Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

 

Vehicle Cybersecurity

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet,Transportation

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/676064.pdf

Advanced software  code in vehicles supports safety features but leaves vehicles more vulnerable to cyberattacks.  This report covers key cybersecurity vulnerabilities in modern vehicles, key technologies to mitigate these vulnerabilities, stakeholder views on challenges related to vehicle cybersecurity, and federal efforts to protect vehicle cybersecurity.  From the Government Accountability Office

(consumer info/protection     science/technology     telecommunications/Internet     transportation)

Consumer Expenditures Midyear Update, July 2014 Through June 2015 Average

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/cesmy_04152016.pdf

Reports that average consumer expenditures were up 5.9% compared with the 2013-2014 midyear average.  Average incomes also increased by 6.6%.  Covers average household expenditures by specific categories.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

(education     energy     food/nutrition     health/medical     housing/homelessness     prices/inflation     statistics     transportation)

Highway Bridge Conditions: Issues for Congress

Categories: Govt Finance,Public Works,Transportation

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44459.pdf

In 2015 10% of U.S. bridges were classified as structurally deficient and another 14% were functionally obsolete.  This report suggests that things aren’t as bad as they seem; most of the deficient bridges are in rural, lightly-traveled areas, and bridge conditions have improved in recent years.  Raises the issue of priority between bridge and roadway repairs. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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