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Transportation Workforce Development : Sustaining and Expanding High School Outreach Programs and Multi-agency Partnerships: Final Report

Description: This document reports on a multi-university partnered project that focuses on producing high-quality transportation professionals from underrepresented groups. This project redesigned and expanded the Summer Transportation Institute (STI) Scholars program created with previous funding from this sponsor; its goal is to motivate students to take an interest in civil engineering and transportation careers."(p. 1).
Date: July 2012
Creator: Kommalapati, Raghava Rao; Ramalingam, Radhakrishnan & Stockton, William R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Enhancement and Outreach for the Active Management Screening Tool

Description: This document reports on the enhancement of and outreach for an active management screening tool. The purpose of the Active Management Screening Tool (AMST) is to help agencies better assess the potential of active management strategies for their region within the congestion management process (CMP). It is structured to provide beneficial information and guidance related to active management strategies in all areas and levels of transportation planning." (Abstract).
Date: July 2012
Creator: Kuhn, Beverly T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Using Smartphones to Collect Bicycle Travel Data in Texas

Description: This report provides information on the belief that smartphones could prove to be an effective tool for collecting bicycle travel data and that the information could be used for aiding decision making as to what types of facilities users prefer and guiding decisions about future facilities.
Date: August 2012
Creator: Hudson, Joan G.; Duthie, Jennifer; Rathod, Yatinkumar; Larsen, Katie & Meyer, Joel
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Transportation Economy : Just in Time

Description: This document discusses a "project to produce a short educational video, targeted at middle school and high school students, illustrating the critical role transportation plays in our modern economy. This report documents the production of 6.5-minute video that provides students with a glimpse of how transportation has become an integral part of the modern economy." (p. 7).
Date: July 2012
Creator: Cole, Richard G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Comparing Perceptions and Measures of Congestion

Description: This report attempts to connect the relationship between perceived congestion as determined by IBM's Commuter Pain Survey results and measured congestion from the Urban Mobility Report (UMR) in 10 cities across the United States.
Date: October 2012
Creator: Le, Minh; Turner, Shawn; Wikander, John & Poe, Chris
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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, 1973- & Garcia, Francisco
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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. (James William) 1956-; Dudensing, Rebekka; Cherrington, Linda K.; Yanhong, Jin; Israel, Alicia A. & Chen, Junyi
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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

Description: Final report providing the results of a study to consider the effects of gas prices on toll facilities. It includes models to account for various factors that influence toll use (e.g., local economies, population, and rates) to help toll road authorities understand reactions to increasing costs of tolls.
Date: September 2011
Creator: Burris, Mark & Huang, Chao
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department