April 2010 Posts

Upcoming Webinar on Regional Traffic Signal Operations Programs

April 20, 2010

This webinar will explore the process of funding projects to implement, manage, operate, and maintain regional traffic signal systems. The FHWA will provide an overview of how the planning process might be engaged to identify common objectives among planners and traffic signal operators to sustain the resources needed for effective regional traffic signal operations programs. Examples of how this process has been successfully implemented will be provided by key stakeholders from the Portland, Oregon, and Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Areas.

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Searching for Performance Measures a Little Easier

April 19, 2010

The search for transportation performance measures from state DOTs got a little easier this year thanks to a group of librarians. The site State Stats recently launched to provide one stop for finding DOT information scattered throughout the internet.

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Performance based analysis can support practical design-based project solutions

April 16, 2010

As communities across the country continue to grow, and federal funds to support our aging infrastructure continue to diminish, public agencies look for new ways to maximize investment dollars with minimal compromise. One key approach is the concept of Practical Design, which was pioneered by the Missouri and Pennsylvania DOTs. On April 15th, Brian Ray, from Kittelson & Associates, Inc. and Dr. John M. Mason, PhD, from Auburn University, co-presented a workshop that focused on how industry trends in performance based analysis can support practical design-based project solutions for planning and design projects. Brian and John provided a summary of current and emerging tools that can aid professionals in evaluating, screening, and selecting project alternative concepts.

Slideshow presentation included.

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Multi-State Institutions for Implementing Improved Freight Movement in the U.S.

April 15, 2010

In last week’s National Transportation Operations Coalition (NTOC) newsletter we learned about a synopsis for a freight-related white paper released by the FHWA.

The Federal Highway Administration's Office of Freight Management and Operations, in conjunction with the I-95 Corridor Coalition, has released a White Paper on Multi-State Institutions for Implementing Improved Freight Movement in the U.S. Accompanying this White Paper is a summary of a Roundtable held to obtain advice from a group of national experts about potential multi-state institutional arrangements to improve freight corridor performance. This work is intended to serve as a background piece to help practitioners and policymakers think through solution sets. The White Paper describes eight types of institutional options, illustrated by 80 examples. The assessment of institutional models suggests several principles that could be used to determine which institutional arrangements might be most appropriate to meet multi-state transportation needs under differing circumstances, and illustrates how these principles might be applied in order to help improve the performance of multi-state freight corridors. Finally, the paper offers an analysis of institutional implications of the House Committee's 2009 Surface Transportation Freight Authorization Provisions.

For access to the full paper, visit Freight Management and Operations

A Look at Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Transportation Planning

April 12, 2010

As transportation professionals trying to do our part to stay environmentally conscious, topics that touch on reducing greenhouse gas emissions pique our interest. Finding ways to improve traffic flow not only enhances the experience of drivers, but it can also have a myriad of positive impacts on the surrounding environment. The following article from Roads & Bridges expands upon the discussion of how transportation operations strategies and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by supporting more efficient roadway systems.

Gas Fizzling [via NTOC]

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