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ITF and TRB agree to enhance partnership

The ITF and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) will further develop the longstanding co-operation between the two organisations. At a meeting in Washington, D.C. on 14 January during TRB’s 98th Annual Meeting, ITF Secretary-General Young Tae Kim and Neil Pedersen, Executive Director of TRB, highlighted the successful co-operation in past years and emphasised their joint intention to further enhance the existing collaboration in mutually beneficial and pragmatic ways.

“The Transportation Research Board and the International Transport Forum are natural partners”, said ITF’s Kim. “Both our organisations seek to improve transport through research, bringing together experts and offering policy advice. Close co-operation will benefit both.”

The ITF has been participating in, and contributing to, TRB conferences with its own research findings and policy analyses for many years. In 2019, it is contributing to a broad range of topics at TRB. The ITF and TRB are also collaborating to provide the research community with TRID, the world’s largest and most comprehensive source of transport research information. TRB is strongly engaged in the organisation of the Pre-Summit Research Day of ITF’s Annual Summmit.

Secretary-General Kim also met with representatives from the American Public Transport Association (APTA) on 14 January. The Association represents a variety of transport organisations throughout the US and aims to promote public transport availability and access.

The TRB is one of seven programme units of the United States’ National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Founded in 1920, TRB facilitates the sharing of information on transportation practice and policy, stimulates research, provides expert advice, disseminates research results broadly and encourages their implementation.

The TRB’s Annual Meeting is the world’s largest transport conference. The 2019 TRB brings together more than 13 000 transport experts from around the world this week.

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