Reducing Energy Usage through Transportation Planning for Mega Regions

The objectives of this contract are to produce tools to reduce the energy consumption of the transportation system with three specific aims: a) To produce system tools that will be concerned with the function of transportation and land use systems with respect to energy; b) define and refine organizational tools that can build planning capacity and make it possible for mega regions to plan as a unit; c.) produce a sketch planning computer tool that will help implement both types of tools. These specific aims will be accomplished by conducting interviews with both individuals involved with efforts to reduce the transportation system's energy consumption, such as numerous state climate change action commissions as well as individuals involved in planning at mega region and multi-state scales, such as members of the I-95 Corridor Coalition. The results of the research will include a sketch planning tool that will allow planners and policy makers to project the energy-usage outcomes of various interventions and scenarios. In addition the research will also include information regarding appropriate pairings of system tools to organization tools in varied real-world situations. The long-term goal motivating this research is to have a transportation system that consumes less energy and produces less greenhouse gas, preparing the system for an unknown future where energy prices and climate change are serious threats. The research is also motivated by a need to improve planning capacity to meet the many transportation challenges that exist around the nation


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    • Status: Active
    • Contract Numbers:

      DTFH61-08-C-00022 Ta

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Highway Administration

      Office of Planning, Environment and Realty (HEP)
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Kafalenos, Robert

    • Performing Organizations:

      Clemson University

      College of Engineering and Science
      109 Riggs Hall, Box 340901
      Clemson, SC  United States  29631-0901
    • Principal Investigators:

      McGowan-Hudson, Bettie

    • Start Date: 20080908
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20100908
    • Source Data: RiP Project 20298

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01459707
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
    • Contract Numbers: DTFH61-08-C-00022 Ta
    • Files: RiP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:11PM