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A Performance-Based Approach to Addressing Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Transportation Planning


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December 2013

Prepared for:

Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

Prepared by:

ICF International
With support from Sarah Siwek & Associates

Technical Report Documentation Page

1. Report No. FHWA-HEP-14-020

2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient's Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

5. Report Date
December 2013

A Performance-Based Approach to Addressing Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Transportation Planning

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Authors
Michael Grant (ICF), Sarah Siwek (Sarah J. Siwek & Associates), Laurence O'Rourke (ICF), Eliot Rose (ICF), Jenny O'Connell (ICF)

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address
ICF International, Inc.
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031

Sarah J. Siwek & Associates
4519 Admiralty Way, Suite #140
Marina Del Ray, CA 90292

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

  1. Contract or Grant No.


12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address
United States Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered
September 2011 - December 2013

14. Sponsoring Agency Code

15. Supplementary Notes
John Davies, Federal Highway Administration, COTM

16. Abstract
This publication is a handbook designed to be a resource for State DOTs and MPOs engaged in performance-based planning and programming to integrate greenhouse gas performance measures into transportation decisionmaking. It discusses key approaches for integrating GHG emissions into a PBPP approach, considerations for selecting an appropriate GHG performance measure, and using GHG performance measures to support investment choices and to enhance decisionmaking.

17. Key Words
Transportation planning, greenhouse gases, emissions, performance measure, performance-based planning and programming, objectives-based, goal setting, target setting, State DOT, metropolitan planning organization

18. Distribution Statement
No restrictions. This document is available to the public from the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22161.

19. Security Classif. (of this report)

20. Security Classif. (of this page)

21. No. of Pages

22. Price

Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72) Reproduction of completed page authorized


This Handbook was developed with the assistance of an expert panel that comprised practitioners from a range of agencies to provide input to the development of this document. Their input, received during several webinars and two in-person meetings, was invaluable in shaping the Handbook. We would like to thank the following individuals who were part of the expert panel:

Mary Ameen, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority

Catherine Cagle, formerly with Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Mike Conger, Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization

Gordon Garry, Sacramento Area Council of Governments

Don Halligan, Maryland Department of Transportation

Mell Henderson, Mid-America Regional Council

Garth Hopkins, California Department of Transportation

Marilyn Jordahl-Larson, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Lezlie Kimura Szeto, formerly with California Air Resources Board

Kelly McGourty, Puget Sound Regional Council

Erin Morrow, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

Scott Omer, Arizona Department of Transportation

Phillip Peevy, Georgia Department of Transportation

Jeff Perlman, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority

Brian Smith, Washington State Department of Transportation

John Thomas, Utah Department of Transportation

Ryan Wilson, Minnesota Department of Transportation

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