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Earl Gregg Swem Library

State Transportation by the Numbers Profiles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


Drug and Alcohol Crash Risk

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Headlines,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

Tries to measure the severity of drug-impaired driving problems.  Finds  that marijuana users are more likely to be involved in traffic crashes but such users are more likely to be young men, a group already at high risk for accidents.  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Results of the 2013-2014 National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Headlines,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

Reveals a decreasing trend in alcohol-impaired driving from the first survey in 1973 to the most recent in 2013-14.  Also discusses trends in the use of over-the-counter, prescription, and illegal drugs by drivers.  Expresses concern about the number of drivers affected by marijuana use.  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


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