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Welcome to TRB's Committee on Accessible Transportation and Mobility (ABE 60)
The Committee's mandate is to educate everyone on the issues and gaps related to mobility needs for people with limited transportation options - people with mobility, sensory and cognitive disabilities; older adults; and individuals without private transportation. With a large proportion of our population reaching their golden years, the Committee is dedicated to ensuring mobility options that will provide older adults with a high level of accessibility and affordability.
Providing accessible transportation enables all individuals to participate fully in an active community life. Accessible transportation through universal and inclusive design is one of the key messages the Committee communicates to various groups involved in providing seamless, accessible transportation.
The TRB Committee on Accessible Transportation and Mobility works closely with other TRB Committees to collaborate and sponsor joint activities.
Persons interested in participating as a friend of the Committee or as a prospective member are encouraged to join us for our annual Committee meeting, or participate in one of our Subcommittee meetings (International Activities, Research, and Accessible Transportation Technology). All meetings are held each January at the TRB Conference in Washington, DC.

2016 Annual Meeting
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 95th Annual Meeting will be held January 10–14, 2016, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. Register now to join Committee ABE 60 for several events: 
Between Sunday, January 10th and Wednesday the 13th, Committee ABE60 will be hosting or co-hosting several sessions. 
Sunday, January 10
9:00 AM- 12:00 PM 
Workshop: Expanding the Research Discussion on Women’s Issues in Transportation
Convention Center, 154
Sheila Mitra-Sarkar and Asa Vagland; Julie Babinard and Lalita Sen are participating are among the panelists
How should we work through the “gender lens” in the different TRB committees?
What are the key barriers to mobility and safety?
What are some of the success stories in accessibility and safety?
How will we get a gender equal society, where women and men’s transport needs and values are treated equally in the transport system?
How are gender issues included in the current transportation courses? (e.g., transportation safety, public transportation, transportation planning, urban design and planning)
Do the curricula include gender issues in transportation in other fields such as Psychology and Sociology?
Is there a need to hire additional faculty, or need to invite faculty from other departments to develop collaborative courses?
How can multidisciplinary approach to coursework support the inclusion of gender issues in transportation education?
Funding sources for research on gender gap. What organizations would benefit from this research and be the potential sponsors of this research? Where could we look for reliable and long-term funding sources?
Addressing gender gap through increasing the number of women studying transportation. There are several programs (e.g., WTS) designed to encourage young women’s interest in transportation. Could this be one of the ways to improve the understanding of women’s issues in transportation?
Addressing gender gap in transportation beyond college. How should the process of hiring in transportation industry and academia change to alleviate the issues that women face as transportation users?
Monday, January 11
10:15 AM- 12:00 PM 
Accessible Transportation and Mobility - Technology Subcommittee, ABE60(2)
Marriott Marquis, Supreme Court (M4)
Aaron Steinfeld and Daniel Blais
1:30 PM- 5:30 PM 
Accessible Transportation and Mobility Committee
Marriott Marquis, Supreme Court (M4)
Joey Goldman and Julie Babinard
7:30 PM- 9:30 PM 
Accessible Transportation and Mobility - Research Subcommittee, ABE60(4)
Marriott Marquis, Supreme Court (M4)
Karen Wolf-Branigin and Anabela Simoes
Tuesday, January 12
8:00 AM- 9:45 AM 
Session 479: Assessing Specialized Transportation Needs: New Approaches and Findings
Convention Center, 150B

Judy Shanley
Highlighting the theme of Research Convergence for a Multimodal Future, researchers using different data collection strategies will describe issues and barriers faced by travelers with physical and intellectual disabilities and recommendations to address them. This session includes a paper delivered in July 2015 at the 14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED) in Lisbon, Portugal. Join us for a collegial dialogue on accessible transport.
Travel Patterns, Needs, and Barriers of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Report from a Survey, Devajyoti Deka
Methodological Approach to Develop a Comprehensive Transportation Accessibility Index for the Transportation-Disadvantaged, Ilir Bejleri
Improving Mobility for Travelers with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Specific Learning Disabilities in Various Transportation Modes:  “Best of TRANSED 2015” Selection, Ling Suen
In Their Own Words: Transportation Issues of Adults on the Autism Spectrum, Andrea Lubin
10:15 AM- 12:00 PM 
Session 541: Putting Technology to Work for Multimodal Accessibility
Convention Center, 150B
Joey Goldman
Growth in the exploration and identification of technology to support accessible transport and mobility for people with disabilities and older adults is a welcome phenomenon. Researchers whose work focuses on technological advances in wheelchairs, information tools, and the built environment (including papers delivered at the 14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons in Lisbon, Portugal) will provide a framework for an energetic discussion.
Application to Support Persons with Disabilities and Elderly While Taking Public Transport Services: “Best of TRANSED 2015” Selection, An Neven
Surveillance of Capability, Acceptability, and Usability of Riding an Autonomous Wheelchair System in a Public Area: Experimental Study, Naohisa Hashimoto
Automated Sidewalk Assessment Method for Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Using 3-D Mobile LiDAR, Chengbo Ai
SAFE MOVE Assistive Systems for Older Drivers: “Best of TRANSED 2015” Selection, Claude Marin-Lamellet
1:30 PM- 3:15 PM 
Accessible Transportation and Mobility - International Activities Subcommittee, ABE60(1)
Marriott Marquis, Supreme Court (M4)
Ann Frye and Nina Frid
3:45 PM- 5:30 PM 
TRANSED Conference Planning Subcommittee, ABE60(5)
Marriott Marquis, Supreme Court (M4)
Ann Frye and Nina Frid
Wednesday, January 13
8:30 AM- 10:15 AM 
Poster Session 778: Examining Accessible Mobility and Transport: Reaching New Conclusions for Multimodal Access
Convention Center, Hall E
Anabela Simoes
People with disabilities, older adults, and customers with low incomes are loyal public transport customers. However, they often face physical or attitudinal barriers that prevent them from using the services they so desperately need. Take this opportunity to meet researchers who are exploring new advances in accessible mobility and transport. 
No Easy Here from There: Transit Access, Accessibility, and the Mobility-Restricted User, Tom Koch
Deliberation of Providing Dial-a-Ride Service for Vulnerable Groups in Urban Transit Planning, Xiao Kuan Yang
Identifying Improvement Areas of Public Transportation Services for the Elderly, Ryan Cheuk Pong Wong
Accessibility Requirements Beyond the United States: Closer Look at Japan, Svetlana Grechka
Fall Prevention and Dementia Awareness in Public Transportation, Eileen Miller
Using ADA Transition Plans to Improve Pedestrian Access to Transit: Downtown Atlanta Pilot Study, Alice Grossman
Utilizing Sidewalk Inventory Data with Trip Demand for Decision Making in Capital Improvements for Accessibility, Todd Hansen

17th Annual International Roundtable on Inclusive Transport in Less-Wealthy Countries
Please see the following announcement from Tom Rickert at Access Exchange International. If you are able to stay in Washington until Thursday, January 14th, this promises to be an interesting discussion: 
Dear Colleagues,
This is to announce our 17th annual International Roundtable on inclusive transport in less-wealthy countries.  We solicit presentations and reports relevant to accessible fixed-route, paratransit, and pedestrian modes for persons with disabilities in developing regions of Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Kindly contact me at if you wish to present a report or presentation at this Roundtable.  Because of our current focus on the lack of TRANSPORT-TO-SCHOOL for millions of children with disabilities, we especially invite presentations on this topic.   Presentations are typically a maximum of ten minutes with briefer reports and updates encouraged.   We strive for informality and PPt slides are by no means necessary.  We'll limit the number of presentations to encourage dialogue, so bear with us if some presentations are not accepted due to time constraints. 
Cost:                There is no charge for this event.
Date:               THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2016, 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Location:        The newly relocated headquarters of APTA, the American Public Transportation Assn.  
1300 I Street, NW  ("eye" St.), Suite 1200 East, Washington DC 
WE THANK APTA for providing their facilities and audio-visual equipment pro bono, this time for the 17th straight year!
Due to the new location, there are some CHANGES in registration and security procedures.  
(1)THIS YEAR PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, due to on-site security protocols.
(2) Participation will be limited to the FIRST 25-30 people who pre-register due to room capacity.
(2) Pre-registration must be received by Friday, January 8, 2016 by AEI.  See our contact information below.
(3) Bring photo ID
(4) We strongly suggest arriving between 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. to clear security.
Looking forward to a great Roundtable!