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A Transportation Research Program for Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change and Conserving Energy (TRB Special Report 299)

2009

In 2008, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee recognized that major legislation might be enacted in 2009 that could have profound effects on future surface transportation policies at all levels of government. The TRB Executive Committee recognized that new research and policy analysis would be needed to inform decisions at all levels of government in responding to the challenges of reducing transportation energy consumption and GHG emissions. In reviewing proposals for transportation research programs as part of reauthorizing the federal surface transportation program, the Executive Committee also found a gap: no proposals explicitly addressed research to mitigate GHG emissions and energy consumption attributable to passenger and freight travel, or to adapt to climate change. Also of concern was the lack of discussion and analysis concerning how proposals to change travel demand might interact with the system in place to raise revenues for surface transportation. In response to its concerns about gaps in proposed research programs, the Executive Committee recommended a study to suggest research programs to fill those gaps. This report is the product of that study.

Related Organizations: Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Caltrans - Addressing Climate Change Adaptation in Regional Transportation Plans: A Guide for California MPOs and RTPAs

February 2013

This guide is intended to be a resource to support metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and regional transportation planning agencies (RTPAs) in incorporating climate change impacts into their decision-making and planning processes. The guide helps MPOs and RTPAs with assessing risks to transportation assets from different climate stressors, inventorying assets, assessing the vulnerability of assets, and incorporating climate change into long-range planning and investment decisions. To facilitate these processes, the guide includes: background information on climate adaptation, recommended data and information to assist in incorporating climate considerations into regional planning, and a step-by-step process for integrating climate risks into plans.

Related Organizations: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

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FDOT Rebuild of Highway A1A in Fort Lauderdale

December 2015

After Hurricane Sandy washed out a segment of the state highway, the Florida Department of Transportation (“FDOT”) and the City of Fort Lauderdale rebuilt a portion of the A1A highway (“A1A”) to be more resilient to future impacts. The redesigned highway segment includes several different features that will increase the highway’s resilience to future flooding and erosion and will also make the city more walkable and bikeable:

Related Organizations: Florida Department of Transportation, City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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FHWA - Regional Climate Change Effects: Useful Information for Transportation Agencies

May 10, 2010

Developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), this report is intended to provide the transportation community (including highway engineers, planners, NEPA practitioners) with transparent, regional information on projected climate changes and effects that are most relevant to the U.S. highway system. This information is designed to inform assessments of the risks and vulnerabilities facing the current U.S. transportation system, and support planning and project development activities. When possible, related regional-scale information about extreme climate stressors is also provided to assist highway planners in relating climate change impacts on infrastructure of concern. 

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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FHWA Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Framework

December 2012

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA's) Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Framework is a guide for use in analyzing the impacts of climate change and extreme weather on transportation infrastructure. The framework is designed to help identify key considerations, questions, and resources that can be used to develop and implement a climate change vulnerability assessment. The processes, lessons learned, and resources outlined in the framework are geared toward State departments of transportation (DOTs), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other agencies involved in planning, building, or maintaining the transportation system.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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FHWA INVEST Tool – Infrastructure Resiliency Criteria

October 2012

The Federal Highway Administration’s INVEST Tool (Tool) provides a collection of voluntary best practices (“criteria”) and associated point values to help transportation agencies and practitioners evaluate and improve the sustainability and climate resilience of their projects and programs. The Tool allows transportation agencies to evaluate the sustainability of their agency practices and projects across the entire transportation lifecycle, by self-assigning points based on how well they have met requirements set out for each particular criterion. Criteria specific for infrastructure resiliency are incorporated into the Tool’s categories (called “modules”) for planning at the state and regional level, and for project development. These resiliency criteria help agencies plan and design for current and future hazards, including climate change. The Tool notes that planning and designing for infrastructure resiliency supports all of the triple bottom line principles of sustainability (environmental, social, and economic) as it provides energy savings, improves safety and security of the transportation system and users, and reduces future spending on infrastructure replacement.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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FHWA Virtual Framework for Vulnerability Assessment

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) hosts and maintains the Virtual Framework for Vulnerability Assessment website that provides data, tools, and guidance to help state, local, and regional transportation agencies assess the vulnerability of transportation assets and systems to climate change and extreme weather events. The tools and trainings included in this website can be used in conjunction with FHWA's assessment guide Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Framework.  

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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Massachusetts Port Authority Resiliency Program and Floodproofing Design Guide

April 2015

In 2014, the Massachusetts Port Authority (“Massport”) began the Massport Resiliency Program to protect Massport transportation facilities from flooding hazards caused by extreme storms and rising sea levels as a result of climate change. The program seeks to better prepare for the impacts of climate change by incorporating resilience principles into Massport’s business strategy and operations. As a part of this program, Massport created a Floodproofing Design Guide (“Guide”) that will help make the built environment resilient to sea-level rise and major flood events.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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New Jersey TransitGrid – Microgrid Project to Help Power NJ Transit

August 26, 2013

The New Jersey Governor’s Office of Recovery and Rebuilding, New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) partnered to lead the design of NJ TransitGrid, an advanced electrical microgrid for the NJ Transit system in order to make the state’s transit infrastructure more resilient in the face of future extreme weather events and other disasters. NJ TransitGrid, which is being implemented also in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), will incorporate a natural gas-fired electric power generating plant as well as renewable energy and distributed generation. During emergencies and recovery periods, NJ TransitGrid will provide reliable power for the core portion of NJ Transit’s commuter system, as well as powering other functions like signals and electrical loads at certain stations.

Related Organizations: New Jersey (NJ) Transit, Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

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Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) Engineering Department Manual - Climate Resilience Design Guidelines

January 22, 2015

The Engineering Department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) produced the Climate Resilience Design Guidelines (guidelines) to ensure that new agency infrastructure and buildings are designed to account for projected changes in temperature, precipitation, and sea level.  PANYNJ project architects and engineers are to use the guidelines to assess the vulnerability of projects to future impacts and to address those impacts when designing port authority infrastructure and buildings. These guidelines were updated following Hurricane Sandy to improve infrastructure resilience to climate conditions and severe storms.

Related Organizations: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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