• Transportation Research Board

      TRB 98th Annual Meeting

      January 13–17, 2019

    • Interactive Program


Annual Meeting Event Detail

Lectern Session 353

Vision for Operations on the National Highway System: A Digital Infrastructure Layer

Monday 1:30 PM- 3:15 PM
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John Corbin, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), presiding
Pat Noyes, Pat Noyes and Associates, presiding
Sponsored by:
Standing Committee on Regional Transportation Systems Management and Operations (AHB10)
Standing Committee on Information Systems and Technology (ABJ50)

Connectivity and automation in transportation are both enabling and demanding a national digital transportation infrastructure layer.  This digital layer encompasses information management systems and the enterprise management and operations management functions that they support.  A panel of federal and state agency leaders and information technology and supply chain industry executives will explore options for accelerating the evolution of the digital layer and its cyberphysical ecosystem.

This will be a panel discussion of executive level transportation professionals representing state and federal DOTs, multi-modal freight operations and large corridor coalitions.  The panelists will discuss the future vision of the National Highway System within the context of connectivity, automation and digital information opportunities based on facilitator, panelist and audience questions.  There will be no formal presentations.

Questions for Discussion
1. Infrastructure is not going to change significantly in the near future.  Given that, how can an information layer fundamentally change how we manage and operate the existing system?
2. What would that look like?  What could that look?
3. How would you describe a fundamentally different view of an information-enabled transportation system?
4. What are the inter-organizational relationships that are needed to realize a new vision of the transportation system, multi-disciplinary, multi-sector, to optimize the movement of goods, services, and people?
5. What are the opportunities and decision processes needed to deliver an information-enable system?
6. Are we asking the right questions?  Do we know why we are pursuing an information network and what it will provide?
7. Can you designate or delineate the information layer needed for the transportation system from other sectors?  Should we be looking at how to integrate?
8. At the national level, how do we look beyond large metro areas to an inclusive network?

Title Presentation Number
Panel Discussion
Kirk Steudle, Michigan Department of Transportation
Gene Seroka, Port of Los Angeles
Martin Knopp, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Hardik Bhatt, Amazon Web Services
Abbas Mohaddes, Econolite
Leslie Richards, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation