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TRB and COMTO: A Mutually Beneficial Partnership

Wednesday, March 8, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brandi Williams

TRB and COMTO: A Mutually Beneficial Partnership

Written by Neil J Pedersen, Executive Director, TRB

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) hosted its 96th Annual Meeting from January 8 to 12, 2017, achieving a new attendance record of more than 13,000 who participated in some 800 sessions and workshops. Each year, the TRB Annual Meeting provides transportation researchers and practitioners a place to discuss practical and transformational transportation research.

While TRB may be best known for its Annual Meeting, what many people don’t realize is that they can be active with TRB throughout the year. TRB convenes volunteer experts through more than 200 standing committees; manages research through its Cooperative Research Programs; and advises the nation with independent, evidence-based, and non-partisan policy studies. The entire organization is driven by more than 7,000 volunteers.

Diversity and inclusion are essential to the success of the Transportation Research Board. As a TRB volunteer, I witnessed how an inclusive environment fostered more creative solutions to solve transportation challenges. As TRB Executive Director, I’m committed to work in close partnership with COMTO and other organizations to enhance the diversity of perspectives and ideas that are shaping the transportation landscape of today and tomorrow. We welcome the participation of COMTO members in TRB activities!

I encourage members of COMTO to subscribe to the TRB E-Newsletter, a free weekly electronic service designed to keep individuals up-to-date on TRB activities and to highlight selected transportation research-related activities taking place at the federal and state levels, and within the academic and international transportation communities. More than 67,000 people from around the world receive the E-Newsletter. I also encourage you to visit TRB’s Transport Research Information Documentation (TRID) database ( TRID is world’s most comprehensive bibliographic resource on transportation research with more than 1.1 million records. If you’re looking for research on a transportation topic and you don’t find it in TRID, then it is probably not available. Finally, I invite you to participate on TRB standing committees, which provide invaluable networking and leadership opportunities. Information on TRB’s standing committees is available online at

Those who participate in TRB activities report that it helps build their network of peers, raise their professional profile, and fulfill their desire to help identify practical solutions to real-world problems.
Please visit to learn more and get involved in all of TRB’s activities. I hope to see you next year at the 97th TRB Annual Meeting, January 7-11, 2018, in Washington, D.C.



Neil J. Pedersen

Executive Director
Transportation Research Board