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Talking Freight Seminar on March 18, 2015: An Overview of MARAD's StrongPorts Program

This webinar will provide various, real-world perspectives of the MARAD StrongPorts Program, presenting examples of how states, MPOs, and ports are working together to establish and support an on-going, cooperative, and comprehensive planning process that fully integrates maritime port freight needs into the transportation planning process.

Free National Operations Center of Excellence 101 Webinar on Friday, February 27

If you would you like to know more on what the National Operations Center of Excellence can do for you or if you would like to find out the different ways you can actively participate—providing and receiving operations and management advice and information—join the Center on February 27th at 1:00 p.m. EST for the free webinar session titled "National Operations Center of Excellence: 101."

Congestion Pricing Webinar: Synergies Among Congestion Pricing, Active Transportation and Demand Management (ATDM), and Other Market Based Strategies

Transportation agencies across the U.S. have implemented managed lane projects and successfully combined congestion pricing with various ATDM strategies. The positive impacts on congestion management and safety of these combined strategies can exceed those of separate strategies. This webinar will focus on synergies between congestion pricing and Active Demand Management (ADM), Active Traffic Management (ATM), Integrated Corridor Management (ICM), and Dynamic Ridesharing on implemented projects.

Ramp Metering: A Proven, Effective Strategy - An Informational Brief

This Informational Brief highlights ramp metering as a proven, effective strategy for reducing congestion and improving safety. The Brief covers at a high-level the benefits of ramp metering, status of ramp metering deployment in the U.S., keys for successful deployment and operation, and resources for more information. This Brief is a companion to the Ramp Metering Primer, which covers much of the same information as the Brief but in more detail.

Ramp Metering: A Proven, Cost-Effective Operational Strategy—A Primer

This primer poses ramp metering as a potential tool to address commonly occurring congestion and safety issues. Despite initial opposition and skepticism from various stakeholders, ramp metering has been deployed, sustained, and even expanded in many regions. This primer incorporates recent research on challenges agencies experience during their attempts to deploy or expand ramp metering in their regions.

National Operations Center for Excellence Is Established

The National Operations Center for Excellence (NOCoE) has been launched! NOCoE ( will serve as a single point-of-contact for transportation systems management and operations practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to provide the access for relevant knowledge, promote best practices, support capacity building, and promote peer-to-peer interchanges. While several hundred resources have been loaded to the NOCoE website already, many more will be loaded over the next couple of months to complete the initial populating of the site, with consistent content updates ongoing thereafter. NOCoE will be operated jointly by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Institute for Transportation Engineers, and ITS America through a Memorandum of Understanding, with support from the Federal Highway Administration.

The Road Weather Management Benefit Cost Analysis Compendium

The Road Weather Management (RWM) Benefit Cost Analysis Compendium provides information about benefit cost analyses conducted around the country for specific RWM technologies or operational strategies.

Active Transportation and Demand Management (ATDM) Video

Active Transportation and Demand Management (ATDM) is a management philosophy and suite of operations tools used to improve transportation reliability, efficiency, and safety. ATDM includes Active Traffic Management, Active Demand Management, and Active Parking Management. This video explains the ATDM concept and includes examples and testimonials from various ATDM adopters throughout the U.S.

Best Practices for Road Condition Reporting Systems

This report compiles information received through a survey and interviews with transportation agencies throughout North America to understand the uses of Road Condition Reporting Systems (RCRSs) and to identify industry practices that have delivered benefits to the agencies operating RCRSs. A total of 49 Current RCRS Industry Practices, 7 Best Practices, and 3 Emerging Best Practices are described in this report. (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-14-023)

FHWA Offering Limited Technical Assistance on Conducting Operations & Road Weather Management Benefit Cost Analysis

The Federal Highway Administration Office of Operations is providing limited technical assistance to State and local agencies that are currently conducting or are planning to conduct Benefit Cost Analyses (BCA) of transportation operations strategies.

Webinars on Benefit Cost Analysis for Operations and Road Weather Management Strategies

FHWA will be holding two webinars on Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) strategies and tools. The first webinar will be held on October 30, 2014 and will focus on BCA for Transportation Systems Management and Operations and the second webinar will be held on November 6, 2014 and will focus on BCA for Road Weather Management. Both webinars will be from 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET. These webinars are free and are open to anyone who is interested. You must register in advance as space is limited to the first 500 registrants for each webinar, and you may register for one or both webinars. Please note that you must register individually for each webinar. Once you register you will receive an email with login instructions. All that is needed to participate is a computer with an Internet connection and a telephone. Each webinar will include a question and answer session in addition to the presentations.

Help the USDOT Identify Projects of National and Regional Significance (PNRS)

In the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, Congress asked USDOT to work with stakeholders to develop a comprehensive list of PNRS projects. The list will enable the Secretary of Transportation to classify PNRS projects and develop recommendations on eligible project cost financing. PNRS project information is being collected through an online survey. A survey was originally administered in June of 2014; this survey is being reopened to provide more opportunity for interested parties to respond. The survey will be open from October 2, 2014, to November 17, 2014.

Implementation of a Weather Responsive Traffic Estimation and Prediction System (TrEPS) for Signal Timing at Utah DOT

This study successfully demonstrates a working TrEPS system installed at the UDOT Traffic Management Center and leverages the existing traffic detection installation to extract real-time traffic state variables as a real-time input to the system.

Effectiveness of Safety and Public Service Announcement Messages on Dynamic Message Signs

The report assesses the usefulness and effectiveness of safety and public service announcement (PSA) messages through surveys conducted in four urban areas in the United States: Chicago, Illinois; Houston, Texas; Orlando, Florida; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The surveys were designed to specifically address the types of safety and PSA messages for each respective city. A total of 2,088 survey responses were received and analyzed. The report further captures findings and recommendations based on the analysis of the survey responses.

Mitigating Work Zone Safety and Mobility Challenges through Intelligent Transportation Systems: Case Studies

Describes how five sites used ITS to mitigate work zone safety and mobility issues and illustrates how to apply a systems engineering-based decision-making process to designing, selecting, and implementing a system.

Interim Approval 17 for the Optional Use of Three-Section Flashing Yellow Arrow Signal Faces

The FHWA has issued Interim Approval 17 that permits the optional use for a protected/permissive turn phase of a three-section flashing yellow arrow (FYA) signal face that uses the middle section to show both the FYA and the steady yellow arrow. Agencies may also continue to use the four-section FYA signal face for protected/permissive turn phases that is described in Sections 4D.20 and 4D.24. This interim approval has no impact on the use of a three-section FYA signal face for a permissive only turn phase as described in Sections 4D.18 and 4D.22.

Public Meeting Seeking Stakeholder Input to Infrastructure (V2I) Deployment Guidance

The Federal Highway Administration is hosting a free stakeholder workshop on September 12, 2014, after the ITS World Congress, to obtain stakeholder input on a draft of its Connected Vehicle Infrastructure (V2I) Deployment Guidance and deployment coalition planning.

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.

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