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Mileage-fee rates could be structured to reduce congestion, harmful emissions and excessive road wear, and the enabling technology could support a range of value-added services offering greater convenience and safety for motorists, writes Keith Crane.
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A novel and practical quality improvement tool can help hospitals and clinics plan for and respond to the psychological consequences of catastrophic events that create a surge of psychological casualties presenting for health care.
The results of this study suggest that improving neighborhood environments and increasing the public's use of light rail transit systems could provide improvements in health outcomes for millions of individuals.
This study investigated the applicability of Multinomial logit (MNL) models to predict the proportion of crashes by collision type and to estimate crash counts by collision type.
Restrictions on fast-food chain restaurants in South Los Angeles are not addressing the main differences between neighborhood food environments and are unlikely to improve the diet of residents or reduce obesity.
The availability of energy-dense snack foods in grocery stores plays a role in the weight status of neighborhood residents.
The authors developed an integrated policy framework that could offer the greatest prospects for relieving traffic congestion and improving transportation options in the Los Angeles region. The framework encompasses three key components: --Rely on pricing to manage peak-hour demand, raise needed revenue, and promote more efficient use of existing capacity. --Significantly improve transit and other alternative modes. --Continue to improve the efficiency of the road network, but shift the emphasis from moving cars to moving people. A noteworthy characteristic of these recommendations is that many--particularly those that involve pricing--are certain to stir controversy.
This research is an initial step toward creating policies to address autonomous vehicle technologies—which have the potential to enormously benefit humankind but raise substantial concern about tort liability for damages that may result from their use.
A resilient transportation system is one that minimizes both the initial effect of the disruption and the time required to return the system to normal operations.
Even though research on group behavior is still a comparatively new field in transportation, rapid progress has been made since the beginning of the 21st century.
The increase in value of time (VOT) with trip length is more likely to be due to heteroskedasticity (in the data studied) and the underlying VOT is therefore not increasing with distance at an individual level.
Planning for urban systems
It is assumed that higher quality recreation facilities promote physical activity and serve communities better. The authors tested this assumption by comparing changes in the use of an expanded and renovated skate park (a facility for skateboarding) and a modernized senior citizen's center to two similar facilities that were not refurbished.
Discusses the possibilities and options for America if neighboring country Mexico should become a failed state.
Chronic medical and mental illness and disability increase vulnerability to disasters.
There is a public interest in ensuring that infrastructure systems are appropriately protected and prepared for disruptions.
Congress will soon begin considering a new transportation bill that is expected to carry a price tag of $500 to $600 billion to support a number of projects nationwide.
Concerns about mental health recovery persist after the 2005 Gulf storms. The authors propose a recovery model and estimate costs and outcomes.
In this article we presented optical flow switching (OFS) as a key enabler of scalable future optical networks.
This research explores the effectiveness of mobile wireless information and communication technologies for law enforcement teams.
This paper investigates the optimal design of highways operated under a form of congestion pricing called value pricing.