Mike Walton Appointed to Future Interstate Study Committee
The Transportation Research Board—one of seven program units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine—has initiated the Future Interstate Study and asked Dr. Mike Walton to serve on the study’s committee. Required by the federal FAST Act of 2015, this study will determine the actions needed to upgrade and restore the nation’s Interstate Highway System. This crucial highway network was completed in 1956. While the system is less than 10% longer than it was 60 years ago, the number of drivers using it has tripled and the vehicle miles traveled has quintupled. To guide this 30-month study and author its report, the National Academies appointed a committee of 14 experts with balanced backgrounds and perspectives in transportation policy and planning in both urban and rural contexts, travel demand, highway construction and operations, traffic safety, modeling, environmental and community impact mitigation, economic development, supply chains and goods movement, funding, equity and access to economic opportunity, multimodal transportation, and advanced vehicle technologies. To this mix of public and private sector experts, Dr. Walton brings the expertise in transportation system engineering and intelligent transportation systems for which he is renowned.