Wednesday, September 30, 2020

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

  • Plenary Session #2: State DOT Response to COVID-19 (Raw recording)
    • Ed Sniffen, Highways Division Deputy Director, Hawaii DOT; Chair, AASHTO Committee on Transportation System Security and Resilience
      • Description: This session will provide an opportunity for members to hear updates on state DOTs are responding and beginning to plan for the continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The plenary will summarize the result of the Committee on Transportation System
        Security and Resilience COVID-19 Virtual Panel Series. The plenary will be followed up with two breakout opportunities to discuss in more detail how states are planning for evolving and fastmoving
        COVID-19 pandemic.
      • Breakout Session Topics:
        • Freight Logistics and the Supply Chain
        • Planning for a New Normal
        • Operational Continuity and Resilience
        • Teleworking and Technology

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

  • Lunch Presentation: Mobility Analytics in the COVID Era:
    Prospects and Challenges with New Forms of Data and Artificial Intelligence  (Raw recording)

    • Dean Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, Ph.D.
      Dean, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
      Distinguished Professor of Transportation and Urban Informatics

      • Description: Dean Thakuriah is invited to provide a presentation on how data analytics and visualization can be used to inform an integrated planning process – including considerations for active transportation, sustainability, resilience, freight, security and equity.
      • Abstract: COVID-19 presents unprecedented challenges to transportation planning and operations. By at least one estimate, at the height of the coronavirus shutdown in the spring, travel to more than 150,000 Points of Interest throughout New Jersey, including to retail, health care, food stores and other essential and non-essential establishments decreased up to 80 percent compared to the first week of March when the state was still open. However, the economic crisis associated with the public health crisis, is likely to have long-term – and geographically and economically disparate effects – as was the case with the Great Recession. This talk will consider a range of operational as well as strategic, long-term effects related to wider social and economic context of the current pandemic and its potential consequences for transportation demand. The talk will utilize new forms of structured and unstructured (text, image, social media) data, and machine learning and Artificial Intelligence approaches as an approach to synthesize what could become a dynamic, uncertain and rapidly evolving post-pandemic landscape. The speaker will discuss some of the key benefits and unintended consequences – as well as governance issues – yet, the necessity, associated with such a data-driven approach.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  • Joint Session on Resilience and Freight
    • Description: The National Highway System is essential to freight movement. However, major disruptions—such as wildfires, hurricanes, rockslides, and derechos—can wreak havoc on important freight routes. This session will explore how DOTs responded to individual events and how they are assessing risk to make freight routes more resilience.
  • Joint Session on Planning for Active Transportation
    • Description: There is an increasing awareness at state DOTs that improved access to active transportation modes such as walking and biking is needed. As a result, more and more states are proactively including active transportation needs in their planning processes. This session will focus on how the Council on Active Transportation and the Committee on Planning can coordinate future activities and provide opportunities for professional development that address the growing need to incorporate active transportation into transportation planning.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

  • Joint Session on Planning for Resilience
    • Description: There is an increasing awareness at state DOTs about the need for a more resilient transportation system—one that can withstand the increasing environmental changes and impacts, extreme weather events, and man-made events. This session will focus on current research projects underway addressing planning and resilience; case studies of projects underway at state DOTs; and how the two committees can work together in the future.
  • Joint Session on Freight and Planning
    • Description: The National Economic Partnerships for Innovative Approaches to Multi‐Jurisdictional Coordination is a program led by the Federal Highway Administration to encourage areas of the country to work together and collaborate on issues that span across jurisdictional boundaries, such as freight, safety, congestion, infrastructure, and economic development. This session will highlight the three projects awarded under this program that focus on freight innovation and freight technology.