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Weekly Briefs for the Week of June 18, 2012

Putting Transit to Work in Main Street America – This report explores how smaller cities, towns, and rural places are integrating transit into their communities. It seeks to elevate the emerging best practices in smaller cities and rural places where transit investments are helping to set the stage for a robust future. Trends in Statewide […]
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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 […]
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Weekly Briefs for the Week of June 4, 2012

Major State Transportation Legislation, 2011 – This report summarizes the state legislative trends in finding new ways to finance state surface transportation systems in their 2011 sessions. Model Based Pavement-Vehicle Interaction Simulation for Life Cycle Assessment of Pavements – The study uses mathematical modeling rather than roadway experiments to look at the effect of pavement […]
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Weekly Briefs for the Week of May 28, 2012

Highway Infrastructure: Federal-State Partnership Produces Benefits and Poses Oversight Risks – This report examines (1) how the federal-aid highway program and FHWA’s oversight have changed over time; (2) the extent to which FHWA’s partnership approach produces benefits; (3) the extent to which FHWA’s partnership approach poses risks; and (4) how FHWA’s partnership with state DOTs […]
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Weekly Briefs for the Week of May 21, 2012

2011 National Traffic Scorecard – This scorecard provides a comprehensive analysis of the state of traffic congestion across the U.S. Mineta Transportation Institute Reports A Framework for Developing and Integrating Effective Routing Strategies Within the Emergency Management Decision-Support System – This report describes the modeling, calibration, and validation of a VISSIM traffic-flow simulation of the […]
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Weekly Briefs for the Week of May 7, 2012

Infrastructure 2012: Spotlight on Leadership – This report highlights examples of infrastructure leadership, exploring how six U.S. regions are approaching infrastructure in the new economy. It also examines key trends influencing infrastructure globally and reviews the massive projects underway in the rapidly urbanizing and developing countries of china, India, and Brazil. Teen Driver Risk in […]
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Weekly Briefs for the Week of April 30, 2012

Linking Community Visioning and Highway Capacity Planning – This research report developed a Vision Guide as a supporting framework that identifies the basic process and core elements of a vision and establishes possible linkages to transportation planning efforts. It presents four critical topic areas relevant to visioning and transportation planning: considering communities, reaching stakeholders, forming […]
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Weekly Briefs for the Week of April 23, 2012

Intelligent Transportation Systems: Improved DOT Collaboration and Communication Could Enhance the Use of Technology to Manage Congestion – This study addresses (1) the current and emerging uses of ITS technologies by state and local governments, (2) the challenges these governments face in using ITS, and (3) the extent to which DOT’s efforts to promote and […]
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Weekly Briefs for the Week of April 16, 2012

Transportation and the New Generation: Why Young People Are Driving Less and What It Means for Transportation Policy – This report documents the many ways in which young people are changing their transportation behavior and their desires for the future—and argues that many of those changes are here to stay. Young Drivers Report the Highest […]
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Weekly Briefs for the Week of April 9, 2012

Model-based Transportation Performance: A Comparative Framework and Literature Synthesis – This report compares performance measures recommended to achieve desired goals and reviews the literature to determine the degree to which these measures have been implemented and what they indicate about the relative effectiveness of land-use, transit, and automobile pricing policies. Multimodal and Corridor Applications of […]
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