided into three intercon- nected roles: to convene, research, and advise. TRB officially celebrated its 100th Annual Meeting throughout the month of January in its first-ever virtual platform. TRB’s volunteers and friends kept the momentum and excite- ment of an in-person conference alive by making an extra effort to offer a welcoming and inclusive environment to all meeting attendees. A virtual format gave attendees options they never had before, allowing them to sit in on a single session or, at the other extreme, attend far more sessions by watching events after- wards that they missed the first time around. In addition to the popular “Our Work is Never Done: Examining Equity Impacts in Neil J. Pedersen, TRB Executive Director TABLE OF CONTENTS TRB’s Mission and Work ......................................................................................3 Goal 1: Information Exchange ...........................................................................6 Goal 2: Research .....................................................................................................8 Goal 3: Advise and Inform Policy ................................................................. 10 Goal 4: Collaboration ........................................................................................ 12 Goal 5: Workforce Development ................................................................. 14 Goal 6: Communication ................................................................................... 17 2021 and the Future ........................................................................................... 20 TRB Volunteer Leadership .............................................................................. 22 Appendix A: Statement of Activities ............................................................ 24 Appendix B: Institutional Affiliates .............................................................. 26 Appendix C: TRB Webinars, Conferences, and Workshops .............. 28 Appendix D: Publications .................................................................................. 32 Appendix E: TRB Staff ........................................................................................ 35 TRB’s Mission and Work

2 / TRB 2021 AnnuAl RepoRT out 2021, with 105 publications that ranged from very specific technical topics to broader policy issues. TRB also issued several consen- sus study reports that offered impactful advice to the federal government and others on impor- tant policy issues. This annual report is organized around and provides information on progress made in achieving the six goals in TRB’s strategic plan, which was adopted by the TRB Executive Com- mittee in June 2019. These goals are: 1. Information Exchange 2. Research 3. Advice 4. Collaboration 5. Workforce Development 6. Communications We are confident that TRB accomplished a great deal in each of these six areas during 2021. As TRB looks to 2022 and beyond, we hope to once again be able to meet in person to exchange ideas, share best practices, advance research, collaborate in addressing transporta- tion-related challenges, and interact with pro- fessional colleagues and friends. No matter the format, TRB will continue to provide leadership in finding solutions to complex transportation- related problems facing society and in sharing these solutions widely. As we begin a new year, we hope that you will actively participate in TRB’s convening, research, and advising activities; take advantage of the numerous resources that TRB makes available to the transportation professional community; and learn from the brightest and best who make TRB the premier transporta- tion research organization that it is. By doing so, you will have the opportunity to contribute to solving some of the most vexing transpor- tation-related challenges facing the nation and the world. The need for TRB’s leadership has never been greater. TRB will continue to adapt to the rapid changes taking place in transporta- tion and in society to ensure that we rise to the challenge. We are all TRB, and we all must work together to provide leadership to create a better future. We look forward to having you join with us in this journey. Thank you for all that you do for TRB! Susan Shaheen TRB Executive Committee Chair Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Co-Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at University of California, Berkeley Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr. TRB Executive Committee Vice Chair Chief Executive Officer of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority Neil J. Pedersen TRB Executive Director

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The 2021 Annual Report summarizes TRB’s accomplishments in each of its major program areas and how TRB has served the nation and the global transportation professional community throughout the year. TRB provides leadership in transportation improvements and innovation through trusted, timely, impartial, and evidence-based information exchange, research, and advice regarding all modes of transportation.

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