TRB Webinar: Preparing State Transportation Agencies for an Uncertain Energy Future

The Transportation Research Board has a very important webinar coming up on July 31, 2014 from 12pm-2pm CDT on Preparing State Transportation Agencies for a Uncertain Energy Future.

As the abstract below mentions, fossil fuels are finite and the long term future is highly variable.  Not only to plan around different (reduced) traffic demand but also on a reduced supply of fossil fuels for energy/gas.

To prepare, it is recommend to read Report 750: Strategic Issues Facing Transportation, Vol. 5: Preparing State Transportation Agencies for an Uncertain Energy Future

Webinar Presenters

  • Paul Sorenson, Cambridge Systematics
  • Evan Enerson-Hering, Cambridge Systematics

Moderated by: Lori Sundstrom, Transportation Research Board

Webinar Outline

  • PART 1: International and domestic automotive fuel and technology trends
  • PART 2: Drivers of the trends
  • PART 3: Results of scenario planning
  • PART 4: Decision-making methodology to identify a range of near-term, mid-term, and long-term policy and operational responses that state departments of transportation might choose
  • PART 5: Implications of the information for state departments of transportation
  • PART 6: How transportation planners can use the information in long-range plans
  • PART 7: Question and answer session

The first 90 minutes of the webinar will be for presentations and the final 30 minutes will be reserved for audience questions.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the relevant trends in vehicle technology, automotive fuels, and travel demand and how they may affect state departments of transportation;
  • Discuss how scenario planning and decision-making techniques can be used to respond to inherent uncertainty in long-range transportation planning;
  • Summarize the range of state and local operational and policy options that may exist for individual state departments of transportation; and
  • Explain how to incorporate the data and findings from the report into long-range transportation plans.

About Chuck Schoeneberger

Former forecaster at Meridian Environmental Technologies Inc (now a Interis Company), with a background in GIS and LiDAR, with other stints at GeoSpatial Services of Winona, MN and Aerometric (Now Quantum Spatial) of Sheboygan, WI. He is a weather technologist for public storm safety from a local to international level. LinkedIn Profile: His views are his own and not of his employer.
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