• Transportation Research Board

      TRB 98th Annual Meeting

      January 13–17, 2019

    • Interactive Program


Annual Meeting Event Detail

Lectern Session 409

Economic, Social, and Environmental Sustainability in a Future of Transformative Transportation Technologies

Monday 3:45 PM- 5:30 PM
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Yanzhi Xu, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, presiding
Sponsored by:
Standing Committee on Transportation and Sustainability (ADD40)
Standing Committee on Strategic Management (ABC10)
Standing Committee on Transportation Issues in Major Cities (ABE30)
Standing Committee on Transportation Network Modeling (ADB30)
Standing Committee on Transportation and Air Quality (ADC20)
Standing Committee on Social and Economic Factors of Transportation (ADD20)
Standing Committee on Vehicle-Highway Automation (AHB30)

How will transformative technologies affect the triple bottom line of people, planet, and prosperity? This is a question that begs holistic thought leadership from a cross section of the transportation research community. This session seeks to foster multidisciplinary collaboration in asking important questions in light of the fast-approaching shift to electrification, connectivity, and automation. Four distinguished panelists give short talks and then discuss and debate in an open format.

Questions that will be discussed in this session include:

  • What are the most recent technology developmets?
  • What are the jobs and economic impact of connected and automated vehicles? Are these impacts likely to be socially equitable?  How might we mitigate unintended consequences?
  • What public health impacts are likely to result from the safety, mobility, and environmental implications of transformative technologies, whether due to shifted emission patterns, new access to opportunities, or attractiveness of active forms of transportation? Are there any environmental justice concerns?

It is likely that these questions have been touched upon separately in respective committees, but it is critical that all aspects are brought together through the lens of the triple bottom line of sustainability, and that economic, social, and environmental gains do not compromise one another.

Title Presentation Number
Changing What's Possible in Transportation Energy Technologies
Eric Rohlfing, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Sustainability and Transformative Technologies: Perspectives from California
Steven Cliff, California Air Resources Board (CARB)
Justice Considerations for the Future of Transportation
James Anderson, RAND Corporation
Industry Efforts Toward a Sustainable Transportation Future
Alexander Keros, General Motors Company