In 2018 the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) replaced the the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program with the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) transportation grant program. BUILD is a discretionary grant program that makes federal funding available on a competitive basis to surface transportation projects that meet “merit criteria. ” Since 2009, DOT has provided $7. 1 billion in grants through this program to support 554 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA’s) Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Framework is a guide for use in analyzing the impacts of climate change and extreme weather on transportation infrastructure, assessing adaptation options, and modifying decisionmaking processes. The framework is designed to help identify key considerations, questions, and resources that can be used to develop and implement a climate change vulnerability assessment. The processes, lessons learned, and resources outlined in the framework are geared toward State departments of transportation (DOTs), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other agencies involved in planning, building, or maintaining the transportation system.
California Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, was signed into law on April 28, 2017, to invest $54 billion over the next 10 years to repair roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California. The new SB 1 planning grant funds include $20 million over three years for Adaptation Planning Grants to local and regional agencies for climate change adaptation planning. $7 million dollars are available for the FY 2017-18 grant cycle.
The California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) vulnerability assessment of California’s District 4 (9 San Francisco Bay area counties) is a result of the 2013 CalTrans report on the department’s activities and plans to address and adapt the sector to climate change. The vulnerability assessment summary report describes the impacts of climate change on California’s Highway System in District 4, and a companion Technical Report describes the processes used to identify these impacts.
The Transit Cooperative Research Program of the Transportation Research Board published a volume of three reports, titled “Improving the Resilience of Transit Systems Threatened by Natural Disasters. ” Volume 1 is a Guide, Volume 2 is a Research Overview, and Volume 3 contains Literature Reviews and Case Studies. As climate exacerbated extreme weather events and natural disasters threaten operations and transportation assets, the Guide focuses on how to create resilient transit systems of all sizes.
The Federal Highway Administration led a Hurricane Sandy Resiliency Study to inform ways to improve resilience of the tri-state New York – New Jersey – Connecticut region’s transportation system and to inform disaster recovery efforts. The study, which began in 2013 and was completed in late 2017, involved a detailed assessment of the impacts and disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy as well as from several other extreme weather events occurring in the area in 2011, and analyzed vulnerability and risk to the tri-state transportation system at three different scales: regional (entire study area), subarea (corridor/small network), and facility.
Produced by researchers at the Transportation Research Center at University of Vermont, this report focuses on the capacity and needs of transportation agencies to engage in climate resilience and adaptation planning. In particular, the report points to workforce development needs that transportation agencies surveyed identified, and recommends ways to address these gaps so as to better advance adaptation and resilience planning at transportation agencies.
Developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), this report summarizes lessons and findings from a range of research projects, pilot projects, and other studies conducted or sponsored by FHWA in the area of climate change resilience for transportation. The report is designed particularly for those working in transportation project development processes, to help identify the key process steps and methods for incorporating climate change into project design and decisionmaking.
In May 2017 California approved Senate Bill 1 which allocated $52.3 billion for a new Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program, up to $20 billion of which was designated to support climate change adaptation planning at a local or regional level. While the law primarily focuses on reducing emissions, it also addresses the need for adaptation by requiring agencies and localities receiving funding to implement adaptive efforts, where cost-effective and feasible.
The City of Columbus, Ohio is deploying an electrical vehicle charging network to support alternative modes of transportation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, and reduce waste energy emitted from vehicles that contribute to the city’s urban heat islands.