TRB Conference: Using Census Data for Transportation

TRB’s Using Census Data for Transportation Conference will be held October 25-27, 2011, at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies in Irvine, California.

The planning task force requests presentations and abstracts for the conference be submitted by March 29, 2011.The presentation proposals should be no longer than 400 words and include the following:

1) Topic categories addressed;

2) Proposed title;

3) Background of the research or project;

4) Methodology or approach;

5) Actual or hoped-for implications for transportation planning, practice or policies;

6) Findings, lessons learned, and observations.

The conference will focus on the following three questions:

1) How are census data being used to support transportation planning, policy, and modeling activities and decisions?

2) What are the challenges of using data from the ACS, CTPP, and other census products for transportation planning?

3) How are transportation decision-making data needs changing for residence, workplace, journey to work, and flow data, and how do available public and private sources best meet these needs?

The four main objectives of the conference:

  • Disseminate the results of current research focusing on meeting data needs for decision making.
  • Share practitioner experiences (successes and challenges) in using census and other data on public/private residence, workplace, journey to work, and flows.
  • Discuss strategies for practical improvements in data use for current and emerging data needs.
  • Identify approaches needed to meet longer term needs for residence, workplace, journey to work, and flow data, including funding, staffing, training, and research.

For more information on the conference, please visit the TRB website.

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