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Earl Gregg Swem Library

“Black Boxes” in Passenger Vehicles: Policy Issues

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43651.pdf

Explains what event data recorders are, government mandates that EDRs be included in vehicles, and controversies relating to their use.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

An Economic Analysis of Transportation Infrastructure Investment

Categories: Govt Finance,Public Works,Transportation

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/economic_analysis_of_transportation_investments.pdf

Describes the deteriorating condition of America’s roads, bridges, and mass transit and urges approval of a $300 billion proposal to fund the nation’s transportation system and create jobs.  From the National Economic Council and the President’s Council of Economic Advisers

 

Commercial Air Service at Virginia’s Airports: Challenges and Opportunities

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Transportation,Virginia Issues

http://www.coopercenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/Virginia%20News%20Letter%202014%20Vol.%2090%20No%205.pdf

Reviews recent trends and market forces shaping the U.S. domestic airline industry in general and how these trends have affected Virginia’s larger and smaller commercial airports.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia

 

National Transportation Statistics

Categories: Energy,Environment,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/national_transportation_statistics/index.html

Latest quarterly update to the database.   Features 44 updated tables in the set of more than 260 tables.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics

 

National Funding of Road Infrastructure

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Public Works,Taxes,Transportation

http://www.loc.gov/law/help/infrastructure-funding/infrastructure-funding.pdf

As Congress debates how the U.S. will fund road construction in the future, this report covers the highway infrastructure funding practices of 14 foreign countries; some like the U.S. rely on a gas tax while others fund from general revenue or other schemes.  From the Law Library of the Library of Congress

 

Parasailing Safety: Special Investigation Report

Categories: Athletics/Exercise,Transportation

http://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/reports/2014/SIR1402.pdf

Examines parasailing accidents in the U.S. and identifies several areas where risks associated with parasailing might be mitigated. From the National Transportation Safety Board

 

 

The Renewable Fuel Standard: Issues for 2014 and Beyond

Categories: Energy,Environment,Food/Nutrition,Prices/Inflation,Transportation

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/45477-Biofuels2.pdf

The Renewable Fuel Standard establishes minimum volumes of various types of renewable fuels that must be included in U.S. supplies of fuel for transportation.  This report analyzes how the rising amounts of renewable fuels required by the law would affect food and fuel prices and GHG emissions in 3 different 2017 scenarios.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

United States Counter Piracy and Maritime Security Action Plan

Categories: Crime/Justice,Foreign Trade/Investment,Presidency,Transportation

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/united_states_counter_piracy_and_maritime_security_action_plan_2014.pdf

Implements Presidential Policy Directive 18 on Maritime Security by laying out U.S. policy for countering piracy, robbery at sea, and related maritime crime.  From the White House

 

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