Virtual TRB Annual Meeting 2021

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MEET OUR PRESENTERS

Learn about our TRB presenters and the knowledge and experience they’ll share at the conference, and connect with them to continue the conversations.

SESSION SCHEDULE

Interested in hearing our industry insights? Join our transportation enthusiasts as they share experiences, findings, and ideas in TRB sessions.

TAKEAWAYS

There’s so much to see! Explore staff observations and takeaways, and connect with us to share your own thoughts and questions. What are you most interested in? 

APPLY NOW

Are you ready to make a difference in communities while elevating your opportunities? Begin your career journey with Fehr & Peers by applying today.

MEET OUR PRESENTERS

Learn about our TRB presenters and the knowledge and experience they’ll share at the conference, and connect with them to continue the conversations.

SESSION SCHEDULE

Interested in hearing our industry insights? Join our transportation enthusiasts as they share experiences, findings, and ideas in TRB sessions.

TAKEAWAYS

There’s so much to see! Explore staff observations and takeaways, and connect with us to share your own thoughts and questions. What are you most interested in? 

Observations  & Takeaways

With so much to see and learn at TRB, it’s impossible to be everywhere at once. What are we experiencing so far? Our staff are sharing their running musings, discoveries, and notes below. Explore at your leisure and connect with us. What are you most interested in? What are your takeaways? Let’s start a conversation!

Our Presenters & Sessions

Interested in hearing our industry insights? Have you met our TRB presenters? Join our transportation enthusiasts as they share knowledge, experience, and ideas at the Meeting. Scroll down to meet our presenters and read more about the sessions Fehr & Peers will be hosting.

Seth Contreras, PhD

Sustainable Mobility Planner

Seth’s research focuses on sustainable mobility, with an air quality lens. He developed an air quality scenario planning tool as part of the Utah Inland Port Strategic Business Plan. Prior to arriving at Fehr & Peers, Seth worked for an international think tank in Washington, DC on sustainable mobility in the developing world. He also teaches part-time at the University of Southern California (USC). When he’s not working or teaching, Seth rides his bike to give his eyes a break from screens.

Shangyou Zeng

Transportation Planner

Shangyou is an innovative and analytical transportation planner specializing in travel demand forecasting, model development, and data analysis and visualization. She enjoys using her technical skills to solve complex transportation planning questions, and is passionate about building efficient and cost-effective transportation systems that are both equitable and sustainable. When Shangyou isn’t working on transportation solutions, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Bolt.

Fatemeh Ranaiefar, PHD

Freight Discipline Group Leader

Fatemeh joined the Fehr & Peers team in 2013. She leads the Freight Discipline Group at Fehr & Peers, an innovative group that she also started. Fatemeh specializes in freight transportation modeling, performance measure development, and the development of decision support tools for prioritizing projects to address freight issues. In her “spare” time, she also serves on the multiple TRB committees and teaches transportation modeling to Masters students at the University of Southern California (USC).

January 22

Rapid Repurposing of Urban Streets for COVID-19 Emergency Response

Workshop 1039 – City of Alameda Case Study
Andy Kosinski

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The COVID-19 crisis prompted many cities to quickly re-allocate street space for pedestrians, bicycles, dining, essential services, curbside loading, and other uses to advance public health. This workshop will examine the implementation of these changes, including lessons in identifying locations and corridors for investment in an equitable manner. It will also discuss new and old methods of engagement during quarantine, along with metrics and tools to measure outcomes and move projects from pop-up to permanent.

January 27

Transformative Technologies: Challenges & Opportunities

Lectern Session 1292 – Freight Day, Part 3
Fatemeh Ranaiefar

This session addresses self-driving trucks, on-road autonomous delivery vehicles, sidewalk robots, drones, and autonomous vessels, as well as the key differences between freight and passenger AVs.

Autonomous Freight: Wave or Trickle? Self-driving vehicles and autonomous vessels are widely heralded as the wave of the future for both passengers and freight, and some observers have predicted that freight will lead the way. NCHRP 20-102(22): State and Local Impacts of Automated Freight Transportation Systems is developing a decision framework for state and local response to deployment of automated freight vehicles. The session will address self-driving trucks, on-road autonomous delivery vehicles, sidewalk robots, drones, and autonomous vessels, as well as the key differences between freight and passenger AVs. Panelists will present contrasting views of technology adoption scenarios, pragmatic supply chain roles, and the institutional and infrastructure factors in deployment.

January 27

Freight Autonomous Vehicle Deployment Scenarios & Preliminary Implications for Public Agency Autonomous Vehicle Planning

Poster Session 1338 – Current Research in Intermodal Freight Transportation
Fatemeh Ranaiefar, Fehr & Peers | Heather Monteiro, Hickory Ridge Group, LLC |Daniel Smith, Tioga Group | Jolene Hayes, Fehr & Peers | Seth Contreras, Fehr & Peers

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While automation has existed within the supply chain for many years, it has typically occurred within private facilities such as warehouses and manufacturing facilities. In recent years, use of automation on the public right-of-way has become a concept of increasing reality, as well as of increasing concern for public agencies. This manuscript describes multiple deployment scenarios on the public right-of way of over-the-road (OTR) vehicles, sidewalk automated delivery robots (SADR), and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), generally called drones. Each deployment scenario is accompanied by feasibility, operating scenarios, net private benefits, cost structures, challenges, and preliminary state and local implications. Special attention is focused on the challenges in terms of deployment, infrastructure, and policy development. The research presented here is based on the initial results from NCHRP 20-102(22) State and Local Impacts of Automated Freight Transportation Systems.

Travel Efficiency of Fulfillment Centers

Poster Session 1432 – Tools and Techniques to Improve Home Deliveries and the Last Mile
Seth Contreras, Shangyou Zeng, & Fatemeh Ranaiefar

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Fulfillment centers have redefined the intermodal freight landscape of the 21st century, but little is known about their travel efficiency with respect to vehicle miles traveled (VMT) per thousand square feet. This study explores this gap in knowledge by evaluating time series trip activity of eight fulfillment centers using location-based services (LBS) data. The results show that fulfillment centers located in urbanized versus rural areas do not necessarily result in more VMT efficient operations. Perhaps even more surprising is the role that the size of the center plays, which is not as substantial as previously thought. Online shopping, or E-commerce, in the United States has grown substantially in recent years. For the first time ever, it surpassed the 10% mark of the total share of US retail sales in 2019. This is also evident in the growing number of fulfillment centers from retailers such as Amazon and Walmart. The implications of these findings can help guide municipalities and agencies as they consider policies, such as infill, and impact analysis criteria for these emerging land use types. For example, an amendment to California’s Senate Bill 743 mandate, which replaces level of service (LOS) with VMT as the required California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) metric for determining a development’s potential transportation impact. Lastly, the authors evaluated the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the changes in travel activity of the analyzed centers; which could provide useful insights for the spectrum of stakeholders that are adjusting to the new normal.

Rapid Repurposing of Urban Streets for COVID-19 Emergency Response

Workshop 1039 – City of Alameda Case Study
Andy Kosinski

January 22

Show Workshop Information

The COVID-19 crisis prompted many cities to quickly re-allocate street space for pedestrians, bicycles, dining, essential services, curbside loading, and other uses to advance public health. This workshop will examine the implementation of these changes, including lessons in identifying locations and corridors for investment in an equitable manner. It will also discuss new and old methods of engagement during quarantine, along with metrics and tools to measure outcomes and move projects from pop-up to permanent.

Transformative Technologies: Challenges & Opportunities

Lectern Session 1292 – Freight Day, Part 3

January 27

This session addresses self-driving trucks, on-road autonomous delivery vehicles, sidewalk robots, drones, and autonomous vessels, as well as the key differences between freight and passenger AVs.

Autonomous Freight: Wave or Trickle? Self-driving vehicles and autonomous vessels are widely heralded as the wave of the future for both passengers and freight, and some observers have predicted that freight will lead the way. NCHRP 20-102(22): State and Local Impacts of Automated Freight Transportation Systems is developing a decision framework for state and local response to deployment of automated freight vehicles. The session will address self-driving trucks, on-road autonomous delivery vehicles, sidewalk robots, drones, and autonomous vessels, as well as the key differences between freight and passenger AVs. Panelists will present contrasting views of technology adoption scenarios, pragmatic supply chain roles, and the institutional and infrastructure factors in deployment.

Freight Autonomous Vehicle Deployment Scenarios & Preliminary Implications for Public Agency Autonomous Vehicle Planning

Poster Session 1338 – Current Research in Intermodal Freight Transportation
Fatemeh Ranaiefar, Fehr & Peers | Heather Monteiro, Hickory Ridge Group, LLC |Daniel Smith, Tioga Group | Jolene Hayes, Fehr & Peers | Seth Contreras, Fehr & Peers

January 27

Show Abstract
While automation has existed within the supply chain for many years, it has typically occurred within private facilities such as warehouses and manufacturing facilities. In recent years, use of automation on the public right-of-way has become a concept of increasing reality, as well as of increasing concern for public agencies. This manuscript describes multiple deployment scenarios on the public right-of way of over-the-road (OTR) vehicles, sidewalk automated delivery robots (SADR), and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), generally called drones. Each deployment scenario is accompanied by feasibility, operating scenarios, net private benefits, cost structures, challenges, and preliminary state and local implications. Special attention is focused on the challenges in terms of deployment, infrastructure, and policy development. The research presented here is based on the initial results from NCHRP 20-102(22) State and Local Impacts of Automated Freight Transportation Systems.

Travel Efficiency of Fulfillment Centers

Poster Session 1432 – Tools and Techniques to Improve Home Deliveries and the Last Mile
Seth Contreras, Shangyou Zeng, & Fatemeh Ranaiefar

January 29

Show Abstract
Fulfillment centers have redefined the intermodal freight landscape of the 21st century, but little is known about their travel efficiency with respect to vehicle miles traveled (VMT) per thousand square feet. This study explores this gap in knowledge by evaluating time series trip activity of eight fulfillment centers using location-based services (LBS) data. The results show that fulfillment centers located in urbanized versus rural areas do not necessarily result in more VMT efficient operations. Perhaps even more surprising is the role that the size of the center plays, which is not as substantial as previously thought. Online shopping, or E-commerce, in the United States has grown substantially in recent years. For the first time ever, it surpassed the 10% mark of the total share of US retail sales in 2019. This is also evident in the growing number of fulfillment centers from retailers such as Amazon and Walmart. The implications of these findings can help guide municipalities and agencies as they consider policies, such as infill, and impact analysis criteria for these emerging land use types. For example, an amendment to California’s Senate Bill 743 mandate, which replaces level of service (LOS) with VMT as the required California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) metric for determining a development’s potential transportation impact. Lastly, the authors evaluated the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the changes in travel activity of the analyzed centers; which could provide useful insights for the spectrum of stakeholders that are adjusting to the new normal.

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As an intern, you’ll be exposed to a wide variety of engineering and planning projects impacting multiple modes of transportation.

Denver Entry-Level

Our Entry-Level Engineers and Planners may expect to build a career foundation through a wide variety of experiences. We emphasize early development of project management and technical skills.

Portland Entry-Level

Our Portland team is passionate about making the community a better place, and is looking for an entry-level candidate that brings an engineering background and the enthusiasm to work on multimodal projects.

Bay Area Travel Behavior Forecasting Project Manager

We take a creative and intuitive approach to our forecasting work, focusing on applying a wide range of tools and models to answer pressing planning questions for our clients.

Oakland Complete Streets

Our Oakland office is seeking a Complete Streets Engineering Project Manager to join a team committed to solving complex transportation problems within our local cities. As a group of passionate planners and engineers, our team strives to increase opportunity by expanding accessibility and improving mobility.

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Are you ready to make a difference in communities while growing your skills and opportunities at the same time? Our mission is to empower every employee to develop effective and innovative transportation solutions that improve communities. We encourage staff to explore their career passions with internally funded research and development to propel innovation, creativity, and the state of the practice.

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