Conference Program

Concurrent Technical Sessions (43-48)
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 8am - 9:15am

43. Adapting Transportation to Climate Change
Moderator: John Macarthur, OTERC

This session will discuss likely impacts of climate change on transportation systems and what needs to be done to manage risks and adapt transportation infrastructure, operations, and planning.

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44. Improving Project Delivery Through Early Tribal Consultation: Approaches and Tools
Moderators: Ed Hall, BIA; Stephanie Stoermer, Federal Highway Administration

Timely tribal consultation and timely project delivery have been repeatedly identified as areas of concern. While failure to initiate tribal consultation in a timely and appropriate manner can impede project delivery, a concomitant issue that affects project delivery is the availability of reliable data regarding resources of concern to Tribes, both on and off tribal lands. This session provides an opportunity to identify and discuss innovative approaches that facilitate both timely tribal consultation and timely project delivery.

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45. Environmental Performance Measures - Current and Future
Moderator:  Gail A. D'Avino, Georgia Department of Transportation

The session will discuss current performance measures for climate change and storm water.  The session also will discuss ways to measure the timely delivery of environmental documents.

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46. Beyond LDV's: Energy Use and GHG Emissions from Heavy Duty Trucks
Moderator: Jean-Daniel Saphores, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California – Irvine

This session will explore economic, technological and regulatory developments to improve the environmental performance (energy use and GHG) of Heavy Duty Vehicles. Two key questions could be: What are the most promising technologies to reduce GHG emissions from Heavy Duty Vehicles? What economic and regulatory incentives could be adopted to foster the adoption of clean technologies for Heavy Duty Vehicles?

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47. Lessons Learned from P3 Public Involvement Initiatives
Moderator: Claudia Bilotto, HNTB

This session explores lessons learned from different Public Private Partnership (P3) projects and identifies what has been most effective in P3 public involvement programs.

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48. Why is EJ a Big Concern in Transportation Planning?
Moderator: Jacquelyn D. Grimshaw, Center for Neighborhood Technology

Issues surrounding Environmental Justice can have a substantial impact on what and how transportation projects are selected and advanced.  Two examples are presented:

The Business 40 project was NCDOT’s largest public involvement effort, engaging more than 21,000 people from all populations during the Planning Phase.  As a result of this extensive effort, almost 70 percent of those that participated selected a construction alternative that would allow NCDOT to completely close Business 40 for two years, rather than partially close Business 40 for six years.  Once this decision was reached, NCDOT could move into the Environmental Phase with a construction consensus.

The SR-126 project was Tennessee DOT’s first Context Sensitive Solutions project begun in the Planning Phase.  It included a robust, transparent, and inclusive public involvement effort that reached out and engaged all populations.  As a result of this effort, an alternative created by the public through a consensus seeking process was carried over into the Environmental Phase and considered along with other alternatives.

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