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The 2011 Mileage-Based User Fee Symposium
The fuel tax is rapidly losing its ability to support system needs. Federal environmental regulations and the escalating price of fossil fuels have created a strong incentive to develop and utilize more fuel-efficient vehicles, which will drive down fuel tax revenues relative to use of the nation's roadway network. Given the challenges associated with the declining sustainability of the fuel tax, the likely successor is a road user fee largely based on actual usage. This project sponsored the third annual two-day Symposium on Mileage-Based User Fees that brought together professionals in the field of mileage-based fees for the purpose of sharing information on current applications and exploring their potential as a supplement or replacement for the fuel tax. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth326749/
The 2011 Mileage-Based User Fee Symposium
The fuel tax is rapidly losing its ability to support system needs. Federal environmental regulations and the escalating price of fossil fuels have created a strong incentive to develop and utilize more fuel-efficient vehicles, which will drive down fuel tax revenues relative to use of the nation's roadway network. Given the challenges associated with the declining sustainability of the fuel tax, the likely successor is a road user fee largely based on actual usage. This project sponsored the third annual two-day Symposium on Mileage-Based User Fees that brought together professionals in the field of mileage-based fees for the purpose of sharing information on current applications and exploring their potential as a supplement or replacement for the fuel tax. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth303652/
Algorithms for routing vehicles and their application to the paratransit vehicle scheduling problem
"As the demand for paratransit services increases, there is a constant pressure to maintain the quality of service provided to the customers while minimizing the cost of operation: this is especially important as the availability of public funding for paratransit services has been on the decline. Key tasks in accomplishing this objective are efficiently allocating vehicles to service trips and adjusting the schedules of vehicles dynamically in response to calls received by the service providers from the customers on the day of the service." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth281721/
Assessing public benefits and costs of freight transportation projects : measuring shippers' value of delay on the freight system
"This report gauges the economic impact of freight delay due to highway congestion, this project focuses on estimating shippers' value of delay (VOD)." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth326740/
Assessing public benefits and costs of freight transportation projects: measuring shippers' value of delay on the freight system
This report gauges the economic impact of freight delay due to highway congestion, this project focuses on estimating shippers' value of delay (VOD). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth303644/
Assessing the value of delay to truckers and carriers
This project evaluates the value of delay (VOD) to commercial vehicle operators due to highway congestion. The VOD for congestion is a fundamental parameter driving the private sectors' response to public freight projects and policies such as corridor construction and tolling. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth303658/
Assessing the value of delay to truckers and carriers
This project evaluates the value of delay (VOD) to commercial vehicle operators due to highway congestion. The VOD for congestion is a fundamental parameter driving the private sectors' response to public freight projects and policies such as corridor construction and tolling. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth326766/
Best practices and outreach for active traffic management: final report
"This report includes a literature review related to active traffic management (ATM), an inventory of ATM deployments both overseas and in the United States, a summary of best practices and general guidelines for the deployment of ATM, information of the development of an ATM website, and the delivery of a webinar to present the project results to increase the awareness of ATM within the transportation profession." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth303663/
Community design and the incidence of crashes involving pedestrians and motorists aged 75 and older
"This report studies a series of negative binomial regression models to understand how urban form may affect the incidence of total and killed-or-severely-injured (KSI) crashes involving older drivers and pedestrians." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth281762/
Conference on performance measures for transportation and livable communities : summary of work performed
"This report summarizes the work performed and results achieved in planning and implementing this conference. The aim of this project was to plan and conduct a workshop or conference on transportation and livability performance measures, involving researchers and transportation practitioners from different agencies in the U.S." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth303656/
Conference on performance measures for transportation and livable communities : summary of work performed
"This report summarizes the work performed and results achieved in planning and implementing this conference. The aim of this project was to plan and conduct a workshop or conference on transportation and livability performance measures, involving researchers and transportation practitioners from different agencies in the U.S." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth326752/
Creating the next generation of transportation professionals
The transportation industry, like every other profession that relies heavily on the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, faces a growing shortage of professional engineers. The purpose of this project was to investigate new methods for conducting educational outreach activities for kindergarten through twelfth grade (K-12) students and compare the effectiveness of various implementation methods. During this project, Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) researchers developed two in-class educational outreach modules and several displays that they could easily transport and exhibit at various educational outreach activities. The first in-class module introduces intermediate school students to the world of transportation and transportation engineering and teaches students about the principle of retroreflectivity. The second in-class module teaches kindergarten students about sign shapes and colors. TTI researchers also participated in 12 educational outreach activities. These activities included: Four in-school events, four field trips to TTI facilities, three summer activities, and one engineering day event. The students participating in these activities ranged from kindergarten to twelfth grade. The educational outreach activities conducted introduced the fields of transportation and engineering to over 2000 students. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth326748/
Creating the next generation of transportation professionals
The transportation industry, like every other profession that relies heavily on the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, faces a growing shortage of professional engineers. The purpose of this project was to investigate new methods for conducting educational outreach activities for kindergarten through twelfth grade (K-12) students and compare the effectiveness of various implementation methods. During this project, Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) researchers developed two in-class educational outreach modules and several displays that they could easily transport and exhibit at various educational outreach activities. The first in-class module introduces intermediate school students to the world of transportation and transportation engineering and teaches students about the principle of retroreflectivity. The second in-class module teaches kindergarten students about sign shapes and colors. TTI researchers also participated in 12 educational outreach activities. These activities included: Four in-school events, four field trips to TTI facilities, three summer activities, and one engineering day event. The students participating in these activities ranged from kindergarten to twelfth grade. The educational outreach activities conducted introduced the fields of transportation and engineering to over 2000 students. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth303651/
Developing an interdisciplinary certificate program in transportation planning. Phase 2, The eCertificate : final report
This proposal extends the delivery of the recently developed graduate Certificate in Transportation Planning to a wider audience through the establishment of an Executive Certificate Program by distance (eCertificate). While the need for an interdisciplinary approach to transportation is widely recognized by the professional community, there are few educational programs that address the field of transportation in a truly comprehensive, interdisciplinary manner. Texas A&M University's (TAMU's) university-wide graduate Certificate in Transportation Planning was established in August 2008 to address this need. This program has proved to be very successful. A limitation of the existing certificate program is that it is available only to graduate students at TAMU in College Station. The eCertificate program extends the delivery of the existing certificate to a wider audience of professionals interested in transportation in selected metropolitan areas in Texas. Preliminary indications suggest that an audience for the certificate exists in major metropolitan areas in Texas, especially Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. The certificate will increase access, expand Texas A&M's transportation curriculum, and enhance the university's position as a national leader in transportation education. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth326772/
Developing an interdisciplinary certificate program in transportation planning. Phase 2, The eCertificate: final report
This proposal extends the delivery of the recently developed graduate Certificate in Transportation Planning to a wider audience through the establishment of an Executive Certificate Program by distance (eCertificate). While the need for an interdisciplinary approach to transportation is widely recognized by the professional community, there are few educational programs that address the field of transportation in a truly comprehensive, interdisciplinary manner. Texas A&M University's (TAMU's) university-wide graduate Certificate in Transportation Planning was established in August 2008 to address this need. This program has proved to be very successful. A limitation of the existing certificate program is that it is available only to graduate students at TAMU in College Station. The eCertificate program extends the delivery of the existing certificate to a wider audience of professionals interested in transportation in selected metropolitan areas in Texas. Preliminary indications suggest that an audience for the certificate exists in major metropolitan areas in Texas, especially Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. The certificate will increase access, expand Texas A&M's transportation curriculum, and enhance the university's position as a national leader in transportation education. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth303662/
Development of a special topics course on civil engineering project finance for the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering of Texas A & M University
a project finance course integrated into the core curriculum for graduate civil engineering students. Even fewer programs treat project finance as a truly interdisciplinary topic. In fact, the topic of project finance often constitutes only a small part of the structured finance curricula. The purpose of this project was to bridge this gap by developing educational and teaching materials for an interdisciplinary course in project finance. This course communicates the implications of financial decisions on engineering choices and vice versa. The course is directed toward graduate students at the Master of Science level to better prepare them to deal with real-world transportation financing. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth326747/
Development of a special topics course on civil engineering project finance for the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering of Texas A & M University
A project finance course integrated into the core curriculum for graduate civil engineering students. Even fewer programs treat project finance as a truly interdisciplinary topic. In fact, the topic of project finance often constitutes only a small part of the structured finance curricula. The purpose of this project was to bridge this gap by developing educational and teaching materials for an interdisciplinary course in project finance. This course communicates the implications of financial decisions on engineering choices and vice versa. The course is directed toward graduate students at the Master of Science level to better prepare them to deal with real-world transportation financing. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth303653/
Development of an early-stage toll revenue estimation model
This report contains a standalone, spreadsheet-based model that prepares early-stage traffic and toll revenue estimates. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth281763/
Development of statistical models to forecast crossing times of commercial vehicles
"In this report statistical models were developed to predict crossing times of trucks over a short range of time. The statistical prediction models use historic data and take into account empirical relationships between border-crossing-related parameters and truck crossing times." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth326743/
Development of statistical models to forecast crossing times of commercial vehicles
In this report statistical models were developed to predict crossing times of trucks over a short range of time. The statistical prediction models use historic data and take into account empirical relationships between border-crossing-related parameters and truck crossing times. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth303647/
Evaluating the use of transfers for improving rural public transportation systems
"In this report researchers consider a variation of the regular demand responsive transit system that adopts the transfer practice to reduce operating costs.Researchers evaluated the effect of different transfer operating policies by developing a simulation model of several plausible scenarios. The results indicate that zoning with transfer can provide significant benefits paratransit operations that are managing zoning structure." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth326744/
Evaluating the use of transfers for improving rural public transportation systems
"In this report researchers consider a variation of the regular demand responsive transit system that adopts the transfer practice to reduce operating costs.Researchers evaluated the effect of different transfer operating policies by developing a simulation model of several plausible scenarios. The results indicate that zoning with transfer can provide significant benefits paratransit operations that are managing zoning structure." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth303648/
Examining challenges, opportunities, and best practices for addressing rural mobility and economic development under SAFETEA-LU's coordinated planning and human services framework
This report evaluates the recently developed coordinated transit and human services plan both the processes that have been adopted throughout the state as well as they types of outcomes that have emerged. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth326742/
Examining challenges, opportunities, and best practices for addressing rural mobility and economic development under SAFETEA-LU's coordinated planning and human services framework
This report evaluates the recently developed coordinated transit and human services plan both the processes that have been adopted throughout the state as well as they types of outcomes that have emerged. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth303646/
General guidelines for active traffic management deployment
"This report provides an overview of practices to date in active traffic management (ATM) deployment as well as general guidelines that can help facilitate ATM implementation." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth303661/
Impacts of funding and allocation changes on rural transit in Texas: final report
This report discusses the notable change that the Funding for Rural Transit Districts (RTDs) in Texas has gone through since 2003. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth303660/
Intercity passenger rail: implications for urban, regional, and national mobility
Recent policy and regulatory actions by the U.S. government have revived interest in intercity passenger rail among transportation planners, policymakers, and the general public. As part of a fully integrated multimodal intercity corridor, passenger rail can provide a number of measurable impacts on urban, regional, and national mobility. This research examines these impacts using the Milwaukee-Chicago Hiawatha Service intercity passenger rail route as a case study. In addition to providing competitive travel times with automobile travel and frequent daily service, rail passengers can also seamlessly connect to airline service via a station at the Milwaukee airport. Two data sources--an on-board survey of Hiawatha Service passengers and a more detailed survey of air-rail transfer passengers at the Milwaukee airport--were used to identify the mobility impacts of rail service. If the rail service did not exist, most Hiawatha Service passengers would travel via personal vehicle, which indicates that the Hiawatha Service is providing congestion relief for the highways parallel to the route. The airport link allows for sustainable ground access to the Milwaukee airport and also extends the market area for the airport into the Chicago region, providing those residents with greater choices in air travel. The findings of this project provide unique insight into the mobility impacts of intercity passenger rail and can be used by state department of transportation rail planners and other public agency staff to develop rail service plans and administer state passenger rail programs throughout the U.S. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth303664/
Making mobility improvements a community asset: transportation improvements using context-sensitive solutions
"This report was developed to disseminate knowledge, experiences, and reasons for use and benefits of Context-sensitive solutions (CSS) through university courses and technology transfer to facilitate its use by agencies and practitioners in gaining community acceptance of mobility improvement projects." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth303657/
Making mobility improvements a community asset : transportation improvements using context-sensitive solutions
"This report was developed to disseminate knowledge, experiences, and reasons for use and benefits of Context-sensitive solutions (CSS) through university courses and technology transfer to facilitate its use by agencies and practitioners in gaining community acceptance of mobility improvement projects." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth326753/
Multi-vehicle mobility allowance shuttle transit (MAST) system : an analytical model to select the fleet size and a scheduling heuristic
"This report discusses the mobility allowance shuttle transit (MAST) system which is a hybrid transit system in which vehicles are allowed to deviate from a fixed rout to serve flexible demand. The mixed interfere programming (MIP) formulation analyzed the impacts of time headways between consecutive transit vehicles on the performance of a two-vehicle MAST system. An analytical framework is then developed to model the performance of both one-vehicle and two-vehicle MAST systems, which is used to identify the critical demand level at which an increase of the fleet size from one to two vehicles would be appropriate. From this research an insertion heuristic for a multi-vehicle MAST system was developed." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth326741/
Multi-vehicle mobility allowance shuttle transit (MAST) system: an analytical model to select the fleet size and a scheduling heuristic
This report discusses the mobility allowance shuttle transit (MAST) system which is a hybrid transit system in which vehicles are allowed to deviate from a fixed rout to serve flexible demand. The mixed interfere programming (MIP) formulation analyzed the impacts of time headways between consecutive transit vehicles on the performance of a two-vehicle MAST system. An analytical framework is then developed to model the performance of both one-vehicle and two-vehicle MAST systems, which is used to identify the critical demand level at which an increase of the fleet size from one to two vehicles would be appropriate. From this research an insertion heuristic for a multi-vehicle MAST system was developed. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth303645/
Performance measures for sustainable freight movement
This report addresses the issues of freight sustainability at the transportation corridor level. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth281764/
Refining the real-timed Urban Mobility Report
This report describes a methodological improvement in the Urban Mobility Report (UMR) arterial street congestion calculations, including a change in the definition of "free-flow speed," which is used for delay calculations on arterial streets. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth303643/
Refining the real-timed Urban Mobility Report
"This report describes a methodological improvement in the Urban Mobility Report (UMR) arterial street congestion calculations, including a change in the definition of "free-flow speed," which is used for delay calculations on arterial streets." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth326739/
The short-run impact of gas prices on toll road use : $b gas price elasticity of toll road use
One of the primary functions of transportation planning is to predict future travel behavior. Using estimated travel patterns, planners can then help decision makers select the array of projects that will best suit the needs of their community. Travel behavior is a function of many variables, with cost being among the most important. Recent fluctuations in the price of gas provide an excellent opportunity to observe the impact of the price of gas on travel behavior. This project goes a step beyond looking at the elasticity of travel with respect to gas price by examining how recent changes in gas prices have impacted travel on specific facilities: toll facilities. Data from around the US was used to examine how traffic levels on toll roads have been affected by fluctuations in gas prices over the last several years. This study developed models that account for the many other exogenous factors influencing toll road use (such as local economy, population, and toll rates), and provide an elasticity of toll road demand with respect to gas price independent of those other factors. This study will provide planners and toll road authorities with valuable information on how travelers react to increasing cost of travel when already selecting a mode with an added cost (the toll). The research findings indicated that travel demand elasticity estimates with respect to gas price were inelastic and mostly negative. Elasticities found here for the period from 2000 to 2010 ranged from -0.36 to +0.14, similar to those found in the literature for non-toll facilities. However, the average value of the elasticities found here were much smaller (closer to -0.06) than those found for non-toll facilities. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth326745/
The short-run impact of gas prices on toll road use: $b gas price elasticity of toll road use
One of the primary functions of transportation planning is to predict future travel behavior. Using estimated travel patterns, planners can then help decision makers select the array of projects that will best suit the needs of their community. Travel behavior is a function of many variables, with cost being among the most important. Recent fluctuations in the price of gas provide an excellent opportunity to observe the impact of the price of gas on travel behavior. This project goes a step beyond looking at the elasticity of travel with respect to gas price by examining how recent changes in gas prices have impacted travel on specific facilities: toll facilities. Data from around the US was used to examine how traffic levels on toll roads have been affected by fluctuations in gas prices over the last several years. This study developed models that account for the many other exogenous factors influencing toll road use (such as local economy, population, and toll rates), and provide an elasticity of toll road demand with respect to gas price independent of those other factors. This study will provide planners and toll road authorities with valuable information on how travelers react to increasing cost of travel when already selecting a mode with an added cost (the toll). The research findings indicated that travel demand elasticity estimates with respect to gas price were inelastic and mostly negative. Elasticities found here for the period from 2000 to 2010 ranged from -0.36 to +0.14, similar to those found in the literature for non-toll facilities. However, the average value of the elasticities found here were much smaller (closer to -0.06) than those found for non-toll facilities. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth303650/
Statistical analysis of vessel waiting time and lockage times on the upper Mississippi River
"The purpose of this report is to identify and evaluate non-structural alternatives those not requiring construction, but rather procedural or policy changes, for instance, congestion fee, excess lockage time charges, helper boats, switch boats, deck winches, and moorings that might be employed to offer nearby congestion relief." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth326746/
Statistical analysis of vessel waiting time and lockage times on the upper Mississippi River
"The purpose of this report is to identify and evaluate non-structural alternatives those not requiring construction, but rather procedural or policy changes, for instance, congestion fee, excess lockage time charges, helper boats, switch boats, deck winches, and moorings that might be employed to offer nearby congestion relief." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth303649/
Teen driver cell phone blocker
"In this report a study that was a randomized control intervention that measures the effectiveness of a cellular phone control device that communicates whit the vehicles of teen drivers to deny them access to their phone while driving for the purpose of reducing distraction=related negative driving events." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth303659/
Teen driver cell phone blocker
"In this report a study that was a randomized control intervention that measures the effectiveness of a cellular phone control device that communicates whit the vehicles of teen drivers to deny them access to their phone while driving for the purpose of reducing distraction=related negative driving events." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth326754/
Transit management certificate program
"In this report Texas Transportation Institute(TTI) worked closely with the Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning Department (LAUP) of Texas A&M University (TAMU) to develop a transit management certificate focus for the current Graduate Certificate in Transportation Planning (CTP) housed in the College of Architecture at TAMU. This program is the first step in the development of future educational opportunities in public transportation in Texas." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth303654/
Transit management certificate program
"In this report Texas Transportation Institute(TTI) worked closely with the Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning Department (LAUP) of Texas A&M University (TAMU) to develop a transit management certificate focus for the current Graduate Certificate in Transportation Planning (CTP) housed in the College of Architecture at TAMU.This program is the first step in the development of future educational opportunities in public transportation in Texas." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth326750/
Transportation and Tourism: Final Report
Report exploring the link between transportation and tourism in Texas. A session on transit and tourism was organized and conducted as part of the 2012 Texas Transit Conference. Session participants discussed additional research needs, outreach activities, and possible demonstration projects. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth303708/
Use of performance measurement to include air quality and energy into mileage-based user fees
"This research project is aimed at establishing a framework for levying MBUFs designed to achieve various air quality improvement policy objectives. This research presents the first step toward a pricing framework based on the concept of performance measurement that systematically defines and incorporates potential air quality goals. The process of developing the proposed framework included defining the interactive role of user fees and pricing in roadway transportation operations and identifying air quality performance measures for determining the appropriate vehicle mileage fee price." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth281722/
The value of public transportation for improving the quality of life for the rural elderly
"This report focuses on non-medical transportation; medical transportation is addressed in the literature and is more widely available to the elderly. Because expanded rural transportation systems likely will be funded by taxpayers, an understanding of their preferences and willingness-to-pay for non-medical transportation options is essential." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth303655/
The value of public transportation for improving the quality of life for the rural elderly
"This report focuses on non-medical transportation; medical transportation is addressed in the literature and is more widely available to the elderly.Because expanded rural transportation systems likely will be funded by taxpayers, an understanding of their preferences and willingness-to-pay for non-medical transportation options is essential." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth326751/