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Algorithms for routing vehicles and their application to the paratransit vehicle scheduling problem

Description: "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."
Date: March 2012
Creator: Park, Myoungkuk; Oberlin, Paul; Rathinam, Sivakumar; Quadrifoglio, Luca & Darbha, Swaroop
Item Type: Report

Use of performance measurement to include air quality and energy into mileage-based user fees

Description: "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."
Date: March 2012
Creator: Farzaneh, Reza; Novak, Kristen; Baker, Richard T. & Goodin, Ginger
Item Type: Report

Development of statistical models to forecast crossing times of commercial vehicles

Description: 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.
Date: July 2011
Creator: Kang, Dong Hun; Ochoa, Cesar; Rajbhandari, Rajat & Garcia, Francisco
Item Type: Report

Evaluating the use of transfers for improving rural public transportation systems

Description: "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."
Date: August 2011
Creator: Quadrifoglio, Luca; Shen, Chung-Wei & Edrington, Suzie
Item Type: Report

The value of public transportation for improving the quality of life for the rural elderly

Description: "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."
Date: July 2012
Creator: Mjelde, James W.; Dudensing, Rebekka; Cherrington, Linda Kay; Yanhong, Jin; Israel, Alicia A. & Chen, Junyi
Item Type: Report

The 2011 Mileage-Based User Fee Symposium

Description: 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.
Date: September 2011
Creator: Goodin, Ginger & Wood, Nicholas
Item Type: Report

Developing an interdisciplinary certificate program in transportation planning. Phase 2, The eCertificate: final report

Description: 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.
Date: November 2011
Creator: Ndubisi, Forster & Dumbaugh, Eric
Item Type: Report

Statistical analysis of vessel waiting time and lockage times on the upper Mississippi River

Description: "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."
Date: September 2011
Creator: Wu, Ximing; Chang, Meng-Shiuh; Fuller, Steven & Zhang, Yu Yvette
Item Type: Report

Examining challenges, opportunities, and best practices for addressing rural mobility and economic development under SAFETEA-LU's coordinated planning and human services framework

Description: 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.
Date: July 2011
Creator: Martin, June; Giusti, Ceclia; Dumbaugh, Eric & Cherrington, Linda
Item Type: Report

Refining the real-timed Urban Mobility Report

Description: 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.
Date: March 2012
Creator: Lomax, Tim; Turner, Shawn; Eisele, Bill; Schrank, David; Geng, Lauren & Shollar, Brian
Item Type: Report

Transportation and Tourism: Final Report

Description: 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.
Date: August 2012
Creator: Turnbull, Katherine F. & Griffin, Greg P.
Item Type: Report

Making mobility improvements a community asset: transportation improvements using context-sensitive solutions

Description: "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."
Date: September 2010
Creator: Bochner, Brian S.; Storey, Beverly & Lehnert, Angeline
Item Type: Report

Assessing the value of delay to truckers and carriers

Description: 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.
Date: June 2011
Creator: Miao, Qing; Wang, Bruce X. & Adams, Teresa M.
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

Conference on performance measures for transportation and livable communities : summary of work performed

Description: "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."
Date: June 2012
Creator: Ramani, Tara L. & Turnbull, Katherine F.
Item Type: Report

Development of a special topics course on civil engineering project finance for the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering of Texas A & M University

Description: 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.
Date: May 2011
Creator: Damnjanovic, Ivan & Aslan, Zafer
Item Type: Report

Intercity passenger rail: implications for urban, regional, and national mobility

Description: 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.
Date: December 2011
Creator: Sperry, Benjamin R. & Morgan, Curtis Alan
Item Type: Report

Best practices and outreach for active traffic management: final report

Description: "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."
Date: December 2011
Creator: Levecq, Charles; Kuhn, Beverly & Jasek, Deborah
Item Type: Report

Transit management certificate program

Description: "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."
Date: July 2012
Creator: Cherrington, Linda; Sandidge, Matt & Joh, Ken
Item Type: Report