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DOE Announces $128 Million for Sustainable Transportation Research (12-2020)
The Department of Energy (DOE) announced an investment of up to $128 million in funding for research and development of sustainable transportation resources and technologies. Split between three separate funding opportunity announcements, the investment supports the bioenergy technologies, hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, and vehicle technologies. The two-phased application process will include a concept paper, followed by a full application. Deadlines for the three programs begin in mid-January.

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EPA Announces 2020 SmartWay Award Recipients (11-2020)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognized 75 truck carriers, logistics providers, and shippers for their leadership, environmental performance, and energy efficiency with its annual SmartWay Excellence Award. The award winners exhibited superior freight performance by saving fuel, shrinking their emissions footprints, and contributing to healthier air in the communities they serve.

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Learning Module Describes Shared Mobility Funding Strategies and Partnership Opportunities (11-2020)
The Shared-Use Mobility Center released a learning module outlining innovative funding strategies for local shared mobility projects including bikeshare, carshare, microtransit, and other modes. It discusses traditional government funding sources and other common partnership funding sources communities often use for shared mobility projects, such as Federal and State grants. The module provides examples of local pilot projects leveraging innovative partnerships and funding strategies, such as employer-based programs and permit fees, to support project costs as well as long-term implementation and programming.

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AASHTO Releases Video on How State DOTs Work To Ensure NEPA Compliance (11-2020)
The Center for Environmental Excellence with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) released a video explaining how NEPA assignments work to streamline the environmental review process without sacrificing environmental protection.

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NGA Releases State Resilience And Assessment Planning Tool (10-2020)
The National Governors Association (NGA) recently developed a tool to help Governors and their staffs assess state resilience, identify gaps, and plan for natural and man-made disasters. The State Resilience and Assessment Planning Tool (SRAP) uses an all hazards approach to help states prepare for threats including hurricanes and tornados, earthquakes, tsunamis, cyber and physical attacks, and terrorist attacks.

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BTS Launches Interactive Maps of Bikeshare and E-scooter Trends and Impacts (9-2020)
The U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) launched interactive maps visualizing the impacts on bikeshare (docked or dockless) and electric scooters (e-scooters) during COVID-19 through August 2020. The maps allow users to compare data across different time periods to examine how the spatial distribution of micromobility trips have changed in response to evolving local demands.

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PBIC Releases Shifting Streets Mobility Database (9-2020)
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) released a mobility database tracking cities’ immediate responses to public space adaptations and changes during the first five months of COVID-19. Developed by a team of mobility researchers and data analysts, the database includes an inventory of more than 1,200 actions in 526 locations globally. It captures communities’ responses to changing demands such as street closures, dedicated outdoor dining areas, and reallocated curb space or shoulder lanes.

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TRB Guidebook and Research Plan Outlines Considerations to Improve Transportation Access to Health Care Services (12-2020)
The Transportation Research Board Transit Cooperative Research Program published a guidebook and research plan to help communities improve connections between transportation and health care. The research explains efforts to improve public health are most effective when they capture the range of factors impacting overall health outcomes, known as social determinants of health. It outlines considerations and resources to help communities build local partnerships and develop shared goals, providing example case studies of agencies collaborating with health care providers to improve transportation access to medical and other wellness-related services.

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TRB Publishes Butterfly Conservation Guidance (12-2020)
TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program published guidance for roadside managers to determine the potential of their roadway corridors as habitat for monarch butterflies. The report also showcases tools and decision-support mechanisms that departments of transportation can use to support butterfly conservation and roadside management.

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AASHTO Updates Transportation Asset Management Guide (12-2020)
AASHTO released the second edition of its Transportation Asset Management Guide. It provides guidance to state, county, and municipal transportation agencies to better understanding asset management techniques and advance asset management practices.

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New Toolkit Provides Guidance on Placemaking (10-2020)
Project for Public Spaces and Main Street America published a toolkit to provide guidance and best practices on placemaking for main streets. The toolkit includes a handbook, an online resource library, and a webinar series.

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ITF Report Examines Environmental Performance of New Mobility (9-2020)
The International Transportation Forum (ITF) published a report examining the environmental performance of personal and shared micromobility devices such as electric scooters, bicycles, electric bicycles, and electric mopeds, as well as car-based ridesharing services. The report analyzes the effects of new mobility services on energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions, including the lifecycle performance of these modes and a comparison with privately-owned cars and public transportation. It outlines policy actions and design solutions to integrate new mobility into the urban transport system while encouraging reduced energy use, such as increased coordination between micromobility and public transportation systems.

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TCRP Guidebook on for Deploying Zero-Emission Transit Buses (8-2020)
The Transportation Research Board’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) released a guidebook designed to provide transit agencies with information on current best practices for zero‚Äźemission bus (ZEB) deployments and lessons learned from previous deployments, industry experts, and available industry resources.

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TRB Released Report on Mobility on Demand (6-2019)
TRB has released Transportation Research Circular E-C244: Mobility on Demand: A Smart, Sustainable, and Equitable Future, which is the synopsis of a January workshop that explored the current state of mobility on demand, examined next steps for preparing for transition to autonomy, and detailed ways to optimize sustainability and ensure equitability. The workshop emphasized the role of public transit, shared mobility, and automation in shaping the future of mobility.

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Best Practices to Manage Mobility Data Issued by NACTO (5-2019)
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), an association of 82 major cities and transit agencies in North America, and the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), an association of local government attorneys, released best practices for the access and management of mobility data, an increasingly-complex policy area with the potential to remake how city streets are managed.

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District of Columbia Releases Sustainability Plan (5-2019)
Washington D.C. has announced a new sustainability plan that aims to expand the use of transit and active transportation in order to reduce vehicle emissions and increase the city’s resilience to climate change.

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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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Federal Government Links

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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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USDOT Transportation Planning Capacity Building (TPCB) website

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