This year’s Transportation Research Board (TRB) annual meeting, held in January in Washington, DC, attracted nearly 15,000 transportation professionals from around the world. Team members of our research group were represented some of our work to this international audience.
Incorporating State-of-the-Practice Economic Valuation into the Community Impact Assessment Process
Steve Bert, AICP served on a panel of speakers for Workshop 1015: How Community Impact Assessment Lays a Foundation for Equitable, Resilient Communities. He demonstrated how to incorporate economic evaluation into the Community Impact Assessment (CIA) process (an iterative process to evaluate the effects of a transportation action on a community and its quality of life) to quantify the market and non-market benefits/costs associated with a transportation project. Steve also gave a poster presentation on Incorporating State-of-the-Practice Economic Valuation into the Community Impact Assessment Process. The CIA process provides an ideal opportunity to integrate economic evaluations (economic appraisals that monetize the value of benefits and costs for a given investment or policy), which can be used to strengthen the outcomes of the CIA process.
Public Perception of Transportation Fees in North Carolina
Nicolas Norboge, PhD and Weston Head, M.S. presented the findings of the Public Perception of Transportation Fees in North Carolina project to the TRB Revenue and Finance Committee. They explained how North Carolinians perceive current and proposed transportation funding options, how contextual information can influence perception, and how the results from the North Carolina based survey could be applicable at a national level. Weston and Nick also gave a poster presentation for the same project, giving them the opportunity to have meaningful conversations regarding the details of the project with other transportation professionals.