Another Successful Performance Measurement Conference! Katie Turnbull, Texas Transportation Institute The Transportation Research Board’s 4th International Transportation Systems Performance Measurement Conference was held May 18-20, 2011 at the Beckman Center in Irvine, California. The conference was sponsored by the TRB Performance Measurement Committee, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Federal Transit Administration. The conference theme – driving change and being driven by change – reflected the changing environment for delivering transportation services and the role of performance measurement in delivering those services. Over 125 transportation professionals spent three days discussing the current state of performance measurement, future challenges and opportunities, and research needs. The conference format included general sessions, breakout sessions, and a poster session/reception. Participants heard updates from key national, state, and regional agency representatives. Speakers in the general sessions included Steve Heminger, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission; Deborah Miller, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation; and Paula Hammond, Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation. Jeff Paniati, Executive Director of the Federal Highway Administration, discussed moving toward a performance-based federal aid highway program. Other speakers provided insights into the use of performance-based measures in the private sector and updates on university research activities. Cheryl Fulginiti from UPS gave a very interesting presentation on Driving Change at UPS. Speakers from Japan, Germany, The Netherlands, and South Africa provided an international perspective on the use of transportation performance measures. The breakout sessions provided the opportunity for additional presentations on emerging topics of interest and the discussion of research needs. Congratulations to the conference planning team and co-chairs Daniela Bremmer, Washington State Department of Transportation, and Sue McNeil, University of Delaware, for organizing a very successful conference. The level of interest and the quality of the discussions remained high throughout the three days! The conference’s daily chronicles and PowerPoint presentations have been linked to the final program posted on the conference website. Please visit the site and select the presenters whose names are highlighted in royal blue.
Katie Turnbull, Texas Transportation Institute