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Green fees? Oregon, Washington mull electric vehicle fees

From Stateline.org writer Josh Goodman: Both the Oregon and Washington legislatures are considering bills imposing fees on electric car owners, moves designed to make up for revenue that’s lost when drivers don’t pay gas taxes because they don’t use gas. The bills have key

Looking for a few good engineers

Speaking at a national conference on Good Jobs, Green Jobs, USDOT Deputy Secretary John Porcari highlighted green jobs that will be open up for building rail, for expanding transit, and for developing electric and hybrid cars. John Porcari will have a discussion with members of the Community of

What will this tell us about boomer drivers?

Researchers at MIT have developed a suit – an actual garment – that mimics the effect of aging on the body. As described in “A Graying Population Spells Business Opportunity”: “The age-empathy suit comes from the M.I.T. AgeLab, where researchers designed Agnes to help product

California’s Green Trade Corridor project underway

Construction of California’s Green Trade Corridor, a TIGER grant funded project to increase the share of freight moving on inland waterways between the Port of Oakland and California’s Central Valley, began last fall.  The project is sponsored by a partnership between the Port of Oakland,

Shining a light: New York City’s new zoning handbook

In releasing a new zoning handbook, New York City’s Planning Commissioner, Amanda Burden, extolled its virtues: “Zoning is the language of the city, it is a three-dimensional blueprint for what any area of the city can become. After City Planning released the Zoning Handbook in 2005, I was

Dimming the lights without diminishing safety

In a pilot project, the Maryland Highway Administration is investigating whether fewer highway lights can be used without compromising safety.

Public-private partnerships for transportation: A toolkit for legislators

The National Conference of State Legislatures has released a report designed to help promote a sound public policy approach when considering Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) related to transportation projects. The website notes: “With the growing interest in PPPs, the debate over their use

Older driver program five-year strategic plan

With more than 32 million drivers currently over 65 years old, a number which is expected to grow to 40 million by 2020, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to enhance its ongoing older driver efforts to prevent crash fatalities and injuries. Its five-year strategic plan

TRB webinar: Target-Setting Methods and Data Management to Support Performance-Based Resource Allocation by Transportation Agencies

From the TRB newsletter: “TRB will be conducting a webinar on February 23, 2011, from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. EST that will explore the findings of NCHRP Report 666. The webinar will provide information to senior agency managers about the role of targets in performance-based resource

CO2 emissions from transportation continue to rise

Even where gas prices are higher than in the U.S., CO2 emissions will not decline by market forces alone, according to a recent report [PDF] commissioned by the European Union: The report argues that “meeting climate change mitigation objectives will require a combination of approaches aimed