Our future world could manifest itself in a variety of ways. The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Foresight 750 Series examines long-term and emerging trends, including socio-demographic trends, technology and climate change and their potential effects on transportation infrastructure needs, delivery and funding.

To help us prepare for how these drivers of change might combine and collide in the next 30-50 years, the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) launched its first-ever War Game. The purpose of this quick, scenario-based transportation planning competition is to draw in numerous perspectives from the public and private sectors to develop potential approaches and solutions to difficult transportation challenges. In addition to participating departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations, other teams will be formed representing goods delivery (think businesses like Amazon and UPS), shared mobility, regional transit and original equipment manufacturers.

During this highly interactive session on Sunday, Jan. 7, teams will be tasked with selecting one or more transportation technologies, then outlining necessary supporting public policies and market forces to implement the technology that will achieve the greatest societal outcomes, such as decreasing greenhouse gases, improving access to jobs, increasing safety and social equity. After teams have developed their solutions — based off real-life simulations and constraints within a future environment — they’ll pitch them to a multidisciplinary judge’s panel.


Registration for our premiere War Game has closed, but you can find out more about how long-range scenario planning can help organizations prepare for the future.

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Julie Lorenz leads the strategic consulting and public engagement services for the Transportation Group at Burns & McDonnell. She has more than 20 years of experience in communications, public affairs and policy development in the transportation industry.