Wednesday, January 11, 2006

TRB Carsharing Sessions on Tuesday, Jan. 24

The 85th annual Transportation Research Board meeting will be held in Washington, DC from January 22-26, 2006. TRB is the mother of all transportation conferences in the USA - covering everything from highway and bridges to bus systems and during the past several years has included the best peer reviewed research on carsharing.

Carsharing falls under the New Public Transportation Systems and Technology Committee (AP020). Matt Barth, subcommittee chair reports that this year 9 papers were submitted and 8 were accepted. However, there will only poster sessions relating to carsharing. Although not as detailed as the formal presentations, poster sessions give you a chance to interact one-on-one with the authors. I've read a number of these papers and they are of high quality. Copies of the papers will be on the TRB conference CD and should be available on-line after the conference.

The Carsharing and Station Cars Subcommittee Meeting will be held in the Adams room of the Hilton on Tuesday, January 24, 2006, 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Updates on current activities and ideas for next year will be discussed. The agenda for this meeting is included in the Comment below.

There are two carsharing themes this year: Carsharing in North America and in Internationl - all Asia-related.

Poster Session 528: Carsharing in North America

Location: Hilton, International Center
Time: Tuesday, January 24, 2006, 2:30 to 5:00pm

Developing a Model for Car Sharing Potential in Twin Cities Neighborhoods
(06-2449) - HF01
James Andrew and Frank Douma, University of Minnesota

Who's Attracted to Carsharing?
(06-0927) - HF03
Jon E. Burkhardt, WESTAT Inc. and Adam Millard-Ball, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates

Carsharing as Parking Management Strategy (06-0652) - HF05
Adam Millard-Ball, Nelson, Gail Murray, and Jessica ter Schure, all with Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates

Carsharing in North America: Market Growth, Current Developments, and Future Potential (06-2957) - HF07
Susan A. Shaheen, University of California, Berkeley, Adam Cohen, University of California, Berkeley, J. Darius Roberts, University of California, Berkeley

Poster Session 529: Carsharing: International Perspective

Location: Hilton, International Center
Time: Tuesday, January 24, 2006, 2:30 to 5:00pm

Carsharing as a Key Contribution to Multimodal and Sustainable Mobility Behavior: Carsharing in Germany
(06-2620) - HF08
Claudia Nobis, German Aerospace Center

Carsharing and Station Cars in Asia: Overview of Japan and Singapore
(06-1528) - HF06
Matthew J. Barth, University of California, Riverside; Susan A. Shaheen, University of California, Berkeley; and Tuenjai Fukuda and Atsushi Fukuda, Nihon University, Japan

Relocation Simulation Model for Multiple-Station Shared-Use Vehicle Systems (06-0581) - HF04
Alvina G. H. Kek, Ruey Long Cheu, Miaw Ling Chor, all with National University of Singapore

A Recharge Station Location Model for Electric Scooter Recreation and Tourism
(06-1627) - HF02
Ying-Wei Wang, National Penghu University, Taiwan

The bad news is that TRB isn't cheap, especially if all you want are the poster sessions - $465 for full meal deal of all 4 days ($365 for one day only) for members (it's worth joining rather than paying $665 for non TRB members)! Registration includes the conference CD with PDFs of all the conference papers. You can register on line and get details on these sessions by clicking on the LINK below. Abstracts of the papers mentioned above can be found by clicking on Interactive Preliminary Program and searching for "carsharing".