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2019-6-21
The U.S. Department of Transportation granted Washington State University $7.5 million to lead a National university transportation center focused on improving the durability and extending the lifespan of the Nation's transportation infrastructure. The new center is the only one in the U.S. focused on the state of repair in infrastructure.
Academia,
WA
Asset Management

2019-6-21
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is working to reduce air pollution levels in El Paso, which qualifies as a "non-attainment" area under Environmental Protection Act standards. TxDOT is promoting several driving behavior changes that can help reduce pollution, including keeping tires full and vehicles well-maintained, not topping off the gas tank, braking slowly and obeying speed limits, and avoiding idling whenever possible.
Industry,
TX
Air Quality

2019-6-21
A recent report from the American Lung Association ranks Houston the ninth worst U.S. metro area for ozone pollution and the 17th worst in the broad category of long-term particle pollution. However, according to a newly-published study in the journal Atmospheric Environment, replacing at least 35 percent of Houston's gas- and diesel-powered cars and trucks with electric vehicles by 2040 could improve air quality by 50 percent. Additionally, if electric vehicles replaced 75 percent of traditional cars and trucks by 2040, air quality could improve by 75 percent, according to the study.
Industry,
TX
Air Quality

2019-6-7
The Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA) launched an initiative called Reboot the Commute that consists of traffic mitigation programs ranging from vanpools to bus rapid transit. The initiative intends to help ease congestion in Charleston in order to preserve quality of life while also attracting a strong knowledge-based workforce. Reboot the Commute was devised by roughly the top 20 employers in the region, which make up about 10 percent of the workforce. Studies showed 81 percent of the region’s workforce commutes alone by car, and 61 percent of these commuters are traveling during peak rush hour. This leaves a lot of room for new ideas to help reduce commuting time in Charleston.
Industry,
SC
Congestion

2019-6-7
A comprehensive new study published in the Journal of Transportation and Health found that protected bike lanes make cyclists as well as drivers more safe. Researchers at the University of Colorado, Denver and the University of New Mexico analyzed 13 years of crash and street design data from 12 large U.S. cities to understand what makes some streets more dangerous than others. Where cycle tracks were most abundant on a citywide basis, fatal crash rates dropped by 44 percent compared to the average city, and injury rates were halved.
Industry,
National
Safety

2019-6-7
The National Safety Council (NSC) recognized 16 Texas employers for their driver safety accomplishments. NSC gave out the Texas Employer Traffic Safety Awards at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute Traffic Safety Conference in San Antonio to employers that successfully modified their employees’ risky driving behaviors. Some of the accomplishments by this year's award recipients include the City of Austin Public Works Department's training program that trained all drivers in defensive driving methods, resulting in a 50% reduction in preventable collisions, and Star Shuttle & Charter’s safety training and safety challenges that resulted in an 80% reduction in preventable crashes during the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same time in 2017.
Industry,
National
Safety

2019-5-24
This report provides guidance to transportation agencies to help improve their use of data for performance management. The guidance is organized around six data life-cycle stages and includes a discussion of what is involved in implementing each step and some of the critical choices to be made, a synthesis of key points in the form of “Dos and Don’ts,” checklists that can be used to assess agency capabilities and identify opportunities for improvement, and illustrative examples.
National association,
National
Data Management

2019-5-24
The Pioneer Institute in Boston is focusing its 2019 Better Government Competition on collecting ideas for easing Boston's road congestion. Boston is the seventh most congested city in the U.S. The Pioneer Institute is looking for ways to help commuters get where they need to be quickly. The competition will award $10,000 to the winning entry and four $1,000 prizes to runners-up.
Industry,
MA
Congestion

2019-5-24
A study published in the journal Science Advances demonstrated that ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft contributed to more than half of the increase in congestion in San Francisco between 2010 (before ride-sharing went mainstream) and 2016. The study is a joint effort of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority and the University of Kentucky. San Franciscans spent 62 percent more time sitting in traffic in 2016 than in 2010.
Industry,
CA
Congestion

2019-5-10
This paper recommends a simple practical approach for local governments to develop performance prediction models in the absence of reliable pavement age data. It also synthesizes best practices for data pre-processing and validation of the model prediction capability. 
National association,
National
Asset Management, Data Management

2019-4-26
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) kicked spring off with the relaunch of a $5.6 million public safety campaign aimed at eliminating traffic deaths at railroad crossings. The campaign reminds car drivers that they have to yield to trains when crossing railroad tracks because trains take far longer to stop.
Industry,
National
Safety

2019-4-26
A Northwestern University study calculated the differences in air pollution created by battery-powered electric vehicles versus internal combustion engines. The researchers discovered that even when their electricity is generated from combustion sources, electric vehicles have a net positive impact on air quality and climate change.
Industry,
National
Air Quality

2019-4-26
This paper reviews treatment of performance measures in state freight plans (SFPs) mandated under the FAST Act. This responds to the growing interest in freight performance measurement in government and industry, including concern for assuring supply chain performance to support the economy. A list of good practices is offered, including selecting measures that are easily understood by key stakeholders, supported by readily available data, responsive to state needs and conditions, covering the most important modes in the state, timely, and appropriately granular to support specific choices.
National association,
National
Freight

2019-4-12
The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced the two finalists for the third and final stage of the Solving for Safety Visualization Challenge, which was launched in June last year to develop analytical visualization tools to gain insights or inform decisions to improve safety by finding solutions that could reduce serious crashes on the Nation’s road and rail systems. The finalist teams are from Ford Motor Company and the University of Central Florida.
Industry,
National
Data Management, Safety

2019-4-12
A team of air quality and health researchers led by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) have created the first county-by-county interactive heat map and city-by-city table detailing the distribution of childhood asthma due to traffic-related air pollution across the United States. The effort found that asthma cases attributable to traffic-related air pollution dramatically decreased over between 2000 and 2010.
Industry,
National
Air Quality

2019-4-12
This report synthesizes the results of a survey administered to state departments of transportation (DOTs) to gauge their overall status in complying with rulemakings on transportation performance management, and to measure DOT interest in using new metrics and prioritization techniques to advance data-driven processes for decision making.
National association,
National
General TPM, Data Management

2019-3-29
This presentation provides an overview of Minnesota DOT's risk-based scenario analysis approach.
State,
MN
General TPM

2019-3-29
The Michigan Department of Transportation launched a new online dashboard to give the public up-to-date information on bridge conditions across the state. Bridge conditions are rated on a 0-9 scale. Condition ratings are an important tool for transportation asset management, as they are used to identify preventative maintenance needs and to determine rehabilitation and replacement projects that require funding.
Industry,
MI
Asset Management

2019-3-15
The City of Boston's Mayor Marty Walsh announced new transportation initiatives intended to reduce traffic congestion, emissions, and traffic injuries. These include installing adaptive traffic signals, assigning designated pick up and drop off areas for ridesharing companies, providing free transit passes to Boston Public Schools students in grades 7-12, and reducing speed limits to 20 mph on city streets.
Industry,
MA
Congestion, Air Quality, Safety

2019-3-15
Several California public agencies collaborated to host a demonstration of the potential of connected vehicle (CV) systems to improve air quality by reducing truck emissions. The demonstration used Volvo Group's Eco-Drive technology on two freight corridors in California. The demonstration marks the beginning of a year long technology assessment and design refinement period for Eco-Drive that also aims to improve health and quality of life in communities affected by heavy truck traffic.
Industry,
CA
Freight

2019-3-1
Forward Pinellas, the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Clearwater and St. Petersburg, Florida, area, has approved safety performance measures and targets to related to decreasing the number of traffic injuries and fatalities in the region. With this additional focus on improving safety, the group hopes to combat the steadily increasing number of traffic fatalities it has seen over the last several years.
Industry,
FL
Safety

2019-3-1
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his support for Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to toll vehicles entering the busiest parts of Manhattan in order to raise funds for the city's failing subway system. The toll would also reduce congestion in the crowded New York City streets. The proposal is currently being considered by the State legislature.
Industry,
NY
Congestion

2019-2-15
TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 528: Analyzing Data for Measuring Transportation Performance by State DOTs and MPOs summarizes what data state departments of transportation (DOTs) and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) are using and how they are measuring transportation performance. Knowledge about transportation data already exists, but may be fragmented, scattered, and unevaluated. This report synthesizes current knowledge and practice about data management to help transportation organizations learn about effective practices. The report also identifies future research needs.
National association,
National
Data Management

2019-2-15
TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Web-Only Document 226: Data Visualization Methods for Transportation Agencies provides techniques for planners who have various levels of experience with displaying and reporting information in a visual format. The publication includes practices for developing visualization skills, enhancing transportation analysis, and improving public engagement. 
National association,
National
Data Management

2019-2-15
A study led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and published in the journal Nature Sustainability developed a model for predicting the impacts through 2050 of different environmental policies on human mortality rates and climate change. The study found that enforcing truck fleet maintenance is an effective way to reduce particulate emissions and reduce pollution-related illnesses.
Industry,
National
Air Quality, Freight

2019-2-15
A recent article in FleetOwner noted that the American Transportation Research Institute’s (ATRI) annual Top Truck Bottleneck List placed the New York City metro area at the top of the list of areas with the worst highway congestion in the United States. For the previous three years, Atlanta had been the worst congested area for trucks. The 2019 list examines truck congestion at 300 location on the national highway system using GPS data from approximately one million trucks.
Industry,
NY
Congestion, Freight

2019-2-1
This article from SmartCitiesDive.com describes the recent implementation by the City of Los Angeles of a Mobility Data Specification (MDS) to standardize data collected from mobility as a service (MaaS) companies. The MDS will allow the city to gather, analyze, and compare real-time data to understand users' transportation choices and behavior and to facilitate enforcement of regulations.
Industry,
CA
Data Management

2019-2-1
This article in Minnesota's online StarTribune newspaper describes a technology that the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is considering deploying this summer or fall to notify drivers of short-term (approximately one hour) lane closures. The new technology is the Smart Arrow Board. When the Smart Arrow Board displays a flashing arrow directing motorists to another lane, the board also sends information to MnDOT's Regional Transportation Management Center, where the information is posted to the state's 511 traveler information system. This is useful because usually these short-term lane closures aren't communicated through 511, Waze, or Google Maps, which causes unnecessary congestion on roadways. In addition to reducing congestion and driver frustration, this technology will also be useful in the future to communicate to autonomous vehicles changes to normal road configurations.
Industry,
MN
Congestion, Data Management

2019-2-1
Six states are wrapping up Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)-sponsored projects examining weather resilience strategies for their highway infrastructure, with the agency expecting reporting on their research to be filed sometime in February. FHWA plans to publish the reports in a resilience guidebook later in 2019. Stephen Gaj, asset management team leader in FHWA's Office of Infrastructure, led a panel discussion on integrating extreme weather resilience into state transportation asset management plans during the 2019 annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Washington, DC.
National association,
National
Asset Management, Data Management

2019-1-18
This presentation from the 12th National Conference on Transportation Asset Management—held July 14-17, 2018 in San Diego, CA—details how King County Metro developed a Transit Management Program. The presentation describes King County's benchmarking analysis, stakeholder identification, risk and data analysis tools, and guidance.
County,
WA
Data Management, Asset Management, Performance-based Planning, Target Setting, Air Quality, Operations, Freight, Pavements, Safety

2019-1-18
This presentation from the 12th National Conference on Transportation Asset Management—held July 14-17, 2018 in San Diego, CA—provides an overview of Iowa DOT's governance and organizational change in the case of TAM development. The presentation provides examples of governance structures and emphasizes their importance in achieving change.
State,
IA
Data Management, Asset Management, Performance-based Planning, Target Setting, Air Quality, Operations, Freight, Pavements, Safety

2019-1-18
Online transport news website Transport Topics reported on a 2019 Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board session on last mile freight delivery. The article notes that session panelists were hopeful about the potential for small robots to alleviate last mile delivery problems. Recent innovations in loading zone reservation technology, made possible through smart phone applications, could also help make freight delivery simpler.
Industry,
National
Freight, Data Management

2019-1-4
This presentation from the 12th National Conference on Transportation Asset Management, held July 14 - 17, 2018 in San Diego, California, is an overview of New York DOT's development of a single, shared, authoritative destination for data and information. The presentation provides examples of data (and data visualization) tools used, project framework, and best practices.
State,
NY
Data Management, Air Quality, Operations, Freight, Pavements, Safety

2019-1-4
The Ohio DOT is partnering with seven other states (Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin) to implement a multi-state Truck Parking Information Management System (TPIMS). The system, which will be fully operational in January 2019, will provide real-time information about available parking spaces at nine Ohio rest areas. This will lead to fewer non-routine maintenance repairs on highway shoulders and ramps due to illegal parking, reduce CO2 emissions caused by trucks searching for parking, and generate more than $403 million in benefits through the life of the project.
State,
OH
Asset Management, Freight

2019-1-4
This presentation from the 12th National Conference on Transportation Asset Management held July 14-17, 2018 in San Diego, California details the framework, data collection (through photos and LiDAR), and condition assessment for pavement and road asset condition in Hawaii. The presentation provides examples of the data collected, programs used, and best practices.
State,
HI
Asset Management, Pavements

2019-1-4
This article by the Minnesota Star Tribune details how the Minnesota DOT will be deploying a new invention—lighted bars at the ends of snow plow blades—in the 2018-2019 winter season with the hope of decreasing snow plow and motorist collisions. The lighted bars were invented by a member of the Minnesota DOT's Safety Innovation Team. The Minnesota DOT expects that the lights will not only aid motorists but also assist snow plow operators in better seeing the edges of their plows so they can make more precise and accurate maneuvers.
State,
MN
Target Setting, Safety

2018-12-14
This presentation on Illinois All-Hazards Transportation System was delivered to the Technical Subcommittee on Risk Management by Christopher Schmidt, Air Quality Manager at the Illinois DOT, on November 13, 2018. It provides an overview of updates to the 2003 All-Hazards System and describes the current system's capabilities.
State,
IL
Asset Management, Data Management, Safety

2018-12-14
According to data released November 1, 2018, by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), highway crashes accounted for 95 percent of all transportation-related fatalities in 2017. There were 673 fewer highway fatalities in 2017 than in 2016. According to the Chairman of NTSB, Robert Sumwalt, NTSB has identified 22 highway safety recommendations that have the potential to prevent crashes and save lives. The NTSB data is discussed in this article by Safety and Health Magazine, the official magazine of the National Safety Council and Expo.
Industry,
National
Data Management, Safety

2018-12-14
This report examines how a number of state DOTs have used Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications to fulfill MAP-21 requirements as part of their TPM programs and efforts, and was developed in response to the requests of participants at an FHWA-sponsored peer exchange on the same topic, held June 30-July 2, 2015 in Spokane, WA. The report supports geographic information system (GIS) practitioners and decision-makers by identifying examples of noteworthy practices, considering the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches in using GIS solutions for TPM and related efforts, and determining how to best use GIS to communicate the impacts of performance-based operations and planning at the State DOT level.
Federal,
National
Data Management, Asset Management, Performance-based Planning, Target Setting, Air Quality, Operations, Freight, Pavements, Safety

2018-12-14
According to an article by Roads and Bridges magazine, in recent years there has been an increased focus on implementing preservation techniques to extend the useful life of pavement. Researchers at Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Department of Transportation tested the “Mississippi permeameter” device as part of a study whose results were presented at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). The article summarizes the results of their findings and adds information about additional research that has been conducted since presenting at TRB.
Industry,
MS
Asset Management, Pavements

2018-11-30
This report by the Caltrans Division of Research, Innovation, and System Information describes Caltrans’ preliminary investigation of techniques for sealing highway pavement cracks and longitudinal joints. The goal of the preliminary investigation was to develop a comprehensive perspective of state-of-the-art crack cleaning methods and equipment to assist Caltrans’ identification and implementation of the most beneficial tools to enhance their highway crack sealing operations.
Transit,
CA
Asset Management, Pavements

2018-11-16
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and SharedStreets announced a partnership to pilot a comprehensive standard and analysis tool for mobility data on dockless scooters and bicycles. The resulting data standards and open source tools will allow other cities and private sector mobility operators to collaboratively manage streets and achieve key mobility, safety, and equity goals, while protecting privacy.
National association,
MI
Data Management, General TPM

2018-11-16
This article in Roads and Bridges online magazine examines how state DOTs can achieve a working priority scheme for the maintenance of their highway and road infrastructure. It describes how the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) balances its highway maintenance obligations through various transfers to local governments as well as other negotiations.
Industry,
GA
Asset Management, Performance-based Planning, Air Quality, Operations, Freight, Pavements, Safety

2018-11-16
This example MPO Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) update from the Missouri Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) includes coordinated safety and transit targets. The update includes federal transit asset management measures (Equipment, Rolling Stock, Infrastructure, and Facilities measures) and federal safety measures (Fatalities, Fatality Rate, Serious Injuries, Serious Injury Rate, and Non-Motorized Fatalities and Serious Injuries measures).
MPO,
MO
Target Setting, General TPM

2018-11-9
The new TPM Timeline Tool created by The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is a web-based interactive tool intended to help State DOTs, MPOs, and transit agencies understand and plan for their federally-required performance management activities. The TPM Timeline Tool is located on AASHTO’s TPM Portal, an online repository of TPM-related tools, documents, and information. By interactively displaying all the applicable requirements on either a timeline or table, agencies can quickly visualize the requirements that are of interest to them and delve into them more deeply.
National association,
National
Asset Management, Performance-based Planning, Target Setting, Data Management, Performance Reporting

2018-11-9
The Boston Region MPO manages an interactive dashboard that tells the story of how the Boston region’s transportation system has changed over time. Explore data on crashes, bridge and pavement condition, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, congestion, and characteristics of people who use the system.
MPO,
MA
Asset Management, Performance-based Planning, Target Setting, Data Management, Performance Reporting, General TPM

2018-11-9
Ford, Uber, Lyft and the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) are teaming up with SharedStreets to better understand how city streets are being used and to find ways to make them safer, smarter, and more efficient. The end goal is to reduce traffic collisions and improve efficiency, both in terms of vehicle emissions and in terms of traffic density.
National association,
National
Target Setting, Data Management, Performance Reporting, Operations

2018-11-9
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)’s online magazine, Spectrum, notes that researchers at the University of Maryland’s School of Engineering built an AI and big data-based travel app that nudges users to make smarter travel decisions—ones that benefit the environment, the user, and other travelers. incenTrip is part of a $4.5 million project funded by the Department of Energy to reduce energy consumption in personal transportation. It awards points based on how a user chooses to get around, giving more points for taking public transportation or for commuting outside peak travel times, for example.
National association,
MD
Target Setting, Data Management, Air Quality

2018-11-9
Forbes magazine reports that in July 2018 Michigan passed Act 323 to create the Michigan Infrastructure Council which, among other responsibilities, drew from the Regional Asset Management Pilot to develop an integrated asset management process which will help the state, regions, local governments and utilities make more informed, strategic decisions and coordinated investments.
Industry,
MI
Asset Management, Performance-based Planning, Target Setting, Data Management, General TPM

2018-11-9
TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has released a pre-publication, non-edited version of Research Report 898: A Guide to Developing Financial Plans and Performance Measures for Transportation Asset Management. The report presents guidance for state departments of transportation (DOTs) and other agencies conducting financial analyses and developing financial plans to support efficient and effective management of the agency’s transportation assets. The guide addresses fiscal and programmatic constraints associated with federal and state legislation; methodologies for valuing assets, forecasting and allocating financial resources; financial performance measures and targets; and practical concerns related to financial markets and accounting requirements.
National association,
National
Asset Management, Data Management, Air Quality, Operations, Freight, Pavements, Safety

2018-11-9
The American Transportation Research Institute released the findings of its 2018 update to An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking.  Using financial data provided directly by motor carriers throughout the country, this research documents and analyzes trucking costs from 2008 through 2017 – providing trucking industry stakeholders with a high-level benchmarking tool, and government agencies with a baseline for future transportation infrastructure improvement analyses.
Industry,
National
Asset Management, Data Management, Freight, Operations

2018-10-19
Developed as part of NCHRP Report 20-118, this platform supports comparative benchmarking among state DOTs. It enables users to quickly evaluate their agency’s performance relative to peers on pre-determined measures. The platform will provide a centralized and standardized way of viewing performance on multiple transportation performance measures.
Federal,
National
Performance-based Planning, Target Setting, General TPM

2018-10-19
This fact sheet from Arkansas DOT (ARDOT) collects a variety of information on ARDOT's performance measure target setting for safety, per 23 CFR 490.207. The fact sheet includes information about ARDOT’s methodology, and also compares 2019 targets to trends in previous years.
State,
AR
Target Setting, General TPM

2018-10-19
This presentation from the 12th National Conference on Transportation Asset Management is an account of Rural County Pavement Preservation Planning in Minnesota. The presentation lists challenges usually encountered by local rural counties in pavement preservation, and ways to overcome them using management strategies, data tools, prioritization planning, and specific funding sources.
National association,
National
Asset Management, Pavements

2018-10-19
The North Dakota DOT Transportation Innovations Program, or TRIP, is a new program to identify and implement innovative ideas in transportation projects, processes and products. The homepage includes a summary listing of such innovations and contains links for users to submit new ideas.
State,
National
Performance-based Planning, Target Setting, Asset Management, General TPM

2018-10-19
Collin Castle of the Michigan Department of Transportation and Alison Ragan of the Wyoming Department of Transportation were named the winners of the 2018 Transportation Vanguard Award during the annual meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in Atlanta Sept. 20-24, 2018. This award recognizes State DOT professionals at the forefront of new developments and technologies. Both Mr. Castle and Ms. Ragan are heavily involved in bolstering their respective state’s ITS programs through performance management and other innovative techniques.
Industry,
National
Recognition, General TPM

Updated: 06/20/2019
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