FHWA and USDOT Planning, Environment, Realty, and Human Environment Research and Resources (Spring 2019)

Welcome to the Spring 2019 edition of the FHWA’s Office of Planning, Environment and Realty’s (HEP) quarterly research newsletter. This issue of the newsletter focuses on HEP’s efforts to ensure transportation planning decisions are made using a comprehensive process. The Office of Planning (HEPP) together with The Office of Project Development and Environmental Review (HEPE) promotes greater efficiency by fostering …

MN: Park-and-ride transit gives suburban commuters higher access to jobs

MAY 22, 2019 Park-and-ride transit gives suburban commuters higher access to jobs, by University of Minnesota A park-and-ride facility in Eagan. Credit: Mike McCarthy Park-and-ride facilities enable many suburban and exurban commuters in the Twin Cities metro area to reach roughly as many jobs as urban transit users, according to a first-of-its-kind study from the Accessibility Observatory at the University of …

State Efficiency Standards are Good for Everyone

May 22nd, 2019 by NRDC State Efficiency Standards Are Good For Everyone, Originally published on the NRDC Expert Blog. By Lauren Urbanek The federal government continues to miss legal deadlines for energy efficiency standards for appliances, equipment, and electronics with 17 standards overdue for review and more on the horizon. That’s bad news for anyone who likes saving energy, lower utility bills, and a cleaner planet. Fortunately, more states are setting efficiency …

Why requirements for new vehicle registrations to be EV need to start soon: Even if every U.S. vehicle sold were electric starting today, it would take until 2040 for 90 percent of vehicles in use to be electric. 

The roughly 250 million cars, SUVs and pickup trucks on U.S. roads today account for 60 percent of transportation emissions. The 11.5 million big trucks that move freight around generate 23 percent and aircraft are responsible for 9 percent of those greenhouse gas emissions. One reason why it will be hard if not impossible to convert all U.S. transportation to electric models within …

Cold In-Place Recycling (CIR)

http://onlinepubs.trb.org/Onlinepubs/webinars/150903.pdf Cold In-Place Recycling (CIR) What?Cold in-place recycling (CIR) process involves a milling machine with a paver mixer. The milling machine breaks and pulverizes a thin amount of the top layer of the old pavement. It can also break and pulverize all of the HMA and some of the base. This material is crushed and screened to the proper size …

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 …