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Section 1: Technical Issue Papers

Analysis of the Current Status of System  
2006 C&P Findings: Highway Conditions and Performance (Paper 2A-01) [125 KB]
2006 C&P Findings: Transit Conditions and Performance (Paper 2B-01) [70 KB]
Highway and Transit Conditions and Performance: Beyond the 2006 C&P Report (Paper 2C-01) [202 KB]
Conditions and Performance of the Freight Rail System (Paper 2D-01) [2.23 MB*]
Conditions and Performance of the Intercity Passenger Rail System (Paper 2D-02) [211 KB]
Conditions and Performance of Other Components of the Surface Transportation System (Paper 2E-01) [122 KB]
   
Analysis of Baseline Revenues and System Needs  
2006 C&P Findings: Highway and Bridge Finance (Paper 3A-01) [132 KB]
2006 C&P Findings: Current Transit Funding (Paper 3B-01) [182 KB]
2006 C&P Findings: Future Highway Investment Needs (Paper 3C-01) [151 KB]
2006 C&P Findings: Future Investment Needs on the National Highway System and the Interstate System (Paper 3C-02) [51 KB]
2006 C&P Findings: Future Transit Investment Needs (Paper 3D-01) [130 KB]
2006 C&P Findings: Impact of Alternative Assumptions on Future Highway and Transit Needs (Paper 3E-01) [70 KB]
Highway and Transit Funding Information Supplemental to the 2006 C&P (Paper 3F-01) [138 KB]
Baseline Highway Needs Assessment (Paper 3G-01) [74 KB]
Baseline Highway Needs Assessment: Additional Benchmarks and Analyses of System Components (Paper 3G-02) [58 KB]
Baseline Transit Needs Assessment (Paper 3H-01) [121 KB]
Current Financing and Future Needs of the Freight and Passenger Rail System (Paper 3I-01) [131 KB]
Current Financing and Future Needs of other Components of the Surface Transportation System (Paper 3J-01) [136 KB]
   
Analysis of Future Issues and Changing Demands on the System  
Part A. Demographic Changes: Impacts on Passenger Travel  
Analysis of Changing Relationships Among Population Growth, Passenger Travel Growth, and Vehicle Miles Traveled Growth for Different Modes (Paper 4A-01) [118 KB]
Implication of Aging Population on Passenger Travel Demand for Different Modes (Paper 4A-02) [136 KB]
Implication of Alternative Assumptions Concerning Future Immigration on Travel Demand for Different Modes (Paper 4A-03) [94 KB]
Implications of Regional Migration on Passenger Travel Demand (Paper 4A-04) [175 KB]
Implications of Rural/Urban Development Patterns on Passenger Travel Demand (Paper 4A-05) [65 KB]
Implications of Rising Household Income on Passenger Travel Demand (Paper 4A-06) [113 KB]
Implications of Work and Non-Work Travel Patterns on Passenger Travel Demand (Paper 4A-07) [74 KB]
   
Part B. Changes in the Nature of the Economy: Impacts on Passenger/ Freight Transportation  
Implications of International Trade and Port Capacity for Freight Transportation (Paper 4B-01) [103 KB]
Implications if Future Changes in Primary Trading Partners Result in Shifts of Shipping Traffic From West Coast Ports to East Coast Ports (Paper 4B-02) [221 KB]
Implications if a Larger Share of Imports Comes Through Mexican and Canadian Ports and is Transferred to Rail/Trucks for Transport into the United States (Paper 4B-03) [253 KB]
Impacts of Changes in Business Practices and Industrial Logistics on Freight Movement, Modal Demand and Transportation Industry Structure (Paper 4B-04) [167 KB]
Impacts of Just-In-Time Freight Logistics (Paper 4B-05) [117 KB]
Forecasts of Economic Variables that Impact Passenger and Freight Demand and the Implication of Alternative Economic Assumptions on Modal Travel Demand (Paper 4B-06) [123 KB]
Driving Factors and Potential Impacts of Future Increases in Transit's Share of Passenger Travel (Paper 4B-07) [786 KB]
Driving Factors and Potential Impacts of Future Increases in Rail's Share of Intercity Passenger Travel (Paper 4B-08) [493 KB]
Driving Factors and Potential Impacts of Future Increases in Short Sea/Inland Waterway's Share of Total Freight Movements (Paper 4B-09) [162 KB]
Forecasts of Future Freight Flows by Commodity and Origin/Destination and Factors that Could Affect the Level, Distribution, and Mode Split of Future Freight Flows (Paper 4B-10) [336 KB]
Issues and Options Related to Passenger and Freight Traffic Sharing the Same Facilities (Paper 4B-11) [312 KB]
   
Part C. Potential Energy Issues and Concerns  
Assessment of the Ability of Traditional and Unconventional Energy Sources to Meet the Demands of Transportation Systems (Paper 4C-01) [143 KB]
Implications of Potential Petroleum Scarcity on Surface Transportation in the Short and Long Term (Paper 4C-02) [120 KB]
Analysis of Potential Impacts of Higher Fuel Prices and Fuel Economy Standards on Transportation Demand and Surface Transportation Revenues (Paper 4C-03) [164 KB]
Implications of Higher Energy Costs/Energy Scarcity on Transportation Mode Splits (Passengers and Freight) (Paper 4C-05) [178 KB]
Assessment Of Conventional, Non-Conventional, And Alternative Fuels’ Ability To Meet Transportation Energy Demand (Paper 4C-06) [290 KB]
   
Part D. Alternatives to Address Environmental Concerns  
Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Surface Transportation Infrastructure Design (Paper 4D-01) [218 KB]
Evaluation of Potential Impacts of Policy Responses to Climate Change on Transportation Revenue Mechanisms (Paper 4D-02) [178 KB]
Evaluation of Surface Transportation-related Strategies to Reduce Mobile Source Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Paper 4D-03) [166 KB]
Impacts of Surface Transportation Infrastructure Development on Habitat Connectivity and Resilience (Paper 4D-04) [233 KB]
Evaluation of Transportation Conformity and Implications for Surface Transportation Infrastructure (Paper 4D-05) [103 KB]
Documentation of Impacts of Vehicle Air Toxic Emissions on Public Health (Paper 4D-06) [70 KB]
Identification of the Relationships Among Surface Transportation Infrastructure Design, Land Use and Public Health (Paper 4D-07) [90 KB]
Implications of Alternative Land Use Policies on Future Passenger Travel Demand (Paper 4D-08) [131 KB]
Evaluation of Species Protection and Wetland Preservation Strategies and Implications for Surface Transportation Infrastructure (Paper 4D-09) [62 KB]
   
Part E. Security and Emergency Management  
Evaluation of the System's Ability to Support Safe Evacuation of Citizens During Times of Emergency (Paper 4E-01) [74 KB]
Evaluation of System's Available Redundancy to Compensate For Loss of Transportation Assets Resulting from Natural Disaster or Terrorist Attacks (Paper 4E-02) [80 KB]
Evaluation of the Potential Use of All Modes in Evacuations During Times of Emergencies (Paper 4E-03) [142 KB]
   
Part F. Military Deployment Support  
Military Deployment Support: Evaluation of the System's Ability to Support Future Military Deployment Needs (Paper 4F-01) [344 KB]
   
Part G. Current and Future Traffic/Transit Operations/Performance Capabilities  
Evaluation of the Potential for Intelligent Transportation Systems Deployment and Operational Strategies to Increase Effective System Capacity and Safety (Paper 4G-01) [100 KB]
Evaluation Of The Potential Impacts Of Operational Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Technologies (Paper 4G-02) [219 KB]
Evaluation Of The Potential Applicability And Impacts Of Truck-Only Facilities (Paper 4G-03) [166 KB]
Evaluation of Potential Applicability of HOV, HOT, and BRT Lanes (Paper 4G-04) [73 KB]
   
Part H. Travel Demand Management  
Potential Impacts of Increased Telecommuting on Passenger Travel Demand (Paper 4H-01) [90 KB]
Potential Impacts of Flexible Work Schedules on Passenger Travel Demand (Paper 4H-02) [54 KB]
Market-Based Parking Fees for Employees and Other Parking Pricing Strategies (Paper 4H-03) [47 KB]
Potential Impacts on Transit Systems of Increased Demand Resulting from TDM Strategies (Paper 4H-04) [86 KB]
   
Part I. Advanced Materials, Asset Preservation and Aging Infrastructure  
The Potential of Advanced Construction Materials Techniques and Technologies to Allow Capacity Increases with Reduced Community Disruption (Paper 4I-01) [75 KB]
The Role of Asset Management in the Surface Transportation System (Paper 4I-02) [136 KB]
Implications of Aging Infrastructure on Long Term Preservation and Reconstruction Needs (Paper 4I-03) [153 KB]
   
Part J. Future Infrastructure Design Policies and Standards  
Implications Of Potential Strategies And Revisions To Infrastructure Design Standards To Improve Safety (Paper 4J-01) [118 KB]
Implications of Potential Revisions to Truck Size and Weight Standards (Paper 4J-02) [217 KB]
Benefits and costs of Potential Revisions to Transit Vehicle and Infrastructure Design Policies and Standards (Paper 4J-03) [104 KB]
Efficacy of Revisions to Infrastructure Design Standards to Mitigate Environmental Impacts (Paper 4J-05) [104 KB]
Future Trends in Vehicle Regulation (Paper 4J-06) [150 KB]
Efficacy of Changes to Design Policies and Standards to Accommodate Elderly Users of the Transportation System (Paper 4J-07) [94 KB]
   
Part K. Planning and Implementation of Transportation Infrastructure Projects  
Evaluation of Time Currently Required to Implement Rail, Highway, Transit, and Port Projects from "First Thought" to Operation (Paper 4K-01) [149 KB]
Evaluation of Alternative Approaches to Improve the Efficiency of Existing Processes and Reduce the Amount of Time Required to Implement Projects (Paper 4K-02) [51 KB]
Evaluation of Methods to Incorporate Projects with National Transportation Benefits Into Local Planning Processes (Paper 4K-03) [68 KB]
Evaluation of Methods to Engage Private Sector in MPO and State Planning Processes (Paper 4K-04) [49 KB]
Benefit-Cost Analysis In Public Sector Infrastructure Investment Decisions (Paper 4K-05) [66 KB]
Economic Impact Analysis in Public Sector Infrastructure Investment Decisions (Paper 4K-06) [143 KB]
   
Part L. Targeted Investments in Addressing Bottlenecks and Critical Corridors  
Evaluation of Core Capacity Deficiencies' Impact on "Crowding Out" Economic Growth and on Shifting Economic Growth to Outlying Areas (Paper 4L-01) [530 KB]
Implications of Investment in Corridors of National Significance (Paper 4L-02) [653 KB]
Implications of Investments Targeted at Reducing Highway Passenger and Freight Bottlenecks (Paper 4L-03) [190 KB]
Implications of Investments Targeted at Reducing Transit Passenger Bottlenecks (Paper 4L-04) [128 KB]
Implications of Investments Targeted at Reducing Rail, Rail/Highway, Rail/Port, Highway/Port, Rail/Barge, and Highway/Barge Freight Bottlenecks (Paper 4L-07) [526 KB]
   
Part M. Significant Systematic Changes to Transportation Infrastructure Capacity  
Review of Proposals and Alternative Concepts for Significant Systematic Expansions to U.S. Ports and Waterway Infrastructure (Paper 4M-01) [77 KB]
Comparative Global Performance Trends (Paper 4M-02) [200 KB]
Assessment of Integration of U.S. Surface Transportation Infrastructure with Global Trends (Paper 4M-03) [99 KB]
Review of Proposals and Alternative Concepts for Significant Systematic Expansions to the U.S. Highway Infrastructure (Paper 4M-04) [137 KB]
Long Term Transit Expansion Prospects (Paper 4M-05) [170 KB]
Review of Proposals and Alternative Concepts for Significant Systematic Expansions to the U.S. Freight Rail and Passenger Rail Infrastructure (Paper 4M-06) [181 KB]
   
Analysis of Alternative Financing Mechanisms and Institutional Options  
Part A. Advantages and Disadvantages of Alternative Revenue Sources  
Trends and Projections of Current Revenue Sources for Highways and Transit (Paper 5A-01) [180 KB]
Evaluation of Fuel Taxes as a Transportation Revenue Source (Paper 5A-02) [137 KB]
Evaluation of Motor Vehicle Fees as a Transportation Revenue Source (Paper 5A-03) [375 KB]
Evaluation of Tolls as a Transportation Revenue Source (Paper 5A-04) [77 KB]
Evaluation of Fares as a Transportation Revenue Source (Paper 5A-05) [138 KB]
Evaluation of Container Charges and Other Direct User Fees as a Transportation Revenue Source (Paper 5A-06) [146 KB]
Evaluation of VMT Charges as a Transportation Revenue Source (Paper 5A-07) [157 KB]
Congestion Pricing: Revenue Potential (Paper 5A-08) [450 KB]
Evaluation of Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, and General Revenues as Transportation Revenue Sources (Paper 5A-10) [71 KB]
Evaluation of Impact Fees and Value Capture Techniques (Paper 5A-11) [205 KB]
Traditional Debt Financing as a Transportation Financing Mechanism (Paper 5A-12) [92 KB]
Evaluation of Innovative Finance Tools as a Transportation Financing Mechanism (Paper 5A-13) [103 KB]
Evaluation of Tax-Preferred Investment Products as a Transportation Financing Mechanism (Paper 5A-14) [94 KB]
Evaluation of Private Investment and the Potential for Public-Private Partnerships for Highways, Transit, Freight Rail, and Intermodal Facilities (Paper 5A-15) [173 KB]
Overview of the Sustainability of Current Revenue Sources for Highway and Transit (Paper 5A-16) [163 KB]
Overview of Sustainability of Current Revenue Sources for Railroads and Intermodal Facilities (Paper 5A-17) [134 KB]
   
Part B. Transition Plan from Current Revenue to Potential New Revenue Sources  
Assessment of International Experience in Transitioning to New Transportation Revenue Sources (Paper 5B-01) [136 KB]
Assessment of Potential Challenges in Phasing In of New Financing Mechanisms for Highways and Transit (Paper 5B-02) [81 KB]
Assessment of Potential Challenges in Phasing In of New Financing Mechanisms for Passenger Rail, Freight Rail, Intermodal Facilities, and Other Modes (Paper 5B-03) [65 KB]
Identification of Alternate Approaches for Phasing In of New Transportation Revenue Sources at the Federal Level (Paper 5B-04) [61 KB]
Identification of Alternate Approaches for Phasing In of New Transportation Revenue Sources at the State and Local Levels (Paper 5B-05) [65 KB]
   
Part C. Alternative Future Federal Roles  
Evolution Of The Federal Role In Surface Transportation (Paper 5C-01) [320 KB]
Characteristics Of The Federal-Aid Surface Transportation Program (Paper 5C-02) [93 KB]
Development Of Future Federal Surface Transportation Program Options (Paper 5C-03) [125 KB]
Identification of Opportunities to Improve the Leveraging Potential of Federal Transportation Funding with Other Public Sector and Private Sector Resources (Paper 5C-04) [67 KB]
Current Mechanisms Through which the Federal Interest in Transportation is Exerted (Paper 5C-05) [113 KB]

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