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2010 California Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Guidelines

April 7, 2010

Related Organizations: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change/ Variability Science and Adaptative Strategies for State and Regional Transportation Decision Making

April 2010

The objective of this study was to generate a baseline understanding of current policy responses to climate change at the state and regional transportation planning and decision levels. The focus of the project was to determine if state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in the U. S. are addressing the issue of climate change in general and, more specifically, considering adaptation measures for potential climate change impacts. The research approach included content analysis, an in-depth survey of stakeholders, and interviews with stakeholders.

Related Organizations: Texas A&M University, Southwest Region University Transportation Center

Author or Affiliated User: Eric Lindquist

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Green Technologies for Reducing Slope Erosion, Preliminary Investigation

January 28, 2010

As climate change alters precipitation patterns, departments of transportation will increasingly face the problem of slope failures. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) conducted this Preliminary Investigation to identify innovative strategies for reducing the risk of roadside slope erosion. They hope to implement the latest vegetative and soil-based solutions for reducing the volume of highway stormwater runoff on slopes and in water conveyance systems.

Related Organizations: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Climate Action Plans and Long-Range Transportation Plans in the Pacific Northwest: a review of the state of practice

2010

Using online research and a survey, the authors of this report evaluated if and how agencies in the Pacific Northwest are preparing for climate change in their climate action plans (CAPs). Additionally, the report indicates if the goals and recommendations of CAPs are reflected in long-range transportation planning (LRTP) documents; providing examples of how CAPs can better support transportation planners. This report includes a discussion of projected climate change impacts on surface transportation infrastructure and operations by state.

Related Organizations: Portland State University, Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lindsay Walker, Miguel A. Figliozzi, Ashley R. Haire, John MacArthur

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Adaptation to Climate Change: Revisiting Infrastructure Norms

December 2009

This paper discusses three ways in which infrastructure-related decision making can be responsive to climate change impacts. it suggests three different policies that would affect the way transportation investments are made and existing structures are maintained. First, it suggests that agencies shift to an asset management approach that incorporates climate change projections. This approach will make transportation decision-makers more sensitive to the risks and costs imposed by climate change impacts.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Author or Affiliated User: James Neumann

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Transportation Planning, Climate Change, and Decision making Under Uncertainty

2008

This report discusses ways that the uncertainty created by climate change and its impacts can be incorporated into long-range transportation planning. The paper examines how departments of transportation (DOTs) forecast travel demand for planning purposes, and it suggests several frameworks (i.e. scenario planning and adaptive management) that can be used to incorporate uncertain climate change impacts into these planning processes.

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

Authors or Affiliated Users: James A. Dewar, Martin Wachs

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Operational Responses to Climate Change Impacts

December 29, 2006

Commissioned by the Transportation Research Board (TRB), this report discusses the impacts of climate change on transportation operations in the United States, and suggests adaptive responses to fully incorporate the consideration for weather-related disruptions and emergencies into systems operations and management processes. It discusses the effects of climate change on the principle activities of state departments of transportation. A particular focus of the report includes road congestion management and emergency response.

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

Author or Affiliated User: Steve Lockwood

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Design Standards for U.S. Transportation Infrastructure: The Implications of Climate Change

November 2006

This paper is intended to “provide a broad conceptual framework for the possible role and objectives of standards and guidelines for the planning, design and construction of the transportation infrastructure under the assumption that climate change is occurring and will impact U.S. transportation.”

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

Author or Affiliated User: Michael D. Meyer

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Portland, Oregon Green Streets Program

2007

Portland, Oregon’s Green Streets are streets that use vegetated facilities to manage stormwater runoff. Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) Green Street Program is a sustainable stormwater strategy that meets regulatory compliance and resource protection goals by using a natural systems approach to manage stormwater, reduce flows, improve water quality and enhance watershed health.

Related Organizations: Portland, Oregon Bureau of Environmental Services, City of Portland, Oregon

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Portland, Oregon NE Siskiyou Green Street Project Report

2007

In 2003, the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services installed two landscaped stormwater curb extensions designed to capture street stormwater runoff on Siskiyou Street in Portland, Oregon. Essentially disconnecting the street’s runoff from the City’s combined storm/sewer system, the Siskiyou curb extensions manage it on-site using a landscape alternative. The objective was to maximize the capture, treatment, and infiltration of street stormwater runoff, while enhancing the neighborhood and offering improved pedestrian safety.

Related Organizations: Portland, Oregon Bureau of Environmental Services, City of Portland, Oregon

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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