Conference Program

Concurrent Technical Sessions (37-42)
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 3pm - 4:15pm

37. Linking Community Visioning and Highway Capacity Projects: A New Paradigm
Moderator: Leigh Lane, Center for Transportation and the Environment, North Carolina State University

The purpose of the session is to present the SHRP C08 Visioning Guide and to review its utility to State DOTs and MPOs.  The purpose of the guide is to assist State DOTs, MPOs and others in designing, creating, and implementing various forms of transportation-related visioning processes.

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38. Lessons Learned from ARRA - Part II
Moderator: Paul Graham, Ohio Department of Transportation

Lessons learned for meeting aggressive ARRA schedules: 1) public and interagency collaboration for excellent project delivery
2) creative approaches to environmental review to meet the ARRA objectives.

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39. Stormwater Part - II
Moderator: Hal Gard, Oregon Department of Transportation

This session is a continuation of Stormwater Management and Water Quality.   This session focuses on Low Impact Development for stormwater treatment in the urban setting, a summary of NCHRP Domestic Scan Program, looking at how DOTs are addressing NPDES and other water quality concerns, and how North Carolina DOT ensures accountability for NPDES compliance for erosion and sediment control from construction sites.

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40. Using a Multiple Criteria Decision Making Model to Streamline and Enhance NEPA and Public Participation Processes
Moderator: Shari Schaftlein, Federal Highway Administration

The use of existing data from remote sensing technologies, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and economic modeling can be integrated in a visual Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) tool that can aid in streamlining and enhancing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and public participation. The interoperability of different data outputs enable researchers and practitioners the ability to produce high quality visualizations that can enhance the communication of proposed projects and the projected economic and social impacts on a community and surrounding area. User priority and value inputs combined with the high quality visualizations in a MCDM tool can provide multiple alignment alternatives for each transportation project participant. By providing additional and improved data through a new decision-making tool, ECO-PAL, researchers and practitioners will be able to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the efforts regarding NEPA development and make "every day count."

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41. Alternative Fuels: Shaping the Discussion - Part II
Facilitators: Shannon Baxter Clemmons, South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance; Robert E. Larson, Environmental Protection Agency

How to go from science to public understanding and applicability. This will be a facilitated discussion

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42. Forecasting Regional Development, Travel Behavior, and Spatial Pattern of Emissions
Moderator: Tom Wholley, VHB

This session examines whether regional development patterns and technological changes in the vehicle fleet can significantly affect the quantity and spatial characteristics of health- and environment-damaging emissions. Using data for Charlotte-the largest city in North Carolina, and surrounding Mecklenburg County, we present the development and application of an integrated and multi-level model capable of simulating changes in land use, travel behavior, and technological innovation to estimate current and forecast future emissions.

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