Developing Sustainable Transportation Performance Measures for ALDOT

Sustainable transportation is generally used to refer to transportation that contributes to the sustainable development of the community that owns and uses the system. The Transportation Research Board defines sustainability as: “Sustainability is not about threat analysis; sustainability is about systems analysis. Specifically, it is about how environmental, economic and social systems interact to their mutual advantage or disadvantage at various space-based scales of operation.” Sustainability involves improving energy efficiency, reducing dependence on oil, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and benefiting the environment. The research project was designed to establish a baseline understanding of the potential for using sustainability performance measures in the Alabama Department of Transportation. Quite a number of sustainability initiatives have discussed various definitions and performance measures of sustainable transportation systems, but very few regional agencies have developed planning tools that successfully incorporate sustainability in the transportation sector. This study develops a working definition of sustainability from various proposed definitions, and demonstrates a feasible methodology for evaluating and quantifying sustainability performance measures, thus incorporating sustainability considerations into the regional transportation decision-making process.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This research was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Alabama, Huntsville

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Huntsville, AL  United States  35899

    University Transportation Center for Alabama

    University of Alabama
    Tuscaloosa, AL  United States  35487

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Toutanji, Houssam A
    • Anderson, Michael
    • Leonard, Kathleen M
  • Publication Date: 2013-6


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 52p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01488495
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UTCA Final Report Number 12302
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2013 2:58PM