News & Updates
Weekly Briefs for the Week of June 11, 2012
- Estimating Life Expectancies of Highway Assets – This two-volume report provides a methodology for estimating the life expectancies of major types of highway system assets for use in lifecycle cost analyses that support management decision making. Volume 1 is a guidebook for applying the methodology in DOT asset management policies and programs. Volume 2 describes the technical issues and data needs associated with estimating asset life expectancies and the practices used in a number of fields to make such estimates.
- Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes as a Leading Cause Of Death in the United States, 2008 and 2009 – This Research Note examines the status of motor vehicle traffic crashes as a leading cause of death in the United States in 2009.
- An Economic and Life Cycle Analysis of Regional Land Use and Transportation Plans – This study estimates the change in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions in the Sacramento region by applying the economic production and consumption data from the “Preferred Blueprint” and “Business-As-Usual” scenarios as simulated with the Sacramento PECAS model as inputs.
- Aviation Security: Actions Needed to Address Challenges and Potential Vulnerabilities Related to Securing Inbound Air Cargo – This report examines (1) TSA actions taken since October 2010 to enhance the security of inbound air cargo transported on both passenger aircraft and all-cargo carriers; and (2) any associated challenges TSA faces.
- Miscellaneous Reports
- Enhancing State Energy Efficiency Efforts Through Information and Outreach to Consumers – This paper shows how state policies and programs can help drive participation in energy efficiency programs through new marketing techniques and maximize energy savings through changes in consumer behavior.
- Five Major Energy Problems the Next President Has to Face – This paper recommends the next president’s energy plan to consider five major events that disrupted energy markets in the past four years: the Arab Spring, the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, the shale gas “revolution,” the shift in the global macroeconomic landscape, and the ever-closer peril of climate change.
- Creating a strong tolling arm – This paper discusses ever increasing interest in tolling among states and provide guidelines to help DOTs create a strong tolling arm.