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Alternative Uses of Highway Right-of-Way

Picture of Oregon DOT's first solar highway demonstration project along the highway right-of-way. Picture of an electric vehicle at a recharging station. Picture of a biocrop test plot along the highway right-of-way. Rendering of proposed truck electrification rest area.

Credit for above images (left to right): Oregon DOT, USDOT Volpe Center, North Carolina DOT, Ohio DOT

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January 2012

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Research and Innovative Technology Administration
John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center


The U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, prepared this report for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Real Estate Services (HEPR). Carson Poe of the Volpe Center's Transportation Policy and Planning Technical Center led the project team, which consisted of Gina Filosa and Julianne Schwarzer, also of the Transportation Policy and Planning Technical Center; Aviva Brecher of the Environmental and Energy Systems Technical Center; and Katherine Millette of MacroSys. Richard Moeller of O.R. Colan Associates also contributed.

The Volpe Center project team wishes to thank the numerous stakeholders who contributed their time and invaluable insights in completing this research, including staff from the State Departments of Transportation (DOT) in California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, and Texas, as well as the Town of Carver, Massachusetts; the Sacramento Municipal Utility District; Five Stars International; Portland General Electric (PGE); Ohio State University; Utah State University; the University of Texas at Austin; and Good Company. Their commitment to the topics in this report greatly assisted the FHWA and Volpe Center's effort to advance innovation while developing and promoting effective transportation policy. Special thanks are due to the FHWA Oregon Division Office, Oregon DOT, PGE, and Five Stars International for their help in organizing and hospitality in hosting a March 2011 peer exchange held in Portland, Oregon.

The project team would also like to thank Bruce Bradley and Virginia Tsu of HEPR and Connie Hill of FHWA's Sustainable Transport and Climate Change Team for their guidance in selecting stakeholders, conducting the interviews, convening the peer exchange, and developing the report.

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