Rural Transportation Issues: Research Roadmap | Research ReportAsset Management, System Performance
This research roadmap for rural transportation identifies a series of research needs statements and projects encapsulated within a long-term research vision. Their studies reflect the opinions of a number of different rural transportation stakeholders and communities, and the topics include everything from aviation & marine transportation to transportation administration & management to intercity transit & active transportation. The purpose of this research is to support policy-driven investment and improve the safety and efficiency of the US rural transportation network.
Governments, including transportation agencies, are increasingly adopting performance-based approaches to management and decision making to help achieve desired outcomes, and to encourage fiscal responsibility, accountability and transparency in
governance. As financial resources become more limited and governments focus on obtaining value for money, transportation agencies are increasingly required to make investments using cross-asset trade-offs and optimization methods to improve transparency and credibility using a performance-based approach to decision making.
Despite recent progress, there is still much to learn about performance-based decision making and the best techniques to ensure success. Many public transportation agencies seek practical examples and tools that could be deployed to advance their asset
management practices, improve the transparency of decision making, and optimize network investments. This report helps close that knowledge gap by synthesizing lessons learned with respect to performance-based decision making, and by developing a toolkit
that can help practitioners identify tools to implement for different needs within the asset management process.
This research report, published in 2021, highlights the knowledge gaps within the transportation industry pertaining to transportation system resilience strategies and plans. The report outlines a five-year research plan to address these shortcomings and presents the critical resilience-related issues facing practitioners today.
This research report develops a toolkit for transportation practitioners to measure the effectiveness of an agency's public involvement. A score is developed based on a couple different indicators and the agency's own perceptions. The toolkit may be used to compare different public involvement strategies and track an agency's performance over time.
Transportation resilience comes in many forms, including natural disasters, unexpected infrastructure failures, and cyber attacks. Transportation agencies and the executives who lead them must be prepared to act quickly and efficiently to restore service to the system when adverse events occur. This brief report covers how CEOs can improve the resiliency of their organization through operational and strategic planning and strong understanding of the technical and policy factors.
The condition of the transportation infrastructure in the United States is an issue of national importance. State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and transit agencies are facing tough choices with limited finances. These transportation agencies are having to make decisions about how and when to keep the assets safely open to the public. Transportation agencies that are recipients of federal formula grant dollars may need the funding agency to be involved in any decision to repair the asset(s) or whether to improve, rebuild, or close them.
The condition of the transportation infrastructure in the United States is an issue of national importance. State departments of transportation and transit agencies face tough choices as they make decisions about how and when to keep their assets safely open to the public.
The TRB Transit Cooperative Research Program and National Cooperative Highway Research Program's TCRP Legal Research Digest 57/NCHRP Legal Research Digest 84: Fix It, Sign It or Close It: State of Good Repair in an Era of Budget Constraints addresses the legal ramifications to transportation agencies that have to decide whether to repair, improve, or rebuild assets that are in poor repair.
Investing in Transportation Resilience: A Framework for Informed Choices | Research ReportEnvironment, System Performance
This special report presents new methods and best practices for measuring transportation resilience and prioritizing resilience projects. Several methods for improving the resilience of an asset include strengthening the asset, adding redundancy to the network, or moving the asset entirely. Readers can find examples of resiliency metrics used by various agencies, a discussion on functionality recovery curves, and a decision-support framework for applying resilience analyses.
Racial Equity Addendum to Critical Issues in Transportation | Research ReportAccessibility, System Performance
This report updates the Critical Issues in Transportation 2019, placing a renewed focus on correcting racial and social inequalities in the US transportation system and scrutinizing the systemic racism the transportation enterprise contains. While equity was mentioned in the 2018 report, the Black Lives Matter movement of 2020 and 2021 shed light on the breadth and depth of the social problems in the US. This report covers five areas of focus: access to transportation; institutional issues and decision-making; equity in planning and public participation; land use, affordable housing, and displacement; and Native American equity challenges.
Arizona DOT TAMP 2021 | PlanAsset Management, Bridge, Pavement
Arizona’s economic competitiveness, quality of life and travel safety depend on the successful management of the State’s highway assets. This risk-based Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP) documents a systematic approach for maintaining and improving the Arizona Department of Transportation’s (ADOT) bridges and pavements. The objective is to develop data- oriented investment strategies to achieve the desired state of good repair over the life cycle of assets. These asset management practices help ensure that ADOT can provide dependable and efficient operation of its transportation network to improve Arizona’s economic competitiveness, quality of life and safety of the traveling public.
TPM Newsletter – Spring 2021 | Marketing/CommunicationsAsset Management, Bridge, Pavement
The Spring 2021 issue of the TPM Newsletter is focused on transportation asset management (TAM) and performance management and features the following articles and content:
- Welcome from the AASHTO CPBM Vice Chair
- TAM: It’s How We Do Business
- PIARC: Taking It International
- MoDOT’s Partner Collaboration - Stronger Every Year
- Featured Transportation Asset Management Research
- Save the Date
- Staffing Changes
- FHWA State Performance Dashboard and Reports
- Get Involved in a CPBM Subcommittee or Work Group
- TAM Online Training Flyer
This report supports the evaluation of pavement treatments for road preservation and renewal by presenting a relevant framework, practices, and tools. Though targeted toward sprayed-seal flexible pavements, the findings in this report may be applied more broadly to all areas of asset management. A series of case studies in this report demonstrate among other things the importance of active intervention, justifications for different LOS, and the additional benefit of safety features in treatments.
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.