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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Intelligent Transportation Systems: Urban and Rural Transit Providers Reported Benefits but Face Deployment Challenges

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Science/Technology,Transportation,Urban Issues

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/677919.pdf

Describes the extent of use of ITS by transit providers in large urbanized areas, the ITS uptake in small urban and rural areas, the benefits and challenges of deploying ITS, and the extent to which Transportation Department resources have been used to promote and support ITS.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

The Macroeconomic and Budgetary Effects of Federal Investment

Categories: Business/Economics,Education,Govt Finance,Public Works,Science/Technology,Transportation

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/51628-Federal_Investment.pdf

This report explains how congressional financial scorekeepers, when analyzing proposals that would change the amount of federal investment in areas such as basic infrastructure or education or R&D, determine their effects on the economy and on the federal budget.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

One-Stop Bridge Data

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Public Works,Transportation

http://www.rita.dot.gov/utc/publications/spotlight/spotlight_2016_06

Press release about Long-Term Bridge Performance Portal, which allows members of the public  to obtain information about the nation’s bridges, including age, daily average traffic volume, inspection history, and condition rating.  Press release includes links for portal which requires registration and the creation of a no-cost account.  From the Federal Highway Administration

 

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

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

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

Includes a methodology for incorporating sea level rise and storm surge impacts to roadways into transportation planning.  Also contains adaptation strategies, design considerations, best practices, and lessons learned from other coastal regions.  Dated January 2016 but released to the public in May 2016.  From the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization

 

International Energy Outlook 2016

Categories: Energy,Environment,Statistics,Transportation

https://www.eia.gov/forecasts/ieo/

Presents an assessment of the outlook for international energy markets through 2040.  Includes a review of world trends in energy demand and the major sources of uncertainty in the projections.  Also discusses the outlook for global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions.  From the Energy Information Administration

 

Drone Registrations by City-State-Zip Code

Categories: Recreation/Travel,Transportation

www.faa.gov/foia/electronic_reading_room/media/Reg-by-City-State-Zip-12May2016.xlsx

Lists the number of drone registrations in particular zip code areas.  Does not include the names or street addresses of registered owners.  Those owning drones weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds must register before flying them for recreation purposes.  From the Federal Aviation Administration.

 

U.S. Department of Transportation Expands and Accelerates Takata Air Bag Inflator Recall …

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Transportation

http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/nhtsa-expands-accelerates-takata-inflator-recall-05042016

Press release which announces the recall of an additional 35-40 million inflators through 2019.

Ruptures of the Takata inflators have been blamed for ten deaths and more than 100 injuries in the U.S.  From the National  Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

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

http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/Documents/Abstract_DCA15FR004.pdf

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

 

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