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Freight Facts and Figures 2015

Categories: Business/Economics,Energy,Environment,Statistics,Transportation

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/FF%26F_complete.pdf

A collection of statistics on the volume and value of freight shipments in the U.S. plus information on the industry and infrastructure behind these shipments and the safety, energy, and environmental implications of freight transportation. From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics

 

Virginia Compared to the Other States. 2016 Edition

http://jlarc.virginia.gov/pdfs/reports/Rpt481.pdf

Annual guide prepared for legislators which compares Virginia with other states in such areas as education, health, taxes and spending, and transportation. Also offers a snapshot of trends compared to the previous year. From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

 

Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Impacts to Roadways in Hampton Roads: Draft

Categories: Climate Change,Transportation,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

http://www.hrtpo.org/uploads/docs/Sea%20Level%20Rise-Storm%20Surge%20Impacts%20to%20Roadways%20in%20HR%20DRAFT%20Report.pdf

Hampton Roads is second only to New Orleans in terms of vulnerability to sea level rise in the U.S. This is a first draft version of a GIS-based flooding vulnerability analysis for potential sea level rise and storm surge impacts to regional roadways by 2045. From the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization

 

United States Files Complaint Against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche for Alleged Clean Air Act Violations

Categories: Crime/Justice,Environment,Govt/Business Scandals,Laws/Regulations,Manufacturing,Transportation

http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/ac7b52362207dad785257f300060442e!OpenDocument

Press release on the law suit initiated by the Justice Department on behalf of the EPA against Volkswagen and affiliated car manufacturers. Discusses in plain language the case against VW. From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

United States v. Volkswagen AG, Audi, etc.

Categories: Crime/Justice,Environment,Govt/Business Scandals,Laws/Regulations,Manufacturing,Transportation

http://www.justice.gov/opa/file/809826/download

Civil complaint filed by the U.S. against Volkswagen for using illegal devices to cheat on emissions tests and violate the Clean Air Act. The suit seeks injunctive relief and the assessment of civil penalties. From the Justice Department

 

Keystone XL Pipeline Permit Determination

Categories: Canada,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Transportation

http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2015/11/249249.htm

Lists the reasons for the denial of the permit for TransCanada to build the pipeline across the U.S. From the State Department

 

Driver Electronic Device Use in 2014

Categories: Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812197.pdf

Provides statistics on the prevalence of drivers’ use of handheld electronic devices and text messaging.   Also covers cell phone use. From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Recreation/Travel,Science/Technology,Transportation

http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=19594

Press release with details about the federal government’s decision to require registration of drones. A task force will develop recommendations for the registration process by 11/20/15. Concerns have been expressed about unmanned aircraft flying higher than permitted and near airports. From the Federal Aviation Administration

 

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