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Posts Tagged ‘Mineta Transportation Institute’

Transportation Futures: Policy Scenarios for Reducing Greenhouse Gases

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
Table 1. Fuel Economy and GHG Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Trucks

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
The goal of this study was to examine various policy options that can achieve large-scale reductions by 2040, based on the current time frame of Annual Energy Outlook forecasts. Existing regulations on light-duty vehicle fuel economy and carbon emissions are leading to rapid decreases in emissions. New heavy-duty fuel economy standards will also soon take effect. These are supplemented by the renewable fuel standard. But these efforts are unlikely to be sufficient to meet what will be challenging reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the next 30 years. This study examined the degree to which three key travel-demand policies—road pricing, directing new population growth to more compact areas, and increasing the level of transit service—could contribute to reductions within this time frame.

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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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Measuring the Performance of Livability Programs

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
Livability programs are an inherently broad set of approaches intended to create communities with coordinated transportation, housing and commercial investments, with specific goals and objectives subject to local priorities and conditions. The great variety of such efforts calls to question whether and how such programs can measure their success.

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California Voting and Suburbanization Patterns: Implications for Transit Policy

Friday, July 19th, 2013
California Voting and Suburbanization Patterns: Implications for Transit Policy

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE Introduction Public transit investment represents a key strategy for revitalizing center cities and reducing the harmful effects of driving on the environment. However, enacting transit projects often requires approval of the median voter – that is, that at least 50% of the electorate plus one, the median voter – vote to approve. […]

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Analyzing the Effects of Transit Network Change: A Case Study of Tallahassee, Florida

Thursday, May 16th, 2013
Analyzing the Effects of Transit Network Change

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
On July 11, 2011, StarMetro, the local public transit agency in Tallahassee, Florida, restructured its entire bus network from a downtown-focused radial system to a decentralized, grid-like system that local officials and agency leaders believed would better serve the dispersed local pattern of population and employment.

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2012 Census of California Water Transit Services

Monday, January 14th, 2013

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
This study provides a comprehensive assessment of current ferry operations in the state of California. this work was conducted to assist the California Department of transportation (Caltrans) comply with requirements in the federal MAp-21 legislation (the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act). MAP-21 is the first multi-year transportation authorization enacted since 2005 and funds surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years 2013 and 2014.

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HIGH SPEED RAIL CONFERENCE – LOS ANGELES 2012

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Don’t miss the most exciting high speed rail event of the year – High Speed Rail 2012 – Los Angeles is the place to be December 3-5.

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HIGH SPEED RAIL CONFERENCE – LOS ANGELES 2012

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Don’t miss the most exciting high speed rail event of the year – High Speed Rail 2012 – Los Angeles is the place to be December 3-5.   Business and political leaders will come together with the world’s top experts to bring high speed rail to America, starting in California.  Construction is about to get underway […]

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What do Americans Think About Federal Tax Options to Support Public Transit, Highways, and Local Streets and Roads?

Monday, June 25th, 2012

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE Introduction Over the past several decades, the transportation revenues available from state and federal gas taxes have fallen significantly, especially in terms of inflation-adjusted dollars per mile traveled. At the same time, the transportation system requires critical—and expensive— system upgrades. Among other needs, a large portion of the national highway system requires […]

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Low-Stress Bicycling and Network Connectivity

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
In one sense, a city’s or region’s bicycling network is all of its roads and paths on which bicycling is permitted. However, some streets provide such a poor level of safety and comfort for bicycling that the majority of the population considers them unsuitable for bicycling.

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