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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

4 / TRB 2021 AnnuAl RepoRT Rail Company serves as the volunteer leader and chair of the Technical Activities Council. TRB manages a plethora of research proj- ects and publications annually. TRB’s flagship journal, Transportation Research Record (TRR), publishes nearly 800 peer-reviewed papers yearly. The journal published special collec- tions this year featuring research about equity and transportation, as well as research from TRB’s Minority Student Fellows and the Gradu- ate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues. TRB’s bimonthly magazine, TR News, fea- tures timely articles on new and state-of-the-art research and practice, transportation news, profiles of transportation professionals, new book notices, and news of TRB activities. Issues Public Transportation” Deen lecture,² other popular sessions focused on transportation in- dustry impacts of COVID-19, decarbonization, automated vehicles, and pedestrian safety. An- nual Meeting audience members demonstrated that they are ready to embrace change. In addition to a record-shattering 20,000- plus attendees at the 2021 TRB Annual Meeting, TRB also brought together volunteers through standing committees, panels, forums, confer- ences, workshops, meetings, and webinars. The TRB Annual Meeting remains the leading annual event for transportation researchers and professionals to access and share the latest in transportation research. In response to travel restrictions around the ongoing pandemic, convening opportunities continued virtually and allowed even wider participation from the transportation community. In 2021, more than 5,050 individuals served on TRB’s standing technical committees. In addition, nearly 16,750 volunteers contrib- uted to committee activities as Friends. TRB’s Technical Activities Division convenes these committees, overseeing and managing the com- mittees’ activities in support of TRB’s mission and strategic goals. Ann Brach is Director of the division and George (Avery) Grimes of Patriot DiD YOu KNOw? • More than 130 Texas A&M Transportation Institute employees were able to participate in the virtual 2021 TRB Annual Meeting. • Nearly one year into the launch of the new National Academies–TRB unified website, traffic has increased by 280 percent—with more than 700,000 monthly visitors. Ann Brach Director, Technical Activities Division George (Avery) Grimes Chair, Technical Activities Council

TRB 2021 AnnuAl RepoRT / 5 and Advisory Studies Division. Scores of TRB consensus reports have contributed to changes in legislation in the United States, and, in 2021, about 110 volunteers served on committees for this program. Tom Menzies is Director of this division, and Katie Turnbull of Texas A&M Transportation Institute is the TRB volunteer leader and chair of the Subcommittee on Plan- ning and Policy Review. Either in response to requests from spon- soring agencies or on its own initiative, TRB’s internationally recognized Marine Board identi- fies research needs and provides a forum for the exchange of information on new technolo- gies, laws and regulations, economics, the envi- ronment, and other issues affecting the marine transportation system; port operations; coastal engineering; and marine governance. Martha Grabowski, McDevitt Distinguished Chair in Information Systems at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, and Senior Research Scientist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, is Marine Board Chair. Scott Brotemarkle of TRB’s Technical Activities Division serves as the Marine Board’s Program Director. in 2021 focused on DE&I and the response to climate change and also featured dozens of articles on issues ranging from freight supply chain resilience to airport terminal services and spaces. TRB manages research programs focusing on highways, public transit, airports, and behavior- al traffic safety through its CRP Division with total budgets in excess of $60 million. Contrac- tors conduct the actual research, and more than 5,950 volunteers serve on CRP oversight com- mittees and project panels. Christopher Hedges is Director of this division. The following TRB volunteers lead the oversight organizations for CRP: • Joel Jundt of South Dakota Department of Transportation is the chair of the AASHTO Special Committee on Research and Innovation. • Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge of St. Louis Lambert International Airport is the chair of the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Oversight Committee. • Tom Glass of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is chair of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) Research Committee. • Doran Barnes of Foothill Transit is the chair of the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Oversight and Project Selection Commission. TRB consensus reports are the result of re- search performed by committees of volunteer experts supported by staff from the Consensus Tom Menzies Director, TRB Consensus and Advisory Studies Katie Turnbull Chair, Subcommittee on Planning and Policy Review Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge Chair, ACRP Oversight Committee Tom Glass Chair, Governors High- way Safety Association Research Committee Doran Barnes Chair, TCRP Oversight and Project Selection Commission Christopher Hedges Director, TRB Coopera- tive Research Programs Joel Jundt Chair, AASHTO Special Committee on Research and Innovation "If any of your listeners are not aware of the TRB Minority Fellows program, please look into it. Get to know it. It is fabulous. If you are feeling down and you’re not feeling energized, listen to these kids. I mean, reading through their research projects is awe-inspiring." — Carlos Braceras, former TRB Executive Committee Chair, on TRB’s Transportation Explorers podcast

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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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