Research Program Design---Administration of Highway and Transportation Agencies. Maximizing Highway Operational Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions

Climate change scientists and many elected officials have recommended reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. To achieve this level of reduction from the highway transportation sector AASHTO and others are considering several different strategies, including 1. increasing vehicle fuel efficiency; 2. shift to fuels or sources of power which produce lower GHG emissions or zero GHG emissions; 3. reduce the rate of growth inv vehicle miles traveled (VMT); and 4. improve highway operational strategies. A March 2009 report, NCHRP 20-24 (59) provided evidence that highway operational strategies can achieve 10-20% reductions in highway GHG, through a wide variety of different strategies, including both changes in how highways are managed and improved and changes in individual driver behavior. However, new information and experience is becoming available from research and implementation activities in the United States and in Europe, and a more in-depth analysis of operational strategies is needed. The objectives of this research project are to support efforts to maximize operational strategies to reduce highway GHG, by (a) documenting a full range of operational strategies to reduce highway GHG, (b) indicating the circumstances and locales where these strategies could be most effective in reducing GHG, (c) providing quantitative estimates of their GHG reduction potential, both individually and in combination; (d) estimating their costs and cost-effectiveness; (e) identifying collateral benefits and dis-benefits; and (f) identifying policies and actions that could be taken to maximize their GHG reduction effect.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $150000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-24(72)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Lemer, Andrew

  • Start Date: 20090902
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 23362

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01549585
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-24(72)
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2015 1:01AM