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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Legal Aspects of Unmanned Systems: Part 1: Civilian Uses

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

Looks at the potential civilian uses for unmanned drone or robotic systems technologies such as package delivery, search and rescue operations, and wildlife conservation, and the legal aspects relating to privacy, security, and safety.  From the Law Library of the Library of Congress


Encounters with Unmanned Aircraft

Categories: Homeland Security,Transportation

List of encounters between aircraft and drones reported by pilots and citizens from November 2014 to August 2015.  From the Federal Aviation Administration


Who Drives to Work? Commuting by Automobile in the United States: 2013

Categories: Headlines,Labor/Employment,Population/Census,Statistics,Transportation,Urban Issues

Focuses on patterns of commuting by private vehicle among U.S. workers in 2013.  Highlights differences in rates of automobile commuting by key population characteristics such as age, race, ethnicity, and the types of residential communities.  From the Census Bureau


Mode Choices of Millennials: How Different? How Enduring?

Categories: Transportation,Virginia Issues

Finds that the workers of the millennial generation, those aged 15-35, have a moderate inclination toward alternative commuting modes such as biking to work, but such patterns are not expected to have a significant effect on future transportation in Hampton Roads.  From the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization


Hampton Roads Congestion Management Process: The State of Transportation in Hampton Roads 2015

Categories: Transportation,Virginia Issues

Details the current status of all facets of the transportation system in the region including air, rail, water, and highways.  Includes commuting characteristics, bridge conditions, costs of congestion, highway funding and more.  Draft status.  From the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization


EPA and DOT Propose Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

Proposed regulatory standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks, buses, and vans that would improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution.  Agency press release with links for further information.  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Safety Advisory 2015-03: Operational and Signal Modifications for Compliance with Maximum Authorized Passenger Train Speeds and other Speed Restrictions

Categories: Headlines,Transportation

Text of federal advisory which reviews two recent fatal passenger train accidents caused by speeding, reminds railroads of an end-of-year requirement that all trains be equipped with sophisticated braking technology, and calls for stop-gap measures in the interim.  From the Federal Railroad Administration


Older Adults: Federal Strategy Needed to Help Ensure … Delivery of Home and Community-Based Services and Supports

Categories: Elderly,Food/Nutrition,Medicare/Medicaid,Transportation,Welfare/Social Services

Reviews federal programs that allow older adults to age in their homes, how these services and supports are provided,  and agency efforts to coordinate such services. From the Government Accountability Office


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