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When misconceptions impede best practices: evidence supports biological control of invasive Phragmites

Development of a biological control program for invasive Phagmites australis australis in North America required 20 years of careful research, and consideration of management alternatives. A recent paper by Kiviat et al. (Biol Invasions 21:2529–2541, 2019. 019-02014-9) articulates opposition to this biocontrol program and questions the ethics and thoroughness of the researchers. Here we address inaccuracies and misleading statements presented in Kiviat et al.

Utilizing Digital Exhaust from Smartphone Applications for Transportation Planning, Continuous Measurement, and Market Analysis

The goal of this project was to take a critical look at how new technologies used by transit riders can transform transportation, particularly to assess what riders do after they obtain travel information. The smartphone application, Transit App, which provides real-time transit and shared mobility information, was used in this research. The Transit App dataset has the potential to demonstrate how real-time travel information can be used to improve transportation evaluation and planning.

Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Drivers: Making Highways Safer for Everyone

One of the primary goals of USDOT is to make the U.S. transportation system the safest In the world. In order to fulfill this goal, it is important to understand how to improve highway safety for all users – including those users that may have different sensory inputs than the general population. In fact, some highway users belong to groups with special needs that have not been studied previously. The purpose of this research was to initiate collection of knowledge regarding deaf and hard of hearing drivers.

An Examination of Commercial Vehicle Access to Residential Buildings in New York City

Recent growth in ecommerce has quickly impacted the distribution of parcel deliveries in urban areas, with residential deliveries accounting for a rapidly growing share of freight movement. Through field observation and development of a simulation model, this study aims to investigate the characteristics of parcel delivery activity in a heavily residential area of Manhattan, New York City, and to investigate the expected traffic impacts of double parking parcel delivery vehicles.

Spectral-based Controllability Pedestrian Evacuation Network Synthesis Using Multilayered Estimation Models in Real-time

The high uncertainty associated with emergency situations such as blasts, fires, and structural failures makes it extremely difficult to develop evacuation plans that can accommodate in advance every possible systematic failure that may occur in the predetermined tenable evacuation paths. The unpredictability of human decision making under stress adds to the complexity of the problem. It is important to build evacuation paths in real-time.

Crowdshipping: Evaluating its Impacts on Travel Behavior

The rapid emergence of direct-to-home delivery models has quickly changed the spatial and temporal distribution of both individual travelers’ trips and of urban goods movements. A growing number of household and consumer products now being delivered directly to homes rather than being picked up in retail stores. For commercial carriers, this new last-mile is often expensive, as small shipments must be moved to geographically dispersed residences, often within increasingly constrained time windows.

Evaluation of Light Emitting Surface and Light Emitting Diode Roadway Luminaires

In the present study, roadway luminaires using light emitting surface (LES) technology were compared in terms of photometric performance to roadway luminaires using high pressure sodium (HPS) lamps and light emitting diode (LED) sources. Measurements of light output and electrical power use revealed that the LES luminaires performed similar to the high end of the range of LED luminaires used for comparison. Spectral metrics were similar to those of LED luminaires with the same correlated color temperature (CCT).

Traveler Information Application for Route 1 and Route 18 Corridors

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) created this project as a means to develop a hands-free Mobile Application (app) platform to aid travelers by offering travel information that utilizes the data it currently collects from its real-time transportation information systems and includes additional travel related information such as transit and shuttle schedules and availability of parking.

Traveler Information Application for Route 1 and Route 18 Corridors

The final product of this research is an enhanced Mobile Application platform that receives travel time information, parking information and transit/shuttle schedule information in real time for the Routes 1 (from I-295 to Garden State Parkway) and 18 (from New Jersey Turnpike to Rutgers University – Piscataway, NJ) corridors, specific to certain destinations such as colleges and/or large employment destinations. The application enhancements were designed so that other corridors and/or destinations could be added to the system by the owner of the application.

Tragedy in Schoharie, New York, and Stretch Limousine Regulatory Reform

A tragic limousine crash took the lives of 20 people in Schoharie, New York, in 2018. As the small town mourns the loss of life from one of the deadliest transportation disasters in almost a decade, policy makers across the United States may be reexamining the regulations surrounding stretch limousines to ensure more uniform and heightened safety laws and protocols are in place. This article will explore the implications of this high-profile

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