Preparing State Transportation Agencies for an Uncertain Energy Future

Published in: NCHRP Report 750: Strategic Issues Facing Transportation (Washington, D.C.: Transportation Research Board, 2014), v. 5, 296 p

Posted on RAND.org on March 03, 2015

by Paul Sorensen, Thomas Light, Constantine Samaras, Liisa Ecola, Endy M. Daehner, David S. Ortiz, Martin Wachs, Evan Enarson-Hering, Steven Pickrell

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This report examines how the mandate, role, funding, and operations of state departments of transportation (DOTs) will likely be affected by changes in energy supply and demand in the next 30 to 50 years. The report also identifies potential strategies and actions that DOTs can employ to plan and prepare for these effects. In addition, the report describes how robust decision-making techniques can be used to help navigate the potential risks and rewards of different policy and management responses under differing surface transportation energy supply-and-demand scenarios.

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