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Transportation Resilience Webinar Series by AASHTO (12-2018)
AASHTO held a series of five webinars in December 2018 as part of its Resilient and Sustainable Transportation Systems technical assistance program. The five webinars covered seismic resilience, organizational resilience, lessons learned from Hurricane Florence, cyber resilience, and a summary of the Transportation Resilience Innovations Summit and Exchange.

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Training Courses on National Historic Preservation Act (11-2018)
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is offering training courses for Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Courses include online and in-person classes.

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EPA Initiative to Reduce Truck Pollution (11-2018)
The EPA recently established the “Cleaner Trucks Initiative” to reduce truck emissions. The program will focus on reducing smog-forming nitrogen oxide emissions from big rigs and their engines, and also includes provisions for future rulemaking that will update the current nitrogen oxide standard.

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2018 SmartWay Excellence Awards Announced (10-2018)
The recipients of the 2018 SmartWay Excellence Awards have been announced by the EPA. The program recognizes shipping and logistics companies for improving freight efficiency and reducing emissions in their supply chains. Fourteen companies will receive the awards on October 29th in Austin, Texas.

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International Conference on Ecology and Transportation Set for September 2019 (10-2018)
The International Conference on Ecology and Transportation (ICOET) will be held September 22-16, 2019, in Sacramento, California. The tenth biennial event will be hosted by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), with support from the Federal Highway Administration. The ICOET program includes podium presentations, posters, field trips, and exhibits on topics of interest to researchers, biologists, engineers, planners, project managers, administrators, and policy makers. The conference is organized by the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) Road Ecology Center, the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, and the National Center for Sustainable Transportation at UC Davis.

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City of Akron Converts Highway into Forest (9-2018)
The City of Akron, Ohio has transformed its Innerbelt Freeway into a temporary green space called the Innerbelt National Forest. The Forest offers spaces for community amenities, trails, play spaces, and an outdoor museum. This short-term project is part of the city’s program to engage the public to find permanent options to use the entire former freeway site.

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Recommendations for Cutting U.S. Transportation Energy Use in Half (9-2018)
The “50x50 Coalition” (comprised of utility companies, public interest groups, unions, public officials, technology companies, and vehicle manufacturers) has released a report containing strategies that the United States can implement to reduce transportation sector energy by 50% by 2050. These recommendations include accelerating electric vehicle proliferation, creating stricter fuel economy standards, enhancing the efficiency, service, and affordability of public transit systems, and increasing the research and development of alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure.

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Summary Report of Climate Change Listening Sessions (11-2018)
A summary report of six listening sessions focused on climate change and resilience policy has been released by the Transportation and Climate Initiative, a regional collaboration of 12 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia. The listening sessions focused on approaches to implement a clean and more resilient regional transportation system.

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Evaluation of Recycled Asphalt Shingles in Pavement (11-2018)
The National Cooperative Highway Research Program released a report describing performance tests of warm mix asphalt containing recycled content.

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Case Study: PennDOT Connects Program (10-2018)
PennDOT has been engaging communities and partner agencies to ensure a range of needs, such as environmental stewardship, safety, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations are included in all new road projects. The “PennDOT Connects” Program implements a formal planning-phase process to consider and document community needs for each project prior to developing project scopes.

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U.S. DOT Announces Automated Vehicle 3.0 Guidance (10-2018)
The U.S. DOT has released new Federal guidance for automated vehicles entitled “Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0” (AV 3.0). The updated language details how U.S. DOT will modernize definitions and terms in the context of automated systems, support the development of automation-related voluntary standards, and how FHWA will also update the 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices to factor in connected and automated vehicles.

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Urban Heat Island Effect Detailed in NOAA Maps (10-2018)
Maps developed by NOAA depict the urban heat island effect in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore on hot summer days, including the influence of roadways on temperature patterns. NOAA has shared these maps with officials so that they may use them to inform resiliency plans and implement cooling strategies.

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Eco-Driving Information Systems Analyzed in Report (9-2018)
The National Center for Sustainable Transportation has published a report describing how in-vehicle information systems can improve fuel economy by changing driver behavior. This is known as “eco-driving,” and provides the driver with feedback displayed in instrument cluster displays, after-market devices, or on personal mobile devices.

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How to Measure Long-Distance Travel (9-2018)
A report on measuring long-distance and intercity travel has been released by the National Center for Sustainable Transportation. The report utilized a mobile device-based dataset and interviews to determine how to best measure long-distance travel, how that travel affects well-being, how access to long-distance travel varies among socio-demographic groups, and the environmental impacts associated with it.

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Sustainability Implications of On-Demand Ride Services Analyzed (9-2018)
The National Center for Sustainable Transportation published a report showing how on-demand ride services could possibly improve sustainability and mobility through a series of strategies. These strategies include incentivizing taking trips with multiple passengers, improving intermodal connections, and enhancing access to underserved populations.

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World Road Association’s Seminar on Climate Adaptation in Cuba
November 8-10, 2017
An international seminar on climate adaptation, disaster, and risk management for road organizations will be hosted in Havana, Cuba on November 8-10, 2017 by the World Road Association.

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American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials Annual Meeting
Nov 12-15, 2016
The AASHTO annual meeting will be held in Boston, MA in November. The meeting provides an opportunity for transportation executives to network and share the latest in industry policies and innovations. Registration coming soon.

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) NEPAssist web-based application

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Federal Facilities Environmental Stewardship and Compliance Assistance Center Transportation Program Area

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Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Livable and Sustainable Communities Webpage

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