Call Title

Uses of Multiple Data Sets for Transportation Planning

Sponsoring Committee

Census Data for Transportation Planning Subcommittee of the Urban Transportation Data and Information Systems Committee, ABJ30(1)

Call Description

The Census Data for Transportation Planning Subcommittee of the Urban Transportation Data and Information Systems Committee, ABJ30(1) invites you to submit posters for a session focusing on the innovative use of multiple data sets including Census data for transportation planning and related applications. Posters will be displayed at the TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, January 2016. Authors of the most innovative posters may be invited to present at the subcommittee meeting.


Data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau is used to develop various products that support transportation planning. Examples include the American Community Survey (ACS), Census Transportation Planning Products (CTPP), Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD), and Economic Census County Business Patterns. In order to address increasingly complex planning issues such as equity, multi-modal mobility, and economic development, transportation planners often incorporate data from multiple sources for their analyses including non-Census sources.

To explore these issues, the Subcommittee is interested in learning about new and innovative uses of Census data sets as well as potentially other data sets that can enhance Census data. This is also an opportunity to share the challenges and lessons learned from trying to integrate disparate data sets. The Subcommittee is interested in posters that address using different types of Census data together as well as using Census data in conjunction with non-Census data.

Evaluation Criteria

A broad range of abstracts relating to the topic are welcome. Preference will be given to posters which emphasize the following:

A session-development panel will review all abstracts to identify those that most effectively demonstrate innovative analyses and communicate techniques that convey the value of how multiple data sets can complement each other. The subcommittee hopes to identify posters representing a diverse array of uses and applications. Applicants will be notified in late-September of their selection.

Poster Session Guidelines

Those selected for this session will prepare a poster for presentation at the 2016 Annual Meeting in January. Participants are not required to prepare a paper. Each presenter will be provided with a table and a 4' x 8' vertical panel for displaying posters and other materials. An electrical connection will be available at each station. Telephone and internet connections will not be available. TRB's guidelines for poster presenters is not yet available, but it is expected that all guidelines once available should be followed. Presenters are expected to attend and participate in this session. Presentation teams are welcome.

Submission Instructions

A special deadline for submittals has been established. Interested candidates should submit an abstract explaining their project and poster concept by 11:59 pm EDT on Friday, September 11, 2015. The abstract should be no more than a single one-sided page in length (approximately 500 words) and include:

You are welcome to include links to on-line materials that illustrate visualization or graphic communication concepts described in your abstract but this will not substitute for the information requested in the abstract.

The subcommittee will not consider sales presentations on products or services.

Abstracts should be in a PDF format and submitted to:

Mara Kaminowitz
mkaminowitz at baltometro dot org

Include the term "ABJ30(1) Poster Abstract" in the subject line.

For More Information

Questions about the poster session or the abstract submittal process should be directed to:

Clara Reschovsky
clara.reschovsky at

Mara Kaminowitz
mkaminowitz at baltometro dot org