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									MEETING MINUTES TRB Committee ADA40T Transportation Needs of National Parks and Public Lands Annual Meeting Hilton Hotel Washington D.C. January 22, 2007 1. Welcome and Introduction. Committee Chair Carol Zimmerman called the meeting to order at 8:00 am. Members and guests introduced themselves. A total of 13 members and 39 friends attended the business meeting. (See Appendix A). The agenda was distributed (Appendix B). Carol provided an overview of Committee activities since January, 2006 noting the mid-year meeting and presentations by members in Tacoma, Washington. Carol announced the Task Force on Transportation Needs of National Parks and Public Lands is now formally recognized as a new standing Committee. Carol noted were two research project submissions submitted to the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) requesting funding. These research requests were for ―Leisure Travel Demand and Trip Generation‖ and ―Inventory And Assessment of Transit Willingness to Pay in National Parks and Public Lands.‖ Carol distributed laminated business card size mission statements to Committee members. Next, Carol highlighted the 2007 Annual Meeting Sessions as follows: Poster Session 343 -Planning Mega Session with the National Park Service‘s Ford Motor Company Transportation Scholars:
 Successful Implementation of Programmatic 4(f) Net Benefit Evaluation at Valley Forge National Historical Park (P07-0278) - G10 Daniel J. Carl, Valley Forge National Historical Park Living Within Your Boundaries, yet Beyond Your Means: True Meaning of Intergovernmental Cooperation at Saguaro National Park (P07-0279) - G8 Dick Schaffer, Saguaro National Park Use of Automated Lanes at National Park Entrance Stations (P07-0282) - G6 Jonathan Upchurch, National Park Foundation Partnering to Provide ITS and Visitor Information Outside Glacier National Park (P070283) - G4 Lisa Ballard, Current Transportation Solutions

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In addition, there are three (3) sessions; the first is Session 405 Topics in Transportation on Public Lands, presided by John J. Daigle, University of Maine,
 Estimating User Costs and Economic Impacts of Roadway Construction in Six Federal Lands Projects (07-0327) Matthew Hardy, Mitretek Systems, Inc.

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James Larkin, Mitretek Systems, Inc. Karl Wunderlich, Mitretek Systems, Inc. A. J. Nedzesky, Federal Highway Administration  Transit In Paradise: The Outer Cape Cod ‗flex‘ Transit System, Development To Implementation (07-2803) Clay Schofield, Cape Cod Commission Terrence Michael Sheehan, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center  A Predictive Study of Use Impacts on the Denali Park Road (P07-1300) Ted Morris, University of Minnesota  Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public Lands, A Multi-Departmental Experience Developing a New Federal Program (P07-0434) Henrika Buchanan-Smith, Federal Transit Administration

Session 711 Federal Land Agencies and the Statewide and Metropolitan Transportation Planning Processes, presided by Gary T. Ritter, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center:
 U.S. Department of Transportation Perspectives and Expectations (P07-0158) Robert Bini, Federal Highway Administration Charles R. Goodman, Federal Transit Administration  Federal Land Agencies and Statewide Planning (P07-0460) Sandra Straehl, Montana Department of Transportation  Glacier National Park and the Transportation Planning Process (P07-0455) Gary Danczyk, Glacier National Park  U.S. Forest Service and the Transportation Planning Process (P07-0461) Paul T. Anderson, USDA Forest Service  Regional Transportation Planning Agency Perspective (P07-0470) Tom Brigham (HDR Engineering, formerly Alaska DOT) for Clay Schofield, Cape Cod Commission  Regional Transit Planning with a National Wildlife Refuge (P07-0467) Michael Horsting, Lee County, Florida

Session 743 - Transportation-Related Environmental Issues in Parks and Public Lands presided by Ellen G. LaFayette, USDA Forest Service.
 Behavioral Responses of Bison and Elk in Yellowstone to Snowmobiles and Snow Coaches (P07-0029) Amanda Hardy, Western Transportation Institute  Geotourism and the Crown of the Continent (P07-0287) James Dion, National Geographic Society  Air Quality Issues in Forest Lands (P07-0289) Rich Fisher, USDA Forest Service  Transportation-Related Fires on Public Lands (P07-0714) Charles G. Showers, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service

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Note that 2007 Annual meeting presentations will be posted at:http://refugedata.fws.gov/trb/documents.html 2. TRB Report. Kim Fisher, TRB Associate Director, Technical Activities Division also congratulated attending members noting that we are the newest standing committee which is a major accomplishment since not many task force groups have been granted this status. We will go through full committee rotation. Kim announced that the Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) Database will include all research need statements so that Committees can build on this database and provide a source of information for dissertations for future research. Kim is asking each Committee to appoint a person to identify and add research statements to the new database due by June 2007. The estimated attendance at this TRB 2007 Annual Meeting is approximately 11,000 (9,300 pre-registered). Kim indicated a need to stagger paper submissions since one deadline choked the TRB computer system. The theme of the January 2008 (January 13th-17th) is ―Partnerships for Progress in Transportation‖. Commercial exhibits will be permitted for the first time next year. Finally, if you are an author of a paper you will have access to all papers (19962006) for the use of citations. Awards were given to John Daigle for his work associated with this past years‘ paper review process. Ellen Layette and Gary Ritter received citations for coordinating annual meeting sessions for the committee. Eddie Gonzales received recognition for the National Park Foundation‘s work with the Ford Motor Company‘s Transportation Scholars. Franz Gimmler, Lewis Grimm, Katie Turnbull and Jim Evans received awards in recognition of their development of the proposal for full committee status of the task force. Carol mentioned the need to refresh the Committee now that the task force is concluding. The Committee will have twenty seats plus two additional slots opened to international members and two more for young memberships (under age 30). An attempt will be made to add representatives from state and local agencies to broaden the research perspective beyond federal lands and some contacts in that regard have already been made. 3. Land Units Reports—Recap of 2006 and Looking toward the Future - National Park Service, Jim Evans and Kevin Percival: Jim noted the most important activity underway by the NPS is the preparation of a ―white paper‖ concerning the reauthorization of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). NPS is actively working with the SAFETEA-LU Congressional High Priority Project earmarks involving 18 States and 55 projects estimated at a total cost of $160 million. Jim highlighted FY 2006 new project awards under the new Alternative Transportation Program in Parks and Public Lands. The NPS received 3

approximately $11.1 million out of $19 million awarded across the nation. A new call is our for FY 2007 projects that are due the middle of February 2007. - Department of Interior, Louis DeLorme: Discussed portion of the new Alternative Transportation Program in Parks and Public Lands allows for research. Louis stated that nearly $4 million ($2 million/year) is available. Louis indicated that he is meeting with the Federal Transit Administration and may want this Committee to help provide input into research proposals. - Fish and Wildlife Service, Sean Furniss (Refuge Roads Program Coordinator) gave a report on FY 2006 projects awarded under the new Alternative Transportation Program in the Parks and Public Lands. The Fish and Wildlife Service received $1,613,639 for 6 projects. Three (3) of the six (6) are vehicle and related facility replacement/rehabilitation projects and the other three (3) are for planning studies. Sean noted the very successful conference last summer in Shepherdstown on transportation. The refuge program is very interested in the environmental impacts associated with the use of dust suppressants on roads. They are working with Central Federal Lands Highway to see about having a 1 to 2 day workshop/conference on this topic in 2008. The U.S. Forest Service has been working with the National Conservation Training Center on presenting a wildlife and highway interactions course. The Fish and Wildlife Service is funding a trails inventory and condition assessment report as part of his road inventory program. They are the first federal agency that will have all their trails inventoried using the new interagency trail data standards (the blessings of having a small manageable program) The National Scenic Byways Conference will be held in Baltimore, MD, May 20-23. The International Conference on Ecology and Transportation will be held in May in Little Rock, AR. The National Trails Symposium will be held October 2008 in Little Rock. - Federal Lands, Bob Bini: (Federal Lands Highway Program [FLHP] Team Leader) reported on Chief Division Engineer personnel changes in two (2) division offices. Rick Suarez has been selected to lead Central Federal Lands Highway Division and Clara Connor to lead Western Federal Lands Highway Division. Also restructured the Headquarters Office in relation to program delivery and the way the program is managed. A major priority is stewardship and oversight with U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. This involves program management, risk assessment, program reviews and program assessment. Another major priority is reauthorization. FLHP prepared two white papers to the National

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Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission. The papers will be mad public in the future. They brought awareness to the Federal Lands Highway Program which is approximately $1 billion a year in needed investments. Bob announced that the Fish and Wildlife Refuge Roads Program completed the first approved Safety Management System which standardizes traffic safety data collection. 4. Mid-Year Meeting Plans, Carol Zimmerman, Battelle Katie Turnbull noted that with our new Committee status, that it would be a good opportunity to develop a three (3) to five (5) year strategic plan, and to welcome new Committee members. Members of the Committee will be asked to vote on one of the following sites for the mid-year meeting and to focus on strategic planning. Chicago, IL. July 7-9 (Sat.-Mon.). TRB Summer Conference with over 40 committees at Renaissance Chicago Hotel. Opportunity to interact with other committees. Could hold our strategy discussions before/after the conference. Few if any field trip opportunities for the committee's interests. Shepherdstown, W. VA. Date TBD. National Conservation Training Center. Advantage is a rural campus setting with rooms and meals at one location and an opportunity for field trip to Harpers Ferry and other public lands. Phil Shapiro of VHB has offered to guide a trip on the Potomac River by kayak, too. In July we can only get Friday/Saturday/Sunday (i.e. July 20-22). Sean Furniss will check for weekday availability in late June or early August. In your rankings, please rank this site for weekday and separately for weekend. Lakewood, CO: Date TBD. Central Federal Lands Highway Division. Susan Law of CFLHD has offered her location. NPS Denver Service Center is also close by. Susan says the Sheraton Lakewood is one of the closest hotels, but a little too far to be considered within walking distance. There are field trip opportunities to parks and other lands outside Denver or other parts of Colorado. Austin, TX. June 24-27 (Sun.-Wed.). International Low Volume Roads Conference at the Austin Marriott at the Capitol. The advantage is an opportunity to interact with these folks. There is the need to arrange meeting space for our strategy discussion. 5. Reports of Subcommittees - Research Subcommittee, Steve Albert, Western Transportation Institute: Steve provided a meeting summary of the Subcommittee‘s minutes of January 11, 2007. Steve recommended that the Subcommittee can help the Department of Interior (DOI) with a research strategy. This is response to Louis DeLormes‘ earlier presentation that DOI and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) have not

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built a process. Steve reviewed the report for members of the Committee (Appendix C). Lewis Grimm of PBS&J recommended that the Committee devote time to this subject at the mid-year meeting. Phil Shapiro of VHB noted the Transit Planning Study nearly completed for FTA for federal land management agencies. Bob Bini discussed funding provided under the Coordinated Federal Lands Highway Technology Implementation Program or CTIP that provides funding and a forum for identifying, studying, documenting, and transferring new technology to the transportation community. Finally Steve mentioned the Western Transportation Institute‘s work on Central Federal Lands Highway Division‘s Transportation Toolkit for Federal Land Mangers. - Outreach Subcommittee, Sean Furniss, Fish and Wildlife Service: Sean is maintaining the Committee‘s web site [http://refugedata.fws.gov/trb/ ]. Sean discussed the need for outreach to other committees such as Ecology and Transportation (ADC30); Environmental Analysis in Transportation (ADC10); Task Force on Ecology and Transportation (ADC30T); Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Cities (ADA30); Winter Maintenance (AHD65); Bicycle Transportation (ANF20) and Pedestrians (ANF10). 6. Session Planning for 2008 Annual Meeting, Carol Zimmerman, Battelle: Carol noted the theme of the January 2008 (January 13th-17th) is ―Partnerships for Progress in Transportation‖. Bill Withuhn volunteered to preside and form a session on context sensitive design or solutions (―CSS‖). He cited the work by Mt. Rainier National Parks and Going-to-the-Sun road in Glacier National Park. The theme could be CSS 19162016 or ―Context Sensitive Solutions for transportation and mobility in the National Parks – Centennial Challenge 1916-2016‖. Bill will check into sponsorship with the Transportation History Committee (ABG50); Landscape and Environmental Design (AFB40); and, Task Force on Context Sensitive Design/Solutions (AFB40T). Carol noted that the Committee on Environmental Analysis in Transportation would be interested in potentially co-sponsoring a session. Mark Kross (Mark.Kross@modot.mo.gov) is the committee chair. In response to the question about our call for papers due to TRB in May, Steve Albert noted a couple of recommendations made by the research subcommittee: ―Methods for incorporating disparate information from multiple transportation management systems in resource allocation and investment decision making as part of the planning process‖ and ―Low-cost innovative data collection techniques to support improved performance measurement and planning process.‖

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There was a recommendation to have a panel devoted to reauthorization of SAFETEA-LU. Gary Ritter will attempt to set up a research oriented workshop on ―How to Leverage University Transportation Research Programs.‖ Gary also recommended a panel on the Ford Motor Company and National Park Foundation partnership. Steve Albert also noted two other potential workshops. The ―planning, implementation and funding of integrated approaches to support transit, cycling, pedestrians, and road use‖ and ―Quality of service performance measurement and visitor experience.‖ Gary Danczyk suggested a session on partnerships with local agencies and shared use of fleets. 7. Liaison reports, All Thomas Brigham of HDR Engineering (Formerly Planning Director of Alaska DOT) discussed items related to his lead with the Committees on Transportation System Policy, Planning and Process and Transportation Programming, Planning and Systems Evaluation. 8. Presentations: The following presentations were made and three of the four will be posted on the committee Web site. Steve Albert talked from notes and did not use slides. Alternative Transportation Parks and Public Lands (ATPPL), Julie Atkins, FTA. Discussion of the process and potential for research. An Interpretive Study of Yosemite National Park Visitor‘s Perspectives Toward Alternative Transportation in Yosemite Valley, Jim Evans for Kevin Percival, NPS. Partnerships on Federal Lands: 1) Promoting Bicycle Use and 2) Dust Control, Steve Albert, WTI. Update on Going-to-the-Sun Rehabilitation: Transit and ITS, Gary Danzyck, NPS. General discussion followed several of the presentations. Steve Albert and Sean Furniss expressed strong interest in a workshop or conference on the effects of dust suppressants in terms of the impact on fish and wildlife, agriculture, plants and tourism.

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Susan Law talked about a CTIP study on ―Promoting Bike Use in Federal Lands‖. The study will look at resources available for planning to design to implementation. 9. Other business and announcements Upcoming Conferences: Among the many exciting conferences being held in 2007 are: TRB 2006 Summer Conference will be held July 9-11, 2006 in La Jolla, California. 11th National Transportation Planning Applications Conference, May 6-9, 2007, Daytona Beach, FL 2007 Joint Summer Meeting, July 7-9, 2007, Chicago, Illinois 3rd National/1st International Conference on Performance Measurement, September 10-12, 2007, Irvine, CA New Directions in Asset Management and Economic Analysis: 7th National Conference on Asset Management, November 6-8, 2007, New Orleans, LA Meaningful Transit Input into Transportation Planning and Land Use: Best Practices, August 26-28, 2007, Denver, CO More information on these and all the other TRB Conferences may be found at http://trb.org/calendar/ Paper Publication and Award Decisions: The final paper publication decisions are due on February 1. Each committee is also asked to nominate papers for the Fred Burggraf Paper Award (which recognizes excellence in transportation research by researchers 35 years of age or younger), Pyke Johnson Paper Award ( for the outstanding paper published in the field of transportation systems planning and administration), and Charley V Wooten Paper Award ( for the outstanding paper in the field of policy and organization.) These nominations are also due on February 1. 10. Adjourn at 12:00

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Appendix A - Attendees Committee Members: Carol Zimmerman, Battelle, Chair Steve Albert, Western Transportation Institute Bob Bini, FHWA, Federal Lands Highway Don Durkee, unaffiliated Ron Eck, West Virginia University Jim Evans, National Park Service Sean Furniss, US Fish and Wildlife Service Franz Gimmler, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Lewis Grimm, PBS&J Laura Loomis, National Parks Conservation Association Gary Ritter, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center Katie Turnbull, Texas Transportation Institute Bill Withuhn, Smithsonian Institution Friends and Visitors: Beth Isler, Resource Systems Group Wim Tilburg, AVV Research Center Lawrence Harman, Bridgewater State College Chris Jaeschke, Eastern Federal Lands Highway Fred Bowers, Eastern Federal Lands A.J. Nedzesky, FHWA Central Federal Lands Sean Kennedy, VHB Joe Wilkinson, Chaparral Systems L.J. Wilkinson, Chaparral Systems Shawn Turner, Texas Transportation Institute Marsha Anderson Bomar, Street Smarts Christopher Upchurch, University of Utah David Kack, Western Transportation Institute Chris Strong, Western Tranportation Institute David Anspacher, Vanasse Hngen Brustlin Ted Morris, University of Minnesota Melissa Baker, University of Montana Lisa Ballard, Glacier Transportation Scholar Barney O‘Quinn, Arcadis Anne Dunning, Clemson University Gary Danczyk, Glacier National Park A.T. Stoddard, LSC Transportation Consultants Olga Selezneva, ARA Transportation Rebecca Gleason, Western Transportation Institute Bill Byrne, David Evans and Associates Allen Ibaugh, Data Transfer Solutions Frank DeLuca, H.W. Lochner Ray Stokes, Burgess & Niple

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Cindy Cornell-Martinez, Chaparral Systems Rich Speir, Applied Research Associates Susan Law, FHWA Central Federal Lands Richard Schaffer, Cochise County, AZ Jayne Schaeffer, National Park Service-Intermountain Region Phil Shapiro, VHB Julie Atkins, FTA Marcel Porras, UCLA Adina Ringles, UCLA Tom Brigham, HDR Engineering Jonathan Upchurch, National Park Transportation Scholar

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APPENDIX B TRB COMMITTEE ADA40 TRANSPORTATION NEEDS OF NATIONAL PARKS AND PUBLIC LANDS
Annual Committee Meeting

Washington Hilton and Towers Room TBD Washington, DC January 22, 2007 8:00 AM-12:00 PM AGENDA 8:00-8:15 Welcome and Introductions 8:15-8:30Overview of Committee activities since January, 2006 Carol Zimmerman, Battelle 8:30-8:45TRB Report, Kim Fisher, TRB 8:45-9:15Land Units Reports—Recap of 2006 and Looking toward the Future - National Park Service, Jim Evans and Kevin Percival - Fish and Wildlife Service, Sean Furniss - Forest Service, Ellen Lafayette - Federal Lands, Bob Bini 9:15-9:30Mid-year meeting plans, Carol Zimmerman, Battelle 9:30-10:00 Reports of Subcommittees - Research Subcommittee, Steve Albert, Western Transportation Institute - Outreach Subcommittee, Sean Furniss, Fish and Wildlife Service 10:00-10:15Break for 15 minutes 10:15-10:30Session Planning for 2008 Annual Meeting, Carol Zimmerman, Battelle 10:30-10:45 10:45-11:00 Liaison reports, All Alternative Transportation Parks and Public Lands (ATPPL), Julie Atkins, FTA. Discussion of the process and potential for research. An Interpretive Study of Yosemite National Park Visistor‘s Perspectives Toward Alternative Transportation in Yosemite Valley, Kevin Percival, NPS.

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11:15-11:30Partnerships on Federal Lands: 1) Promoting Bicycle Use and 2) Dust Control, Steve Albert, WTI. 11

11:30-11:45Update on Going-to-the-Sun Rehabilitation: Transit and ITS, Gary Danzyck, NPS. 11:45-12:00Other business and announcements (15 minutes), All 12:00 Adjourn

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Appendix C: Research Subcommittee Meeting Minutes January 11, 2007. Participants: Kevin Percival, William Withuhn, Gary Ritter, Steve Albert Unable to Participate due to schedule conflict: Don Durkee, John Daigle, Ellen Fafayette, Lewis Grimm Agenda Topic Research Topics Description and Action Participates discussed various conceptual research ideas and identified the following short list:  Best Practices on Integrating Transit, Cycling and Roads in National Parks and Public Lands  Role of Trails in Supporting Integrated Alternative Transportation Services in National Parks and Public Lands  Best Practices of Shared Use Transit Fleets in National Parks and Public Lands  Best Practices of ITS and Traveler Information in National Parks and Public Lands A suggestion was made by members to recommend assistance and to provide input on ATPPL long-term research priority needs in National Parks and Public Lands Also discussed was the need to develop a research road-map for the Committee that could used for guidance and prioritization. Future TRB Workshops Building on the above research topics the participants recommended that a workshop on  the planning, implementation and funding of ―integrated approaches‖ to support transit, cycling, pedestrians, and road use would be of benefit to National Parks and Public Lands

Future TRB Paper Solicitation

Quality of service performance measurement and visitor experience (congestion, facilaties, financial and resources) Participates discussed various conceptual solicitation ideas and identified the following short list:  Methods for incorporating disparate information from multiple transportation management systems (i.e., bridge, pavement, safety, congestion, and transit) in resource allocation and investment decision making as part of the planning process.  Low-cost innovative data collection techniques to support improved performance measurement and planning process

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Future Panels

TRB Research Problem Statement Database L:\Outreach\2005_2007 Outreach\TRB NPS\Research Subcom teleconf Jan 07.doc

Develop partnership with other TRB Committees (3) to support a panel on Context Sensitive Design in National Parks and Public Lands. Steve Albert was volunteered by the members to perform this function.

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