Syntheses of Best Practices
Best Practice Compendia are technical documents that provide information on a particular subject, providing examples of techniques, tools, or policies that are available to deal with specific problems and often illustrated with supporting case studies. The following are currently available, in order of date of release:
- Syntheses of Best Practices - Road Salt Management (2013)
1.0 - Salt Management Plans
2.0 - Training
3.0 - Road, Bridge and Facility Design
4.0 - Drainage
5.0 - Pavements and Salt Management
6.0 - Vegetation Management
7.0 - Design and Operation of Maintenance Yards
8.0 - Snow Storage and Disposal
9.0 - Winter Maintenance Equipment and Technologies
10.0 - Salt use of Private Roads, Parking Lots and Walkways
11.0 - Success in Road Salt Management: Case Studies
- Synthesis of Practice No. 1 - Environmental Assessment Procedures in Canada and their Implications for Transportation (1994)
This report discusses the Environmental Assessment (EA) process in Canada, its evolution, common principles and practices, and current issues with respect to the application of EA legislation.
- Synthesis of Practice No. 2 - Highway Finance Theory and Practice
This synthesis of practice looks at highway finance theory and practice in developed countries.
- Synthesis of Practice No. 3 - Survey of the Use of Highway Cost Allocation in Road Pricing Decisions
This synthesis documents the large volume of cost allocation activity which has occurred in the U.S. and summarizes the methodologies, results, and impacts of the state and federal studies. It compares the sources and level of road user charges by state, making comparisons between states which do and do not carry out highway cost allocation studies. These comparisons address fuel taxes, charges levied on heavy trucks, the use of toll facilities and the degree of reliance on dedicated funding.
- Synthesis of Practice No. 4 - Performance Evaluation Mechanisms for Transportation Research Programs
This work determines what evaluation practices are used to assess research and development (R&D) projects and the degree of satisfaction engendered by these methods. It provides some 'how to' information on evaluating the impacts of transportation-related R&D. Examples of the application of user surveys, cost-benefit methods, case studies, and performance indicators for evaluation transportation-related R&D are included.
- Synthesis of Practice No. 5 - Transportation Construction and
Maintenance and Protection of Fish Habitat
This Synthesis of Practice is intended to guide transportation professionals through the life cycle of a stream crossing from planning to operation and maintenance of the completed structure. The focus of the document is stream crossings, but the general principles also apply to work in and near lakes and wetlands. The Synthesis of Practice outlines legislation and regulatory processes applicable to stream crossings, describes the integration of fish habitat considerations and regulatory approval applications into the planning and design process, and summarizes best management practices for mitigating adverse effects on fish and fish habitat.
- Synthesis of Practice No. 6 - Intelligent Transportation Systems and Roadway Capacity Study
This publication provides a synthesis of ITS benefit and cost information enabling Canadian transportation authorities to make rational investment decisions when considering ITS and other conventional approaches to congestion management.
- Synthesis of Practice No. 7 - Census Place of Work/Modal Choice Variables
The publication summarizes best practices for the use of the place of work and modal choice variables collected in the Census of Canada and draws from related experience in this country, the United States and Australia.
- Synthesis of Practice No. 8 - Best Practices for the Implementation
of Shoulder and Centreline Rumble Strips
A number of Canadian provinces have developed guidelines and policies for the implementation of shoulder rumble strips. Alberta has implemented centreline rumble strips. This document provides a summary of current practices and would be of particular use to agencies looking to develop local guidelines and policies. For ease of use, the Executive Summary has been designed to be a quick reference tool, providing an overview of the best practices and key recommendations.