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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

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

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; Storey, Beverly J. & Lehnert, Angeline
Item Type: Report

The Short-Run Impact of Gas Prices on Toll Road Use

Description: 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.
Date: September 2011
Creator: Burris, Mark & Huang, Chao
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 K.; Sandidge, Matt & Joh, Ken
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

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

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

Refining a Methodology for Determining the Economic Impacts of Transportation Improvements

Description: This document discusses the methodology for determining the economic impacts of transportation improvements by the Texas Transportation Institute. "This project examined the current and historical economic impact assessment programs utilized by four state departments of transportation. Researchers evaluated these programs based on three outcomes: increased business and industry competitiveness, strengthened long-term regional and local economies, and enhanced household well-being. Researchers found that promoting transparency and flexibility and involving as many stakeholders as possible were key elements to economic program success. Based on these successful program elements, TTI professionals developed a new economic determination method to incorporate into the existing Transportation Revenue Estimation and Needs Determination System (TRENDS). The results from this study were also used to educate the public on the impacts transportation improvements, or lack of improvements, have on communities." (Abstract).
Date: July 2012
Creator: Ellis, David R.
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

Creating the next generation of transportation professionals

Description: 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.
Date: November 2011
Creator: Finley, Melisa D. & Jasek, Debbie
Item Type: Report

Creating the next generation of transportation professionals

Description: 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.
Date: November 2011
Creator: Finley, Melisa D. & Jasek, Debbie
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

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