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May
3

Transportation & Urban Infrastructure Studies

Spring 2015 Graduating Class

Department Overview

The Department of Transportation and Urban Infrastructure Studies (TUIS) in the School of Engineering offers undergraduate and graduate programs in transportation. The Department evolved from the Center for Transportation Studies, established in 1981 to offer the M.S. degree in transportation. Since its inception, scores of young men and women have graduated from the transportation program to assume various leadership positions in the public and private sectors. The Department currently offers the B.S. in Transportation Systems, B.S. in Transportation Systems Engineering, M.S. in Urban Transportation, Post Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) in Urban Transportation, and Ph.D. in Transportation and Urban Infrastructure Systems; making it one of the largest nationwide with an average enrollment of over 80 students. The B.S. in Transportation Systems Program is accredited by the ANSAC Commission of ABET, Inc.

It is the vision of the Department to be a global leader and a one-stop resource center for transportation education and research.

It is the mission of the Department to provide top-notch education/training and research opportunities for a diverse student body poised to tackle the crosscutting transportation issues of the global community.

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Apr
20

Hydrogen Cars Fuel Cell Vehicles and Infrastructure

Some say hydrogen cars are the future, but in reality they are here now (just ask Hyundai and Toyota). When H2 cars become the status quo, the U. S. can lessen its dependence upon foreign oil, achieve lower prices at the fuel pumps and cut down on the greenhouse gases that produce global warming.

 

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The future of H2 cars is not a pipe dream, as there are already many hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCV’s) and H2ICE (hydrogen internal combustion engine) vehicles on the roads. California, Japan and the European Union (especially Germany) have many H2 cars being used as fleet vehicles now.


Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars

In 2005, Honda leased the first commercial FCV to a family in Redondo Beach, California. In 2008, the Honda FCX Clarity became the first production line built fuel cell lease vehicle rolled out to the same family plus dozens others. In late 2012, Hyundai started building production line fuel cell vehicles for sales to fleet managers worldwide.

For the past 36 years, the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has been conducting research on fuel cells for use in transportation, industry and residential use.

Unlike many of the hybrid and “green” vehicles currently on the market, hydrogen fuel cells can offer the promise of zero emission technology, where the only byproduct from the automobiles is heat and water vapor. Current fossil-fuel burning vehicles emit all sorts of pollutants such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide, ozone and microscopic particulate matter.


Zero Emissions …

Hybrids and other green autos address these issues to a large extent but only hydrogen cars hold the promise of zero emission of pollutants. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that fossil-fuel automobiles emit 1 ½ billion tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere each year and going to hydrogen fuel based transportation would all but eliminate this.

Not only that, H2 autos will lessen the United States’ dependence upon foreign oil. The so-called “hydrogen highway” will mean less dependence upon OPEC, the big U. S. oil companies, oil refinery malfunctions and breakdowns and less resistance from oil-selling nations like Venezuela and Saudi Arabia or from hostile nations who would rather sell elsewhere.


BMW with Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine

Consumers will finally get a break from the never-ending rising prices at the gasoline pumps.

President George W. Bush, when he was in office, allocated approximately $2 billion in hydrogen highway research funds. Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was pushing to get 200 H2 fueling stations built by 2010 stretching from Vancouver, British Columbia, all the way down to Baja, California (but had fallen short of this goal because of a poor economy and lack of political will).

Since Californians buy one-fifth of the nation’s automobiles, this location is one of the world’s hotbeds for FCV technology. This is especially true around the Los Angeles area.

New fuel cell technology could replace the current gasoline engine in what is called “disruptive technology” where something so innovative comes along it simply

Apr
3

Five Ways COVID-19 May Impact The Future Of Infrastructure And Transportation

With each passing day, reports on rising total confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to dominate the global conscience, and the novel coronavirus is now present on every continent except for Antarctica. And the resulting fear is more pervasive. Thousands of people have perished as the effects of COVID-19 touch us all: stock markets have cratered, millions have become unemployed (temporarily or soon-to-be permanently), the federal government has passed a multi-trillion-dollar aid package, and health care institutions are being stretched thin. To “flatten the curve,” millions of people around the globe are quarantined in their homes or elsewhere, while infrastructure and transportation systems that bonded us globally, nationally, and locally are being used more sparingly, at least currently. Long-term, what could be the lasting effects on transportation and infrastructure in our post-COVID-19 world?

Public Transportation: Even though we are still in the first few weeks of what may be a prolonged quarantine throughout the United States, we have already seen a travel advisory issued for the New York City area, where transit ridership ranks among the highest in the country. So what does the future of transportation look like through a mandatorily-quarantined window? It’s murky, both because the windows need “cleaning” and the future of everything is covered with a COVID-19 glaze at the moment. One helpful data point is that during prior SARS outbreaks in Taiwan, there was a material drop in ridership of public transportation. If a return to work and schools occurs before a vaccine is created, people may not feel comfortable riding public transportation. With transit ridership dropping in Los Angeles in particular, could transit agencies be affected permanently?

Traffic: Assuming we remain quarantined in some form until successful treatments for COVID-19 are administered worldwide, Americans and others globally will be working from home for many months (if not for over a year). As some businesses may decide to permanently have their employees work from home to save on real estate costs, the number of commuters on the roads may drastically drop. So, could that lead to more commuters taking advantage of less congested roads, perhaps even those who traditionally rode public transportation?

Driverless cars: Another possible (and perhaps positive) impact on transportation from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic could be the acceleration of mass adoption of driverless cars, and, hopefully, the “tweaks” that are needed to our infrastructure to maximize the safety and efficiency of driverless cars to ensure they are connected to other driverless cars, road infrastructure, and their own designated lanes away from “human” drivers. Will the future of commuting consist of a double-down of personal vehicles, but driven by themselves and connected to our infrastructure so we don’t have to just work from home, but also from our cars?

Micromobility: As urban

Mar
30

Intelligent Transportation Systems – Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) Deployment Guidance and Resources

Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) Resources

Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) is the next generation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). V2I technologies capture vehicle-generated traffic data, wirelessly providing information such as advisories from the infrastructure to the vehicle that inform the driver of safety, mobility, or environment-related conditions. State and local agencies are likely to install V2I infrastructure alongside or integrated with existing ITS equipment. Because of this, the majority of V2I deployments may qualify for similar federal-aid programs as ITS deployments, if the deploying agency meets certain eligibility requirements.

This page lists a broad range of resources that help planners, transportation engineers, decision-makers, and other involved in the ITS deployment process with valuable information about V2I technologies.

For Transportation Planners

Vehicle-To-Infrastructure (V2i) Message Lexicon – To help with Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) deployments, a V2I Message Lexicon was developed that explains the relationships and concepts for V2I messages and identifies the ITS standards where they may be found. This lexicon document provides a brief history and background for connected vehicle (CV) and infrastructure-focused standards that relate to CV V2I applications, and explain the construction of V2I messages using current communications standards. Additional information is provided to help understand concepts and activities that are related to V2I messages and briefly review recent and forthcoming standards that support CV applications.

The FHWA Fact Sheet, Environmental Justice Consideration for Connected and Automated Vehicles provides information on the benefits and challenges associated with the deployment of connected and automated vehicles and considerations to help address potential negative impacts on EJ populations. The Fact Sheet describes differences between connected vehicles and automated vehicles, highlights deployment scenarios and implications for environmental justice populations, and provides Federal resources to address the issue.

Connected Vehicle Impacts on Transportation Planning Primer – This report summarizes the results of the findings and recommendations of the study and provides planners with a primer on how to begin to address the impacts of connected and automated vehicle technology in their work. The first section includes a summary description of the technologies and potential impacts. The following section includes a summary of potential impacts on planning goals, objectives, products, tools, and data. Impacts are identified as short-term (0 to 5 years), medium-term (5 to 20 years), or long-term (over 20 years). Impacts are then further examined in a series of case studies designed to help planners incorporate these technologies into their planning products.

Connected Vehicle Impacts on Transportation Planning Desk Reference – This report provides planners with a primer on how to begin to address the impacts of connected and automated vehicle technology in their work. The first section includes a summary description of the technologies and potential impacts. The following section includes a summary of potential impacts on planning goals, objectives, products, tools, and data. Impacts are identified as short-term (0 to 5 years), medium-term (5 to 20 years), or long-term (over 20 years). Impacts are then further examined in a series of case studies designed to help planners incorporate these technologies into their planning products.

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Jun
9

Ministry Of Transportation And Infrastructure

The trucking business is involved within the distribution of products worldwide. Since transportation is concerned only with transferring the provides, somebody has to care for handing, packaging, managing the time the products are fetched and delivered, and maintaining coordination, particularly when inter-modal or a mixture of two or extra transport modes is used.

An honest sized van that is correctly kitted out should be able to transport four wheelchair certain passengers at a time in addition to have extra seats available for caregivers. This is because of the fact that many People transfer across the country yearly and thus would require pet transportation services to maneuver their pets as nicely.

We always consider pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, passengers, and everyone who takes public transportation. While the LTL shipments transit times usually are not intrinsically related to the whole distance between the shipper and the consignee, they’re completely depending on the terminal and break-bulk networks operated by the chosen provider.

For those who plan to use public transportation, research your options earlier than you decide where to stay. Evidently, the less-than-truckload freight has slower transit occasions than the full truckload. Be opportunistic: Minimize costs and disruption by coordinating transportation improvements with different work tasks.

There are number of components that decide the overall cost of freight delivery. Usually, there was sturdy assist for the City of Vancouver’s draft transportation policies and actions. Non-Trucking Liability provides safety for “personal use” by using a Trucking or Industrial Auto Legal responsibility coverage form and attaching a “business use” exclusion.

The pace of transportation is slower but the much higher capacity and the reduced prices make this technique favorable in some instances. In this web part you’ll find the newest data on Valley Metro Rail, bus routes, airport transportation and parking amd bicycling.…