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FHWA R&T Now - September 2009
A news update of research, technology, and development from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
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STEP is an FHWA-administered source of funding for research related to planning, environment and realty. The FHWA anticipates that the STEP or a similar program to provide resources for national research on issues related to planning, environment, and realty will be included in future surface transportation legislation. Stakeholder input is required to identify the research topics that should receive priority consideration. Therefore, we are seeking input from all of our partners on the FY 2010 STEP.
FHWA will use STEP to fund research, field demonstrations, technology transfer, conferences, and workshops, as well as portions of various pooled fund research efforts. We anticipate that grants and cooperative agreements will continue to require a 50% match and that research contracts will not require a match. The Office of Planning, Environment and Realty (HEP) has developed STEP research emphasis areas and has identified contacts for each http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/step/contacts.htm. The STEP contacts can answer questions that you may have regarding research planned or underway within a particular emphasis area.
Please review the proposed FY2010 STEP Implementation Strategy and submit suggested research topics via the STEP Website at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/step/index.htm. Feedback is requested by December 3, 2009.
LTPP Beyond FY 2009: What Needs to Be Done?
This report summarizes the current status of the Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) program and its major activities—data collection, data storage, data analysis, and product development. It describes the work that will be needed beyond 2009 to realize the full potential of the world's most comprehensive pavement performance database and the benefits that will be accrued by capitalizing on the investment that has been made.
The LTPP program is an ongoing and active program. To obtain more information, LTPP data users should visit the LTPP Web site at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/pavement/ltpp/. LTPP data requests, technical questions, and data user feedback can be submitted to LTPP customer service via e-mail at email@example.com.
FOCUS Newsletter – August 2009
This issue includes: Scanning the Country for Best Practices in Accelerated Construction; Moving Forward with Long Term Bridge Performance; Value Engineering: Strategies for Success; Highways for LIFE Seeks Stakeholder Input; Conference to Feature Sustainable Technologies for Concrete Pavements; and, Highway Technology Calendar.
FOCUS Newsletter – July 2009
This issue includes: Traffic Analysis Toolbox Offers New Guides to Work Zone Modeling and Simulation; A Quick Check of Your Highway Network; First International Conference on Transportation Construction Management: New Solutions in Successful Project Delivery; FHWA Launches Online ASR Reference Center; FHWA’s ACTT Toolkit: Bringing the Power of Accelerated Construction Straight to You; Highway Technology Calendar; and, Gusset Plate Guidance for Truss Bridges Available from FHWA.
Public Roads – September/October 2009
This issue includes: 1. Detecting Pedestrians. 2. NDE Showcase for Bridge Inspectors. 3. Advances in Wildlife Crossing Technologies. 4. Road Safety Audits for Pedestrian Facilities.
LTPP Newsletter – Summer 2009
This issue includes: Securing the Legacy of LTPP: The New IMS Server at FHWA’s TFHRC; and, FWD Calibration Center Long-Term Support Being Transitioned AMRL.
Innovator – Accelerating Innovation for the American Driving Experience-August/September 2009
This issue includes: Q&A With Pete Ruane: Telling the Innovation Story; Highways for LIFE Seeks Stakeholder Feedback; NHI Course on Mainstreaming Innovation Now Available; Public-Private Partnership Works to Advance Highway Quality; Iowa Project to Test Super-Strength Concrete in Bridge Deck Panels; FHWA Offers Connections Manual for Prefab Bridges; and Calendar.
Transportation and Climate Change Newsletter – August 2009
This issue includes: Integration of Climate Change Considerations in Statewide and Regional Transportation Planning Report Released; USACE Releases Sea Level Rise Guidance; CA Draft Adaptation Strategy Released for Public Comment; Michigan Governor Calls for Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions; NYSDOT Report Explores Roadway Energy Efficiency and Carbon Capture; TRB and AASHTO Webinar: U.S. Transportation System Scenarios to 2050 in a World Addressing Climate Change; Value Pricing Pilot Program Seeking Applications; and, ITS America and IBTTA Hosting Conference on Sustainability, Social Responsibility, and Energy Conservation.
Transportation and Climate Change Newsletter – July 2009
This issue includes: Secretary LaHood Testifies Before Senate; Moving Cooler Report Released; AASHTO Releases “Real Transportation Solutions” Website and Report; 28th Edition of the Transportation Energy Data Book Released; UK Low Carbon Transition Plan Released; RFF Report Released on Adapting Public Infrastructure to Climate Change; and, CA Sea Level Rise Final Report Released.
Centered on Service- July 2009
This issue includes: CA Develops Pedestrian Safety Action Plan Template; Pavement & Materials TST and HQ Evaluate NC’s I-795/US 117 Bypass; Going International with RSA; Intersection Safety Reviews Offer Powerful & Productive Measures for Reducing Crashes; PDS UPDATE: ACS Lite Training for Signal Timing Comes to TX; DE Showcases Precast Concrete Pavement Systems at Night; New Online Course on ADA and Pedestrian Facilities; What is Transportation Conformity?; ABC Seminars Offered Nationwide; National Concrete PRR Conference Held in St. Louis; “Acceptance” of Self Consolidating Concrete; Safety & Bridge Blast Behavior Workshop Launched; KAT Joins FHWA RC; The Learning Highway; and, EMPLOYEE HIGHLIGHT: ARC Salutes 2009 Legends Award Winner.
The Conduit of Research- Summer 2009
This Transportation Research Board Conduct of Research Committee Newsletter includes: Writing Effective Research Problem Statements; Next Generation Agenda Setting: The Exploratory Advanced Research Model; Communicating the Value of Research Guidebook Now Available; Transportation Synthesis Reports: A Gold Mine of Information; UTCs Tapped to Fill Deputy Administrator Role; TRB & Other Related News; CoR Webinar on Writing Research Statements; Special Thanks to Research Resource Contributors; Upcoming Events; and, From the Chair.
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