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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

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2010 California Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Guidelines

April 7, 2010

Related Organizations: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

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2010 California Regional Transportation Plan Guidelines - Recommendations for Adapting the Regional Transportation System to Climate Change

April 7, 2010

The California Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Guidelines provides a uniform transportation planning framework for use by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPAs). The Guidelines cover all aspects of regional transportation planning, with one section offering recommendations for considering climate change. The Guidelines recommend that as a best practice, MPOs and RTPAs should begin to incorporate climate change into their long-range transportation plans.

Related Organizations: California Transportation Commission

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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.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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Impacts of Climate Change in Flood Frequency Analysis for Transportation Design in Alaska

July 2010

This study addresses whether or not current flood frequency estimates for south-central Alaska adequately characterize true flood occurrences given limited observational data, the influence of natural climate variability on extreme events, and potential climate change. The research is intended to lead to the understanding of regional hydrology while resulting in the least total cost for this aspect of transportation infrastructure in Alaska.

Related Organizations: Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

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Edmonston, Maryland Green Streets Project

2010

Edmonston, a small town near Washington DC in Prince George’s County, MD, created a “green street” to address previous problems with flooding on Decatur Street near the Anacostia River. The town wanted to better manage that flooding and improve water quality, as well as to manage traffic by narrowing the street.   The project utilizes a variety of green infrastructure tools to reduce stormwater runoff, thereby decreasing the amount of polluted water that enters the Anacostia River.   While the project does not specifically reference climate change as a motivation, the methodology and considerations for this project, could be useful for a jurisdiction that will experience heavier precipitation due to climate change.

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The City of Keene, New Hampshire’s Adaptation Planning Activities – Transportation Elements

September 13, 2010

This case study details efforts in Keene, New Hampshire to assess the vulnerability of transportation assets to future climate impacts and to recommend adaptive responses in city land-use and transportation plans. Keene’s 2007 Adaptation Action Plan identified transportation infrastructure vulnerable to climate impacts and suggested strategies to improve its resiliency. In 2010, Keene incorporated recommendations from the Adaptation Plan into the city’s Comprehensive Master Plan, which provides the general template for future zoning and land-use regulations in the City, including decisions about the city road system.

Related Organizations: City of Keene, New Hampshire

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French Broad River MPO Long Range Transportation Plan – Climate Change Chapter

September 23, 2010

The French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), which includes Asheville, North Carolina and the surrounding area, included a climate change chapter in its 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), adopted in 2010. The chapter identifies the impacts that climate change has already caused in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and concludes that the primary future impact in the region will be climate variability. The chapter considers the risks expected to increase with greater temperature and precipitation variability, and identifies steps the MPO can take to adapt its infrastructure.

Related Organizations: French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)

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Surfer’s Point Managed Retreat Project – Relocation of Transportation Facilities

The Surfer’s Point Managed Shoreline Retreat Project involved the relocation of a bike path and parking lot along 1,800 feet of shoreline in City of San Buenaventura, Ventura County. The transportation assets affected by the project include a damaged bike path, a 223-space parking lot for the Ventura County Fairgrounds, and Shoreline Drive.  Surfer’s Point is a beach and popular surf break at mouth of the Ventura River. 

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2060 Florida Transportation Plan

December 2010

The 2060 Florida Transportation Plan (FTP) is an effective example of mainstreaming the consideration of climate change into an existing strategic planning framework. It defines Florida's future transportation vision, goals, objectives, and strategies to guide transportation decisions over the next 50 years, while indicating the need to consider climatic changes and related impacts into both planning variables, and key decisions (e.g. infrastructure siting, maintenance and operations).

Related Organizations: State of Florida Department of Transportation

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