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Freight Facts and Figures 2013

The Federal Highway Administration's Office of Freight Management of Operations has released Freight Facts and Figures 2013. This report is a snapshot of the volume and value of freight flows in the United States, the physical network over which freight moves, the economic conditions that generate freight movements, the industry that carries freight, and the safety, energy, and environmental implications of freight transportation. This snapshot helps decision makers, planners, and the public understand the magnitude and importance of freight transportation to the economy.

Release 2 of the Research Data Exchange (RDE) Is Now Available

Release 2 of the Research Data Exchange is now available. Two new data environments have been added to the RDE and are available to the public for download to include a one-day sample of the Safety Pilot Model Deployment. The RDE also features a new user interface and new download capabilities. Researchers, application developers, and others are invited to use the RDE in support of their endeavors and to help USDOT answer specific data-related research questions. Please visit the RDE Web site to explore the data and resources that are available and learn more about the features included in Release 2.

Talking Freight Seminar on June 18, 2014: Freight Advanced Traveler Information System (FRATIS) – Report on the Initial Metropolitan Area Deployments

This webinar will discuss FHWA's Freight Advanced Traveler Information System (FRATIS) program, an initiative that utilizes both private sector freight shipment origin and destination information and public sector transportation system conditions information to optimize freight shipment routing, particularly for short-haul, drayage shipments in urban areas. FRATIS has been initially deployed in three significant urban freight hubs — Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth, and south Florida (Miami) — and the webinar will include discussion about the Los Angeles and south Florida deployments.

Survey on Projects of National and Regional Significance

Section 1301 of SAFETEA-LU established a program to provide grants to States for Projects of National and Regional Significance (PNRS) to improve the safe, secure, and efficient movement of people and goods throughout the United States and to improve the health and welfare of the national economy. Under the provisions of MAP-21, $500,000,000 was authorized to be appropriated to carry out PNRS in fiscal year 2013. While no funds were appropriated in FY13, Section 1120 of MAP-21 requires the USDOT to develop a report to Congress that contains a comprehensive list of each project of national and regional significance that has been compiled through a survey of State departments of transportation; transit agencies, tribal governments, and multi-state or multi-jurisdictional groups. The comprehensive list will enable the Secretary to classify projects of regional or national significance and to develop recommendations on financing for eligible project costs. This survey is not a solicitation for a grant application. Response to the survey is voluntary and responding or not responding will not help, harm or directly influence the Secretary's evaluation for any future funding or solicitation for specific projects. For further information about PNRS, please contact Tamiko Burnell, tamiko.burnell@dot.gov, 202-366-1200.

Operations Performance Measures and Management Program Road Map

FHWA has released a program road map for the Operations Performance Measures and Management (OPMM) Program. The OPMM Program Road Map includes potential research and other projects to undertake during the years 2014-2018. The road map development included a peer exchange workshop featuring congestion measure experts from State DOTs, MPOs, academia and the private sector in order to get their input on how to move towards "The Perfect World for Measuring Congestion."

Traffic Signal LED Module Specification Workshop and Informational Report for Snow Conditions

FHWA has released a research report on the issue of potential occurrence of snow and/or ice buildup on LED traffic signal lenses. The objectives were to identify significant environmental (i.e., weather) variables that may contribute to snow and ice buildup on LED traffic signal lenses and identify proactive approaches to eliminating or minimizing the negative effects. One of the unintended consequences of the transition to LED traffic signals lenses/indications is this lighting source does not produce heat in sufficient quantity to provide "melting" ability in climates that experience snow and ice conditions.

Work Zone Intelligent Transportation Systems Implementation Guide: Use of Technology and Data for Effective Work Zone Management

Work zone ITS is one operational management strategy that agencies may use in a transportation management plan (TMP). Geared towards public agencies, design and construction firms, and industry, this document summarizes key steps for successfully implementing ITS in work zones, using a systematic approach towards achieving work zone safety and mobility objectives.

Measures of Effectiveness and Validation Guidance for Adaptive Signal Control Technologies

This report documents the tools and methodology developed for validation of Adaptive Signal Control Technologies (ASCT) systems and summarizes the testing of this approach and measures at a field site. The intent of the field study was not to evaluate the field site specifically but rather to demonstrate the application of the validation measures and methodology to a real world implementation of ASCT.

2014 National Work Zone Awareness Week

FHWA is partnering with AASHTO, ATSSA, FMCSA and other work zone safety advocates to raise public awareness about the need for driving and working safely in work zones. The 2014 National Work Zone Awareness Week will be held April 7-11, 2014. This year's theme is "Work Zone Speeding: A Costly Mistake".

Road Weather Management Performance Measures: 2012-2013 Update

This report includes a background on the development and update of RWMP performance measures since 2007 including the approaches and data sources used, and the results of the most recent (2012-2013) road weather management performance assessment conducted by FHWA.

Utah DOT Weather Responsive Traveler Information System

The FHWA Road Weather Management Program partnered with Utah DOT to develop, test and deploy a citizen reporting program that allows travelers to provide road weather information reports using their smart phones.

AASHTO Transportation Systems Management and Operations Guidance

The American Association of State Highways and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) Transportation Systems Management and Operations Guidance has now been updated based on the experience of 24 state transportation department and regional workshops sponsored by second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) and FHWA during 2010-2013.

Impact of Exempt Vehicles on Managed Lanes

This report examines programs in use by states allowing low-emission and energy efficient vehicles to use HOV, HOT, and managed lanes without meeting the vehicle-occupancy requirements. Information is presented on the enabling legislation, the program elements, use of the programs, and impacts of the HOV, HOT, and managed lanes in 13 states. (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-14-006)

National Workshop Attracts "Thought Leaders" in Congestion Pricing

On July 9-10, 2013, 114 leaders in congestion pricing, managed lanes, and parking pricing convened in Seattle, WA to discuss recent successes and challenges to advancing congestion pricing in the United States. Much of the discussion centered on the important outcomes of project implementations, especially the Urban Partnership Agreement (UPA)/Congestion Reduction Demonstration (CRD) programs as well as the Value Pricing Pilot Program (VPPP). The primary objective of the conference was raising the awareness, advancing the state-of-the-practice, and identifying the research and technology transfer needs in support of deploying congestion pricing strategies in the United States.

US Department of Transportation Connected Vehicle Planning and Policy Stakeholder Workshop - January 16, 2014

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will conduct a free public workshop focused on soliciting input from transportation infrastructure owner/operators which would potentially deploy and utilize connected vehicle technologies on stakeholder needs for policies, guidelines, and tools in support of successful implementation. Although the target audience is State and local DOTs, transit agencies, and other infrastructure owners the meeting will be open to other stakeholders in the connected vehicle community, national associations, and the general public. Remote participation will be available via webinar. For more information and registration go to:

Programming for Operations: MPO Examples of Prioritizing and Funding Transportation Systems Management & Operations Strategies

The report discusses how metropolitan planning organizations have incorporated transportation systems management and operations projects into the programming phase of transportation investment decisionmaking in metropolitan areas.

 
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