2020 TRB Annual Meeting - A Century of Progress: Foundation for the Future

2020 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting
Washington, DC

Ed Kussy, Nancy Smith, Patrick Harder, Christine Ryan and David Miller spoke at the 2020 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting January 12-16, 2020 in Washington D.C. The meeting covered all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops, addressing topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers and representatives of government, industry and academic institutions.

Ed and Nancy spoke at "Lessons Learned from 100 Years of Project Delivery Workshop" on January 12th. The workshop provided an overview of project delivery in America in the past 100 years, presenting lessons learned and emerging trends over that period and their relevance to the transportation sector today.

Patrick spoke on “The Influence of the Interstate Commerce Clause on Transportation” on Monday, January 13th. The panel discussed the role of the Commerce Clause, which gives Congress the power to regulate commerce with foreign nations, among the states, and with Indian Tribes, in regulating transportation and how it has been used to protect the freedom of movement and fair access to transportation systems.

Christine spoke on "Risk Assessment and Management" on January 14th. The panel discussed the life cycle of risk assessment and management for public works projects, starting with the identification and allocation of risks, contractual considerations to embody the owner’s desired risk sharing, how a risk profile affects funding, price estimates and contingencies, and finally, enforcement of risk sharing provisions. It also walked through the process of developing a risk matrix, how that risk profile factors into the project’s delivery method, contract drafting considerations and project administration.

David was a panelist for "Bridging Plans and Projects: How Planning and Environmental Linkages Eliminates Duplication in Environmental Reviews" on January 14th. The panel explored the various authorities for Planning and Environmental Linkages, how they work, what is the state of practice in this area and what might be in the future for this concept as the Federal Highway Administration implements its One Federal Decision policy.

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