Connecticut Report Card, State of the Air 2013 American Lung Association, May 2013 A per-county breakdown of air quality in Connecticut, including information about high ozone days, particle pollution, and groups who are particularly vulnerable to the health risks associated with air pollution.
What's New With Tolling? Ed Regan, CDM Smith and Lowell Clary, Clary Consulting, February, 2013 A PowerPoint presentation to Connecticut's Legislative Transportation Committee on the facts, myths and most up-to-date creative applications of tolling as an alternative source of revenue and as a means of managing congestion.
Aging In Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices National Conference of State Legislatures and AARP Public Policy Institute, Dec, 2011 How land use, transportation, and housing affects older populations, and how implementing policy to aid that transition for people can save the state money on institutions that care for those who no longer are able to care for themselves.
Safe Routes to School Safe Routes to School Partnership, June 2011 This guide worked with schools and communities to assess the best way to provide better methods for children to travel to school. With a decreased population of children walking or biking to school, obesity and health issues are on the rise; a problem the Safe Routes to School Partnership would like to see ameliorated.
Complete Streets National Complete Streets Coalition This website discusses keeping all roadway users in mind when implementing policy.
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Transportation information specific to Connecticut:
New-Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Line CTDOT, April 2011 Outlines the status, schedule, and financial sources of the New-Haven, Hartford, Springfield Rail Line, which will establish a commuter rail service and high-speed inter-city passenger service along a 62 mile corridor from Springfield to New Haven.
Impact of Border Tolls Regional Plan Association, March 15, 2010 Considers inter-state commuters and how tolls impact Connecticut jobs.
Connecticut Electronic Tolling and Congestion Pricing Study Prepared by Cambridge Systematics, Inc., Feb 2009 Considers congestion and electronic tolling in CT. By evaluating new technologies and their potential application, the report then considers the economic impacts “anticipated toll revenues, implementation costs, financial viability, and a variety of other factors: environmental, economic, equity, safety, and implementation considerations.” Volume 1 – Volume 2 – Volume 3
2009 Connecticut GHG Inventory Update 2009_ghg_update_final In 2009, about 90% of all Connecticut’s greenhouse gas emissions were the result of fossil fuel combustion, related to transportation, space heating and electricity generation. This update measure and compares the CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions in Connecticut from previous years.
Transportation policy information on a national level:
Transportation Planning for Sustainability Guidebook Federal Highway Administration, page updated: 1/9/2012 Examines how sustainability considerations could be better incorporated into transportation planning. The guidebook also looks at transportation sustainability practices around the world, offering alternatives and pointing out potential barriers.
Recent Lessons From the Stimulus: Transportation Funding and Job Creation Smart Growth America, February 2011 Under the American recovery and Reinvestment Act, states were given flexible transportation money that was not spent on projects that created the maximum number of jobs. This report explores and analyzes how states did use their money and recommends how states can better invest their money to create jobs.
Freedom From Oil Livable Communities Task Force, June 2, 2011 This guide discusses how through providing transportation choices Americans can break their “oil dependency.” It provides recommended policy changes and suggestions for improving transportation choices in order to break our dependency on oil and once again live an affordable lifestyle.
Dangerous By Design Transportation For America, 2011 This report discusses the importance of pedestrian safety. It includes statistics of “preventable pedestrian deaths” and policy recommendations for the next federal transportation bill.
Transportation’s Role in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions DOT Climate Change Report, April 2010 Study on the impact of the nation’s transportation system on climate change. Also examines various strategies to reduce transportation greenhouse gas emissions by assessing the potential impact of these strategies on air quality, transportation goals, costs, and other factors.
Moving Cooler: An analysis of transportation strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions Urban Land Institute, 2009 Between 1990 and 2006, growth in U.S. transportation greenhouse gas emissions represented almost one-half (47%) of the increase in total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. “Moving Cooler” provides information on the effectiveness and costs of almost 50 strategies aimed at improving fuel efficiency and reducing the amount of vehicle travel that occurs.
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from U.S. Transportation U.S. Transportation, May 2003 The U.S. Transportation sector accounts for 30% of the world’s transportation greenhouse gas emissions. Discusses three scenarios of improved transportation efficiency that will reduce transit greenhouse gas emissions by 17, 39, and 60% by the year 2050.
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