Ongoing and Current Research
- Summary of FHWA Climate Change Mitigation Initiatives
- Operations Strategies - This study will further investigate the GHG reduction potential of highway operation and management strategies, building on information developed for the Moving Cooler report, US DOT's Report to Congress, NCHRP Report 535 and others. In particular, the project will address the relationship between traffic improvements and traveler behavior, travel demand and emissions. The project is expected to be completed in late 2013.
- Central New Mexico Climate Change Scenario Planning Project - The project will inform transportation and land use decision-making in the Albuquerque metropolitan area by using scenario planning to analyze strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change impacts. The goals of the project are to 1) advance climate analysis in scenario planning; 2) develop a transferrable process; 3) build partnerships; and 4) impact decision-making. The project will utilize lessons learned from an earlier study that focused on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. See local news coverage
- Electric Vehicle Feasibility and Implications Study - This project is evaluating the prospects and expectations for short and long-term deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) and analyzing the potential impact of this deployment on the mission of the FHWA. The FHWA has undertaken this study for the following reasons: (1) to provide information on the expected market penetration and viability of EVs in both the short and long-term; (2) analyze the implications for FHWA's mission; (3) analyze the potential financial implications for available highway revenues; and (4) to assist State and local transportation agencies in understanding if, and how, transportation infrastructure may have to change to facilitate, support, and/or provide emergency response to EVs.