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AASHTO RAC/ TRB State Representatives Meeting Burlington, VT July 25, 2012 Leni Oman Director, Office of Research & Library Services Research Investments.

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1 AASHTO RAC/ TRB State Representatives Meeting Burlington, VT July 25, 2012 Leni Oman Director, Office of Research & Library Services Research Investments People, time, and money

2 Source: WSDOT Funding is declining and our workforce is shrinking Less time and money for research activities _ab 2 Legislative mandate to reduce 800 FTEs in engineering and technical services by 2015

3 _cr Squeezing the most value out of every penny Ensuring transportation investments are delivered with high quality and value WSDOT innovations provide greater efficiency and benefits Value engineering efforts provide the optimum solution at the least cost. Project cost estimates reduced by $375 million in the last two years. Implemented national best practices, such as expedited bridge delivery, concrete pavement dowel bar retrofits and low-cost safety investments reducing run-off-the-road fatalities. Making investments for the greatest benefits to stream habitats when transportation projects impact the natural environment. New technology for optimum freeway operations efficiency –Automated Traffic Management, electronic tolling and ramp metering –Real-time traveler information and mobile apps Performance-based management of preservation and maintenance –Using technology and research advances on high-performing, lower-cost pavement preservation and repair. –Maintenance tracking system and mobile data collection Source: WSDOT

4 Research Executive Committee Changes CURRENT Define research goals that are the basis for project selection Establish the selection committees Approve the funded research program Review key research findings Evaluate and finalize recommendations for implementation of research findings Expanded to include Review of Client Sponsored Research funding Review of transportation pooled fund project contributions Identification of WSDOT objectives for national research programs Problem statements submitted Supporting what we submit Pilot Tests and Demonstration Projects Participation in national research committees and panels. REC Chair : Assistant Secretary, Engineering & Regional Operations (Chief Engineer) Members: Division Directors of: Strategic Planning Capital Program Development & Management Development Construction & Materials Traffic Public Transportation Highways & Local Programs Aviation Ferries

5 11-13 BN Current Budget & Contract Value $13,782,399 TRB: Transportation Research Board TRAC: Washington State Transportation Center NCHRP: National Cooperative Highway Research Program SPR: State Planning and Research TPF: Transportation Pooled Fund Program CSR: Client Sponsored Research # of Projects completed, continued, or started TOTAL104 State Planning and Research projects46 Client-Sponsored research projects32 Transportation Pooled Fund projects17 Synthesis projects9 SPR, 28% CSR, 37% TPF - WSDOT Contrib., 4% TPF - Other State Contrib., 31% 46 Projects 32 Projects 17 Projects Old Research Executive Committee Role

6 More Budget Context Transportation Pooled Fund Project Value by Contribution Source Total Value $26,430,000 Leveraging just under $10 for every WSDOT dollar spent. Program Funding Trends SPR: State Planning and Research TPF: Transportation Pooled Fund Program CSR: Client Sponsored Research

7 WSDOT Research Investments Client Sponsored Research 32 Projects $3,562,356 to date ~17 Technical Monitors Transportation Pooled Fund projects 17 WSDOT-led projects 27 Projects led by others ~27 Technical Monitors $3,252,345 to date TRB Cooperative Research Project Panels 64 Panel Members (104 Panels) 2 or 3 days of sponsored travel over 2 years/project TRB Standing Committees Sec. Hammond on TRB ExComm 46 Committee Members 2 Meetings/yr Chair travel sponsored for one meeting/yr TRB SHRP2 9 Program & Panel Oversight Members Beta tests Pilot Projects Other Activities 1 TRB Policy Study Member 1 Special Study Member (LTPP) 1 TRB State Rep/Advisory Panel Member TRB Core Services %100 unbudgeted Federal SPR $ 275,000/BN WSDOT Funding and Employees WSDOT Employees State Planning & Research (SPR) Projects 46 Projects (Regular & Quick Response) $2,601,876 to date 30 Technical Monitors Washington State Transportation Center $313,000/BN ORLS funding. $75K WSU, $238K UW $ 461,000/BN Congestion Analysis & WSDOT Support Synthesis Studies 9 conducted to date for 9 different offices National Cooperative Highway Research Program Contribution %100 unbudgeted Federal SPR $ 1,431,000/BN Data through May 31 st, 2012

8 Transportation Research Board Transportation Research Board Programs AASHTOs Quick Response Research Projects CEO, SCOE, SCOP, SCOPT, SCOH, SCOTS, SCOHTS Funded by NCHRP (State DOTs) Transportation Pooled Fund Program Project leadership Project participation AASHTO Research Programs Legal Research Topic submittal for Highways, Transit, and Airports Airport Cooperative Research Program Problem Statements Synthesis Topics Panel Nominations Transit Cooperative Research Program Problem Statements Synthesis Topics Panel Nominations National Cooperative Highway Research Program Provide Funding Contribution P roblem Statements Synthesis Topics Panel Nominations National Freight Cooperative Research Program Problem statements Panel Nominations National Cooperative Rail Research Program Problem statements Panel Nominations Commercial Truck and Bus Safety Synthesis Program (CTBSSP) Topic submittal Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Program Panel nominations Marine Board Topic submittal Policy Studies Fund a topic Committee nominations Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRPII) Expert Task Group appointments Pilot Tests Demonstration Projects Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis Suggest promising but unproven innovations for Transit, Highways, Safety International Scan Program Topic submittal Participation in Scan Team Domestic Scan Program Topic submittal Participation in Scan Team Technology Implementation Group Technology submittal Technical Services Programs ETAP, NTPEP, APEL, AMRL, DAMS, TRAC, SICOP, AETO, SAFETY, Climate Change, MTAP, NPHQ, LRFD, TSP 2 Participation in National Research Programs Semi-ActiveActive Inactive

9 FHWA Research Programs Exploratory Advanced Research Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research Program Exploratory Advanced Research Highways for Life Program Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment Program International Visitor Program Coordination of U.S. International Road Activities International Highway Technology Scanning Program Global Technology Exchange Program Emerging Markets/Opportunities RESOURCES FHWA Research Topics Corporate Master Plan (CMP) for Research and Deployment of Technology & Innovation R&D Topics Infrastructure Operations Safety Innovation Life Cycle Introduction Roadmaps Research Deployment FHWA Priority Technologies Every Day Counts Initiative Highways for LIFE program 24 Priority, Market Ready Technologies and Innovations Briefs

10 FTA Research Programs National Research and Technology ProgramNational Research and Technology Program Intelligent Transportation Systems for TransitIntelligent Transportation Systems for Transit National Fuel Cell Bus Program University Transportation Centers International Public Transportation ProgramInternational Public Transportation Program Transit Cooperative Research Program Small Business Innovative Research Bus Testing Program Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER)Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) RESOURCES FTA Research Funding Applying for FTA Research Funding FTA Research Projects Research Reports Public Transportation Research Digest FTA Public Transportation Research Digest Priority Areas supported by Research Environmental Sustainability Livable and Sustainable Communities Safety State of Good Repair Bus Rapid Transit Related Programs Training and Workforce Development

11 More USDOT Research Programs MARAD Research and Development Ballast Water and Aquatic Invasive Species National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) Marine Board Transportation Research Board (TRB) National Maritime Enhancement Institutes (NMEIs) Research Opportunities National Maritime Enhancement Institutes (NMEIs)National Maritime Enhancement Institutes (NMEIs) University Transportation Centers (UTCs) FAA Advanced Pavement Design Airport Design Technology Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting Technology Airport Wildlife Hazard Abatement National Airport Pavement Test Facility Nondestructive Pavement Testing Pavement Materials Operation of New Large Aircraft Visual Guidance & Runway Incursion Reduction Runway Surface Technology Field Instrumentation and Testing

12 More USDOT Research Programs NHTSA Biomechanics & Trauma Behavioral Research Crash Avoidance Crash Injury Research (CIREN) Crashworthiness Databases and Software Driver Simulation (NADS) Enhanced Safety Vehicles (ESV) Event Data Recorder (EDR) Human Factors Child Seat Research Public Meetings Vehicle Research & Testing (VRTCVehicle Research & Testing (VRTC) RITA RITA Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office University Transportation Centers 12 Tier 1 Centers 10 Regional Centers (including PacTrans) FRA Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Research and Development PHMSA PHMSA Research & Development

13 Research Schedule & Possible REC Meeting Schedule Decisions Anytime WSDOT Quick Response Research Schedules to be determined National Cooperative Rail Research Program Need to add Panel selection for other CRPs Transportation Pooled Fund Contributions SCOHTS Research Program EDC, EAR, UTCs, SHRP2 Pilot Tests & Demonstration Projects Client Sponsored Research Research Activity Event/Due Dates TRB Annual Meeting 13-17, 2013 NCHRP Synthesis Topics DueTCRP Synthesis Topics Due ACRP Problem Statements DueCTBSSP Topics Due NCHRP SCOTS Problem Statements Due NCHRP SCOE Problem Statements Due July 15 TRB Annual Meeting Paper Submittals Due Aug 1 NCHRP problem statements due Sept 15 ACRP Synthesis topics due Oct 1 Domestic Scan proposals due Nov 15 WSDOT RFI distributed NCHRP rating process begins WSDOT Response to RFI Due NCHRP CEO Problem Statements Due WSDOT TPF Travel Plan due TCRP problem statements due NCHRP SCOPT problem statements due July 1 WSDOT problem statements due Sept 28 Fall SCOR meeting NCFRP Panel nominations TRB committee nominations (selection is variable) NCHRP SCOH Problem Statements Due Nominations for NCHRP Panels TRB Annual Meeting Travel Plan TCRP Transit Legal Research needs due July 1 NCHRP Legal Research needs due Sept 15 HMCRP Panel nominations STEP Project Concepts Due (spring) HfL Technology Partnerships proposals due NCFRP problem statements due July 30 NCHRP CEO Problem Statements Due SCOTS Panel nominations NCHRP 8-36 SCOP Problem Statements Due NCHRP SCOH Problem Statements Due HfL Technology Partnerships proposals due Universities must have made offers to grad students International Scan proposals due Federal Discretionary Programs due - includes research activities NCFRP Panel nominations Apr 1 WSDOT TPF contribution plan prepared Decision SCOR selects NCHRP problem statements and projects selected at AASHTO Spring Meeting. NCRRP projects selected AASHTO CEO NCHRP ballot and projects selected at AASHTO Spring Meeting WSDOT RAC selects research projects WSDOT REC plan review & approval Month JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember REC Meetings Spring MeetingSummer Meeting Winter Meeting ACRP Problem StatementsTCRP Problem StatementsNCHRP Problem Statements WSDOT Research SPR Funding Decision & Technical Monitors SCOH Problem StatementsNFCRP Problem StatementsNCHRP Legal Research AASHTO CEO Problem StatementsSCOE Problem StatementsSCOH Problem StatementsORLS TPF Contribution Plan Review STEP Research NeedsSCOPT Problem StatementsAASHTO CEO Problem StatementsNCHRP Synthesis Needs TRB Committee nominationsSCOTS Problem StatementsInternational Scan interestsTCRP Synthesis Needs CTBSSP TopicsTransit Legal ResearchDomestic Scan interestsTRB Annual Meeting FYI Client Sponsored ResearchNCHRP Panel NominationsACRP Synthesis TopicsClient Sponsored Research Quick Response ResearchTRB Annual Meeting TravelClient Sponsored ResearchQuick Response Research AASHTO Award Nomination for Research & Innovation Client Sponsored ResearchQuick Response Research Research Decision Calendar

14 Current issues Treating the transportation system like the utility it is Gas taxes built the transportation system of the past. We need to look at new and different revenue sources to keep up with todays changing technology. – Fuel-efficient vehicles – Electronic vehicles and charging stations User-based fees are here today and are likely in our future – Tolling – Mileage-based fees – Other sources Washingtons transportation system future Our need for a functioning transportation system continues to grow, while our revenue stream declines 14

15 Moving Washington is our three-pronged approach to fight congestion and combat climate change Managing demand Adding capacity strategically Operating roadways efficiently Adding new capacity to our currently over- stressed transportation system removes choke points and bottlenecks, completing critical corridors ; improve reliability, throughput for freight, commuters and transit partners. Maximizing the use of the existing system and using available technology to communicate with and direct traffic, improves the systems performance and generates revenue through variable pricing and other traffic management tools. Providing more travel choices and options for people and freight helps improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our transportation system. 15

16 Strategic research goals SafetyPreservationEnvironment Design safety Driver behavior Vulnerability to risks Accident analysis Pedestrian/bicycle safety Construction safety Highway pavement preservation Bridge preservation and replacement Highway and bridge maintenance Ferry maintenance and preservation Airport runway preservation Legacy computer systems Highway practices Fish passage through culverts Wildlife connectivity Protecting species Cultural resources Climate change Noise reduction MobilityStewardshipEconomic Vitality Traffic management Traveler information Variable tolling Demand management Highways and ferries operations Non-motorized transportation Project management and delivery Advocate for system needs IT and decision support Accountability and communications Workforce Enterprise risk management Planning and prioritization Equitable access and ADA Sustainability Freight mobility Public private partnerships Contracting Intercity, rural and special needs 16

17 _ab Changing our business model Recognize that our business needs in the future will be different than the needs of the past Evaluating our business needs Determine the skills needed to do the work Assess individual employees skills Identify the gaps Develop individual training plans to bridge those gaps What do we need to know? What is our base preservation and maintenance model? What are our core competencies? How do we transition to a mobile workforce? How will we manage consultants? What additional quality assurance measures need to be put in place? WSDOT continues to transform our organization and business practices There are many unknowns. This is a work in progress 17

18 Research collaboration comes in many forms Business needs Potential solutions New technology or techniques Data, information, and technical expertise Field locations and test sites Funding Advocacy Collaboration is critical What we cant afford to do separately, we can work to achieve together 18

19 Timely support for business needs ensure that actions address the most pressing needs coordinated for the best outcome for our investments support implementation of results Contribute to the advancement of practice Support employee development Career development Succession planning Dont disrupt daily agency management Development of future workforce Reshaping the Strategic Investment of Research Resources This is a work in progress 19


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