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    Ohio's Train Derailment—Not Spy Balloons—Is the Real National Security Threat

    The slow degradation of infrastructure and disaster response is less a spectacle than an overflying balloon, but the train derailment and chemical spill in Ohio highlights just how bizarre such a focus on perceived external national security threats has become. The far greater threat may be from within.

    Feb 20, 2023

  • Commentary

    Do Car Companies Know Where Their Critical Minerals Come From?

    The initial slate of electric vehicles qualifying for a new federal tax credit was announced in April. Key to eligibility is the source of critical minerals used in their batteries. While the list of acceptable nations of origin is still being worked out, there's an important practical question the IRS should ask: Do carmakers really know where their critical minerals come from?

    Apr 28, 2023

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    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

  • Trucks on a highway

    Report

    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

  • Traffic on what appears to be the Golden Gate Bridge

    Commentary

    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 19, 2012

  • Aerial view of Sydney Harbour

    Report

    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

  • Passengers shuffling through an airport

    Commentary

    Three Ways to Improve Airport Screening

    The TSA's pilot “Pre-check” program that pre-screens travelers who volunteer for it is an overdue advance in security, but it does not address some larger issues surrounding America's airports, writes K. Jack Riley.

    Mar 7, 2012

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    Journal Article

    Assessing the Security Benefits of a Trusted Traveler Program in the Presence of Attempted Attacker Exploitation and Compromise

    Fears that terrorists may exploit the minimal security screening of trusted traveler programs have dissuaded the adoption of such programs. Such attempts would reduce the maximum potential security benefits of a program, but they would not eliminate those benefits in all circumstances.

    Mar 1, 2012

  • Report

    Report

    Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) Options for the Future

    This briefing offers a menu of potential future activities for the nonaviation lands at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) to enhance the quality of life in Santa Monica through community-linked programs.

    Feb 23, 2012

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    Report

    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

    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

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Calculating Errors for Measures Derived from Choice Modelling Estimates

    The calibration of choice models produces a set of parameter estimates and an associated covariance matrix, usually based on maximum likelihood estimation.

    Feb 1, 2012

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Recrafting Scenario Practice to Achieve Robust Long-Term Decisions

    In this essay, we are concerned with the question: How does what might happen in 2050 affect decisions about the freight transport sector today? How do we make near-term choices that last over the long term? In other words, how do we make decisions today that are robust over a wide range of alternative futures?

    Feb 1, 2012

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    Dissertation

    Reconsidering California Transport Policies: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in an Uncertain Future

    Applies robust decision methods to evaluate California's transportation policies that considers multiple views of the future, and identifies strategies that consistently reduce emissions at acceptable costs regardless of future conditions.

    Jan 20, 2012

  • Brochure

    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

    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

    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

  • crowded London bus

    Report

    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

    Journal Article

    Assuring Finite Moments for Willingness to Pay in Random Coefficient Models

    Random coefficient models such as mixed logit are increasingly being used to allow for random heterogeneity in willingness to pay (WTP) measures.

    Jan 1, 2012

  • Journal Article

    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

    Journal Article

    Getting the Most Out of Electric Vehicle Subsidies

    Federal subsidies and policies to encourage plug-in vehicle adoption would produce more benefits at lower cost by targeting the purchase of vehicles with small battery packs.

    Jan 1, 2012

  • Journal Article

    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