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Indicators to Measure Progress in Promoting Sustainable Communities

June 2014

In support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) Sustainable Communities program, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy released research papers examining 11 potential indicators that could help measure progress and demonstrate the benefits of sustainable communities.  

Related Organizations: Rutgers University, Georgetown Climate Center

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Oahu MPO Transportation Asset Climate Change Risk Assessment

November 2011

The Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OahuMPO) was selected by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as one of five pilots nationwide chosen in 2010 to perform and evaluate a risk assessment of climate change on important transportation assets.

Related Organizations: Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), SSFM International

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MassDOT-FHWA Pilot Project Report: Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessments and Adaptation Options for the Central Artery

June 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) commissioned a pilot project to assess climate change vulnerability of the Central Artery and Tunnel System (CA/T) for the City of Boston, Massachusetts in 2013 - 2015. Through sea level rise and storm surge modeling for Boston, the study found that this critical transportation system is highly vulnerable to flooding. The pilot team developed adaptation strategies for current and future implementation, and initiated an emergency response plan for tunnel protection.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program

The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program, jointly administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), allocates federal funds for infrastructure projects that reduce congestion and improve air quality. CMAQ funding may be used for transportation projects that reduce emissions in areas that are not in compliance with federal air quality standards or areas that formerly were not in compliance, but are now meeting those standards.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

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FHWA's Risk-Based Asset Management Planning Rule

October 24, 2016

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued this final rule to implement new planning requirements established by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST). MAP-21 and FAST require state departments of transportation (DOTs) to transition to performance-based decision-making, a large part of which is the development of a risk-based asset management plan. The new requirements are intended to ensure that federal transportation funding is spent more wisely, with specific performance targets in mind and in consideration of the likely costs to construct, operate, and maintain transportation assets over their full lifetime.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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Central Texas Extreme Weather and Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of Regional Transportation Infrastructure

January 2015

Led by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) and the City of Austin, this assessment is one of 19 national projects funded by the Federal Highway Administration to pilot approaches to conduct climate change and extreme weather vulnerability assessments of transportation infrastructure, and to analyze options for adapting and improving resiliency. Using the Department of Transportation’s Vulnerability Assessment Scoring Tool, the report evaluates the vulnerability of nine critical transportation assets – including Austin’s MetroRail Red Line and interstate highways – to climate stressors such as flooding, drought, extreme heat, wildfire, and icing.

Related Organizations: Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), City of Austin Office of Sustainability

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FHWA Transportation Alternatives Program

The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is administered by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and helps states fund a variety of activities related to improving transportation assets, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, environmental mitigation, and creating or improving recreational trails projects. 

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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EESI-CCAP Report: Preparing Transportation Infrastructure for Increased Climate Risk

May 2012

This report from the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), presents the findings of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) funded workshop to identify the critical information and technical assistance needs of state and local transportation agencies on climate change adaptation. Discussions between transportation and climate experts from all levels of government, academia, and non-profits are presented, and overall, they recognized that there needs to be a better understanding of climate science, as well as adaptation, in the transportation sector.

Related Organizations: Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Steve Winkelman, Jan Mueller, Erica Jue

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Airport Climate Adaptation and Resilience

January 1, 2012

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) produced ACRP Synthesis 33 - Airport Climate Adaptation and Resilience: A Synthesis of Airport Practice through its Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) with funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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

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FHWA Green Infrastructure Techniques for Coastal Highway Resilience Project

2016 - 2017

In spring 2016, the Federal Highway Administration launched the "Green Infrastructure Techniques for Coastal Highway Resilience" project to explore innovative ways that transportation agencies can use green infrastructure or nature-based solutions to make highways more resilient to coastal hazards, including storm surges and sea-level rise. Through the program, FHWA funded five pilot projects across different coastal states to evaluate different green infrastructure approaches and develop lessons-learned.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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