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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

What does it mean to be No. 1?

Chicago and Washington, DC, tied for having the worst congestion in the nation, according to the Texas Transportation Institute. What this means to commuters is discussed in a Washington Post column “How Commuters Define Misery,” noting that under other definitions Washington doesn’t even

What would be a good Super Bowl ad for the government?

In “A Super Bowl Spot for Uncle Sam,” Harper’s Magazine posts a round table on how the government might use Madison Avenue techniques to sell itself.

Engineers form organization to develop tool for measuring infrastructure sustainability

Engineers are on the bandwagon for measuring sustainability in all its dimensions. As described in a press release from the American Society of Civil Engineers: “A new, independent non-profit organization tasked with developing and administering a sustainability rating system for North

Streetcars dominate new batch of transit projects

Streetcars, once ubiquitous in American cities, are making a major comeback, as noted by Yonah Freemark at The Transport Politic.. This year construction will begin on new streetcar lines in Atlanta, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Tucson.  In addition, both Portland, OR,

Pay by the Snowflake?

Governing.com writer Andy Kim described a pilot snow-removal program in the city of Quincy, Mass that used pay for performance: “The city’s Department of Public Works awarded a contract to a snow-removal company that pays per inches of snow plowed, rather than the standard pay scheme based on