Toole Design at the 2020 TRB Annual Meeting

Stefanie Brodie, Ph.D,
Senior Researcher

Toole Design continues to be a leader in innovative pedestrian and bicycle transportation, and we’re expanding our research practice. We don’t only know the industry’s latest research– we produce it and influence it. The Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (#TRBAM) is the premiere opportunity to connect with our researchers, learn about our work, and discover cutting-edge research in all areas of transportation.

From January 12th to 16th, TRB will host its 99th annual meeting at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. A flood of transportation professionals, hundreds of lectern sessions, and thousands of posters will detail the findings of over 3,500 papers selected by the TRB Standing Committees.

Still, TRBAM is more than a captivating (and honestly overwhelming) display of research, covering everything from intersection signal timing to pervious pavement materials to urban aerial mobility. The TRB Standing Committees are an integral feature of the organization, and some of the most exciting work at the Annual Meeting happens when they convene. Committee members engage all year long, but at the Annual Meeting they discuss their committees’ research agendas and the resources they need to answer the big questions facing the committee and the transportation industry. By attending the committee meetings, you can see glimpses into Cooperative Research Program projects, research funded by other organizations, such as AASHTO, and work conducted by university researchers.

Future research needs are also constructed during the specialty workshops on Sunday and Thursday. Experts and those with a keen interest on given topics gather to identify research questions through collaborative activities. Finally, with over 13,000 transportation professionals in one place, networking happens naturally, but the evening receptions provide additional opportunities.

This year, Toole Design submitted seven papers and all of them were accepted for presentation (see the list of papers and authors below). Authors Jessica Schoner, Ph.D, Frank Proulx, Ph.D, Jesse Boudart. P.E., Laura Cabral, and I will all be in attendance this year, serving on committees and presenting our work. We’ll be joined by staff and leaders from our Silver Spring, MD headquarters, including Jennifer Toole, AICP, ASLA, Alia Anderson, AICP, Siba El-Samra, ASLA, PLA, Melany Alliston-Brick, P.E., and Dan Goodman, AICP, LEED AP.

We hope to connect with you during the meeting! And if you can’t make it, follow along on Twitter using #TRBAM for highlights.


Authors Title
Jessica Schoner, Ph.D, Frank Proulx, Ph.D,
Brian Almdale, Katie Knapp de Orvañanos, AICP
Prioritizing Pedestrian and Bicyclist Count Locations For Volume Estimation
Jesse Boudart, P.E. Deriving Effective Turning Radii for Intersections
Rebecca Sanders, Ph.D, Robert Schneider, Ph.D,
Frank Proulx, Ph.D
Pedestrian Fatalities in Darkness: What Do We Know, and What Can Be Done?
Rebecca Sanders, Ph.D, Robert Schneider, Ph.D,
Frank Proulx, Ph.D
United States Fatal Pedestrian Crash Hot Spot Locations and Characteristics
Kiana Roshan Zamir, Ph.D, Arefeh Nasri, Ph.D,
Stefanie Brodie, Ph.D
Analysis of the Effects of Urban Form on Dockless Bikeshare and Scooter-share Systems Usage; the Case of Washington, D.C.
Laura Cabral An Empirical Reappraisal of the Four Types of Cyclists
Laura Cabral An Empirical Reappraisal of the Level of Traffic Stress Classification

Stefanie Brodie

Research Practice Lead | Associate
Stefanie Brodie is a senior researcher who specializes in transportation planning and policy. She believes that research should help public...
See All Articles Next Article