If you live and breathe transportation issues, next week is for you.

Every year thousands of people descend on Washington for the annual meeting of the Transportation Reseach Board, a division of the nonprofit National Research Council. Organizers are expecting more than 11,000 people this year, ranging from journalists to trade association employees, academics, students, government officials and business people.

The event, which is being spread out over three hotels — the Marriott Wardman Park, the Omni Shoreham and the Hilton Washington— will feature about 650 workshops flowing from the theme “Transportation, Putting Innovation and People to Work.” Sessions are scheduled from Sunday through Thursday on everything from aviation to cycling to pavement to pedestrians to pipelines.

The event is so big that it even has a special welcome session for new attendees to help them make sense of it all.

Journalist Earl Swift, author of a book on the creation of the American Interstate system, will deliver an address during the Chairman’s Luncheon on Wednesday, which is billed as “the premier event and the largest gathering at the meeting.”

Full information is available on the Transportation Research Board's Web site. Registration is available by day or for the entire meeting and the cost varies according to how much of it you plan to attend.