Greetings ABC30 committee friends and members. I hope you had a good year thus far. I welcome all new and existing members as the committee rotated its membership for the next three years and thank those who have served the committee so diligently over the past years. Your support and work was invaluable.
Our committee had a very busy year already. I hope many of you enjoyed our solid program at the annual meeting in DC, as well as the excellent information shared at our 4th International Performance Measurement Conference this May in Irvine, CA. Thank you all who made the 4th International Performance Measurement Conference such a big success. I have received strong, positive response on how productive the conference has been. The interaction of our many private sector speakers with public sector participants was noted as especially dynamic and informative and we hope to share some of this at the next annual TRB meeting.
I would also like to thank our many international attendees who traveled far to contribute and attend as I would like to thank our Japanese friends who attended despite their difficult situation back home. Special thanks also to our financial sponsors FHWA and FTA, my conference co-chair Sue McNeil, our TRB liaisons Martine Micozzi, and Matt Miller and all the members of the Conference Planning Committee who did an excellent job in organizing this conference.
ABC30 committee meeting was also held at Irvine, CA right after the closing of the 4th International Performance Measurement Conference on Friday, May 20, 2011. The meeting (and conference call) served as our official summer meeting and was well attended and provide me with good directions for the coming year. One outcome was to deploy a survey to document the expertise and interests from friends and members to help me and the subcommittee chairs to better manage and achieve ABC30 committee goals including the paper review assignments.
As you may have already heard, Ramkumar Venkatanarayana, ABC30 paper review chair for the past six years, is leaving transportation to pursue his personal passion. On behalf of the ABC30 committee, I want to thank him for his service to TRB and wish him all the best. He will be greatly missed by all. I would like to thank Tiffany Barkley, who has agreed to take on the paper review lead role with support from Sreenath Gangula. Both are brand new, young members and are commended for taking on this challenging task. Please welcome them and provide your support in reviewing the assigned papers as they contact you this August.
Another new member, and new Session Planning Subcommittee co-chair, Hugh Louch, also hit the ground running and collaborated with several of you in turning in a proposal for a one day workshop at the 2012 TRB ABC30 annual meeting on national performance measure for reauthorization. Other annual meeting session planning activities are also underway.
As you can see, from our brand new members and friends to our more “seasoned” members and friends, all of you play a critical part in moving our committee’s work forward. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey that was sent to you by Tiffany Barkley and indicate which area of our work you would like to contribute to.
In closing, I wish you a great summer and fall. Please contact me if you have any questions.