I had the opportunity to attend the 2018 TRB annual meeting to present a research project involving distracted pedestrian behaviors at signalized intersections. During the time at TRB I attended several committee meetings to see where the future of transportation is heading, a few of the committees I attended were the pedestrian research, intelligent transportation systems and the truck and bus committees. I gained a lot of valuable insight that relates to my current research project, and plenty of insight on what the results from the pedestrian paper meant. One of the most interesting things about some of the poster and technical presentations was the human factor associated with transportation engineering. The social sciences play a huge role in bicycle and pedestrian research. TRB was also a great networking experience, getting to know people from all around the country and discuss transportation issues when discussing their research during the poster session. Overall, the conference was a success for our research lab at NAU with two of our papers being considered for publication within the Transportation Research Record.
Alongside two other ITE members we enjoyed the hotels happy hour and potbelly sandwiches for our whole stay. In my professional opinion the grilled chicken cheddar was the standout sandwich at the 3 different potbelly locations we tried.