How to build a better state DOT, the digest

By Sean Doyle, Smart Growth America, March 19, 2019 State departments of transportation (DOTs) direct most of the transportation spending in the United States but they’re often focused on building highways and are ill-equipped to address the far more diverse mix of challenges they’re tasked with solving today. In a month-long series we just wrapped up, we examined how we got here, …

Snow, sweeping and garbage: How autonomy will transform city maintenance

Snow, sweeping and garbage: How autonomy will transform city maintenance: The rise of autonomous and connected vehicles isn’t confined to passenger vehicles and trucks. Jason Plautz, March 19, 2019 Imagine this: It’s Christmas Eve, when an unexpected storm starts dumping snow on the city. Streets and sidewalks have to be cleared, salt has to be laid down, but getting staff in the middle …

RMI: Accelerating the Adoption of Advanced Mobility Solutions in Minnesota

Empowering Utilities to Participate in the Clean-Energy Transition – Part 3, RMI, March 1, 2019 By Todd Zeranski, Heather House, and David Labrador This is the third blog in a three-part series. The first blog, Renewable Heating in Juneau, Alaska, is available here. The second blog, Aligning Energy Demand with Renewable Energy Production in Oregon, is available here. One of the central challenges in transitioning to a more …

State DOT decarbonization research thus far

NCHRP 25-25/Task 115 [Active] Estimates of Emissions Reductions from Future Fleet Changes for Use in Air Quality Models [ NCHRP 25-25 (Research for the AASHTO Committee on Environment and Sustainability) ]     Project Data Funds: $125,000 Staff Responsibility: Ann M. Hartell Research Agency: Louis Berger U.S. Inc. & Sonoma Technology Inc. Principal Investigator: Dr. Song Bai Effective Date: 12/1/2018 Completion Date: 11/30/2019 …

Explore individual state’s potential for building solar arrays in their rights-of-way and provide some projections of expected revenue from that investment

#CleanTechnica Interview With Allie Kelly, February 22nd, 2019 by Carolyn Fortuna  Allie Kelly, executive director of The Ray, a non-profit organization which is the nation’s only publicly accessible, living laboratory for transportation innovation, has been announced as a featured speaker for the 2019 WTS Conference in Boston, May 15-17, 2019. With a vision to achieve equity and access for women in the transportation industry, WTS generates high-caliber …

California Approves $738 Million Transportation Electrification Initiative

June 3rd, 2018 by Steve Hanley Originally published on Planetsave. California is at the forefront of US states when it comes to reducing carbon emissions. Nearly 40% of those emissions come from the state’s transportation sector. Not only has California always been ground zero for car culture, but it’s also home to several of the largest ports in America, whose operations depend on heavy-duty …

The World’s First Solar Bike Path Keeps Bikers Safe, Powers Surrounding Neighborhoods, generates enough power to ultimately be worth it.

  One of the next places cities put solar panels could be roads—or bike paths. BY ADELE PETERS, Fast Company, 2014 When cities run out of space for solar panels on rooftops, one of the next places to turn could be roads–or bike paths. In the Netherlands, one of the country’s newest bike paths doubles as a solar energy generator that could …

Heavy vehicle transition pathways, from New Zealand

Reducing Emissions in the New Zealand Heavy Vehicle Fleet “Yes We Can” Symposium Hotel Intercontinental Wellington, 31st  May 2016 At the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris in 2015 (COP 21), New Zealand committed to achieving a 30% reduction on 2005 greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. This requires a reduction of 25 million tonnes in 14 years. Converting the entire …

MnDOT measures financial return on taxpayers’ investment in biking infrastructure

Cycling in Minnesota creates thousands of jobs and cuts health-care spending, state report concludes By Josephine Marcotty, Star Tribune, 28 March 2017 . For many Minnesotans cycling is nothing more than a Sunday frolic, but a new report finds that the state’s bike industry produces $780 million in annual economic activity, 5,519 jobs and millions of dollars in health care savings …

Dutch bikeway design manual just updated, see MassDOT, NACTO and FHWA versions

A bike-friendly roundabout in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. Photos: J.Maus/BikePortland, used with permission. By Michael Andersen Feb 1, 2017 Streetsblog If street design guides were musical acts, the CROW Design Manual for Bicycle Traffic would be an underground indie rap group. Deeply (almost obnoxiously) beloved by its followers, it’s nearly unknown to the American mainstream. But word of mouth has made the …