Surface Transportation

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    Enhancement of the Pivot Point Process Used in the Sydney Strategic Travel Model

    In the third of three reports, research findings reveal what to expect for future travel patterns, long term transport planning, policy development, and infrastructure assessment across the Greater Sydney area.

    Jul 5, 2012

  • View of a person driving from the back seat of a car


    Getting Over the Privacy Hurdle to Mileage-Based Road Fees

    There is no need for privacy concerns to halt all discussion of new technologies to help address America's mounting transportation funding crisis, writes Liisa Ecola.

    Jun 6, 2012

  • Dissertation

    Mileage-Based User Fee Winners and Losers: An Analysis of the Distributional Implications of Taxing Vehicle Miles Traveled, with Projections, 2010-2030

    Estimates changes in annual vehicle miles traveled in response to changes in the cost of driving that would result from adopting a mileage-based user fee.

    Apr 26, 2012

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    Energy Services Analysis Can Identify Ways to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Changing how a service is provided can create opportunities to conserve energy. A new RAND study does just that, using Energy Services Analysis to identify and evaluate new ways to reduce energy use and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

    Apr 18, 2012

  • Report

    Energy Services Analysis Can Identify Ways to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    By examining not only how a service is produced but how it is provided, energy services analysis can lead to greater reductions in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions than conventional approaches.

    Apr 10, 2012

  • Report

    Qatar's School Transportation System: Supporting Safety, Efficiency, and Service Quality (Arabic-language version)

    Assesses stakeholder perspectives on Qatar's school transportation system (STS), identifies a vision and goals for the STS, and discusses strategies to achieve the vision and better align Qatar's STS with international norms. This is the Arabic-language version.

    Mar 28, 2012

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    A Federal Role in Freight Planning and Finance

    Congestion within the U.S. freight system has increased dramatically in the past few decades, costing travelers, consumers, and businesses billions of dollars each year. A federal policy is offered to address the challenges faced by the U.S. freight network in an environment dominated by declining revenues and public resistance to increasing taxes.

    Mar 21, 2012

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    No Data? Big Problem.

    Good data can inform decision makers about what really works—how best to relieve congestion and improve supply-chain connectivity to make freight transportation—and hence the U.S. economy—more competitive, write Mortimer Downey, Joseph Schofer, and Johanna Zmud.

    Mar 20, 2012

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    Modelling Transport Demand in Sydney, Australia

    Transport for New South Wales (NSW) operates the Sydney Strategic Travel Model (STM) to inform transport planning, policy development, and infrastructure assessment in Sydney. RAND implemented new travel frequency, mode, and destination model components of the STM; extended the model scope to include toll road choice and better access to trains, and analysed and enhanced the pivoting component of the STM to predict travel patterns.

    Mar 13, 2012

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    A Vision for Qatar's School Transportation System

    Considering the challenges associated with continued growth and demographic changes, the government of Qatar is interested in updating its school transportation system (STS). This volume assesses the perspectives of parents and school administrators, identifies a vision for the STS, and discusses strategies to achieve it.

    Feb 13, 2012

  • Research Brief

    Updating Qatar's School Transportation System

    Describes a vision for updating Qatar's school transportation system and identifies strategies for achieving the proposed vision.

    Feb 13, 2012

  • Brochure

    Spotlight on 2011

    With 2012 being our 20th anniversary year, the report features some of our recent work while reflecting on how RAND Europe has developed and remained relevant over the last two decades. It highlights selected research and corporate activity in 2011.

    Jan 19, 2012

  • Periodical

    RAND Review: Vol. 35, No. 3, Winter 2011-2012

    Stories discuss world demographic trends, Afghan peace prospects, U.S. health care spending, California prisoner reentry, Latin American inequalities, global health, veterans' mental health, highway investments, teacher bonuses, and charter schools.

    Jan 13, 2012

  • Report

    Sydney Strategic Model Population Synthesiser, 2006 Base

    This report documents work to update the Population Synthesiser component of the Sydney Strategic Model (STM). The Population Synthesiser generates forecasts of the future Sydney population by spatial area and socio-economic segment.

    Jan 13, 2012

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    How Will Migration Impact UK Transport and Congestion?

    The UK Migration Advisory Committee asked RAND Europe to examine how migration is likely to impact transport networks and congestion. The resulting research is one of the first studies using UK data to provide an empirical evidence base about migrants' travel behavior and impacts.

    Jan 10, 2012

  • Journal Article

    Manchester Motorway Box: Post-Survey Research of Induced Traffic Effects

    In the 1990s, the usual assumption for an appraisal of road schemes in the UK was that total volumes of traffic were not affected by the capacity provided by the schemes. This assumption was questioned by the influential SACTRA committee in 1994.

    Jan 1, 2012

  • Journal Article

    Potentials for Sustainable Transportation in Cities to Alleviate Climate Change Impacts

    Reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) is an important social goal to mitigate climate change. A common mitigation paradigm is to consider strategy "wedges" that can be applied to different activities to achieve desired GHG reductions.

    Jan 1, 2012

  • Journal Article

    High Occupancy Toll Lane Performance Under Alternative Pricing Policies

    This paper explores how alternative pricing and operating policies influence revenue generation, level of service, and travel time costs for high occupancy toll (HOT) lane facilities.

    Jan 1, 2012

  • Traffic moves on Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood, one of several neighborhoods designated by the Obama administration as a "Promise Zone" in Los Angeles, California, January 23, 2014


    A System Under Strain

    Our transportation future will be multi-layered and complex—bounded by transportation infrastructure that is under-funded on the one hand and ever-expanding congestion and capacity constraints on the other, writes Johanna Zmud.

    Sep 30, 2011

  • British High Speed Train


    Modelling Demand for Long Distance Passenger Travel in Great Britain

    RAND Europe, in collaboration with URS/Scott Wilson, has developed models to predict demand for long-distance passenger travel in Great Britain to appraise the impact of new transport infrastructure and operation policies aimed at this market, such as high-speed rail, highway management, and policies directed towards domestic air travel. Stated preference surveys were conducted with rail, air and car travellers to enable better representation of high-speed rail in the models.

    Jun 23, 2011