THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Transportation Research Board
Committee for Study on Transportation Research Programs to Address Energy and Climate Change
A Transportation Research Program for Mitigating and Adapting
to Climate Change and Conserving Energy: Special Report 299
This new report from the Transportation Research Board suggests that federal, state, and local policy makers need informed guidance about the effectiveness, costs, feasibility, and acceptability of transportation strategies to mitigate transportation greenhouse gas emissions, to conserve energy, and to adapt to climate change. The report covers strategies affecting travel and mode choice, models and decision tools, infrastructure investment options and infrastructure construction, operation, and maintenance. The report recommends beginning a research and development initiative by making a modest investment of $40 million to $45 million annually in the next surface transportation authorization that would be used to develop the best available guidance quickly on the basis of existing information and then begin to improve that guidance over time as new research is completed.
These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on October 29, 2009 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web sites of the National Academies Press and the Transportation Research Board.