Reauthorization of the Federal Public Transportation Program | Research ReportEconomy, Environment, Safety, System Performance
Explores the challenges and issues facing the reauthorization of the Federal Public Transportation Program as a part of the FAST Act. This legislation was given a one-year extension through September 2021, but will need to be reauthorized to continue further. These challenges center around the declining ridership due to population trends and the covid-19 pandemic.
Public-private partnerships (P3) offer transportation agencies a method for designing, building, operating, and maintaining their assets without having to wait for government funding. To ensure contract compliance and performance, agencies use a variety of different metrics to monitor their P3 contracts. Metrics usually fall into two main categories: quantifying asset performance and project implementation. This report presents such metrics used by DOTs. Data was sourced from a survey of 26 DOTs and interviews with DOT personnel on six P3 projects.
Next Generation Asset Data Collection: Road Pavement Performance | Research Report, Webinar/VideoAsset Management, Pavement
In this report, Austroads presents and analyzes technological solutions for data collection used to improve pavement performance. The report also develops a technology evaluation framework that may be used by agencies to weigh the benefits and limits of new technology. The main sections of this report are as follows:
- Asset Management Data Needs
- Network Performance Indicators
- Current Data Collection Technologies
- Emerging Data Collection Technologies
A webinar introducing the report is also available from the resource URL.
NCHRP Domestic Scan 19-02: Leading Practices in Strategic Workforce Management by Transportation Agencies | Case Study/Practice Example, Research Report
Workforce management has been identified as one of the key challenges in state transportation agencies. Through this domestic scan, researchers will identify innovative strategies and ventures being applied to address workforce management. Such strategies fall include forecasting, succession planning, training, and recruitment. Finding examples in state DOTs, the scan team will highlight the common elements of effective workforce management.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this research report covers the impact of pandemics on transportation agencies of all sizes and how best to approach the challenges created. The guide identifies several challenges including public fear and loss of confidence in safety, morale and trust issues with employees, loss of team building and team interactions, stress and other psychological impacts, funding and increased expenses, and other unintended consequences of response actions. It highlights a series of key questions to ask when developing a response to pandemic events, and it runs through emergency management plays for a slew of different areas.
Use of Vehicle Probe and Cellular GPS Data by State Departments of Transportation (NCHRP Synthesis 561) | Case Study/Practice Example, Research Report
This NCHRP Synthesis report presents nineteen case examples from a range of different agencies exploring the application of vehicle probe and cellular GPS data in transportation applications. Commonly used for planning, monitoring, and real-time information, these new technologies have many barriers and benefits which are covered in this research document.
The synthesis report is divided into three sections. First is a literature review over the history, technology, and use of probe and cellular GPS data. In the second section, the literature results are combined with the expertise of panel members and a survey distributed to 51 DOTs. The final section contains the findings of follow-up interviews with selected agencies and documents specific case studies.
The results of the 2019 survey of state public transportation funding provide an informative snapshot of the importance, maintenance, and growth of public transportation in the US. In this survey, it was found that 27 states plus D.C. increased their funding for FY 2019, while only 10 showed a decline, and 14 showed no change.
Practices in Airport Emergency Plans (ACRP Synthesis Report 115) | Research ReportSafety, System Performance
This report gathers and presents information from airports across the country on their Airport Emergency Plans (AEPs). These plans and the related practices help to define the roles of different stakeholders during emergencies, identify potential threats to the airport, and establish protocols for communication in the event of an emergency. In this report, case studies from seven airports are presented highlighting their successful practices and lessons learned. The airports are: Charlotte Douglas International Airport, George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, McCarran International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Boulder City Municipal Airport, and Centennial Airport.
Transportation Asset Management Plans: Case Study 4 - Managing Risks to Assets | Case Study/Practice ExampleAsset Management
As the fourth case study in the transportation asset management plans series, this study identifies good practices around risk management adopted by ten different state DOTs. Washington State (WSDOT), California, Kansas, South Dakota, Louisiana, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Texas, Colorado, and Michigan all display insightful practices related to risk management. From WSDOT's incorporation of risk management into nearly every element of their TAMP to Caltrans' partnerships with other agencies to reduce risk, this set of case studies takes a deep dive into standout practices that all state agencies could consider adopting.
The objectives of this research are to document (1) the state of practice within state DOTs as they implement these new requirements and (2) the impacts of implementation to date on asset condition, safety performance and the investment of federal transit funds. This research will provide states with information that will help them evaluate the effectiveness of their efforts to date and refine or adjust their implementation.
COVID-19 Addendum to Critical Issues in Transportation | Research ReportAsset Management, Economy, Environment, Safety, System Performance
2020 saw the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and a social movement highlighting racial injustice. As individuals and agencies dealt with the many challenges and adjustments of this time, many of the issues central to transportation also changed. This addendum to the Critical Issues in Transportation 2019 explores the short- and long-term impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on transportation in each of the areas defined in the original report.