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Regional Assessment of Weather Impacts on Freight

This project follows up on a study completed for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in 2012 that provided a national estimate of weather-related delay affecting the trucking industry. The initial estimate indicated that weather-related delay costs the industry $8 billion to $9 billion annually. The goal of this study is to conduct a more detailed assessment of the impacts of adverse weather on freight movement in 13 diverse geographic regions, including both urban and rural corridors. The analysis presented in this report indicates that, overall, weather events have a significant negative impact on traffic speeds—and, therefore, the freight industry—when analyzed at the regional level. In this report's study area, which focuses solely on a limited set of major highways, decreased traffic speeds due to weather events are estimated to cost the freight industry $3.8 million per year. The study found that ice, snow, fog, heavy rain, wind, and extreme temperature events were the most correlated with reduced traffic speeds, with the largest decreases occurring during the first hour of storms. Adverse weather was shown to have a greater correlation with decreased traffic speeds during peak hours.

Integrated Corridor Management and Traffic Incident Management: A Primer

This primer will examine both how traffic incident management (TIM) can be integrated into an integrated corridor management (ICM) approach, as well as the many benefits resulting from ICM that can contribute to the advancement of TIM programs.

Smartphone Applications To Influence Travel Choices: Practices and Policies

This primer provides an overview of current practices in this emerging field and looks toward the future in the evolution and development of smartphone applications for the transportation sector.

Congestion Pricing - A Primer: Effective Approaches to Streamlining Back Office Operations

The document explores the range of back office issues that have arisen on congestion pricing projects throughout the United States. The issues are organized into eight categories: policy decisions, interoperability back office efficiency, enforcement, data analysis and warehousing, transparency, privacy, and private sector involvement.

Shared Mobility: Current Practices and Guiding Principles

This primer provides an introduction and background to shared mobility; discusses the government's role; reviews success stories; examines challenges, lessons learned, and proposed solutions; and concludes with guiding principles for public agencies. The primer provides an overview of current practices in this emerging field, and it also looks toward the future in the evolution and development of shared mobility.

Talking Freight Seminar on July 20, 2016: Sustainable Freight Transportation Services

This webinar will examine some of the initiatives different levels of government have been implementing to promote sustainable transportation practices that be utilized by and ultimately benefit freight carriers and other companies involved in supply chain operations.

Integrated Corridor Management and Freight Opportunities

This primer examines how freight can be incorporated into an integrated corridor management (ICM) approach, as well as the benefits of ICM in addressing the freight challenge.

Integrated Corridor Management, Transit, and Mobility on Demand

This primer examines how both public transportation and mobility on demand can be incorporated into an integrated corridor management approach.

The Freight Economy

Learn more about the interconnected network of almost seven million miles of highways, local roads, railways, navigable waterways and pipelines that move food, energy, goods and raw materials to keep citizens employed, communities healthy and the Nation competitive.

Guide to Project Coordination for Minimizing Work Zone Mobility Impacts

This new publication provides guidance on using work zone Project Coordination (PC) to minimize work zone impacts and produce time and achieve cost savings. This Guide presents key concepts of PC, examples of useful tools to facilitate PC, and case studies of how PC was used to improve agency management of complex construction programs.

FHWA Publishes Proposed Freight and System Performance Measure Rules

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration today published a rulemaking that proposes new performance measures to assess system performance, freight movement, and the CMAQ program. The proposed regulation calls for an increased level of transparency and accountability in establishing and achieving targets for performance impacting commuters and truck drivers.

National Symposium on Work Zones and Large Trucks

The National Symposium on Work Zones and Large Trucks was held as a one-day event at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida, on April 13, 2015. The objective of the symposium was to exchange experiences and identify solutions to further improve large truck safety and mobility in and around work zones.

Part-Time Shoulder Use Guide

The FHWA Office of Operations has developed a guide to assist agencies in planning, designing, implementing, and operating part-time shoulder use strategies that can be used to relieve congested bottlenecks and improve traffic flow and congestion related crashes. The guide was developed based on interviews with agencies that have deployed shoulder use treatments, interviews with various FHWA subject matter experts, and research on relevant safety and operations effects and analytical techniques. This guide outlines a process and covers a range of topics that will help agencies evaluate or advance shoulder use concepts in their states or regions in a more consistent manner.

Road Weather Management Performance Measures: 2015 Update

This report explains and summarizes the results of survey, data collection and analyses conducted in 2015 to quantify the performance measures and indicators used to evaluate road weather management programs and practices in the country. It also updates the assessment made in 2013.

Business Process Frameworks for Transportation Operations

The FHWA Office of Operations led the development of six Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSM&O) capability maturity frameworks (CMF) which build upon the TSM&O Capability Maturity Model developed under SHRP2 and incorporated into the AASHTO Systems Operations and Management Guidance. The six CMF's provide focused assessment and suggested actions in each of the following operations program areas: Traffic Management, Traffic Incident Management, Planned Special Events, Work Zone Management, Road Weather Management, and Traffic Signal Control.

Advancing Transportation Systems Management and Operations Through Scenario Planning

The intent of this primer is to inform planners, operators, and other transportation systems management and operations (TSM&O) partners on the potential use of scenario planning to advance TSM&O. (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-16-016)

Climate Change Adaptation Guide for Transportation Systems Management, Operations, and Maintenance

This guide provides information and resources to help transportation management, operations, maintenance and emergency management staff incorporate climate change into their planning and ongoing activities.

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