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How Truck Platooning Works (1-2018)
This article explains how onboard computers are used to connect trucks and allow vehicle-to-vehicle communications, and enable management of traffic by clustering trucks together. Tests show that platooning allows trucks to adjust to better follow the lead vehicle at a desired distance. Truck platooning can improve the flow of both freight traffic, and regular vehicle traffic, thereby reducing the emissions from idling engines.

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FHWA Pilot Program for Resilience and Durability to Extreme Weather (12-2017)
FHWA has launched a pilot program that will partner with State DOTs, MPOs, Tribal governments, and Federal Lands Management Agencies to deploy one of the following three resiliency solutions: 1. Integration of resilience and durability into agency practices; 2. Utilizing current tools and resources to perform vulnerability and risk assessments of transportation systems and projects; or 3. Deploying and monitoring the performance of aa resilience solution.

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Call for Alternative Fuel Corridor (AFC) Nominations (10-2017)
The Federal Highway Administration has called for nominations for the 2017 Alternative Fuels Corridor. The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act requires that the Secretary of Transportation must identify short- and long-term need, and location for, electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, hydrogen fueling infrastructure, propane fueling infrastructure, and natural gas fueling infrastructure along national highways to improve the mobility of passenger and commercial vehicles that employ renewable and low-carbon fuels across the country. Nominations are due by close of business on November 30, 2017. Contact Diane Turchetta at 202-493-0158 or Diane.Turchetta@dot.gov for more information.

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Series of FHWA Webinars on Climate Resiliency (9-2017)
A series of webinars focused on FHWA’s climate resiliency-focused projects. Topics include the impacts of climate conditions and extreme weather events on transportation projects, green infrastructure, and FHWA’s climate change and extreme weather vulnerability assessment framework. The webinars run from September 28 through November 16, 2017.

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New Vehicle-To-Vehicle Technologies Demonstrated by FHWA (9-2017)
FHWA conducted a test of emerging vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology. Three-truck platoons used the new Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control technology, which allows trucks to follow each other more closely and travel more efficiently.

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Health Considerations Integrated in North Central Texas’ Long-Range Planning (7-2017)
FHWA details how health considerations are being integrated into the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ (NCTCOG) Long Range Planning efforts. NCTCOG is using resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify health indicators, data for transportation-related public health measures, and strategies for public health.

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Webinar Recording: Energy and Emissions Reduction Policy Analysis Tool (7-2017)
A webinar recording is now available for FHWA’s Energy and Emissions Reduction Policy Analysis Tool, which analyzes and forecasts transportation energy consumption and related emissions, and addresses demand-side transportation strategies for climate policy.

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Winners of the 2017 Environmental Excellence Award Announced (5-2017)
The 2017 Environmental Excellence Award recipients were announced by FHWA in late May. Projects that received awards included the Massachusetts DOT’s Impaired Waters Program, Atlanta’s Roadside Emissions Exposure Study, and Colorado’s I-70 Eastbound Peak Period Shoulder Lane.

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Integrating Extreme Weather & Asset Management (5-22-2017)
FHWA is taking applications for developing 4-6 pilot case studies on extreme weather and climate risk in asset management. This program is for States that have begun to study the risks of extreme weather events and climate change. The application deadline is June 30, 2017.

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Transportation Planning Excellence Awards for 2017 Announced (5-2017)
The winners of FHWA’s 2017 Transportation Planning Excellence Awards were announced. The San Diego Association of Governments took “best of the best” award for its San Diego Forward Regional Plan. Winning initiatives/projects were focused on sustainable communities, transit systems, multimodal planning, community outreach, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and streetscapes.

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Report Shows Economic Benefits of Reduced Vehicle Miles Traveled (1-2018)
A report by the National Center for Sustainable Transportation shows the residential and local economic benefits of reducing vehicle miles traveled, and indicates that home prices are higher in neighborhoods with good pedestrian characteristics.

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FHWA Newsletter Highlights Project Delivery (1-2018)
This issue of the FHWA’s Successes in Stewardship newsletter focuses on the environmental review process efficiencies, improving environmental documentation, and bridge permitting.

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Evaluation of FHWA’s Roadside Revegetation Guide (1-2018)
A review of FHWA’s roadside revegetation guide showed positive results, and also recommended that the guide should emphasize training and outreach efforts to promote effective methods.

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FHWA Requirements for Renewable Energy Projects in Highway Right-of-Way (12-2017)
Several States have installed renewable energy infrastructure (such as solar panels or wind turbines) along highways, and other States are planning on doing the same. FHWA has released a quick guide for State DOT and FHWA Division Offices on federal requirements for such projects on Highway Right-of-Way.

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Context Sensitive Solutions Case Studies Published (10-2017)
FHWA implemented a technical assistance effort to support states in applying Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) to a variety of challenges in transportation planning, design, and implementation. North Dakota and Florida were two of the States participating, and were asked to identify one challenge to use a CSS approach. Both Florida and North Dakota developed case studies of their experiences.

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Applicability Determination for Performance Measures Released (10-2017)
FHWA has published a list of state departments of transportation (DOTS) and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) that are required to establish targets and report progress for the performance measures related to the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program.

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Report on Sustainable Rest Area Design and Operations Released (10-2017)
This report includes case studies of five State Departments of Transportation that have implemented sustainability strategies at their rest areas. Agencies in Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, Georgia, and Vermont have constructed or renovated rest areas in ways that reduce energy usage and carbon emissions, minimize environmental impact, and in many cases save money.

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Resilience Assessments of NY, NJ, CT After Hurricane Sandy (10-2017)
FHWA released a study of the NY-NJ-CT metro region’s resilience to extreme weather, climate change, and sea level rise. The report identifies methods to reduce vulnerabilities to extreme weather in transportation systems using lessons learned from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and other recent weather events, as well as future climate projections. The report includes regional, subarea, and facility level assessments.

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Endangered Species Consultation Process Highlighted in FHWA Newsletter (10-2017)
The Endangered Species Act’s consultation process is discussed in the October issue of FHWA’s Successes in Stewardship newsletter. This consultation process requires collaboration and planning between agencies to ensure that projects do not threaten any species or impact critical habitats. The newsletter emphasizes the importance of communication, and also details each step of the process.

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Peer Exchange Report on the Impacts of Transportation and Land Use Decisions on Health, Safety, and Quality of Life (9-2017)
FHWA has published a summary of the “Happy, Healthy, Smart Cities Symposium” Peer Exchange. The event included documentaries concerning transportation and related health outcomes, the technologies of smart cities, and the relationship between land use and transportation.

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