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TRB DR Conference is April 15-17, 2019

Hope to see you at the TRB International Conference on Demand Response Transportation, April 15-17, 2019 in Baltimore MD.   

Join us as we explore the latest research and practice in the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of Demand Responsive (DR) transportation systems around the world. DR systems include Dial-a ride, Ride hail, Jitney, Taxi, Limousine, and Paratransit services. 

Register by March 15th at 

Why should you attend the TRB Demand-Response Transportation Conference?

  • DR Systems will continue to play a major role in the roll-ot of electric and autonomous vehicles as DR fleet vehicles.
  • As an agency professional, this conference is a one-stop opportunity to learn how systems across the globe are managing rising costs and increased demand for service.
  • As an academic, you can expect to hear of ever expanding research opportunities to support the optimization of DR services.
  • As a transportation service provider, this conference offers an opportunity to learn how other communities have managed funding, policy, providers and government support to create their financially-sustainable DR system solution.

Abstracts Needed for TRB Demand-Response Transportation Conference

We need to learn from you!  Abstracts within the conference themes below are now due on Halloween, before midnight October 31, 2018  - submit at  


  • Profiling Current Demand Responsive Transit Systems: This theme profiles operating systems as they are.  Topics include comparing/ contrasting innovation in policies, funders, service providers, passenger groups and system management.
  • Researching Service Delivery Models: This theme profiles DR systems as they could be: What facilities, technologies, vehicles and policies are required for an efficient and effective DR system. What are the common features of successful DR partnerships between transportation modes: All-day neighborhood circulators, first mile, last mile? How are these services coordinated?
  • Connecting DR Passengers: Here we consider how systems coordinate passenger travel. Profiling examples of technological innovations in accessibility, scheduling, e-hailing, trip payments. The current and future role of smart phone apps in coordinating multi-modal services will be profiled.
  • Data: These sessions profile the impact of business intelligence and data analytics on DR Transit Systems. We look at the availability of Open Data, Developing Bench-marking DR Services and DR Performance Measures.
  • Vehicles: The recent experience of micro transit vehicles is that they are expensive, with shorter life cycles, lower durability than standard transit vehicles. Initial deployments of electric and/or autonomous DR vehicles is also part of this theme.
  • Legal and Regulatory: What are the regulatory factors/considerations when developing Mobility on Demand services in a community. How can local, state and federal agencies better manage the supply of mobility solutions for passengers in various modal environments?

Sponsoring this conference can highlight your Demand-Response Transportation Solution

Sponsors were vital to the success of the 2014 and 2016 TRB International Conferences on Demand Response Transportation.  For information on the benefits of sponsorship, please contact Steve Yaffe at or 803-398-9100

Past TRB Demand Response Conference Links

Key Dates

  • Call For Abstracts Opens July 20, 2018
  • Submission Deadline Oct 31, 2018
  • Advice to Presenters: Nov 30, 2018
  • Registration Opens: July 1, 2018
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline: Feb 8, 2019 - Register at
  • Advance Registration Deadline: March 15, 2019