|TR News November-December 2016: Freight Transport in a Low-Carbon World (Feature Article)
February 3, 2017
A featured article in the November-December 2016 issue of the TR News highlights the challenges of freight transportation with regards to meeting new emissions standards. 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 the transportation com...
|Impacts on Practice: Moving Customers, Cost-Savings and Energy Reduction in the Right Direction
December 7, 2016
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) latest Impacts on Practice explores how Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) used ACRP Report 117 : Airport Escalators and Moving Walkways—Cost-Savings and Energy Reduction Technologies to assist with the decision to install energy-saving variable demand/variable speed motors on the moving walkways and escalators in the airport. MHT al...
|Tracking Alternative Jet Fuel
November 3, 2016
TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Report 165: Tracking Alternative Jet Fuel provides guidance to airports on ways to track alternative jet fuels. As alternative jet fuels start to enter the supply chain, there may be a need to keep track of such fuel for technical, regulatory, and commercial reasons. In addition to the guidance, a greenhouse gas calculator and an altern...
|Commercial Aircraft Propulsion and Energy Systems Research
September 17, 2016
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released Commercial Aircraft Propulsion and Energy Systems Research, which develops a national research agenda for reducing CO2 emissions from commercial aviation. This report focuses on propulsion and energy technologies for reducing carbon emissions from large, commercial aircraft— single-aisle and twin-aisle aircraft that carr...
September 6, 2016
TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2570 consists of 15 papers that explore air quality, including: Operations and Emissions Characteristics of Light-Duty Vehicles on Ramps Emissions Modeling with MOVES and EMFAC to Assess the Potential for a Transportation Project to Create Particulate Matter Hot Spots Evaluation of Light-Duty Gasoline Vehicl...
|Energy, Alternative Fuels, and Climate Change
September 2, 2016
TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2572, includes 12 papers that explore information related to energy and the environment in the transportation sector, including: Data-Driven Reinforcement Learning–Based Real-Time Energy Management System for Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles Informing the Strategic Rollout of Fast Electric Vehicle Charging N...
|Deriving Benefits from Alternative Aircraft-Taxi Systems
August 25, 2016
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 158: Deriving Benefits from Alternative Aircraft-Taxi Systems explores approaches that may reduce fuel use, emissions, and costs while aircraft are on the ground. This report explores how alternative approaches to taxiing aircraft in movement areas have the potential to provide an overall net benefit for both the airport and aircraft oper...
|Advanced Locomotive Exhaust Gas Simulator to Fine-Tune Energy Recovery and Conversion Systems
August 11, 2016
TRB's Transit Ideas Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Program has released Project 81: Advanced Locomotive Exhaust Gas Simulator to Fine-Tune Energy Recovery and Conversion Systems explores the development of a Waste Heat Recovery Systems (WHRS) to recover and convert otherwise wasted thermal energy represented by locomotive exhaust gases and cooling fluids. WHRS optimized for non-invasive ...
|Application of Remote Real-Time Monitoring to Offshore Oil and Gas Operations
July 27, 2016
TRB Special Report 322: Application of Remote Real-Time Monitoring to Offshore Oil and Gas Operations provides advice to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) of the U.S. Department of the Interior on the use of remote real-time monitoring (RRTM) to improve the safety and reduce the environmental risks of offshore oil and gas operations. The report also evaluates the role th...
July 20, 2016
TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2571 consists of nine papers that explore: Recycled Material Web Map: Connecting Consumers and Producers Composting Roadkill: Research and Implementation by the Virginia Department of Transportation From Permafrost to Sunny Beaches: Lessons Learned from Alaska and Southeast Florida Climate Adaptation Studies...
|Operational and Legal Issues with Fuel Farms
June 24, 2016
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Legal Research Digest 28: Operational and Legal Issues with Fuel Farms provides guidance to assist airport sponsors and their legal counselors in understanding the basic legal and operational issues of fuel farms to provide the storage and dispensing of aviation fuels to multiple users at an airport. The report will assist airports with evaluati...
|TR News March-April 2016: Research Convergence for a Multimodal Future
May 27, 2016
A featured article in the March-April 2016 issue of the TR News highlights photos from the 95th TRB Annual Meeting, January 10-14, 2016. The article features photographs of sessions, workshops, committee meetings, and awards. Dr. Hani Mahmassani, William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation and professor, Northwestern University, and Director, Northwestern University Transportatio...
|Guidelines for Certification and Management of Flexible Rockfall Protection Systems
May 18, 2016
TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 823: Guidelines for Certification and Management of Flexible Rockfall Protection Systems provides advice on rockfall fence systems for transportation agencies. It also outlines data that are needed to evaluate the results of rockfall fence systems tested using the procedure recommended for acceptance. Finally, the report present...
|Trends and Issues in Marine Transportation and the Environment
April 8, 2016
TRB E-Circular 206: Trends and Issues in Marine Transportation and the Environment explores urgent and far-reaching research topics pertinent to marine transportation and environmental issues. Subjects explored in this E-Circular include marine emissions and air quality impacts, including alternative fuels, human health impacts, improving marine vessel emission inventory methods, emission reduc...
|Developing a Business Case for Renewable Energy at Airports
March 31, 2016
TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 151: Developing a Business Case for Renewable Energy at Airports provides instructions and tools to evaluate proposed renewable energy projects and their alternatives. The guidance may assist airports with making informed energy decisions that maximize financial, self-sustainability, environmental, and social benefits. In addition to the ...
|Airport Terminal Building Energy Use Intensity (ATB-EUI) Benchmarking Tool
January 11, 2016
TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) CD-ROM 178: Airport Terminal Building Energy Use Intensity (ATB-EUI) Benchmarking Tool provides assistance to airports to help benchmark and profile airport terminal energy end uses. The CD includes the raw data that was used to develop the tool. The tool helps users complete a form on their energy uses to develop an energy use intensity profile...
|Comparison of Passenger Rail Energy Consumption with Competing Modes
December 31, 2015
TRB’s National Cooperative Rail Research Program (NCRRP) Report 3: Comparison of Passenger Rail Energy Consumption with Competing Modes provides tools that can be used to compare energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of intercity and commuter passenger rail with those of competing travel modes along a designated travel corridor. The report summarizes the research used to develop...
|Review of the 21st Century Truck Partnership, Third Report
December 9, 2015
The National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Review of the 21st Century Truck Partnership has released a report that explores the research and development projects carried out by the 21st Century Truck Partnership (21CTP), which was formed in 2001 to reduce fuel usage and emissions in trucks of Classes 3 through 8. The third report of the review committee builds on ...
|Application of Real-Time Monitoring of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations: Workshop Report
December 8, 2015
TRB's Conference Proceedings on the Web 17: Application of Real-Time Monitoring of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations: Workshop Report explores the topic of real-time monitoring of offshore oil and gas operations. The workshop report summarizes presentations made by invited panelists and other remarks by participants in the committee’s workshop in Houston, Texas, on April 20–21, 2015. The Bureau o...
|TRID Search Tips from TR News 298
December 3, 2015
The June-July-August 2015 TR News featured search tips to navigate the TRID database . TRID holds more than 1.09 million records of published research covering all modes of transportation. More than 156,000 records contain links to full-text documents. TRID is an integrated database that combines the records from the Transportation Research Information Services and the Joint Transport Rese...
|TR News June-July-August 2015: Moving Energy
December 1, 2015
The full edition of the June-July-August 2015 TR News is now available. This edition explore the effects of the changing world energy market on the transportation industry, with deliveries of coal declining, natural gas use on the increase, and oil shipments from North American locations rising to challenge overseas sources. Authors examine the changing energy market by energy source, the ...
|Environment and Energy 2015
November 13, 2015
TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2502, explores 17 papers related to environment and energy in the transportation sector, including: Considerations to Establish Ground-Borne Noise Criteria to Define Mitigation for Noise-Sensitive Spaces Correlation of Noise Measurement Types in the Arizona Quiet Pavement Pilot Program Evaluation of Force De...
|Air Quality 2015
September 22, 2015
TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2503 include 17 papers related to air quality issues, including: Incorporating Vehicle Emissions Models into the Geometric Highway Design Process: Application on Horizontal Curves Effects of Pavement Surface Roughness and Congestion on Expected Freeway Traffic Energy Consumption Influence of Fuel Injec...
|Game-Changing Ideas in Transportation Research
August 17, 2015
TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) latest Impacts on Practice explores how NCHRP’s Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) program has helped finance promising but unproven ideas in transportation engineering.
|Renewable Energy as an Airport Revenue Source
August 4, 2015
TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 141: Renewable Energy as an Airport Revenue Source explores challenges airports may anticipate when considering renewable energy as a revenue source. These considerations include the airport’s geography and terrain, infrastructure, real estate, energy costs, public policy, regulatory and compliance requirements, tax credits, sponsor assur...
|Cost, Effectiveness, and Deployment of Fuel Economy Technologies for Light-Duty Vehicles
July 7, 2015
The Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS) has released a report that estimates the cost, potential efficiency improvements, and barriers to commercial deployment of fuel reduction technologies that might be employed from 2020 to 2030 in next-generation light-duty veh...