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Archive for the ‘Highway’ Category

Autonomous Vehicle Technology: A Guide for Policymakers

Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Autonomous Vehicle Technology

RAND Corporation
Autonomous vehicle (AV) technology offers the possibility of fundamentally changing transportation. Equipping cars and light vehicles with this technology will likely reduce crashes, energy consumption, and pollution—and reduce the costs of congestion.

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Status of the Nation’s Highways, Bridges, and Transit

Monday, March 3rd, 2014
2013 Status of the Nation’s  Highways, Bridges, and Transit

FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION
FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION
This edition of the C&P report is based primarily on data through the year 2010; consequently, the system conditions and performance measures presented should reflect effects of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), which authorized Federal highway and transit funding for Federal fiscal years 2005 through 2009 (and extended through fiscal year 2012), as well as some of the impact of the funding authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). None of the impact of funding authorized under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) is reflected. In assessing recent trends, this report generally focuses on the 10- year period from 2000 to 2010. The prospective analyses generally cover the 20-year period ending in 2030; the investment levels associated with these scenarios are stated in constant 2010 dollars.

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Raleigh, NC: Temporary Asphalt Plant Facilitates Road Work

Monday, February 24th, 2014
Raleigh, NC: Temporary Asphalt Plant Facilitates Road Work

Granite Construction is putting the finishing touches on an asphalt plant for the Fortify construction project that will make it easier on motorists and taxpayers’ wallets now that construction is underway.

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Emergency Preparedness in the Transportation Sector

Monday, February 24th, 2014
Figure 1. Fire Extinguisher Use Drill

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
The transit and transportation sector is a key critical infrastructure. All other emergency response depends on the availability of functional roads and transportation assets. Police, fire and emergency medical services (EMS) vehicles can only reach disaster victims if passable and safe roads have been inspected and cleared of debris by the transportation agency personnel. Rescue and relief goods can only be delivered to the disaster site if roads, railroads and ports can recover functionality rapidly. This ability to respond to disasters effectively is based on training the transit and transportation agency personnel in advance, and practicing the knowledge and skills needed to ensure the rapid response to disaster events through realistic exercises.

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This Infra Week

Friday, February 21st, 2014

INFRA STORIES YOU SHOULDN’T MISS!
I Want to Ride My Bicycle, I Want to Ride My Bike
Southwest Could Lose Crucial Rail Line
Pedestrians Are People Too. Really cool people.

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Freeways Without Futures

Monday, February 17th, 2014
5 I-10/Claiborne Overpass, New Orleans

CONGRESS FOR THE NEW URBANISM
Successful freeway removal campaigns are characterized by strong community and political leadership; a decision-making process driven by long-term mobility planning, not cyclical federal and state allocations; and a vision for the urbanized environment that is not dictated solely by the fast movement of motor vehicles. CNU’s Highways to Boulevards initiative unites a diverse set of professionals, residents and activists in advocating for these outcomes and demonstrating the value of urban freeway removal by restoring urban neighborhoods and historic street networks.

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Federal Highway Administration: Seek, Simplify, and Solve through Research

Thursday, February 13th, 2014
Federal Highway Administration: Seek, Simplify, and Solve through Research

FHWA’s Office of Planning, Environment and Realty’s video — Seek, Simplify, and Solve through Research — is the first in a series of videos that feature FHWA research activities. The Office’s research focuses on improving transportation decision making and promoting efficiency, while protecting communities and the environment.

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Critical Issues in Transportation

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
The freight transportation system must adapt to a projected 80 percent growth in gross domestic product in the next 25 years.

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD
The United States depends on transportation to compete globally and to help revive a sluggish domestic economy. Individuals depend on transportation not only to get to work but to shop, socialize, and access health care, among other goals (1). For all of its benefits to the nation and individuals, however, transportation imposes large costs—lost time in traffic congestion, deaths and injuries from crashes, demand for imported petroleum, and the release of greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of pollution.

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This Infra Week

Friday, January 31st, 2014
San Bernadino I 215

INFRA STORIES YOU SHOULDN’T MISS!
San Bernardino, California: Divided No More
Miami Transportation Planners Light the Way
Big Energy Buildings Go Greener
Sprucing Up the Waiting Game
Atlanta Snowstorm Strands Drivers

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Larimer County, CO: Helicopter Delivers Rockfall Netting

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
Larimer County, CO: Helicopter Delivers Rockfall Netting

A helicopter delivers rock-fall netting to a slope in the Red Mountain Pass – US 550 in Larimer County, CO.

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