Next Generation TIM

“The Next Generation Traffic Incident Management Research Workshop: What Are The New Frontiers to Improve How We Manage Traffic Incidents?” was held on Sunday, January 12, 2014, from 9:00 a.m.-noon at TRB in Washington, D.C.

Sixty TIM/transportation operations professionals participated, along with various people who followed the highlights via a Twitter Chat, and provided comments/questions as well. Thank you to everyone who joined us! It was a very successful and informative session.

View the chat held during the TRB TIM workshop here:

Also, a pre-workshop Twitter chat was held Jan. 9. You can view that chat here:

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Since the first workshop on traffic incidents 30 years ago, significant progress has been made in how agencies respond to traffic incidents and coordinate with responders. There is now an opportunity to strategically investigate how aggressive transportation research can begin to define the “next generation” of traffic incident management.

This interactive workshop identified critical issues, knowledge gaps, and national program opportunities to define research needs and project concepts for the next generation of traffic incident management. The workshop consisted of two topical sessions – one focused on infrastructure and vehicle technology issues, and the other addressing institutional and human factors issues. For each topical session, brief informal panel discussions were followed by facilitated interactive group discussion and exercises. The workshop concluded by synthesizing primary outcomes to directly integrate into transportation system management & operations (TSM&O) research planning currently led by FHWA, AASHTO, and TRB.

Workshop results will also be immediately reported to TRB committees throughout the Annual Meeting, and will be incorporated into the Freeway Operations Committee Research Circular that is under development. Workshop results will also be reflected in a commencing NCHRP 20-7 project to develop a “Next Generation National Transportation System Management & Operations Research Framework”.

FINAL Agenda:

9:00 Committees Leadership Welcome – Freeway Operations Committee, RTSMO Committee, AASHTO

9:15 Moderators Introduction & Workshop Overview

  • Topic Areas
  • Discussion Dimensions: Interdisciplinary & Inter-jurisdictional,
  • Illustrative Issues
  • Workshop Process & Protocols

9:30 Traffic Incident Management Research Needs & Opportunities: Vehicle, Infrastructure, & Information Technology

What are the emerging technologies involving vehicles and transportation system infrastructure technology?

What critical issues or opportunities do these emerging technologies suggest for traffic incident management related research?

  • Moderator – April Armstrong, AHA Communications
    • Jason Bittner, University of South Florida, Center for Urban Transportation Research – Automated Vehicles & Related Vehicle Technologies
    • Lisa Burgess, Kimley-Horn & Associates – Connected Vehicles and Transportation Management Centers
    • Rebecca Brewster, American Transportation Research Institute – Freight & Logistics Management
    • Les Jacobson, Parsons Brinckerhoff – Emerging Technology Trends for Traffic Management
  • Facilitated Group Discussion

10:30 Break

10:45 Traffic Incident Management Research Needs & Opportunities: Organizational, Change Management, and Human Factors

What is the range of organizationally theory, change management, and human factors research that might be applicable to aspects of traffic incident management?

What organizational, institutional, and human factors challenges confront more effective traffic incident management programs & activities, and what types of research projects or programs could address them?

  • Moderator – Pat Noyes, Pat Noyes & Associates
    • Yuko Nakanashi, Nakanishi Research and Consulting – Transportation Security, Risk Management, & Emergency Preparedness
    • Andi Bill, UW-Madison Traffic Operations and Safety Lab – Human Factors, Driver Simulation, and Naturalistic Driving Studies
    • Steve Lockwood, Parsons Brinckerhoff – Organizational Theory & Change Management for Transportation & Public Safety Agencies
    • Emanuel Robinson, Westat – Human Decision-making and the Psychology of Stressful Environments
  • Facilitated Group Discussion

11:45 Strategic Directions for Traffic Incident Management Research

Final Report-Out and Summary of Key Recommendations

12:00 Adjourn

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