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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Highways in the Coastal Environment: Assessing Extreme Events

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Transportation,Weather/Disasters

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/engineering/hydraulics/pubs/nhi14006/nhi14006.pdf

Provides technical guidance and methods for assessing the vulnerability of coastal transportation facilities to extreme events and climate change.  Identifies vulnerabilities by region along with methods for modeling them and the likely impacts of climate change.  From the Federal Highway Administration

 

Virginia Compared to the Other States: 2015 Edition

Categories: Business/Economics,Education,Govt Finance,Health/Medical,Taxes,Transportation,Virginia Issues

http://jlarc.virginia.gov/reports/Rpt470.pdf

Annual guide showing how Virginia compares to other states in areas such as education, health, taxes and spending, transportation and more.  New tables in 2015 are Per Capita Gross State Product and Per Capita Public Safety Expenditures.  From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

 

State Transportation by the Numbers Profiles

Categories: Energy,Environment,Statistics,Transportation,Virginia Issues

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/state_transportation_statistics_11/index.html

Profiles of transportation for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Covers transportation infrastructure, freight and passenger movement, safety, energy usage, and environmental factors.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics

 

Information Security: FAA Needs to Address Weaknesses in Air Traffic Control Systems

Categories: Headlines,Homeland Security,Telecommunications/Internet,Terrorism,Transportation

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/668169.pdf

Offers 17 recommendations to make the nation’s air traffic control system safer from intruders.  Public version of a limited distribution report with 168 recommendations relating to sensitive security information.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Public Spending on Transportation and Water Infrastructure, 1956 to 2014

Categories: Govt Finance,Public Works,Statistics,Transportation

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/49910-Infrastructure.pdf

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

 

Presidential Memorandum: Promoting Economic Competitiveness While Safeguarding Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties in Domestic Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology,Transportation

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/02/15/presidential-memorandum-promoting-economic-competitiveness-while-safegua

Sets out principles for the federal government’s use of drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the national air space.  Covers purposes for federal drone use, protection of privacy and civil rights, and provisions for accountability and transparency.  From the White House

 

DOT and FAA Propose New Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

https://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=18295

Press release announcing a framework of regulations to allow routine use of small drones in today’s aviation system.  The proposal covers UAS devices under 55 pounds conducting non-recreational operations. Contains links to a summary of the proposed rules including operational limitations, operator responsibilities, and aircraft requirements.  From the Federal Aviation Administration

 

Tracking and Hacking: Security and Privacy Gaps Put American Drivers at Risk

Categories: Privacy,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet,Transportation

http://www.markey.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/2015-02-06_MarkeyReport-Tracking_Hacking_CarSecurity%202.pdf

New computerized technologies that have the potential to improve driver safety and vehicle performance can also allow hackers to gain control over essential functions and cause proliferation of information about drivers’ habits for commercial purposes.  This report features answers from auto makers about the current status of the technology.  From the office of Senator Edward Markey.

 

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