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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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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.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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The Innovative DOT: A Handbook of Policy and Practice (Focus Area 7: Integrate Transportation and Land Use Decision-Making – Climate Change Resilience and Long-Range Planning Section)

January 2015

“The Innovative DOT: A Handbook of Policy and Practice,” developed by the State Smart Transportation Initiative and Smart Growth America, contains a resiliency section that provides guidance for state departments of transportation (DOTs) on how to incorporate climate change adaptation into long-range transportation planning. It provides state DOTs with a comprehensive list of reforms that will address potential climate-related vulnerabilities and reduce the likelihood, magnitude, duration and cost of disruption associated with extreme weather.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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Preliminary Study of Climate Adaptation for the Statewide Transportation System in Arizona

March 2013

The Arizona Department of Transportation’s (ADOT) Preliminary Study of Climate Adaptation for the Statewide Transportation System in Arizona is intended to provide a preliminary assessment of climate impacts on ADOT infrastructure and a framework for how ADOT can begin to incorporate adaptation into transportation decision-making. The study methodology included mapping ADOT decision-makers; completing a literature review of climate science for the region and adaptation best practices for the Southwest; and conducting online and focus group surveys.

Related Organizations: Arizona Department of Transportation, Cambridge Systematics, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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A Framework for Considering Climate Change in Transportation and Land Use Scenario Planning: Lessons Learned from an Interagency Pilot Project on Cape Cod: Final Report

March 2012

The Interagency Transportation, Land Use, and Climate Change Pilot Project utilized a scenario planning process to develop a multi-agency transportation and land use focused development strategy for Cape Cod, Massachusetts.   The intention of  the project is to achieve a reduction in future greenhouse gas emissions while also considering the potential impacts of sea-level rise on the region. To help develop long-term mitigation and adaptation strategies, the Volpe Center of the Department of Transportation worked with a team of federal, regional, and state stakeholders to execute this scenario planning pilot project on Cape Cod in order to integrate climate change considerations into existing and continuing transportation, land use, coastal zone, and hazard mitigation planning processes.

Related Organizations: John A. Volpe National Transportation System Center, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Park Service (NPS)

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Flooded Bus Barns and Buckled Rails: Public Transportation and Climate Change Adaptation

August 2011

This report from the Federal Transit Administration compiles climate change adaptation analyses and information for use in adapting U.S. public transportation assets and services to climate change impacts. The report is targeted at transit professionals and aims to prompt the consideration of climate resiliency in the transit industry by providing sector-specific adaptation information.

Related Organizations: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Author or Affiliated User: Tina Hodges

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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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Iowa Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Report – Findings Related to Infrastructure

2011

The Iowa Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience Report identifies barriers to and incentives for incorporating climate change information into local hazard mitigation and comprehensive planning processes, in order to improve community resilience to climate impacts through coordinated planning, hazard assessment, and infrastructure investment decision-making. The report presents the findings of a pilot project between the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Iowa stakeholders, developed through a series of meetings and workshops.

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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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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2010 California Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Guidelines

April 7, 2010

Related Organizations: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

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