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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

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

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: October 2010
Creator: Ndubisi, Forster, 1955- & Dumbaugh, Eric
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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 K.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department