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Posts Tagged ‘Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute’

Livability Near High-Traffic Streets

Friday, September 2nd, 2016
Measuring traffic

Shortly after the advent of cars, a conflict arose between moving traffic and residential livability. The typical response was to push traffic off residential streets and onto nearby major roads. This line of thinking evolved into a more hierarchical approach to street network design and what are known as arterial roads designed to carry the vast majority of vehicle traffic.

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North Dakota: Identifying and Satisfying Mobility Needs

Monday, May 4th, 2015
Figure ES1. Projected Population Growth from 2013 to 2025

The intent of this study is to provide North Dakota policy makers with a guide to future development of personal mobility options and to identify gaps that either exist now in mobility services or are likely to exist in the near future as the result of service modifications or changing demographics and population growth. The scope of the study includes local and regional passenger transportation.

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Estimating Longevity and Location of Oil Drilling

Thursday, November 27th, 2014
Figure 3.3 Regional public trust land mineral and U.S. Geologic Survey oil assessments.

Drilling shale oil wells generates a large amount of truck traffic. Heavy loads required by drilling activities damage local roads, resulting in the need for several hundred million dollars for repair and maintenance. To support logistical activities for efficient energy development, a proactive approach is required for allocating investments for paving road and timely maintenance. Forecasting load impact on a road network is essential for estimating pavement and repair costs to support energy logistics.

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North Dakota: Motorcycle Crash Trends

Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Motorcycle Crashes: Figures 1-5

Advancements in vehicle technology and upgrades to traffic safety laws have produced dramatic nationwide reductions in overall traffic crash fatalities and injuries over time. However, similar reductions have not been realized in motorcycle crashes. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) projected an approximate 9% increase in motorcyclist fatalities nationwide in 2012, representing upsurges in fatalities in 14 of the last 15 years (GHSA 2013).

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Analysis of Railroad Energy Efficiency in the United States

Monday, May 20th, 2013
Analysis of Railroad Energy Efficiency in the United States

UPPER GREAT PLAINS TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE Introduction The fuel efficiency of freight transportation is a critical issue in the United States in light of the price volatility of fuels and America‚Äôs dependence upon foreign sources of petroleum. Moreover, fuel efficiency is important to environmental policy. The burning of fossil fuels for transportation purposes results in the […]

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Use of Alternative Fuels and Hybrid Vehicles by Small Urban and Rural Transit Systems

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Transit agencies of all sizes across the country have been or are considering using alternative fuels or hybrid-electric vehicles. The use of these alternatives has increased in recent years due to concerns about environmental and energy issues and increased incentives and regulations from local, state, and federal governments that have encouraged their use.

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