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Call For Abstracts - Closed
Submission Due Date: March 15, 2024

The Transportation Research Board invites you to submit an abstract to present at the Symposium on Managed Lanes being held in Irvine, California from August 12-14, 2024. This symposium aims to bring together professionals from the transportation industry to share practitioner-ready techniques, ideas, and academic work focused on creating resiliency for managed lanes.
The event is sponsored by TRB’s Standing Technical Committee on Managed Lanes and cosponsored by the Regional Transportation Systems Management and Operations (RTSMO) (ACP10), Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) (ACP15) , Freeway Operations (ACP20) and Bus Transit Systems (AP050) committees. Attendees will include staff from transportation agencies from all levels of government, metropolitan and regional planning organizations, academia, consulting engineers, and manufacturing representatives.
The 2024 theme of “Resilient Managed Lanes in an Uncertain Future,” will engage attendees to consider ways to increase resiliency of managed lanes going forward. The presentation and poster sessions will focus on current integration of managed lanes into the transportation system, “lessons learned” ranging from design, implementation, operation, and performance of managed lanes systems. Please propose presentations that include practical and innovative approaches to managed lanes; consider ways to include interactive, peer-to-peer engagement. Selected abstract submissions will be slotted for an engaging 15-minute or comprehensive 30-minute oral presentations, or a visually impactful poster session.

Topics of interest include the following:

  • International Managed Lanes Showcase
    • How are managed lanes defined?
    • Case studies from around the world
    • Differing challenges and priorities 
    • Universal lessons learned and best practices
    • What can we learn from each other?
  • Trends Across Managed Lane Types
    • Where is the managed lanes practice heading?
    • Facility types
    • Relative costs, pros, and cons
    • Comparison of more vs. less successful deployments: how do we apply this to plan better?
  • Building Managed Lanes
    • Funding and financing structures
    • Delivery approaches
    • Reducing capital costs
    • Toll system procurement
    • Cost effectiveness of different investment types: right of way, structural, physical comms, etc.
    • Other infrastructure needs: static / dynamic signage, delineation types, etc.
    • Designing for transit operations 
  • Operating Managed Lanes
    • Pricing strategies
    • HOV enforcement and policy assessments
    • Beyond pricing: Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), traffic management systems, tools to optimize traffic operations
    • Intermodal connections, transit, and micro transit partnerships
    • Controlling operational costs based on short- and long-term revenue impacts 
    • Incentivization strategies / rewards for use of managed lanes
    • Methods of providing incident management
    • Operating transit services 
  • Sustaining Managed Lanes
    • Strategies to build and operate resilient managed lanes
    • Potential to increase the number of lanes over time
    • Physical infrastructure resiliency to inclement weather, accidents, vandalism, etc.
    • Reducing energy consumption
    • Reliable revenue strategies
  • Managed Lanes Networks
    • Institutional and governance approaches
    • Contractual streamlining / flexibility 
    • Business rule management
    • Cross-jurisdictional managed lanes management
    • Standardization of signing, branding
    • Cost structures for managed lanes networks with different operators
  • Analyzing the Performance of Existing Managed Lanes
    • Mobility / traffic performance
    • Transit performance 
    • Environment
    • Economy
    • Methodologies / best practices in analyzing performance
  • Forecasting Managed Lanes
    • Regional impacts and externalities
    • Long- vs. short-term impacts of major events
    • “New normal” travel patterns / shifts in user trends 
    • Scenario planning and tools to prepare for uncertain conditions
    • VMT impacts
    • Transit demand 
    • Land use decisions 
    • Office space shifts
  • Next Generation Managed Lanes
    • Emerging concepts and technologies
    • Technology agnostic, flexible, scalable design approaches
    • Institutional preparedness considerations
    • National toll interoperability preparedness
    • Impacts from the future of tolling technology
    • How to integrate with national / state road user charging strategies?
    • ITS future use cases, issues and practices
    • Digital infrastructure to share roadway network information

How to Submit an Abstract
To submit an abstract, click the "Submit" button at the top of this page.

All abstracts should be submitted by March 15, 2024. The abstract should be no longer than 400 words; and should clearly convey the material that will be presented. Submitters will be notified whether their abstract has been accepted mid-April.

Conference Details
Please visit the TRB Conference Website to obtain more information. The presenting author will be able to register at the Speaker reduced registration fee.

Need more Information?
Questions and Inquires: If you need additional information or have additional questions, send an email to Cynthia Jones.