|Guidebook for Designing and Managing Rights-of-Way for Carbon Sequestration and Biomass Generation
May 1, 2015
TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 804: Guidebook for Designing and Managing Rights-of-Way for Carbon Sequestration and Biomass Generation explores the operational concerns, programmatic issues, and market conditions associated with utilizing highway rights-of-way (ROWs) to develop carbon sequestration projects. These projects are designed to generate saleable ca...
|Barriers to Consumer Adoption of Plug-in Electric Vehicles
April 24, 2015
The Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, part of the National Academies’ Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS), has released a report that evaluates the market barriers that are slowing the purchase of plug-in electric vehicles and hindering the deployment of supporting infrastructure. Several models of plug-in electric vehicles exist on the market today, but sales accounte...
|Quantifying Transit’s Impact on GHG Emissions and Energy Use—The Land Use Component
April 2, 2015
TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 176: Quantifying Transit’s Impact on GHG Emissions and Energy Use—The Land Use Component examines interrelationships between transit and land use patterns to understand their contribution to compact development and the potential greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction benefits. The report is accompanied by an Excel-based tool that applies the rese...
|Energy, Climate Change, and Alternative Fuels 2014
February 22, 2015
TRB’s Transportation Research Record (TRR): Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2454 Energy, Climate Change, and Alternative Fuels 2014 consists of 13 papers that explore modeling regional transportation demand in China and the impacts of a national carbon policy; the effects of the built environment on gasoline consumption in a developing megacity; consumer choice of E85 denature...
|Input Guidelines for Motor Vehicle Emissions Simulator Model, Volume 3: Final Report
February 2, 2015
TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Web-Only Document 210: Input Guidelines for Motor Vehicle Emissions Simulator Model, Volume 3: Final Report documents the research process for developing the Practitioners’ Handbooks and tools, and provides additional documentation not included in the handbook. NCHRP Web-Only Document 210 Volume 1: Practitioners’ Handbook: Regional Lev...
|Diesel-Electric Locomotive Energy Recovery and Conversion
January 28, 2015
TRB’s Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Transit Project 67: Diesel-Electric Locomotive Energy Recovery and Conversion explores efforts to optimize Waste Heat Recovery (WHR) technologies for minimally invasive retrofitting of large internal combustion engines equipping locomotives. WHR technologies aim at recovering at least a portion of the high grade wasted thermal energy and c...
|Foresight NCHRP Report 750 Series: Informing Transportation’s Future
December 30, 2014
TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 750 Series: Strategic Issues Facing Transportation has released a brochure summarizing reports that examine global and domestic long-range, strategic issues and their implications for departments of transportation. Published as NCHRP Report 750: Strategic Issues Facing Transportation, Volumes 1-6 , the reports address topics suc...
|Air Quality 2014, Vol. 1
December 22, 2014
TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2427 consists of 9 papers that examine ecospeed-controlled vehicles at signalized intersections; the attributes and value of ecologically friendly route choices; network-wide vehicle energy consumption and ecorouting; fuel economy of ecodriving programs in Manila, Philippines, and Tokyo, Japan; and prelimina...
|Airport Escalators and Moving Walkways—Cost-Savings and Energy Reduction Technologies
November 22, 2014
TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 117: Airport Escalators and Moving Walkways—Cost-Savings and Energy Reduction Technologies provides a systematic approach to identifying, evaluating, and selecting cost-saving and energy reduction technologies for airport escalators and moving walkways. A spreadsheet tool that supplements the report is bound in the hardcopy of the report ...
|Air Quality 2014: Volume 2
September 30, 2014
TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2428 consists of 9 papers that summarize diesel and hybrid bus models; evaluations of energy and emissions performance for electric rail transit options; predictions from the CAL3QHCR and AERMOD models for highway applications; life-cycle greenhouse gases and energy consumption for material and construction ...
|Gulf Research Program: A Strategic Vision
September 25, 2014
The National Research Council has released Gulf Research Program: A Strategic Vision that establishes the program's foundation and introduces its mission, goals, and objectives. It describes some initial activities and sets out the program's vision for contributing lasting benefit to the Gulf region and the nation. The Gulf Research Program grew in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosi...
|The Rapidly Improving U.S. Energy Outlook: Positive Implications for Transportation
August 30, 2014
A featured article in the May-June 2014 TR News explores the booming natural gas industry in the United States, and its potential impact on providing fuel for various modes of transportation. The TR News is TRB's bimonthly magazine featuring timely articles on innovative and state-of-the-art research and practice in all modes of transportation. It also includes brief news items of interest to t...
|Manager’s Guide to the Integrated Ecological Framework
August 17, 2014
TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) S2-C06-RW-4: Manager’s Guide to the Integrated Ecological Framework is designed to provide a basic understanding of the Integrated Ecological Framework (IEF), a nine-step process for integrating ecological and transportation planning. It presents information about the relevant stakeholders and types of expertise needed to help ensure...
|Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Airport Parking Facilities
May 8, 2014
TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis 54: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Airport Parking Facilities is designed as a primer on electric vehicle (EV) charging and includes information on policy approaches, infrastructure needs, and funding mechanisms that airports have used in EV hosting. The report summarizes the state of the EV industry; highlights the motivations ...
|Guidebook for Energy Facilities Compatibility with Airports and Airspace
April 24, 2014
TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 108: Guidebook for Energy Facilities Compatibility with Airports and Airspace describes processes to plan, develop, and construct energy production and transmission technologies at and around airports. The guidebook emphasizes aviation safety practices in order to help ensure a safe and efficient national air system while still helping to...
|Sustainable Energy and Transportation Strategies, Research, and Data
March 7, 2014
TRB’s Conference Proceedings on the Web 14: Sustainable Energy and Transportation Strategies, Research, and Data includes summaries of plenary session presentations that were made during a November 2012 conference in Washington, D.C. The conference explored potential research needed to further advance the development of alternatives to petroleum-based transportation and to lower greenhouse gas ...
|Alternative Fuels and Technologies 2013
February 12, 2014
TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2385 consists of 8 that explore plug-in hybrid electric vehicles; biodiesel from lagoon microalgae; sustainable biofuel supply chain planning and management; location of electric vehicle charging stations; neighborhood effects on hybrid vehicle adoption; travel behavior and electric mobility in Germany; plug...
|Critical Issues in Transportation: 2013
February 1, 2014
TRB’s Executive Committee periodically identifies a set of critical issues in transportation to focus attention on their likely impact on the nation’s economy and quality of life. The discussion of the critical issues identified in this document is intended to facilitate debate and to encourage research leading to their resolution. Previous editions of Critical Issues in Transportation have hig...
|Energy and Global Climate Change 2013
January 4, 2014
TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2375 consists of nine papers that explore transportation efficiency measures; the early vehicle retirement program in Quebec, Canada; choices between gasoline- and diesel-powered cars; heterogeneous speeding behavior and gasoline prices; potential reductions in emissions and petroleum use in transportation; ...
|Advanced Wayside Energy Storage Systems for Rail Transit
December 26, 2013
TRB’s Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Final Report for Transit IDEA Project 66: Advanced Wayside Energy Storage Systems for Rail Transit explores the use of wayside energy storage systems (WESS) in rail transit systems.
|The Nexus of Biofuels, Climate Change, and Human Health: Workshop Summary
December 25, 2013
The Institute of Medicine has release a report that examines air, water, land use, food, and social impacts of biomass feedstock as an energy resource, and the state of the science and health policy implications of using different types (and generations) of biofuels as an energy source. The report is a summary of a January 2013 workshop held by IOM’s Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences,...
November 16, 2013
TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2362 contains 7 papers that examine the well-being of relocated box turtles during construction of the intercounty connector highway in Maryland; using onboard sound intensity measurements to interpret results of traffic noise modeling; and Virginia quieter pavement demonstration projects. This issue also ex...
|Air Quality 2013, Volume 2
November 10, 2013
TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2341 contains 9 papers that study algorithmic development and preliminary testing of an ecodrive application; comparative analysis of car-following models for emissions estimations; comparisons of locomotive emissions during dynamometer versus rail yard engine load tests; the ratio of in-vehicle to near-vehi...
|Best Available and Safest Technologies for Offshore Oil and Gas Operations: Options for Implementation
October 28, 2013
The National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council have released the prepublication version of Best Available and Safest Technologies for Offshore Oil and Gas Operations: Options for Implementation. The report explores a range of options for improving the implementation of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI’s) congressional mandate to require the use of best available...
|Effects of Diluted Bitumen on Crude Oil Transmission Pipelines
October 26, 2013
TRB has released Special Report 311: Effects of Diluted Bitumen on Crude Oil Transmission Pipelines that analyzes whether shipments of diluted bitumen have a greater likelihood of release from pipelines than shipments of other crude oils. The oil sands region of Canada is the source of diluted bitumen shipped by pipeline to the United States. The committee that produced the report did not find ...
|Overcoming Barriers to Electric-Vehicle Deployment: Interim Report
August 11, 2013
The Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, part of the National Academies Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS) has released a report that explores near-term options to addressing market barriers that are slowing the purchase of electric vehicles and hindering the deployment of supporting infrastructure. The report focuses on the light-duty vehicle sector in the United ...