Research Program Design---Administration of Highway and Transportation Agencies. Strategies for Reducing the Impacts of Surface Transportation on Global Climate Change

Increasing concentrations of human-generated greenhouse gases, principally carbon dioxide, have been widely recognized by the scientific community as contributing to a gradual rise in global temperatures and various accompanying climatic disturbances. Carbon dioxide, much of which comes from the transportation sector through the burning of gasoline and diesel fuel, accounts for a large share of total human-generated greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. It is reasonable to anticipate, therefore, that climate-change-mitigation strategies will focus to some degree on the transportation sector - highway, rail, and water transport and their fuels. New taxes, emissions trading strategies, fuel-efficiency standards and other regulatory requirements, and government incentives to encourage use of alternative fuels are among the various proposals that may be considered for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Such mitigation options could have substantial impact on U. S. transportation and the challenges that state departments of transportation (DOTs) and other agencies face. Research is needed to support the efforts of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) to inform DOT leadership and others on these matters. The objective of this research is to prepare a synthesis and briefing materials to present important elements of current research and opinion regarding the relationship of surface transportation to global climate change and impact of government mitigation strategies in transportation-system management.<div></div>


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-24(59)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Lemer, Andrew

  • Performing Organizations:

    PB Consult, Incorporated

  • Principal Investigators:

    Burbank, Cindy

  • Start Date: 20080318
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090317
  • Source Data: RiP Project 15526

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464746
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-24(59)
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:48PM