Navigating climate uncertainty: Strategic planning with imperfect data
by Sam Gill
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) held its 104th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., USA on January 5-9th, 2024. This event is known as the largest global gathering of transportation professionals and researchers with a focus on innovative solutions across all modes of mobility and transportation. Three of SLR’s transportation leaders, Mohamed Aguib, James McKechnie, and Anthony Russo, attended the event.
Our leaders attended numerous technical sessions, participated in meetings, observed panel events, and conversed with professionals from around the world. They summarized the biggest takeaways as follows:
More and more, communities are demanding equal access to safe, clean, and efficient transportation options, especially in areas that have been historically underserved. While new technologies and federal funding is becoming increasingly available to meet these needs, implementation is not necessarily easy or even within the grasp of some states and municipalities.
For those agencies that are able, they will rapidly expand the use of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) platforms to enhance safety and mobility. Transportation design and planning will integrate and expand on principles embedded in complete streets, green infrastructure, and modern traffic signal and roadway design. They will also pursue to the extent possible new funding sources and EV-related technologies and services to broaden transportation access equitably with minimal environmental impacts where possible.
SLR is helping and will continue to help solve transportation challenges with innovative solutions. Our award-winning team of transportation planners and engineers, community engagement specialists, climate resiliency experts, energy managers, and air quality scientists bring multidisciplinary approaches to designing, planning, and implementing clean transportation solutions. We are experienced in delivering micromobility programming, sophisticated signal design, EV infrastructure and fleet transition implementation, resilient infrastructure solutions, community-led planning projects, and much, much more.
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