|Transit Station and Stop Adoption Programs
May 1, 2013
TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis 103: Transit Station and Stop Adoption Programs explores transit agency programs in which local organizations, individuals, or other partners “adopt” a transit station or stop and receive recognition or incentives in exchange for, periodically, performing duties such as removing litter, maintaining vegetation, or reporting suspicious a...
|SmartGAP User’s Guide
April 30, 2013
TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Capacity Project C16 has released a prepublication, non-edited version of the SmartGAP User’s Guide. SmartGAP is a scenario planning software tool that synthesizes households and firms in a region and determines their travel demand characteristics based on their built environment and transportation policies. SHRP 2 Capacity Project C16 ha...
|The Effect of Smart Growth Policies on Travel Demand
April 11, 2013
TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Capacity Project C16 has released a prepublication, non-edited version of a report titled The Effect of Smart Growth Policies on Travel Demand that explores the underlying relationships among households, firms, and travel demand. The report also describes a regional scenario planning tool that can be used to evaluate the i...
|Meeting Critical Data Needs for Decision Making in State and Metropolitan Transportation Agencies
April 7, 2013
TRB’s Conference Proceedings on the Web 9: Meeting Critical Data Needs for Decision Making in State and Metropolitan Transportation Agencies summarizes the result of a December 2011 conference in Irvine, California, that was designed to increase the understanding of the data needs of today’s transportation decision makers. The conference also focused on strategies to help ensure that essential ...
|Transitions to Alternative Vehicles and Fuels
March 21, 2013
The Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, part of the National Academies’ Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS), has release a report that finds that by the year 2050, the United States may be able to reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent for light-duty vehicles -- cars and small trucks -- via a combination of more efficient vehicles; the us...
|Underground Engineering for Sustainable Urban Development
March 11, 2013
The Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, part of the National Academies’ Division on Earth and Life Studies (DELS) has released a report that finds that sustainable urban development is dependent on coordinating and managing underground infrastructure--such as utilities, transportation networks, and building foundations--as part of an integrated, above- and below-ground system. The report exp...
|Environmental Justice, Social Factors, and Gender-Related Issues in Transportation 2012
February 24, 2013
TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2320 contains 13 papers concerned with environmental justice, social factors and gender-related issues in transportation including the impact of environmental justice on transportation; spatial analysis of income disparities in pedestrian safety; activity-based travel models and transportation equity analyse...
|Guide for the Process of Managing Risk on Rapid Renewal Projects
February 14, 2013
TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Renewal Project R09 has released a prepublication, non-edited version of a report titled Guide for the Process of Managing Risk on Rapid Renewal Projects that describes a formal and structured risk management approach specifically for rapid renewal design and construction projects that is designed to help adequately and efficiently antici...
|Finance, Pricing, Economics, and Equity Issues, 2012
February 14, 2013
TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2297 consists of 21 papers that examine transportation finance, pricing, economics, and equity issues. Specific topics include a marginal-cost vehicle mileage fee; equity of fees for vehicle miles; relationships between vehicle miles and economic activity; equity effects of congestion pricing; impact fee eff...
|Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative
November 7, 2012
The Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, part of the National Academies’ Division on Policy and Global Affairs (PGA), has released a report that defines "national resilience," describes the state of knowledge about resilience to hazards and disasters, and frames the main issues related to increasing resilience in the United States. The report also provide goals, baseline condit...
|Transit 2012, Volume 1, Including 2012 Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lecture
October 23, 2012
TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2274 issue contains the 2012 Thomas B. Deen distinguished lecture on the future of public transportation. This issue also contains 20 other papers that explore the business plan approach of a transportation agency; distribution of federal transit funds; Friday exceptions in weekday schedules for urban transi...
|Corps of Engineers Water Resources Infrastructure: Deterioration, Investment, or Divestment?
October 10, 2012
The Water Science and Technology Board, part of the National Academies’ Division on Earth and Life Sciences (DELS) has released a report that explores the status of operations, maintenance, and rehabilitation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ water resources infrastructure, and identifies options for the Corps and the nation in setting maintenance and rehabilitation priorities. DELS, like TR...
|Procurement of Airport Development and Planning Contracts
September 18, 2012
TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Legal Research Digest 16: Procurement of Airport Development and Planning Contracts provides guidance on how to determine which requirements apply to any given procurement process. The report also includes an overview of the consequences for noncompliance with procurement laws or regulations in order to help airports better understand the inhere...
|Evaluating the Effectiveness of Offshore Safety and Environmental Management Systems
August 29, 2012
TRB Special Report 309: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Offshore Safety and Environmental Management Systems recommends that the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) take a holistic approach to evaluating the effectiveness offshore oil and gas industry operators’ Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) programs. According to the report, this approach should, at a min...
|Local Policies and Practices That Support Safe Pedestrian Environments
August 8, 2012
TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 436: Local Policies and Practices That Support Safe Pedestrian Environments documents various tools and strategies used by municipalities to improve the safety, convenience, and accessibility of the pedestrian experience.
|Climate Change and Transportation: Summary of Key Information
July 17, 2012
TRB's Transportation Research Circular E-C164: Climate Change and Transportation: Summary of Key Information highlights the key findings of a variety of studies on the subject of climate change and its ramifications for the transportation sector conducted by the National Research Council, the principal operating agency of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Enginee...
|Climate Change: Evidence, Impacts, and Choices
July 15, 2012
The National Research Council has released a new booklet and video designed to help the public gain a better understanding of what is known about climate change. The new resources are based on a number of independent reports from the National Research Council that represent the consensus of experts who have reviewed hundreds of studies describing many years of accumulating evidence. The 3...
|Considering and Evaluating Airport Privatization
May 29, 2012
TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 66: Considering and Evaluating Airport Privatization addresses the potential advantages and disadvantages of implementing various approaches to airport privatization. The report covers a range of potential privatization options and highlights case studies conducted at a variety of airports both within the United States and internationally...
|Achieving Airport-Compatible Land Uses and Minimizing Hazardous Obstructions in Navigable Airspace
May 21, 2012
TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Legal Research Digest 14: Achieving Airport-Compatible Land Uses and Minimizing Hazardous Obstructions in Navigable Airspace discusses airport-compatible land-use requirements, the legal issues related to achieving airport compatible land use, and legal issues particular to eliminating hazardous obstructions to airspace. The report also inc...
|Better, Safer Bridges For When the Earth Shakes
April 9, 2012
In regions across the nation, bridge engineers know that the next major seismic event is coming—maybe tomorrow, maybe centuries from now. DOTs have the critical charge of designing for earthquakes and protecting the lives of travelers.
|Ridesharing as a Complement to Transit
April 2, 2012
TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis 98: Ridesharing as a Complement to Transit explores current practices in using ridesharing to complement public transit and highlights ways to potentially enhance ridesharing and public transit.
|Guidebook for Understanding Urban Goods Movement
March 15, 2012
TRB’s National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) Report 14: Guidebook for Understanding Urban Goods Movement is designed to help facilitate decisions that accommodate and expedite urban goods movement while minimizing the environmental impact and community consequences of goods movement. The guidebook and cases studies are designed to help decision makers better understand the potent...
|Airport Industry Familiarization and Training for Part-Time Airport Policy Makers
December 15, 2011
TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 58: Airport Industry Familiarization and Training for Part-Time Airport Policy Makers highlights policy issues affecting airport administrative and operational decisions. The report is designed to provide airport policy leaders, stakeholders, and policy-related decision makers with a common framework to understand airport administrative a...
|Renewable Fuel Standard: Potential Economic and Environmental Effects of U.S. Biofuel Policy
December 9, 2011
The National Research Council has released a report that evaluates the economic and environmental consequences of increasing biofuels production as a result of the Renewable Fuels Standard, as amended by the Energy Independence and Security Act (RFS2). The report describes biofuels produced in 2010 and those projected to be produced and consumed by 2022, reviews model projections and other esti...
|Guide to Improving Capability for Systems Operations and Management
November 22, 2011
TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Report S2-L06-RR-2 Guide to Improving Capability for Systems Operations and Management examines the way transportation agencies should be organized to successfully execute operations programs that improve travel time reliability. After the guide was submitted for publication, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Of...
|Offshore Wind Energy Projects: Summary of a Workshop
November 4, 2011
TRB Conference Proceedings on the Web 4: Offshore Wind Energy Projects: Summary of a Workshop summarizes a March 2010 workshop held in Washington, D.C., that examined the processes use by the former Minerals Management Service (MMS) for selecting and managing certified verification agents (CVAs) and for identifying appropriate standards for assuring good engineering judgment and practice; for r...
|Policy Options for Reducing Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from U.S. Transportation
October 28, 2011
TRB Special Report 307: Policy Options for Reducing Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from U.S. Transportation examines the potential for policies to yield major changes in transportation energy use and emissions trends by policy measures targeting cars and light trucks, medium and heavy trucks, and commercial airliners. These three modes are by far the largest users of energy by U.S...
|Review of Mexican Experience with the Regulation of Large Commercial Motor Vehicles
October 28, 2011
TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Research Results Digest 362: Review of Mexican Experience with the Regulation of Large Commercial Motor Vehicles reviews and summarizes the Mexican experience with changes in truck size and weight limits. The report also evaluates the potential applicability to size and weight limits in the United States.
|Freight Facility Location Selection: A Guide for Public Officials
October 21, 2011
TRB’s National Freight Cooperative Research Program (NFCRP) Report 13: Freight Facility Location Selection: A Guide for Public Officials describes the key criteria that the private sector considers when making decisions on where to build new logistics facilities. A final report that provides background material used in the development of NFCRP Report 13 has been published as NCFRP Web-Onl...