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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)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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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

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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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)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Post Hurricane Sandy Transportation Resilience Study in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut

October 2017

The Federal Highway Administration led a Hurricane Sandy Resiliency Study to inform ways to improve resilience of the tri-state New York - New Jersey - Connecticut region's transportation system and to inform disaster recovery efforts. The study, which began in 2013 and was completed in late 2017, involved a detailed assessment of the impacts and disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy as well as from several other extreme weather events occurring in the area in 2011, and analyzed vulnerability and risk to the tri-state transportation system at three different scales: regional (entire study area), subarea (corridor/small network), and facility.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) , New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), Greater Bridgeport, Connecticut Regional Council, New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), South Western Regional Planning Agency (SWRPA)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning: Agency Roles and Workforce Development Needs

October 2017

Produced by researchers at the Transportation Research Center at University of Vermont, this report focuses on the capacity and needs of transportation agencies to engage in climate resilience and adaptation planning. In particular, the report points to workforce development needs that transportation agencies surveyed identified, and recommends ways to address these gaps so as to better advance adaptation and resilience planning at transportation agencies.

Related Organizations: National Center for Sustainable Transportation

Resource Category: Planning

 

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A Guidebook for Sustainability Performance Measurement for Transportation Agencies

2011

The Transportation Research Board’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 708: 'A Guidebook for Sustainability Performance Measurement for Transportation Agencies' describes the underlying principles of sustainability as it relates to transportation, possible goals that can be used to address those principles, and performance measures that can be used to address those goals.

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

Authors or Affiliated Users: Josias Zietsman, Tara Ramani, Joanne R. Potter, Virginia Reeder, Joshua DeFlorio

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Dane County, Wisconsin 2014 Budget - climate adaptation funding for infrastructure

November 2013

The 2014 Dane County, Wisconsin executive budget proposal asked for nearly $1 million in funding for climate adaptation, including several transportation infrastructure improvements such as larger culverts for increased precipitation runoff. This is the first time that the Dane County Executive has included requests for climate adaptation funding in its budget. The County Board adopted the proposed budget in November 2013.

Related Organizations: Dane County, Wisconsin Climate Change Action Council

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Rebuilding Minnesota Highway 210 near Jay Cooke State Park

November 2013

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) implemented several different solutions to address damage to Minnesota Highway 210 near Jay Cooke State Park to improve the future resilience of the highway. Measures include custom culvert design, soil stabilization, and replacing culverts with bridges. Multiple sections of Highway 210 remain closed while MnDOT conducts damage assessments and develops long-term plans.

Related Organizations: Minnesota Department of Transportation

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Boston Architectural College Green Alley Initiative

October 2013

The Boston Architectural College (BAC) installed a green alley demonstration project on its campus located in the Back Bay area of Boston along the Charles River.   The green alley used permeable pavement to allow stormwater to percolate through the road bed to recharge groundwater and filter pollutants.   The project was designed to be replicable and to help with public education on the benefits and design of green infrastructure. The purpose of the green alley is to reduce polluted runoff by filtering and redirecting rainfall to the groundwater table.

Related Organizations: Boston Architectural College, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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