NCHRP report shows high variation, but general decline, in VMT forecasts

By Chris McCahill A new tool, called Impacts 2050, provides important insight into the uncertainty associated with conventional travel demand forecasts by allowing users to model different future scenarios while taking socio-demographic trends into account. In a report for the National

SSTI releases economic analysis guide and tool for transportation agencies

By Eric Sundquist Demand for more accountability in the use of scarce transportation funds is pushing DOTs toward new performance measures, both to evaluate systems as whole as well as proposed projects. One key area for such analysis is economic impact, but until now agencies had no accepted

Tools for accelerating project delivery

In testimony to a Congressional committee on Accelerating Project Delivery, FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez gave examples of tools that save time and money on highway projects. These range from pre-fabricated bridge elements to design-build contracts to using flexibilities allowed under

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

Every Day Counts

One of the themes for the SSTI Community of Practice meeting in Seattle will be streamlining transportation projects.  FHWA has a website called “Every Day Counts,” which is “designed to identify and deploy innovation aimed at shortening project delivery, enhancing the safety of our