Transportation Infrastructure Robustness: Analysis And Measurement

This project proposes to analyze and measure the robustness of transportation infrastructure facilities and systems. This proposal falls into the University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) category of “faculty-initiated research projects”. It addresses a topic related to the goals of “maintaining an infrastructure transportation system in a state of good repair” to “enhance the Nation’s economic competitiveness”, which have been designated by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and UTRC as key research areas. To meet the criterion of “state of good repair”, transportation infrastructure systems must provide an adequate peak–hour, Level of Service (LOS). LOS is measured in units of traffic (vehicles or passengers), that traverse a unit distance (1 mile), per unit time (1 hour) at a minimum required speed (mile/hour) and at minimum safety level (collision rates). LOS deterioration is due to normal usage and natural depreciation in infrastructure quality, or due to impacts of rare disastrous shocks such as a major storm. From economic perspective, a decline in LOS carries significant economic costs to users in terms of increased travel times, reduced system reliability, and increased vehicle operating costs.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $220472
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    University Transportation Research Center

    City College of New York
    Marshak Hall, Suite 910, 160 Convent Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10031
  • Project Managers:

    Eickemeyer, Penny

  • Performing Organizations:

    City College of New York

    Civil Engineering, Steinman T-127
    140th Street and Convent Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10031
  • Principal Investigators:

    Berechman, Joseph

    Ghosn, M

  • Start Date: 20150601
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170331
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01584026
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: University Transportation Research Center
  • Contract Numbers: 49198-29-27
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2015 12:48PM