Conference Program

Concurrent Technical Sessions (19-24)
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 9:30am - 10:45am

19. Recent Studies of Air Pollutants in Near-Road Environments
Moderator: Victoria Martinez, Federal Highway Administration

This session will discuss studies that evaluate pollutants near roadsides including concentrations at schools and effects of near road design elements.

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20. Improving Access to Airports: Integrating Airports and Light Rail
Moderator: Dean Mericas, CH2M HILL

This session will explore steps that need to be taken to improve rail access to airports, including transit access, and high speed rail as a complement or substitute for air travel in capacity-constrained regions.

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21. Faster Project Delivery with New Efficiencies
Moderator: Tim Hill, Ohio Department of Transportation

NEPA documents take a number of years to complete. Several streamlining steps can be taken to accelerate the schedule of NEPA document and project decision making.  This session will highlight a number of national examples that have resulted in a quicker decision making process and better decision-making as a result.

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22. Low Carbon and Renewable Fuels Policy: Issues and Updates
Moderator: Walter McManus, Transportation Research Institute, University of Michigan

Interest in low carbon and renewable fuels policies as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions is growing rapidly. California initiated a low carbon fuel standard for light-duty vehicles in 2007. Federal fuel economy standards have long included a flexible fuel provision that encourages production of E85-capable light-duty vehicles. In February 2010, the EPA issued its final rule for the renewable fuels standards rule required by the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act. To help build objective, scientific knowledge in support of good public policy, speakers at this session discuss the issues surrounding low carbon and renewable fuels policy.

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23. Land Use and NEPA: How and Why to Evaluate Land Use Impacts
Moderator: Michael Greenwald

The relationship between transportation and land use remains a central one in understanding energy consumption. How can practitioners evaluate the travel and land use consequences of transportation investments? What tools are available? How can these be used in NEPA and other analyses to evaluate the link between transportation, use, and climate change? Part II is discussion.

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24. The Global Supply Chain and Green House Gases - Part I
Moderator: Scudder Smith, Parsons Brinckeroff

Many recent efforts to reduce GHG emissions from freight have focused on heavy-duty vehicle fuel/technology options rather than the entire supply chain. As interest in GHG emissions has increased beyond heavy duty vehicles, understanding the effect of GHG and GHG reduction efforts on the global supply chain is an emerging topic of discussion.  This session will highlight various perspectives on this relationship.  Discussion may include how to improve logistics/operations in the supply chain to reduce GHG emissions via effective BCO/carrier strategies for GHG reduction, impact of GHG on sourcing and economics of the supply chain, understanding GHG from a systems perspective, intermodal and land use impacts and possible methods to measure and track GHG emissions with regards to supply chains.

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