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|April 24||Webinar: Incorporating Long-distance Travel into Transportation Planning in the United States||Dr. Lisa Aultman-Hall|
Assessing Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on Coastal Road Infrastructure and Development of an Adaptation Framework for Climate Resilient Roads
A key factor in a coastal community’s ability to be resilient in the face of sea-level rise (SLR) is the integrity of the transportation network. Road infrastructure close to the shoreline is vulnerable because sea level in coastal New England is projected to rise by 3.9 to 6.6 feet by the year 2100. Climate change vulnerability and adaptation studies have primarily focused on surface-water from sea-level rise; however, groundwater is projected to rise with sea-level rise and to intersect the unbound layers of coastal-road infrastructure reducing the pavement service life. Groundwater modeling in New Hampshire's Seacoast region shows that SLR-induced groundwater rise will occur three to four times farther inland than surface-water flooding, potentially impacting about a quarter of the region's roads. Typical pavement profiles in several roadway functional classifications are analyzed using multi-layer elastic theory to determine the magnitude of fatigue and rutting-life reduction expected from sea-level rise. Various adaptation alternatives in terms of pavement layer materials and thicknesses are evaluated to determine adaptation feasibility and costs to maintain the designed service life using a top-down scenario-based approach. A hybrid bottom-up/top-down framework for designing a climate-ready coastal road will also be presented.
|Dr. Jo Sias|
Walking the Talk
Walking is the oldest form of transportation, but history can be read as a millennia-long struggle to free ourselves from the need to walk. While all forms of mechanical transport have allowed increasing numbers of people to ride rather than walk – a choice most people have exercised when presented the option – it’s the car that has most effectively relegated walking to the back seat. But things are changing as we rediscover the many potential benefits of walking: it stimulates our thinking, is a form of political expression, contributes to conservation and sustainability, deepens our understanding and appreciation of the world, is a means to explore spirituality, and makes us healthier and happier in the process. However, in an appropriate turn of contemporary phrase, you have to walk the talk. Join the Mannings as they explore the history and philosophy of walking and take us with them on walks around the world.
|Dr. Robert Manning and Martha Manning|
|April||Resilience and Sustainability at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey||Josh DeFlorio|
|May||Emergency Management at the Vermont Agency of Transportation||Todd Sears|
|November 7||Finding Sustainability on 72 Square Feet||Dave "Hutch" Hutchison and Shari Galiardi|
|December 7||Ecommerce Impacts on Logistics and Urban Street Activity||Dr. Alison Conway, City College of New York|
Dr. Watkins will discuss the results of research on impacts of real-time transit information, as well as the enablers and implications of real-time information, including the ubiquity of mobile devices in passengers’ pockets, the third-party developer and open data culture, and the importance of transit data standardization efforts.
|Dr. Kari Watkins, Georgia Tech|
Biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that is reducing U.S. dependence on imported diesel, creating green jobs and improving our environment. It is made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources and can work in diesel engines without the need for modifications. These blends will operate in diesel engines just like petroleum diesel. Properly treated biodiesel can work year round, even in cold climates. So why hasn’t biodiesel taken off in Vermont? Hear from our local expert, Jim Malloy, who has recently opened Black Bear Biodiesel in Plainfield. Jim has been working in the field of biodiesel for a decade and received many accolades for his involvement in reducing petroleum consumption in New England. Jim will share his goals for biodiesel in Vermont and what it will take to make them a reality.
|Jim Malloy, Black Bear Biodiesel|
|April 10||ITS UCDavis Seminar: Moving Towards Better Measurement and Modeling of Long Distance Travel||Dr. Lisa Aultman-Hall, UVM|
|April 10||Integrating Climate Adaptation Efforts Across State, Regional, and Local Transportation Agencies||Dr. Lisa Aultman-Hall, UVM|
The Longitudinal Study of Overnight Travel (LSOT) was conducted monthly between February 2013 and February 2014 by Resource Systems Group, Inc. (RSG) using an online survey instrument developed by Aultman-Hall and LaMondia at the University of Vermont and Auburn University. A total of 628 of the initial 1,220 participants, including many from the University of Vermont (and surrounding communities), completed the panel that collected data on overnight trip planning, trip tour attributes and geocoded overnight stops. This seminar summarizes the who, what, where, and when of long distance travel observed in the unique LSOT sample in order to move towards a long distance tour-based approach to data collection and modeling that more fully incorporates the complexity of spatial patterns and purpose, including mixed purposes. The seminar will also critically assesses what it will take to collect long distance travel data needed for the policy questions facing the national and global transportation sector. The LSOT provides many insights related to survey design that stimulate a wider discussion about how to collect overnight travel data in a way that is understandable by respondents and useful for planning. The complexity of factors influencing overnight travel behavior and the one-year plus study time frame suggest that, while passive data collection from cell phones and other devices may be used to observe spatial patterns of travel, surveys will still be needed to capture complementary details about the planning processes, motivations, trip details, and demographics.
|Dr. Jeff LaMondia, Auburn University|
|April||Road Ecology and Climate Change; Why Wildlife Crossing Matters||Jens Hawkins-Hilke, VT Fish & Wildlife Dept.|
|October 21||The Role of Intelligent Transportation Systems in Sustainable Transportation: Issues and Research Opportunities||Matthew J. Barth|
Providing telecommuting options to employees has become a popular practice across the US. Join us as we hear from a panel of three Vermont businesses who are implementing progressive telecommuting policies that expand employee flexibility, reduce environmental impacts of driving, and lower consumption of petroleum. Tim Shea from National Life and Jennifer Chiodo from Cx Associates will highlight:
Time Shea, National Life
Jennifer Chiodo, Cx Associates
For our latest Transportation Talk episode, we talked to a number of Vermont's renewable natural gas leaders at the "Cow Power: Turning Organic Waste into Vehicle Fuel for Vermont" conference.
Dr. Brian Lee presents the results of his project "Work Zones & Travel Speeds: The effects of uniform traffic officers & other speed management measures" to the Vermont Agency of Transportation.
|Dr. Brian Lee|
"It is important for transportation planners to remember that when they talk about livability, they are really talking about a highly personal and idealized perception of how everyday life and transport intertwine. It's not just about moving people faster," said Dr. Lisa Aultman-Hall, founding director of the Transportation Research Center at the University of Vermont. Dr. Aultman-Hall discusses livability for rural transportation systems.
|Dr. Lisa Aultman-Hall, UVM|
Approaching transportation issues with insights drawn from the field of neuropsychology, this presentation explores the sensory-deficit phenomenon experienced within the confines of the automobile and the impact this has on us as individuals as well as its larger sociological implications. We'll also investigate the coded language and internal logic of the car culture and how it has radically transformed our sense of space, time, and place and immensely alters our worldview. In contrast to this, we'll consider the Slow Transportation Movement (STM), a model that not only underscores travelling at a slower pace, but also emphasizes engaging our bodies and keeping us attuned to the social and ecological worlds we move through, as well as our impacts on them. Finally, we will look at an array of exciting vehicles that fit within the criteria of the STM, with a focus on the new cargobike designs and electric-assist options that are profoundly extending the range, comfort, carrying capacity (kids & cargo), hill climbing ease and relevance of bicycle transportation.
This talk will discuss the Marine Engine Testing and Emissions Laboratory (METEL) at MMA and the various projects the center is now engaged.
The mission of METEL is to advance practical emissions reductions and efficiency improvements to marine diesel engines. The talk will summarize the current emissions regulatory environment that the the marine industry is facing. A summary of current emissions reductions technologies and their limitations will be discussed. Then the research efforts of METEL on new emissions technologies the lab is evaluating. These new technologies are practical solutions which have the potential to lower cost and maintenance of emissions control systems.
|Dr. Richard Kimball, Maine Maritime Academy and MIT|
Dr. Luis Vivanco, a cultural anthropologist at the University of Vermont, loves bicycles so much he made them into a topic of research. Between February and June 2014 he and his family lived in Bogotá, Colombia doing ethnographic research on the city’s bike culture and politics and teaching at the National University on a Fulbright Scholarship.
|Dr. Luis Vivanco, UVM|
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) exists to provide leadership decision support and to enable operational coordination in time of crisis. It is the State nexus of information, interaction, and initiative during large scale emergency incidents. One primary responsibility of SEOC staff is to create and maintain a Common Operational Picture (COP) of the incident area in order to facilitate situational awareness and concomitant operational decisions. A key consideration of COP construction is to represent the myriad facilities and networks contained within the 16 Critical Infrastructure (CI) Sectors. The domain is broad and contains many dynamic pieces. Getting a solid grasp on the holistic CI picture, and then operationalizing it is rife with many challenges. The purpose of this talk is to review Vermont’s approach to CI in emergency management, discuss the need for a coherent CI picture in the SEOC, and to outline the main hurdles to achieving this requisite high fidelity.
|Todd Sears, Vermont Dept. of Emergency Management & Homeland Security|
Brian Taylor studies travel behavior, transportation finance, and the history and politics of planning, mostly conducted in collaboration with his terrific students. Much of his scholarship examines equity – who pays for transportation systems and how these systems in turn serve the needs of people who – because of low income, disability, location, or age – have lower levels of mobility. His most recent research examines time use and travel among young people and those living in non-traditional households. A native of California, Professor Taylor joined the UCLA faculty in 1994, and before that he was a faculty member in City & Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and before that he was an Analyst with the San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
|Dr. Brian Taylor, UCLA|
Poetry and pedals. We are co-sponsoring a reading and discussion with the UVM Humanities Center and will host poet David Cavannaugh whose recent book “Cycling in Plato’s Cave” based on his experience as an avid bicyclist. Grab your lunch and join us. To learn more about the book and author, check out this recent article from 7days here.
|David Cavannaugh, author|
|November 6||NCTSPM Seminar: Long Distance and Intercity Travel; Who, what, where, when?||Dr. Lisa Aultman-Hall, UVM|
|November||Burack Lecture Series: Do Local Businesses Cash in from Green Transportation?||Dr. Kelly Clifton, Portland State|
|January||Made for Walking: Density and Neighborhood Form||Julie Campoli, author|
|February||How Should we Grow? Using GIS to Forecast Future Urban Growth Patterns and their Impacts||Dr. John Landis, University of Pennsylvania|
|April||Burack Lecture Series: Low Carbon Transportation Fuels: Climate Change and Energy Security||Dr. Jonathan Rubin, University of Maine|
Discussion Leader: Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur, AARP, Senior Adviser States, Education and Outreach. AARP has been advancing the concept of Livable Communities on many fronts, and in Vermont this has included the Vermont Complete Streets initiative that lead to state legislation, and the Burlington Livable Communities Project . Jennifer lead these initiatives at the state level and recently was promoted to advance this agenda nationally for AARP from her Burlington office. She will talk about some of the initiatives and the challenges ahead, as well as opportunities for connecting with this work.
|Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur, AARP|
|May||AARP's Initiative on Livable Communities and Transportation and Assessing the Effects of Unpaved Roads on Lake Champlain Water Quality||Beverly Wemple, UVM|
|July 12||Fracture Experiments of Asphalt Mixtures||Ting Tan, UVM|
|July||Refugees and Transportation in Vermont: Travel Behaviour and Critical Questions based on Gender, Age, and Transportation Hierarchies||Pablo Bose, UVM|
|August 9||Pervious Concrete Pavement at UVM's Trinity Parking Lot||Ian Anderson, Lalita Oka, Dylan Walsh, Mandar Dewoolkar, George McCain, Mark Suozzo, and Bradford Berry|
Mike Laurent and Craig Rautiola from Omya Inc. join us for our 2013 Brown Bag Seminar Series.
|Mike Laurent and Craig Rautiola, Omya Inc.|
|September 13||Healthcare Systems and Transportation||Jack Conry, Fletcher Allen Health Care|
Daniel Dardani from MIT's Technology Licensing Office provided a introduction into IP and licensing strategies at the Transportation Research Center at UVM.
|Daniel Dardani, MIT|
|November||Burack Lecture Series: The Lessons from the Haiti and Japan Disasters for Humanitarian Logistics||Dr. José Holguín-Veras|
|November||Don't Jersey Vermont: Land Use Policy in the Green Mountain State||John Adams, VT Dept. of Housing & Community Development|
Our first episode of Transportation Talks at the TRC. This episode features Karen Glitman, Director of Transportation Efficiency at Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. Karen stopped by to talk to Dr. Brian Lee's class at the TRC.
|Karen Glitman, VEIC|
|April 5||Burack Lecture by Robert Cervero||Robert Cervero|
|September||Burack Lecture Series: Inequalities, Myth, and the American Automobile System||Catherine Lutz, Brown University|
|April||Burack Lecture Series: The Future of Transportation||Dr. Joseph Schofer|
|February 24||Burack Lecture Series: The Demographics of Aging: Impacts on Transportation and Mobility||Dr. Joseph Coughlin, MIT|
|March 4||Transit and Pedestrian-Oriented Development||Dr. Reid Ewing, University of Utah|
|April 6||Burack Lecture Series: Climate Change and Transportation Lessons from California||Dr. Deb Niemeier, UC Davis|
|July||Road Weather Information Systems||Jason Shafer, Lyndon State College|
|July||Quebec-Vermont Transportation Research Connections||Ahmed El-Geneidy, McGill University|
|November||Bike/Pedestrian Modes of Travel and their Contribution to Livability||Jennifer Dill, OTREC|
|January 15||Burack Lecture by Daniel Sperling||Daniel Sperling|
|February 12||Aging Rural and Small Urban Environments: Are Travel Needs Being Met?||Jill Hough, SURTC|
|November 5||Roundabouts||Per Garder, University of Maine|
|November 18||Strategies for Stronger Communities through Sustainable Mobility||Dr. Elizabeth Deakin, UC Berkeley|
|February 13||Where is Transportation Going in the 'Complex, Large-Scale, Interconnected, Open, Sociotechnical' Era||Dr. Joseph Sussman, MIT|
|April 10||Rural Roads and Water||Charles Luce, USDA Forest Service|
|May 16||Merging Epidemiologic Methods with Transportation Data: The Example of the Black Women's Health Study||Dr. Patricia Coogan, Boston University|
|November 14||CAFE Credits and the Energy Act of 2007||Jonathan Rubin, University of Maine|
|September 20||The Changing Face of Highway Safety in Vermont||Kevin Marshia, VTrans|
|December 6||Panel Discussion: Critical Issues in Transportation||Neale Lunderville, VT Secretary of Transportation; Cindy Burbank, Parsons Brinkerhoff; Peter Plumeau, RSG|