A Transportation Research Program for Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change and Conserving Energy

This Special Report suggests that federal, state, and local policy makers need informed guidance about the effectiveness, costs, feasibility, and acceptability of transportation strategies to mitigate transportation greenhouse gas emissions and conserve energy and to adapt to climate change. The report covers strategies affecting travel and mode choice, models and decision tools, infrastructure investment options, and infrastructure construction, operation, and maintenance. The committee that prepared the report recommends beginning a research and development initiative by making a modest investment of $40 million to $45 million annually in the next surface transportation authorization that would be used to develop the best available guidance quickly on the basis of existing information and then begin to improve that guidance over time as new research is completed. Chapter 1 provides an introduction. Chapter 2 provides an overview of existing federal transportation and transportation-related research programs addressing climate change and energy. It provides a description of the scale and scope of these programs. Chapter 3 addresses gaps in knowledge about transportation mitigation strategies and identifies areas for research. Chapter 4 addresses surface transportation adaptation knowledge gaps and areas for research. Chapter 5 summarizes the main research initiatives identified in Chapters 3 and 4 and the level of investment needed, describes criteria for how the research programs should be managed to be most effective, and provides a summary of the report. Research and demonstration strategies to address mileage charging fees or taxes as a supplement to the motor fuel tax are reviewed in Appendix A. Critical travel data gaps and the potential cost of providing the needed data are described in Appendix B.


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 103p
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  • Accession Number: 01145980
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309142755
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 10 2009 10:01AM