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History of Water Reuse in Texas

Description: This report is developed to provide the chronology and historical achievements of water reuse programs in the state.
Date: February 2011
Creator: Arroyo, Jorge; Shirazi, Saqib; McDonald, Ellen; Hood, Karen; Plummer, Alan; Brooks, Bryan W. et al.
Item Type: Report

Pretension Box Beams: Prestress Transfer and Shear Behavior

Description: Study results of shear behavior of prestressed concrete U-beam end blocks along with experimental program and program results.
Date: 2013
Creator: Avendaño, Alejandro; Hovell, Catherine; Moore, Andrew; Dunkman, David; Nakamura, Eisuke; Bayrak, Oguzhan et al.
Item Type: Report

Quantitative characterization of microstructure of asphalt mixtures

Description: "The main objective of this study was to quantitatively characterize the three dimensional micro-structure of the asphalt binder withing the fine aggregate matrix of an asphalt mixture and compare the influence of binder content, coarse aggregate gradation, and fine aggregate gradation on this micro-structure."
Date: October 2010
Creator: Badgekar, Swapneel; Bhasin, Amit & Izadi, Anoosha
Item Type: Report

Exploratory study : vehicle mileage fees in Texas

Description: This project evaluates Vehicle Mileage (VM) fees as a possible funding mechanism for meeting the State of Texas' long-term transportation needs. Researchers conducted listening sessions with the general public and stakeholders to gather input on the concept. Researchers also prepared a decision matrix that can aid policy makers in evaluating the various trade-offs in policy that will be encountered in vehicle mileage fee system development. This study identified both challenges and opportunities for implementation of VM fees.
Date: January 2011
Creator: Baker, Richard & Goodin, Ginger
Item Type: Report

Texas Department of Transportation administration research: tasks completed Fiscal Year 2010

Description: "This research project evaluates numerous transportation issues and develops findings and/or recommendations based on results. This project has been structured to address some of the emerging, critical, and unique considerations related to transportation."
Date: February 2011
Creator: Baker, Richard; Ding, Liang; Epps, Jon; Estakhri, Cindy K.; Fry, Gray; Geiselbrecht, Tina et al.
Item Type: Report

Potential connected vehicle applications to enhance mobility, safety, and environmental security

Description: "Researchers first conducted a comprehensive review of the state-of-the-art connected-vehicle research and technologies. Once researchers had a thorough understanding of the technology, they focused on selecting and developing the near-term practical applications that use connected vehicle technology. The research team then sought expert opinions from the Texas Transportation Institute working group during two brainstorming sessions, which produced two lists of potential applications and prioritized the applications based on deployment feasibility. In particular, a total of five applications were selected for development of the full concept of operations, including two in safety, two in mobility, and one in environmental security. These applications address various problems, including wrong-way driving and unprotected-grade-crossing crashes (safety): work-zone merge efficiency and safety, and freeway speed harmonization (mobility): and slippery pavement-related crashes (environmental security)."
Date: February 2012
Creator: Balke, Kevin N.; Songchitruksa, Praprut. & Zeng, Xiaosi
Item Type: Report

Project report on the continued development and analysis of the Flexible Pavements Database

Description: "The efforts of 0-6275 were primarily twofold. One aspect was geared towards extensive performance monitoring and material testing for better characterization of the experimental sections included as part of 0-5513 as well as new sections that were to be incorporated in the enhanced version of the TFPD. The other aspect of the study was to look into the calibration of the transfer functions in the newly developed MEPDG as well as Texas ME Design procedure being sponsored by TXDOT through the 0-5798 research study. It was understood that an effort to determine reliable bias correction factors would necessitate a large volume of project specific information for a number of pavement sections that are well spread out within the state such that differences in materials, traffic, construction practices and climate are captured. The TFPD supplemented by other databases like the DCIS and the LIMS will ensure that the data needs for the calibration exercise are met and fulfilled to the extent possible. When time series data were not available, the researchers utilized relevant data from the FHWA's Long Term Pavement Performance Studies (LTPP). This interim report summarizes the activities performed during the first 7 months of the project, when the current project was terminated. Therefore, this document reports on the work performed in Tasks 1 through 7.
Date: February 2011
Creator: Banerjee, Ambarish; Aguiar-Moya, Jose Pablo; Sivaram, Prasad; Smit, Andre de F. & Prozzi, Jorge Alberto
Item Type: Report

Comparing Texas HMOs, 2012

Description: This report "reflects the experience of Texans enrolled in Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) during 2011" It includes information on consumer rights, the types of health plans, results to the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, HMO complaints, appeals and independent review organizations, HMO market share data and financial information, HMO customer service contact information, and additional sources of health care information. (p. 2)
Date: 2012
Creator: Beck, Deeia
Item Type: Report

Teen driver cell phone blocker

Description: "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."
Date: February 2012
Creator: Benden, Mark; Fink, Rainer & Stafford, James
Item Type: Report

Teen driver cell phone blocker

Description: "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."
Date: February 2012
Creator: Benden, Mark; Fink, Rainer & Stafford, James
Item Type: Report

Fracture properties and fatigue cracking resistance of asphalt binders

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."
Date: March 2012
Creator: Bhasin, Amit.; Izadi, Anoosha & Motamed, Arash
Item Type: Report

The potential for improving rail international intermodal services in Texas and the Southwest region of the United States

Description: "The report covers a period of great significance for railroading in the U.S as it contains a number of milestones now shaping the future performance of the industry. The specific subject is improving inter-modal service so that it can support state and regional highway planning, now facing severe financial cut-backs as revenue sources become fully committed to bond servicing, user taxes, loose purchasing power and fuel consumption begins to fall."
Date: June 2011
Creator: Blaze, James R. & Harrison, Robert
Item Type: Report

Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware test 3-11 on the Texas T101 bridge rail

Description: The Texas T101 bridge rail is widely used in the state of Texas. Previous testing demonstrated its ability to contain and redirect passenger cars and a 20,000-lb school bus. Based on this testing, the Federal Highway Administration accepted the T101 bridge rail as an NCHRP Report 350 TL-3 barrier. However, its impact performance with pickup trucks was never evaluated. Under research project 0-5526, Impact Performance of Roadside Safety Appurtenances, researchers conducted a performance assessment of Texas roadside safety devices to help evaluate the impact of adopting the new AASHTO Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH) guidelines on current hardware. Testing and evaluation of the T101 bridge rail was recommended as a high priority. This recommendation was based primarily on the absence of pickup truck testing on the system, and concerns that the 27-inch rail height may not be compatible with pickup trucks and SUVs under design impact conditions. The T101 bridge rail did not meet MASH evaluation criteria for test 3-11. The vehicle overturned after losing contact with the barrier.
Date: March 2011
Creator: Bligh, Roger P. & Menges, Wanda L.
Item Type: Report