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Call for Papers

TRB 2016 Annual Meeting, January 10-14, 2016 | Washington, D.C.

Select Subject Areas: Travel Behavior, Travel Modeling, Public Health Analysis and Modeling, Policy

The Health and Transportation Subcommittee of the Transportation Research Board seeks research papers enhancing the use of transportation and land use modeling tools in examining health outcomes. We welcome both development of theoretical frameworks and innovative use of theory in practical applications to improve our knowledge.

Examples of research questions in the context of this call may include but are not limited to:

  • How do the models, methods or tools help bridge the gap between health and transportation?

How much increase in walking and biking can be expected with specific types of ped/bike infrastructure or public transit improvements? 

How much do bike share programs increase physical activity and reduce automobile use? 

How much do Safe Routes to Schools programs increase walking and biking in children and in adults? (See 

How can the Integrated Transport and Health Impact Modelling Tool (ITHIM, be used to model changes in physical activity, injuries, and air pollution exposure with transportation infrastructure changes? 

How can forecast models used by MPOs better incorporate walking, biking, and transit usage? 

What are the best methods to gather data on walking and biking – surveys, automated monitors, etc? 

  • How do transportation networks (local, regional, and global) affect disease spread/vectors? 

Activity based modeling and other simulation/mathematical modeling of spread, with a focus on transport’s role  

Real-time modeling of outbreaks through transport systems to inform public policy in the control of infectious diseases

Models to quantify the risk disease spread in transport systems 

Models to optimize the use of surveillance and intervention resources to manage outbreaks which spread through transport systems 

What role does transportation play in enabling access to health care and medical facilities, and are there any systematic inequalities?

Models to examine space (and spatiotemporal) access to any range of locations with consideration of transportation infrastructure in rural/urban environments  

Models to quantify and assess the ability of emergency medical services (ambulance and aeromedical modes) to serve populations under various transportation network conditions 

Papers for publication and/or presentation must be submitted by August 1, 2015. Submission of complete papers, conforming to TRB standards and format, is required for consideration. Papers may be submitted for presentation only. Each paper will be peer-reviewed according to TRB procedures. TRB paper specifications and submittal information can be found online at ( 

At the bottom of the TRB paper submission form, please indicate your paper is intended for the Health and Transportation Subcommittee (ADD50-01). Be sure to include the Subcommittee name and number. 

For more information on this call for papers contact: Ed Christopher, Federal Highway Administration,, Eloisa Raynault, Planning Communities,, or Ipek N. Sener, Texas A&M Transportation Institute,