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01-01-2016
The Transportation Futures Project: Planning for Technology Change

After a long period of system deployment of the auto-highway system, and several decades of maturity of that system, the surface transportation sector is facing a large number of technological shifts that could change whether and how people travel. While nascent, their prospects are potentially significant. This research proposed to explore these technologies - ascertain their potential market, consider their interactions, understand what that might do to travel demands, and address how planning and forecasting should respond. This research developed a series of white papers: high-level policy briefs based on our analysis of each technology, its direction, and its implications for Minnesota. This work extends and complements the MnDOT 50 year vision expressed in Minnesota GO. It also builds on the ideas developed in the NCHRP 750 project: Strategic Issues Facing Transportation...

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01-01-2016
US Border Communities: Ongoing DOT Efforts Could Help Address Impacts of Intermodal Freight Rail

The House Report accompanying the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2015 included a provision for us to review international rail border crossing times and the blockage of highway-rail grade crossings on the U.S. side.4 This report (1) describes the factors that affect the movement of freight rail through selected ports of entry and the actions taken by federal agencies and others to expedite freight rail in these locations, and (2) examines what is known about the impacts of freight rail operations on highway-rail grade crossings in U.S. port of entry communities.

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08-01-2015
Jason's Law Truck Parking Survey Results and Comparative Analysis

This material documents the findings of the Jason’s Law Truck Parking Survey, which was conducted to meet the requirements of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21; P.L. 112-141) law that became effective on October 1, 2012. The purpose of Section 1401 of MAP-21, more popularly known as “Jason’s Law,” was to address the commercial motor vehicle parking shortage at public and private facilities along the National Highway System (NHS). Jason’s Law directed the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct a survey and a comparative assessment to: 1. Evaluate the capability of each State to provide adequate parking and rest facilities for commercial motor vehicles engaged in interstate transportation; 2. Assess the volume of commercial motor vehicle traffic in each State; and 3. Develop a system of metrics to measure the adequacy of commercial motor vehicle parking facilities in each State...

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