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2017

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FHWA Report Highlights Resilience in Project Development (8-2017)
A report from FHWA seeks to help practitioners incorporate resilience in transportation engineering projects. The report provides examples of how to integrate climate considerations into project development and lists the sources available for climate projections.

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The Netherlands Shares Resilience Lessons with U.S. DOT (8-2017)
Officials from the Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) and the Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment shared lessons learned with the U.S. DOT in the report “Resilient and Sustainable Transport-Dutch Style.” The report includes the RWS’ experiences with the European ROADAPT methodology and their analysis of climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies using the FHWA’s sensitivity matrix and Vulnerability Assessment Scoring Tool (VAST).

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FHWA Showcases Outcomes from Peer Exchange on Resilience (8-2017)
FHWA has released a report for a peer exchange on Resilience in Transportation Planning and Project Development. The peer exchange hosted representatives from FHWA and states in the EPA’s Region 5, who discussed approaches to greenhouse gas emissions analysis in transportation project development.

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Highway Renewable Energy: Photovoltaic Noise Barriers (8-2017)
FHWA has released a paper on Photovoltaic Noise Barrier (PVNBs) systems to be implemented along roadways. PVNBs allow transportation agencies to abate noise and produce renewable energy simultaneously.

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Case Studies Highlight Improvement to Public Spaces (7-2017)
Case studies for FHWA’s Livable Communities program have been published. The two case studies address Transforming Forest Avenue study in Portland, Maine, and freight traffic volume at the inland port within Lewiston, Idaho.

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Carbon Monoxide Categorical Hot-Spot Finding Released by FHWA (7-2017)
FHWA has released the 2017 carbon monoxide categorical hot-spot finding. This tool allows projects that fall within the acceptable ranges of emissions to reference the current finding in place of doing an independent carbon monoxide hot-spot analysis as part of a project-level conformity determination in carbon monoxide maintenance areas.

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Report on Transportation Infrastructure Resiliency in Denmark, Norway, and the Netherlands (7-2017)
The report on a Global Benchmarking Program study performed by FHWA explores how transportation agencies in other countries are adapting their roadway infrastructure to severe weather events and climate change. The study also sought to identify innovations and best practices to help advance resilience strategies in the United States.

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FHWA Reports on Improvements to Transportation Assets (6-2017)
Two reports by FHWA were released that cover the operation, maintenance, and improvement of transportation assets under FHWA’s Asset Management Rule. Under this rule, State DOTs are required to implement risk-based management plans and determine the benefits and costs over the life cycle of transportation assets.

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FHWA Publishes Noise-Related Fact Sheets (5-2017)
Four noise-related fact sheets were posted by FHWA. The include uses of programmatic agreements, as well as ways to streamline the noise study process. Fact sheets cover methods for determining and placing nonresidential sound receptors, and the use of sound level descriptors. Case studies of the single point, frontage-based, lost-sized based and grid-based methodologies are also included.

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FHWA’s Air Quality and Sustainability Newsletter (4-2017)
The February/March 2017 edition of the FHWA Air Quality and Sustainability Newsletter includes information concerning the energy independence and economic growth Executive Order, a Q&A on the Emergency Relief Program and Resilience, and an Atlanta peer exchange on climate resilience.

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FHWA Newsletter Addresses Quality Environmental Documentation (4-2017)
FHWA’s April issue of Successes in Stewardship newsletter focuses on producing high quality environmental documentation. Environmental documents are used to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act to evaluate impacts of agency decisions. This issue includes best practices for creating high quality documentation to reduce time during project review processes, EDC-2 and EDC-3 products under the Every Day Counts initiative, and resources concerning trainings, workshops, and technical assistance.

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Integrated NEPA/Permit Streamlining in FHWA’s Newsletter (2-2017)
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review and environmental permitting is highlighted in FHWA’s Successes in Stewardship newsletter. The approach provides transportation agencies with integration tools and strategies. It also covers the creation of informal and formal agreements, establishing liaisons, and using the online collaboration tool, eNEPA.

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Atlanta’s Regional Commission Releases Climate Peer Exchange Report (1-2017)
FHWA released a report on the climate resilience peer exchange held by the FHWA and the Atlanta Regional Commission. The peer exchange discussed adaptation options, risk assessment, and project prioritization for climate resilience. The report highlights presentations on climate change impacts in the Atlanta region and how it effects human health.

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Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Resource Collection Guidance Released by FHWA (1-2017)
FHWA has released a collection of resources for vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) to accelerate deployment of V2I communication systems. The systems capture vehicle-generated traffic data through hardware, software, firmware, and wireless communication. The collection of resources includes a primer on connected vehicle impacts, references for connected vehicle planning processes, and products and analysis tools, techniques, and data concerning highway capacity and traffic simulation models.

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FHWA Issues Report on Sustainable Pavement Systems (1-2017)
FHWA released a reference document concerning sustainable pavement systems which analyzes sustainability considerations throughout the entire pavement life cycle and highlights the importance of recognizing context sensitivity. The report addresses sustainability concepts, pavement materials, maintenance and preservation treatments, and considerations for the construction phase, the use phase, and the end-of-life phase.

2016

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Environmental Justice Considerations for Connected and Automated Vehicles (12-2016)
FHWA has released a report on the implications for environmental justice and safety that autonomous vehicles can bring to the table, such as reducing traffic and associated emissions, or increasing mobility for currently immobile populations.

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FHWA Releases Summary Report on FHWA’s Bicycle-Pedestrian Count Technology Pilot Project (12-2016)
This report summarizes the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)’s one-year Bicycle-Pedestrian Count Technology Pilot Project. The purpose of the pilot project was to increase the organizational and technical capacity of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to establish and operate effective bicycle and pedestrian count programs, and to provide lessons learned for peer agencies across the country.

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FHWA Releases New Air Quality and Climate Change Highlights Newsletter (11-2016)
FHWA has published the October/November 2016 newsletter highlighting air quality and climate change news. The newsletter includes information on the updated interim guidance on mobile source air toxics analysis in NEPA documents, the designation of alternative fuel corridors, the updated greenhouse gas emission reduction policy analysis tool, INVEST case studies, recordings, and the congestion mitigation and air quality improvement program emission reductions calculator.

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Webinar Recording: Eco-Logical Community of Practice Webinar: Pollinator Habitat Programs (7-2016)
The recording for a webinar on pollinator habitat programs that was held on July 13, 2016 is now available. The webinar discussed how to establish a State DOT pollinator habitat program, how to establish an agreement amongst neighboring States to collectively manage pollinator habitat, and how to creatively fund a pollinator habitat program. Presenters included representatives from The Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Texas Department of Transportation, the Virginia Department of Transportation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Federal Highway Administration.

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Climate Change and Environmental Justice: Considerations for Transportation Decision-making (6-2016)
The FHWA Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty developed a fact sheet describing the impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations and provides information on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) policy statement on climate change regarding environmental justice populations.

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Iowa's Bridge and Highway Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Pilot (4-2016)
The Iowa Department of Transportation and FHWA sponsored a pilot study conducted by the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) at Iowa State University to develop a methodology to evaluate bridge vulnerability to climate change and extreme weather. An innovative methodology was developed to generate streamflow scenarios given climate change projections for six bridges that were either closed or severely stressed by record streamflow within the past seven years. The study presents data in an innovative graph combining historical and scenario-based design metrics and suggests how bridge design policies could be reviewed to consider incorporating climate change information.

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FHWA Innovator: March/April 2016 (4-2016)
The most recent edition of the FHWA Innovator includes articles on the expanding use of warm-mix asphalt, which saves energy and reduces emissions, and growth in the use of e-Construction among states. e-Construction is defined as “the collection, review, approval and distribution of highway construction contract documents in a paperless environment.”

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FHWA Successes in Stewardship: Freeway Cap Parks Encourage Stakeholder Coordination, Reconnect Communities, and Promote Healthy Ecosystems (3-2016)
The March edition of the FHWA Successes in Stewardship newsletter covers the benefits of creating parks in freeway caps.

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TRB Webinar: New Technologies for Renewable Energy in the Public Right of Way (3-2016)
On March 31, 2016, TRB held a webinar on New Technologies for Renewable Energy in the Public Right of Way, which included presentations on a Roadway Wind/Solar Hybrid Power Generation and Distribution System, and Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting from Pavement Deformation and Vibration. The presentation slides are available on the website.

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FHWA Public roads (2-2016)
The Winter 2016 edition of FHWA Public Roads covers transportation investments, innovations, safety and changing travel trends in the United States.

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FHWA Releases New Climate Change Publications Online (1-2016)
FHWA recently released a new infographic on climate change and transportation as well as a report on climate change resilience pilots. The infographic shows the importance of taking action early to plan for infrastructure resilience and to cut transportation greenhouse gas emissions. The climate change pilot report covers pilots conducted in 2010-2011 and 2013-2015.

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FHWA's Fostering Livable Communities Newsletter (1-2016)
The FHWA Fostering Livable Communities Newsletter compiles articles that offer examples of real-world ways that transportation investments promote livability, such as providing access to good jobs, affordable housing, quality schools, and safer roads.

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FHWA Successes in Stewardship: Planning for Climate Change: FHWA's Climate Change Resilience Pilot Program (1-2016)
The January edition of the FHWA Successes in Stewardship newsletter covers the FHWA's Climate Change Resilience Pilot Program.

2015

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FHWA Climate Change Adaptation Guide for Transportation Systems Management, Operations, and Maintenance (11-2015)
The guide assists State departments of transportation (DOTs) and other transportation agencies in understanding the risks that climate change poses and actions that can help reduce those risks. Incorporating climate change considerations into how agencies plan and execute their transportation system management and operations (TSMO) and maintenance programs helps the agency become more resilient to unanticipated shocks to the system. Adjustments to TSMO and maintenance programs—ranging from minor to major changes—can help to minimize the current and future risks to effective TSMO and maintenance.

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PEL Benefits: Measuring the Benefits of Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) (10-2015)
This FHWA report explores and documents the benefits stemming from the incorporation of Planning and Environmental Linkage (PEL) strategies into State, regional, and local planning and project development processes. The report includes five case studies from across the country that detail five different implementations of PEL strategies and their attendant benefits. The case studies investigated two common PEL strategies: PEL studies and electronic screening tools. The most common benefits included facilitation of the environmental review process, cost and time savings, and a flexible evaluation of alternatives.

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FHWA's Fostering Livable Communities Newsletter (10-2015)
The FHWA Fostering Livable Communities Newsletter compiles articles that offer examples of real-world ways that transportation investments promote livability, such as providing access to good jobs, affordable housing, quality schools, and safer roads.

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Successes in Stewardship: GIS Tools to Improve Project Delivery (10-2015)
The current edition of the FHWA Successes in Stewardship newsletter covers the use of GIS tools to improve project delivery. As spatial data becomes more widely available, practitioners are capitalizing on the intersections between Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and required environmental review processes, to accelerate and improve the quality of environmental impact evaluations.

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Public Roads: An Array of Possibilities (10-2015)
A new article in Public Roads provides examples of State transportation agencies developing renewable energy technology in highway rights-of-way in effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under tight budgets and supplying the energy to utility companies. The projects, including wind turbines and solar panels, have the environmental benefits of using clean, renewable sources of electricity, as well as economic benefits of lowering energy costs and creating new revenue streams.

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Surface Transportation System Resilience to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events (9-2015)
This E-Circular summarizes plenary sessions and technical discussions from the Surface Transportation System Resilience to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events conference held in September 2015. The conference brought together government, private sector, academia, business, and nonprofit organization representatives to consider climate change and extreme weather resilience in the mainstream of all aspects of transportation decision making. Special focus was given to the development and application of climate information and innovative tools.

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The 2015 Red Book: Synchronizing Environmental Reviews for Transportation and Other Infrastructure Projects (9-2015)
The updated Red Book provides Federal, State, and local practitioners with a variety of methods to streamline NEPA and other regulatory reviews and encourages increased use of synchronization and other tools to reduce project timelines and impacts to the environment. The update is the result of a collaborative effort among six agencies, promoting processes and tools that can benefit multiple agencies and stakeholders.

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FHWA Air Quality and Climate Change Highlights (9-2015)
The August/September version of the highlights covers climate change resiliency efforts and conferences as well as frequently asked questions related to air quality analysis.

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The Transportation Planning Process Briefing Book (9-2015)
FHWA's 2015 Transportation Planning Process Briefing Book provides an overview of transportation planning. The intended audience includes government officials, transportation decisionmakers, planning board members, transportation service providers, interested stakeholders, and the public. The briefing is an update to the 2007 report of the same name and updates the basics and key concepts of metropolitan and Statewide transportation planning, along with references for additional information.

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TRB Webinar: Cold Central Plant Recycling - A Proven Paving Approach Using 100% Recycled Materials (9-2015)
On Thursday, September 3, 2015, TRB held a webinar on cold central plant recycling (CCPR). CCPR is a paving technique that uses 100% recycled materials, which allows contractors to process the recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) material they already have. Traditionally, this technique has not been frequently used in the United States, but recent research illustrates that it may be a viable option for use in higher volume applications. Presentation slides are available through the link.

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Public Roads: Changing The Landscape of Livability (8-2015)
Research from the real estate industry shows that many people want to live in more convenient, walkable neighborhoods. To address these and related challenges, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formed the Partnership for Sustainable Communities in 2009. The partnership coordinates Federal housing, transportation, and other infrastructure investments to help neighborhoods become more prosperous, reduce pollution, and enable people to live closer to jobs.

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Successes in Stewardship Newsletter (8-2015)
This month's newsletter highlights FHWA initiatives to promote pollinator health, including new and existing best practices for pollinator habitat management from State DOTs.

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FHWA Air Quality and Climate Change Highlights (7-2015)
The report summarizes FHWA announcements, recent events, research, and resources as they relate to air quality and climate change.

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Transportation, Climate Change & Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Webinar Series (6-2015)
FHWA hosted a four-part webinar series designed to provide information to transportation agencies interested in assessing the vulnerability of infrastructure to climate change and extreme weather events, and applying the results. Recordings of the webinars are available on the website.

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Transportation Sustainability Guide (6-2015)
Librarians with the Eastern Transportation Knowledge Network created a guide that compiles resources for practitioners dealing with sustainability in operations, planning, design, and management. The resources cover innovation, best practices, and solutions for increasing sustainability and minimizing environmental impacts from transportation infrastructure. The project was funded through the FHWA Pooled Fund Study (TPF-5(237)).

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FHWA Posts New Sustainability Self-Assessment Tool Case Studies Online (5-2015)
FHWA has posted new case studies to the sustainability self-assessment tool, INVEST. INVEST is designed to help transportation agencies improve economic, social, and environmental outcomes. The latest case studies are on sustainability efforts from Delaware Department of Transportation, Utah Department of Transportation, and Cape Cod Commission in Massachusetts.

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Successes in Stewardship Newsletter (5-2015)
This month's newsletter highlights FHWA National Transportation Liaisons who serve as the FHWA's connection to Federal resource and regulatory agencies. The liaisons facilitate coordination among these agencies and FHWA. They contribute expertise and perspectives to inform FHWA initiatives and programs, and assist States interested in establishing resource or regulatory agency transportation liaison positions.

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The Collaborative Benefits of Using FHWA's INVEST - Arizona Department of Transportation Sustainability (4-2015)
This report highlights Arizona DOT's use of FHWA's Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool (INVEST) to assess ADOT's sustainability programs and practices.

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Guide to Transportation Decisionmaking (4-2015)
FHWA and FTA have developed a guide to inform the public how the transportation decisionmaking process uses public input to create a safer, more efficient transportation systems in communities.

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New Tool Helps Agencies Manage Transportation Assets in the Face of Climate Change (2-2015)
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) partnered with two Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMAs), the National Park Service (NPS) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), to develop a new resource to facilitate climate change-related strategic transportation investments: the FLMA Southeast Region Climate Change Transportation Toolbox.

2014

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FLMA Southeast Region Climate Change Transportation Tool (12-2014)
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) partnered with the National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to help Federal Land Management Agencies understand how to manage transportation assets in the face of climate change. Two parks and two refuges were selected as pilots in the Southeast Region.

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U.S. DOT Climate Adaptation Plan 2014: Ensuring Transportation Infrastructure and System Resilience (10-2014)
In coordination with other federal agencies, US DOT released a Climate Adaptation Plan in October 2014. The plan identifies actions for the agency to move towards fully integrating considerations of climate change adaptation and resiliency into DOT policies, programs, and operations.

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Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning Handbook (9-2014)
This handbook is designed to help State DOTs develop or update State pedestrian and bicycle plans. Based on research including interviews with 9 State DOTs and critical evaluations of documents from 15 States, this handbook covers statewide planning from plan inception and scoping to engaging stakeholders and the general public; developing goals, objectives and strategies; collecting and analyzing data; linking to the larger statewide transportation planning process; and implementation.

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ICT Researchers Identify Green-Friendly Practices for IDOT Rest Areas (8-2014)
The Illinois Center for Transportation developed a report that lists “green-friendly” best management practices for six interstate rest areas that have the highest energy consumption in Illinois, in cooperation with the Illinois DOT and FHWA. The project, funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, includes a survey of State DOTs' best practices for rest areas and a decision support tool to identify upgrades for public buildings in Illinois to achieve a specified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

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Impacts of Climate Change and Variability on Transportation Systems and Infrastructure, The Gulf Coast Study, Phase 2, Task 3.2: Engineering Assessments of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Measures (8-2014)
This report discusses a series of engineering assessments on specific transportation facilities in Mobile, Alabama that evaluated whether those facilities might be vulnerable to projected changes in climate, and what specific adaptation measures could be effective in mitigating those vulnerabilities.

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Advancing a Sustainable Highway System: Highlights of FHWA Sustainability Activities (6-2014)
FHWA is undertaking a significant amount of work related to sustainability across a number of program areas throughout the Agency. This report showcases some of the ways in which FHWA is incorporating and embedding sustainability into its programs, projects, policies, processes, and partnerships.

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Guidelines for the Implementation of Reduced Lighting on Roadways (6-2014)
Issued by the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Safety Research and Development, this report provides guidelines for the implementation of an adaptive lighting system for roadway lighting. Based on the analysis of crashes and lighting performance, a series of criteria and the associated design levels have been developed to provide an approach for light level selection and the adjustability of the light level based on the needs of the driving environment. The application, the technology needs, the benefit cost, and the legal implications of adaptive lighting are also considered in this guideline document.

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FHWA White Paper on Statewide Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities (4-2014)
FHWA and the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center recently released a white paper titled “Statewide Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities.” The second in a series of FHWA white papers on this topic, the document presents a flexible framework for State departments of transportation (DOTs) that choose to integrate public health considerations into their transportation planning and decisionmaking. The paper draws from five case studies of DOTs and their partners.

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Statewide Transportation Planning For Healthy Communities (4-2014)
This white paper presents insights and a flexible framework for State DOTs that choose to integrate public health considerations into their transportation planning and decisionmaking.


2013

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A Performance-Based Approach to Addressing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions through Transportation Planning (12-2013)
FHWA developed A Performance-Based Approach to Addressing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Transportation Planning to describe considerations for selecting relevant GHG performance measures, techniques for evaluating performance, and approaches for using performance information to support investment choices and enhance decisionmaking.

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FHWA Report on Climate Change Adaptation Measures in Transportation (12-2013)
Highlights climate change adaptation actions that transportation agencies around the world are pursuing and discusses strategies, examples, and best practices for evaluating the costs and benefits of adaptation.

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FHWA Climate Change Adaptation Case Studies (12-2013)
Case studies on climate change adaptation and resilience in the transportation sector.

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Ultra-High Performance Concrete: A State-of-the-Art Report for the Bridge Community (9-2013)
Includes details on materials and production, mechanical properties, and structural design and testing. While ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) has higher initial costs than conventional concrete, UHPC bridges are expected to have a longer service life and require less maintenance than conventional structures.

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FHWA Fact Sheet Describes Experimental Efforts to Prolong Concrete's Service Life (9-2013)
FHWA's Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program has released a fact sheet on experimental efforts to extend concrete's service life through utilizing multiscale crack control. The fact sheet describes a multi-phase experiment funded by FHWA, which will test deterioration reduction through micro and macro crack control (DRMC) applied to fly ash concrete and recycled concrete aggregates. Earlier testing showed that applying the DRMC approach to hybrid fiber-reinforced concrete demonstrated superior crack resistance.

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FHWA Research Report on a Smart Pavement Monitoring System (5-2013)
The Federal Highway Administration has released a report examining the effectiveness of a smart pavement monitoring system. Comprised of integrated wireless circuit sensors that use less than one microwatt of power, the system continuously monitors and records data on the pavement's dynamic strain levels. Data gleaned from the system helps highway agencies to more effectively facilitate maintenance, rehabilitation, and preservation decisions.

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Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) report: Incorporating Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions into the Collaborative Decision-Making Framework (3-2013)
The report presents background information on the role of GHG emissions in the transportation sector, factors influencing the future of emissions, GHG emissions reduction strategies, as well as information on cost effectiveness and feasibility of these reduction strategies. It also presents case studies to illustrate different scales and institutional contexts for GHG analyses. A companion practitioner's guide is also available.

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Alternative Uses of Highway Right-of-Way (ROW): Accommodating Renewable Energy Technologies and Alternative Fuel Facilities (2-2013)
In a report prepared for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Volpe researchers describe the state of practice in accommodating renewable energy technologies and alternative fuel facilities within highway ROWs.

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SHRP2 Renewal Project: Using the Existing Pavement In-Place and Achieving Long Life (2-2013)

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Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Framework (1-2013)
FHWA has posted this final, updated framework for use by transportation agencies to assess vulnerability of transportation infrastructure to climate change and extreme weather events and adaptation options.


2012

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Practitioner's Guide to Incorporating Greenhouse Gas Emissions into the Collaborative Decision-Making Framework (12-2012)
Presents information on how greenhouse gas emissions can be incorporated into transportation planning when using different types of collaborative decision-making approaches.

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INVEST Sustainability Evaluation Tool Featured in FHWA Newsletter (11-2012)

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Leaner and Greener: Sustainability at Work in Transportation (11-2012, PDF 3.47MB)
AASHTO, in conjunction with FHWA and FTA, issued a report that highlights some of the many ways transportation agencies are cutting costs, helping the environment, and strengthening communities.

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SHRP2 Report S2-C03-RR-1: Interactions Between Transportation Capacity, Economic Systems, and Land Use (11-2012)
Provides information on a database of case studies and a web-based tool to facilitate the rapid assessment of long-term economic impacts of highway capacity projects.

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Summary Report On Climate Change Adaptation Peer Exchanges (11-2012)

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Summary Report On Climate Change Mitigation Peer Exchanges (10-2012)

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Freight and Land Use Handbook (06-2012)
The handbook provides tools and resources for practitioners on assessing the impacts of land use decisions on freight movements and the impacts of freight development and growth on land use planning goals.

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The Role of Transportation Systems Management & Operations in Supporting Livability and Sustainability (FHWA-HOP-12-004) (01-2012, PDF 5.7MB)
This primer describes the role of transportation systems management and operations (M&O) in advancing livability and sustainability. It highlights the connections between M&O and livability and sustainability objectives and the importance of a balanced, comprehensive approach to M&O in order to support those objectives.


2011

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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Pilots (11-2011)
This project funded DOTs and MPOs to pilot a Conceptual Model to use in conducting vulnerability and risk assessments of infrastructure to the projected impacts of global climate change. The purpose of the pilots was twofold; 1) to assist State DOTs and MPOs more quickly advance existing adaptation assessment activities and 2) to assist FHWA in “test-driving” the model.

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FHWA Transportation Planning for Sustainability Guidebook (01-2011, PDF 18.28MB)
This guidebook examines how sustainability considerations could be better incorporated into transportation planning through case studies identified from a review of sustainability planning practices at state DOTs and from a literature review of U.S. and international practices. Even though the U.S. does not have a national sustainable transportation strategy to guide policy development, individual states and metropolitan areas have begun to develop their own policies, programs, and methodologies for improving transportation system sustainability.