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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) L’Enfant Plaza Station Electrical Arcing and Smoke Accident

Categories: Births/Deaths,Consumer Info/Protection,District of Columbia,Public Works,Transportation

Synopsis from the final report of a widely publicized DC subway incident which resulted in the death of one person and exposure of maintenance problems plaguing the transit system.  Includes findings, probable cause, and safety recommendations.  From the National Transportation Safety Board


Highway Bridge Conditions: Issues for Congress

Categories: Govt Finance,Public Works,Transportation

In 2015 10% of U.S. bridges were classified as structurally deficient and another 14% were functionally obsolete.  This report suggests that things aren’t as bad as they seem; most of the deficient bridges are in rural, lightly-traveled areas, and bridge conditions have improved in recent years.  Raises the issue of priority between bridge and roadway repairs. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Analyzing the Impact of Implementing New Tolls on Existing Roadway Facilities: The Hampton Roads Experience

Categories: Public Works,Transportation,Virginia Issues

Studies the impact of placing tolls on a regional transportation system by comparing the traffic and transit conditions before and after tolling. The tolls, designed to pay for additional tunnel lanes, resulted in a 32% decrease in peak period delays at four river corridors.  From the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization


2016 Economic Report of the President

Categories: Business/Economics,Children,Govt Finance,Headlines,Labor/Employment,Public Works,Science/Technology,Statistics,Taxes

Annual report on the nation’s economic status, the domestic and international economic policies of the current administration, and extensive economic statistics, both domestic and international. From the White House.


Approaches to Making Federal Highway Spending More Productive

Categories: Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,Public Works,Taxes,Transportation

Federal spending on highways totaled $46 billion in 2014. This report looks at proposals for making such spending more efficient, including charging more directly for the use of roads, especially during congested times, allocating funds to states according to certain benefits and costs, and linking spending to performance measures. From the Congressional Budget Office


Public Spending on Transportation and Water Infrastructure, 1956 to 2014

Categories: Govt Finance,Public Works,Statistics,Transportation

Covers the history of spending on 6 types of transportation and water infrastructure: highways, mass transit/rail, aviation, water transportation, water resources, and water utilities.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Beyond Traffic 2045: Trends and Choices

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Public Works,Transportation


Examines the current, overstressed  transportation system in the U.S., where current trends may take us in the future if major changes are not made, and  possible solutions for a better future.  From the U.S. Department of Transportation


Hampton Roads Congestion Management Process: System Performance and Mitigation Report

Categories: Public Works,Statistics,Transportation,Virginia Issues

Federally mandated report on dealing with traffic problems in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.  Assess the roads in the region, ranks the most congested corridors, and recommends improvements.  From the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization


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