January 13-17, 2019
Washington, D.C.
TRB 98th Annual Meeting

We Can Get There: Improving Accessibility and Creating Inclusive Cities Worldwide

Sunday, January 07, 2018, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, Convention Center 2018
Sheila Mitra-Sarkar, Future Trans; Martine Micozzi, Global Impacts, LLC., presiding
Sponsored by Standing Committee on International Cooperation; Standing Committee on Accessible Transportation and Mobility; Standing Committee on Women's Issues in Transportation; Standing Committee on Transportation in the Developing Countries; Standing Committee on Bicycle Transportation; Standing Committee on Paratransit; and Subcommittee on Mainstreaming Global Research and Multi-faceted Data Collection on Gender Issues in Transportation

The new global urbanization agenda, as per United Nations, promotes inclusivity for all urban dwellers. This workshop is designed to bring together experts from academia, industry, government and non-profit sector gathered at the TRB Annual Meeting to explore major accessibility and inclusivity issues in modern urban environments. The goal of the workshop is to emphasize the essential role of transportation services and programs towards creating inclusive cities.


The workshop will use deep-dive methods and breakout group sessions to identify, frame and brainstorm the ideas for creating urban systems that improve access to opportunities for all transportation users.

Welcome Remarks and Introduction
Georgios Giannopoulos, Academy of Athens; O. A. Elrahman, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Breakout Session 1A: Accessibility Measures for Equity Considerations in Transport
Karel Martens, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology; Martine Micozzi, Global Impacts, LLC.; Therese McMillan, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Breakout Session 1B: Addressing Accessibility Issues Outside of the United States
Julie Babinard, The World Bank; Angel Aparicio, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid


Breakout Session 1C: The Role of Paratransit in Accessibility
Matthew Daus, City College of New York; Cecilia Feeley, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Breakout Session 2A: Multi-Functional and Multimodal Accessability in Urban Areas
Rock Miller, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.; Ivana Tasic, Chalmers University of Technology


Breakout Session 2B: Accessibility as Social Indicators
Maryvonne Plessis-Fraissard, MPFConsult; Arnd Bätzner, University of St.Gallen


Breakout Session 2C: Improving Access for All: Case Studies
Peter Cosyn, Tractebel Engineering; Nabil Samir, The World Bank


Breakout Session 3A: Bike Infrastructure: Do's and Don'ts
Brian Lee, Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC); Asa Vagland, Government Offices of Sweden


Breakout Session 3B: Public Health and Inclusion: Mitigation in Infrastructure Planning
Gauhmar Mahmood, Jamia Millia Islamia University; Taru Taru, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Breakout Session 3C: Access Issues Faced by Newcomers
Rebecca Paida, San Diego Refugee Forum and Nile Sisters Initiative; Justin Mudekereza, New Neighbor Relief


Breakout Session 4A: Accessibility as a Human Right
Kotaro Nakamura, San Diego State University; Pachaivannan Partheeban, St. Peter's College


Breakout Session 4B: Bicycle and Pedestrian-Friendly Oriented Design: Case Studies
Katharine Hunter-Zaworski, Oregon State University; Abha Negi, Global Forum For Empowerment


Breakout Session 4C: Inclusive and Accessible Cities in the New Era
Anabela Simoes, Lusofona University; Ling Suen, Intelligent Computer Systems and Applications, Inc. (ICSA)
Wrap-Up Session: Next Steps and Action Items: "Fishbowl" Format
Sheila Mitra-Sarkar, Future Trans; Ivana Tasic, Chalmers University of Technology