FHWA Air Quality and Sustainable Transport Highlights

FHWA Air Quality and Sustainable Transport Highlights – July/August 52020

The purpose of this message is to inform you that the latest issue of the FHWA Air Quality and Sustainable Transport Highlights is now available.

The Highlights provide the latest news and information on transportation related air quality and sustainability activities, including information on transportation conformity, resiliency, and other related activities.

Items of interest in this issue include:

  • FHWA released the updated 2020 CMAQ Cost-Effectiveness Tables
  • FHWA recently announced the fourth round of designations for the Alternative Fuel Corridors program

Past issues of the Air Quality and Conformity Highlights are available at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/air_quality/conformity/highlights/

Past issues of the Sustainable Transport Newsletter are available at: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/sustainability/newsletter/index.cfm

I encourage you to share the Highlights with State and local transportation and air quality partners, and all who may be interested in transportation related air quality and sustainable transport issues. Divisions and the Resource Center are encouraged to email suggestions for items to be included in the Highlights to Victoria Martinez at [email protected] or Becky Lupes at [email protected].

Proposal on the ozone standard to publish 8/14/20

On July 13, 2020, EPA proposed to retain, without changes, the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone. The proposal is scheduled to be published in tomorrow’s Federal Register (FR), which begins a 45-day public comment period. Today you can view the proposal at this link: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/08/14/2020-15453/review-of-the-ozone-national-ambient-air-quality-standards

In addition, virtual public hearings will be held on Monday, August 31, 2020, and Tuesday, September 1, 2020. The EPA will announce further details on the virtual public hearing at https://www.epa.gov/ground-level-ozone-pollution/ozone-national-ambient-air-quality-standards-naaqs. Fact sheets and other resources on the review of the ozone standard are also posted here.

Starting August 14th, you can view and download the published proposal from this site: https://www.govinfo.gov/app/collection/FR/

New NUTC AVR – “Digitalization and Technological Innovation in Urban Mobility”

NUTC Asynchronous Virtual Roundtable | Reopening Our Cities

“Digitalization and Technological Innovation in Urban Mobility”

Cities are resilient. They adjust and adapt, but remain the center of economic, social and cultural activity. The virtual cloud is no substitute. As life resumes cautiously in most parts of the country, individual mobility levels are returning to pre-COVID levels. From wireless sensors to IoT, parking apps to integrated payment systems, and digital portals to e-government, digital technologies have been envisioned to make our cities smarter and more resilient. Can these technologies contribute to the return of work, school and economic activity as cities reopen with COVID-19 still a major consideration?

Please join NUTC Thursday, August 6th at 3pm CDT for the fifth ‘Reopening Our Cities’ asynchronous virtual roundtable (AVR), “Digitalization and Technological Innovation in Urban Mobility,” co-hosted by Northwestern’s Buffett Institute for Global Affairs and moderated by NUTC director, Professor Hani S. Mahmassani.

Reopening Our Cities AVRs feature transportation industry professionals working toward the safe and strategic reopening of cities and regional economies. The fifth Cities AVR will feature Brenna Berman, CEO & Executive Director of City Tech, Joshua L. Schank, Chief Innovation Officer for the Los Angeles County Metro, and Monali Shah, Strategic Business Executive for Public Sector at Google. Please click the Zoom link below on Thursday to watch their interviews and ask them your questions live.

NUTC AVR Cities 5 | “Digitalization and Technological Innovation in Urban Mobility”

THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020 @ 3:00 PM CDT

Click to join the Zoom:  https://northwestern.zoom.us/j/97873768232

Tweet w/ NUTC live:  @infoNUTC  #Cities5

Featured Speakers:

  • Brenna Berman serves as CEO & Executive Director of City Tech. Prior to joining City Tech, Brenna served in Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration. She served as the Chief Information Officer for the City and Commissioner for the Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) from 2012 to 2017. Prior to joining the Emanuel Administration, Brenna built a career promoting government innovation over 10 years at IBM, where she worked closely with government agencies in cities and countries across the world to leverage technology and analytics to improve the services they provide to their residents. Brenna earned her bachelor’s degree and Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
  • Hani Mahmassani, NUTC Director and the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation at Northwestern University, will moderate this asynchronous virtual roundtable. Dr. Mahmassani brings over 35 years of research, academic and professional experience in transportation systems analysis, network modeling and logistics systems. He also currently serves on the International Advisory Board of the Panama Canal Authority.
  • Joshua L. Schank is the first-ever Chief Innovation Officer for the Los Angeles County Metro and former President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation a non-profit foundation with the mission of improving transportation policy and leadership. Dr. Schank was Transportation Policy Advisor to Senator Hillary Clinton, and has worked with PB Consult, ICF International, the Office of the Inspector General’s in the U.S. Department of Transportation, and with the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City. He holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from Columbia University, a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in urban studies from Columbia University.
  • Monali Shah is a Strategic Business Executive for Public Sector at Google. In this role she drives the creation of ‘smart cities’ and mobility solutions that address the needs of public sector agencies. She previously served as the Director of Intelligent Transportation at HERE Technologies and led the company’s work with transportation agencies in the areas of smart cities, connected and automated driving, and traffic management. She started off her career as an environmental engineer and Six Sigma Blackbelt at Avery Dennison. Ms. Shah has a degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Michigan and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Thursday @ 3pm CDT – NUTC AVR – “Shared-Mobility & Micromobility in Reopening Cities”

NUTC Asynchronous Virtual Roundtable | Reopening Our Cities

“Shared-Mobility and Micromobility in Reopening Cities” 

Cities are resilient. They adjust and adapt, but remain the center of economic, social and cultural activity.  The virtual cloud is no substitute.  As life resumes cautiously in most parts of the country, individual mobility levels are returning to pre-COVID levels. How can shared-mobility and micromobility services contribute to moving people again as cities reopen their economies with COVID-19 still a major consideration? How do these services complement the role of conventional public transport at the metropolitan level? 

Please join NUTC on Thursday, July 30th at 3pm CDT for the fourth in a Reopening Our Cities series of asynchronous virtual roundtables (AVR): “Shared-Mobility and Micromobility in Reopening Cities”

This AVR moderated by NUTC’s director, Professor Hani S. Mahmassani, will lead a discussion on shared mobility services, featuring Sharon Feigon, Executive Director of the Shared-Use Mobility Center, Susan Shaheen, professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley, and Shin-pei Tsay, Director of Policy, Cities and Transportation at Uber.

NUTC’s new Reopening Our Cities AVRs feature transportation industry professionals working toward the safe and strategic reopening of cities and regional economies. On July 30th, join us for the fourth AVR by clicking the Zoom link below to watch interviews and ask your questions live.

NUTC Asynchronous Virtual Roundtable (AVR) Cities 4

Shared-Mobility and Micromobility in Reopening Cities”

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 @ 3:00 PM CDT

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://northwestern.zoom.us/j/91894085242

Join the conversation on Twitter:  @infoNUTC    #Cities4

Featured Speakers:

Sharon Feigon is the founder and executive director of the Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC), a nonprofit, public interest organization that works to address the environmental impact, accessibility, and cost of transportation by connecting the public and private sectors, building knowledge, and developing solutions that achieve shared mobility for all. Prior to her tenure at SUMC, Sharon was the CEO of IGO Carsharing, the nonprofit organization that started carsharing in the Chicago region. Before taking the helm at IGO, Sharon was the Director of Research and Development at the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT). She holds an MBA from DePaul University and a BA in Economics from Antioch College.

Hani Mahmassani, NUTC Director and the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation at Northwestern University, will moderate this asynchronous virtual roundtable. Dr. Mahmassani brings over 35 years of research, academic and professional experience in transportation systems analysis, network modeling and logistics systems. He also currently serves on the International Advisory Board of the Panama Canal Authority.

Susan Shaheen is professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley.  She is a pioneer and thought leader in future mobility strategies. She was among the first to observe, research, and write about changing dynamics in shared mobility and the likely scenarios through which automated vehicles will gain prominence. She is an internationally recognized expert in mobility and the sharing economy and co-directs the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California (UC), Berkeley. She has a Ph.D. in ecology, focusing on the energy and environmental aspects of transportation, from UC Davis and a M.S. in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester.

 Shin-pei Tsay is the Director of Policy, Cities and Transportation at UberIn her current role at Uber, she leads a team of issues experts that contribute to creating a sustainable, multi-modal urban future. Previously, she was the executive director of Gehl Institute whose mission was to make public life a driver of policy, design, and governance. Prior to joining Gehl Institute, Shin-pei was the deputy executive director of TransitCenter, a national foundation focused on improving urban transportation, where she led the study Private Mobility, Public Interest. She received a BA in government with distinction from Cornell University and an MSc in City, Space, and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://northwestern.zoom.us/j/91894085242