Within the Committee's scope, to encourage and facilitate the conduct, presentation, and publication of applied research. We pursue this mission by first identifying pressing topics or those in which the opportunity exists to make an important contribution. Then we carry on one or more of the following activities: issue a call for papers, present a conference session at the TRB Annual Meeting or our summer meeting, review submitted papers and organize a paper session(s) at the Annual Meeting, or organize a special topical conference.
Committee activities are carried out by interdependent working groups, or subcommittees, whose objectives are very clearly established. These working groups present their ideas and conclusions at formal meetings of the full committee. Formal meetings occur at both the TRB Annual Meeting and the TRB Joint Summer Meeting of the Planning, Economic, Finance, and Administration committees (other committees often participate in the summer meeting, as well).
Working groups develop ideas and approaches for new Committee initiatives; these groups also carry out routine Committee business such as identifying potential new members.
Triennial Self-Evaluation (TSE)
The TSE is revised every three years, and the current final draft is dated 2006. This document describes what the Committee is doing in order to perform its stated mission. These activities include meetings, planning conferences and conference sessions, developing and reviewing cricical issues statements and research needs statements, reviewing papers submitted for presentation at the annual meetings or for publication in the TRR, recruiting members, and serving "friends" of the Committee.
Current and Planned Working Groups
The Transportation Economics Committee is in the process of establishing a series of working groups to carry out our mission. The working groups include:
- Paper Review
- Committee Liaison
- Papers, Sessions, and Conferences
- External Organization
- Research Agenda
- Policy Interaction
To improve the quality and diversity of committee membership in order to enhance the intellectual potential and visibility of the Committee.
- Review journals and other sources to identify prospective members
- Develop lists of potential members
- Develop recruiting materials
- Recommend and recruit new members
To improve the paper review, comment, and selection process resulting in higher quality research, enhancing the contribution of the Committee.
- Improve coordination of papers with Committee members' interests
- Provide additional paper review guidelines
- Increase feedback such as provision of other reviewers' comments and information on final paper disposition
To improve communication, cooperation, and monitoring of other committees thus enhancing the Committee's research agenda and increasing visibility within TRB.
- Develop a list of other committees and their related activities
- Solicit volunteers to attend those committees' meetings (annual and if possible summer)
- Provide written and oral reports on the relevant activities of other committees
Papers, Sessions, and Conferences
To further the Committee's research agenda and visibility through calls for papers and sponsorship of sessions and conferences.
- Identify general research topics
- Author and distribute calls for papers documents
- Plan sessions and conferences
To further the Committee's visibility and influence by maintaining, improving, and publicizing committee activity and communications.
- Update and add new materials to website
- Add links to/from other internet sites
- Disseminate information about the site through other means
- Maintain and distribute membership contact information
To increase the effectiveness of the Committee through alliances with associations, foundations, and other organizations with transportation economics-related agendas.
- Develop and maintain a list of related organizations
- Develop contacts at each organization
- Organize periodic meetings
- Develop activities and opportunities for collaboration
To further the Committee's research agenda by developing research statements and submitting them to funding sources.
- Survey DOT and others for research needs
- Develop research statements
- Publish summary agenda in newsletter/internet site
- Submit research statements to funding sources such as NCHRP, TCRP, and DOT
To educate policy makers and impact decision-making through the distribution of targeted issue papers.
- Develop a list of areas in which economics can make a positive contribution to transportation policy
- Author issue paper/research summaries for these identified topic areas
- Monitor major legislative and executive decision points and provide key decision-makers with relevant issue papers
- Suggest experts for testimony