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Examining the Role of Trip Length in Commuter Decisions to Use Public Transportation

Examining the Role of Trip Length in Commuter Decisions to Use Public Transportation

Date: October 2010
Creator: Yu, Yao & Machemehl, Randy
Description: Report that examines traveler trip lengths across transit modes, work trip duration frequency distributions and mode share distributions in 7 major cities, 8 Combined Statistical Areas and one Metropolitan Statisical Area and found the effects of increasing population and transit mdoe gvariety on work trip travel time and travel distance.
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Export growth, energy costs, and sustainable supply chains

Export growth, energy costs, and sustainable supply chains

Date: November 2010
Creator: Harrison, Rob & Seedah, Dan
Description: "The report examines sustainable supply chains in North America and the role played by rail inter-modal operations in lowering ten-mile fuel and emission costs. It examines whether current systems favor imports over exports - a current complaint from some shippers - and whether the development of inland inter-modal ports offers a solution to moving future freight into and out of large metropolitan areas."
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Fracture properties and fatigue cracking resistance of asphalt binders

Fracture properties and fatigue cracking resistance of asphalt binders

Date: March 2012
Creator: Bhasin, Amit.; Izadi, Anoosha & Motamed, Arash
Description: "The main objective of this study was to evaluate the inherent fatigue cracking resistance of asphalt binders in the form of a matrix with rigid particle inclusions. The underlying rational for this approach was to subject the binders to a state of stress that is similar to the one in a full asphalt mixture."
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Getting the parking right for transit-oriented development

Getting the parking right for transit-oriented development

Date: March 2012
Creator: Zhang, Ming.; Mulholland, Katie; Zhang, Jane & Gomez-Sanchez, Ana J.
Description: "The main objective of this study is to report the state-of-the-knowledge on parking regulations and practice influencing the planning, design, and implementation of TOD. The report first offers a narrative review of the published works on TOD-Parking. Based on the review findings it then presents a matrix of best parking practices for TOD."
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High speed rail : a study of international best practices and identification of opportunities in the United States

High speed rail : a study of international best practices and identification of opportunities in the United States

Date: August 2011
Creator: Walton, C. Michael & Ruutzen, Beatriz
Description: "In the United States, passenger rail has always been less competitive than in other parts of the world due to a number of factors. Many argue that in order for a passenger rail network to be successful major changes in service improvement have to be implemented to make it more desirable to the user. High-speed rail can offer such service improvement. With the current administration's allocation of $$8 billion in its stimulus package for the development of high-speed rail corridors and a number of regions being interested in venturing into such projects it is important that we understand the factors and regulatory structure that needs to exist in order for passenger railroad to be successful. This study aims to review how foreign countries have developed and their railroad systems to identify key factors that have contributed to its successful implementation. An evaluation of the factors, such as organization structure, operation, administration, development and type of funding, that are common to each of these projects will used as performance measures to identify potential locations and opportunities for high speed rail projects in the U.S. Southwest region."
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How fast is a fast train? : comparing attitudes and preferences for improved passenger rail service among urban areas in the South Central high-speed rail corridor

How fast is a fast train? : comparing attitudes and preferences for improved passenger rail service among urban areas in the South Central high-speed rail corridor

Date: December 2011
Creator: Morgan, Curtis Alan & Sperry, Benjamin R.
Description: "Using data from an Internet-based survey of residents in three communities in Central Texas-Waco, Temple, and Hillsboro-this research project examined the potential impacts of new intercity passenger rail service on small-or medium-sized communities located in the intermediate area between two larger urban areas that form the endpoints of a federally designated intercity high-speed rail corridor."
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Hybrid distribution trucks: costs and benefits

Hybrid distribution trucks: costs and benefits

Date: June 2011
Creator: Harrison, Robert & Anderson, Garrett
Description: "This project evaluated a package delivery truck, beverage delivery truck, and a refuse ruck. The research determined that the additional cost (with current prices) of the hybrid refuse truck was justified, but not for the other two trucks. The social cost of emissions was also estimated to help justify hybrids' implementation. With this information, the rate of hybrid truck adoption was estimated for various policy scenarios. The results indicated that a correctly designed incentive program can greatly increase the rate of hybrid adoption and could be justified by the additional social benefits of emission reduction."
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Idle reduction programs and potential benefits to schools

Idle reduction programs and potential benefits to schools

Date: November 2010
Creator: Hoelscher, Michelle
Description: "This project will measure the cost benefits of implementing a school bus idle reduction program as means to offset the cost of increased bus service."
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Impact of performance goals on the needs of highway infrastructure maintenance

Impact of performance goals on the needs of highway infrastructure maintenance

Date: July 2011
Creator: Zhang, Zhanmin & Jaipuria, Sunny
Description: "This report proposes a methodological framework that is aimed at assisting highway agencies with the problem of objectively analyzing policy decisions in terms of the performance goals for their highway networks that would minimize the total transport costs to the society."
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Impacts of pending federal greenhouse gas legislation on the Texas transportation sector

Impacts of pending federal greenhouse gas legislation on the Texas transportation sector

Date: May 2010
Creator: Woodward, James T. & Boske, Leigh B.
Description: "This 2010 study, funded by the Southwest Region University Transportation Center, assesses current regulatory attempts to mitigate climate change and how such proposed action would impact the Texas transportation sector economically. Social and political trends suggest the United States may soon join other United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) countries in drafting substantive, national climate change policy. After providing a brief overview of past and present climate efforts taken both nationally and internationally, this paper explores different economic solutions to address the externalities of fossil fuel emissions. Alternatives include command-and-control regulation, a carbon tax, and a cap-and-trade program. Several factors, including the difficulty of quantifying and constraining greenhouse gas emissions downstream at the vehicle tailpipe, suggest a carbon tax levied upon upstream refiners is the most promising market-based alternative to reduce carbon emissions within the United States's transportation sector. Texas business leaders and lawmakers have repeatedly voiced their disapproval of mandatory national carbon controls over the past decade. A crucial factor why much of the Lone Star State's populace remains opposed to climate change action is Texas leads the nation's energy industry, which is decidedly fossil-fuel based and therefore carbon intensive. Prevailing thought is a carbon tax would ...
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