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The Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and  Medicine, supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation, invites your participation in the 16th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Older Adults and People with Disabilities (TRANSED), themed Inclusive and Accessible Transportation in Community and Regional Resilience, to be held September 2022 in Seattle, Washington.

The objectives of the conference are:aDescribe current global research, trends, and services to improve mobility and accessibility for individuals with disabilities and for older persons;

  • Share experience, policy, and practices to provide reliable and safe mobility and transportation systems for those with mobility challenge; 
  • Develop a community of learners to identify opportunities to advance and sustain accessible services for individuals with disabilities and older adults across the world; and
  • Develop a framework for inclusive accessible transport in community and regional resilience.

The overarching conference theme is Inclusive and Accessible Transportation in Community and Regional Resilience, which speaks to the broad chasm between academic research and real-world planning practice related to transportation inclusion and accessibility. It also addresses the disconnect between the transportation accessibility analyses that agencies conduct and conditions on the ground, including the effects of staff training. Accordingly, we seek contributions from researchers, practitioners, and others that emphasize concrete outcomes and examples of advancing transportation inclusion and accessibility goals and objectives.

Participants will represent a wide range of lived and professional experiences and discuss how diverse perspectives are included in policy development, project selection, and mitigation to advance transportation inclusion and accessibility. 

TRANSED will offer an agenda for participants to attend traditional panel and technical sessions. The conference will include sessions using accepted submissions from this Call for Abstracts that are socially interactive, engaging, and enable creative learning and sharing opportunities.  It will also include virtual participation opportunities for presenters and attendees. 



The TRANSED series of conferences have, since 1978, provided the premier international forum to exchange ideas on what works and why, and to share innovations, good practices, and technological developments, and research on accessible transportation, mobility and travel.

TRANSED 2022, themed Inclusive and Accessible Transportation in Community and Regional Resilience, will showcase international innovation and technological solutions for accessible transportation and travel through papers, posters and other media presentation formats, as well as through an exhibition of products, services, and best practices.  It will also offer training workshops and technical visits.  Above all, it will use the concept of the Complete Trip or Trip Chain to identify elements of trips that need improvement to achieve inclusion for everybody and reduce difficulties and barriers for individual users.

Two major crises - global climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic - have accentuated or compounded some of these inaccessibility issues and revealed significant consequences. New technologies like micro mobility, automated vehicles, and ride-hailing are also beginning to transform our transportation systems, sometimes in non-inclusive and unpredictable ways. In that context, this conference is the continuation of a long-term effort and process to understand how transportation systems address accessibility and inclusion. This is more than just direct transportation policy and technology but the intersection of local, regional and national decisions, priorities, policy and projects. It needs to be the product of community expertise, as well as technical and academic research and analysis. It involves management motivation and staff training as well as better design and new technology.

Call for Abstracts - Papers, slideshows, and posters
Abstracts can be submitted for presentations at TRANSED 2022 as a paper, poster and/or slideshow.  Abstracts of these must be submitted by 31 May 2021 and may cover core research, practical experiences, or policy issues.  Presentations may be on any of the themes listed below, a combination of these themes, or on related topics not listed as a specific theme. The Conference organizers will honor to the extent possible the format desired by the accepted proposal. However, we may need to change the format based on space restrictions or a proposal’s content that is better aligned with a different format.

All submitters are encouraged to explain how their presentation will address equity issues, in addition to inclusion and accessibility, and should be explicit regarding how the content can be replicated and adopted in practice. Submissions are sought from countries of all levels of income. We will accept submissions that align with the theme and objectives of this conference and emphasize but not limited to any of the following:

1.   Policies and strategies for achieving inclusion, equity, and human rights for all through accessible transportation

      These could include:

  • Applications of policies for making inclusion a reality
  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, particularly Article 9, accessibility
  • Successful approaches for regional, state, national, and international accessibility policies that integrate policies at multiple levels
  • Examples of using human rights to achieve the goal or successful claims against discrimination
  • Examples of what has been achieved and what remains to be done to promote equity at the national and local level

2.    Inclusive transport along the trip chain: specific successes and challenges for both the system and rider

       These could include:

  • Examples of complete trip or trip chain analyses and their benefits
  • The accessible travel chain concept and its use in practice including scheduling, routing, paying and avoiding breaks in infrastructure
  • Integrating the travel chain in long-range planning or in policies   

3.    Improvements for enhancing the accessibility of specific travel modes and/or services: vehicles, infrastructure, operations, training, urban planning, communication, public interaction organisation (e.g. purchase and reservation procedures). 

      These could include:

  • These submissions will relate to improving a service or mode, particularly where the effects of the improvements have been monitored.
  • Different modes: walking, road, rail, maritime, air travel transport or cable car
  • Different types of services: heavy rail, rapid transit (underground, Bus Rapid Transit), transit (bus), micro-transit (small buses and vans), taxi, on-demand, or shared rides (van, sedan, small vehicle, and three-wheelers vehicles), micro-mobility (bikes and scooters), different modes for school transport, transport in tourism, etc.
  • Private vehicle (driving and passenger)
  • Staff training to improve the quality of service provision
  • Education and communication campaigns
  • Engagement of user groups in the improvement process

4.    Innovation in accessible mobility

       These could include:

  • Mobility Management
  • Mobility as a service (MaaS)
  • Technology to support accessible transportation, including artificial intelligence, robotics, etc.
  • Innovations in the space of personal mobility for different disabling conditions
  • The scope for advanced technology in accessible transport and its effect of inclusion
  • Accessibility and universal design in new forms of vehicles (autonomous vehicles, personal rapid transit, micro-mobility).
  • Impacts of laws, regulations, and policies, particularly what infrastructure is suitable for the new forms of vehicles
  • intelligence, robotics, etc. 

5.   Resilience in transportation systems and implications of COVID-19 for accessible and inclusive travel

      These could include:

  • Resilience in terms of financial security and the ability of a system to cope with unforeseen events.
  • Minimizing negative effects of natural and man-made disasters on the provision and reliability of transportation service.
  • Incorporating resilience into transportation planning, including a resilient workforce and education.
  • The impact of COVID-19 on the provision for persons with disabilities and older persons and mobility managers 

6.    Accessible information and communications in transportation

      These could include:

  • Orientation and wayfinding systems
  • Smart communications
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

 Key Dates

Currently, TRANSED is being planned as a conference offering in-person and virtual options for attendees.  These plans may change and are subject to the rules and regulations of local, state, and federal agencies. 

Abstract Submission Deadline EXTENDED     

30 July 2021

Registration Opens     


Notification of Accepted Presenters     

31 October 2021

Paper Submission Deadline 

June 2022

Presentation and poster Submission Deadline 

August 2022