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The TAC Research Bulletin highlights recently-published reports and articles from around the world with relevance to road transportation in Canada. Full text links are included, so you get more than just the abstract.

E.g., 07/08/2020
E.g., 07/08/2020
Monday, April 20, 2020 - 13:45
Travel demand management (TDM) is being implemented in numerous different ways throughout the world, to address congestions issues and encourage modal shift. This research outlines some of the many TDM strategies being used internationally to provide insights of potential value for the New Zealand context. This information is presented through six city case...
Monday, April 20, 2020 - 13:45
With the increased use of electronic devices, distracted driving is assumed to be one of the main causes of crashes. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has demonstrated interest in addressing distracted driving. However, the real impact of distracted driving on traffic crashes in Illinois is still unclear because of what appears to be a lack of...
Monday, April 20, 2020 - 13:45
This “state of the practice” report evaluates and summarizes current methods of grade control at culverts with photographic examples of each type of culvert grade control.  It is intended to be used as a reference to help engineers in the preliminary design stage select the most cost-effective and constructible type of culvert grade control...
Monday, April 20, 2020 - 13:45
This study demonstrated that Type 2205 stainless steel strand can be used as a replacement for conventional ASTM A416 steel strands where an increase in service life is required.  The benefit and practicality of using Type 2205 stainless steel strand in prestressed piles were determined from two tasks performed in this study. First, a corrosion...
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 13:30
This document reports the results of testing to characterize the existing radio frequency signal environment. Specifically, the USDOT’s test plan sought to identify the interference impacts to transportation’s 5.9 GHz Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) operations from today’s unlicensed Wi-Fi devices (known as unlicensed national...
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 13:30
Individuals with autism represent a sizeable share of the U.S. population (almost 2%), and nearly half of those with autism have average to high levels of intelligence. However, available research shows that adults with autism have a much more difficult time becoming employed and living independently compared to both typically developing adults and adults with...
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 13:30
Researchers at California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH), a research and development program at the University of California-Berkeley, studied the potential benefits of cooperative adaptive cruise control (CACC) by deploying the technology in a platoon of three trucks. They built the CACC system and implemented it in three long-haul...
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 13:30
It can be expected that connected vehicles (CVs) systems will soon go beyond testbed and appear in real-world applications. To accommodate a large number of connected vehicles on the roads, traffic signal control systems on signalized arterials would require supports of various components such as roadside infrastructure, vehicle on-board devices, an effective...
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 13:15
This report describes the methodologies and datasets used to prepare a set of data reductions that supported analyses of speeding behavior as discussed in the Findings Report from the same study (Richard, Lee, Brown, & Landgraf, 2019). Importantly, it is intended to be a guide that provides helpful insights for researchers to use when navigating the process...
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 13:15
Speeding-related crashes continue to be a serious problem in the United States and attempts to address this problem through a variety of approaches have not led to a substantial reduction in speed-related fatalities. A better understanding of speeding behavior is needed to inform the development of new speeding countermeasures. To address this issue,...
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 13:15
Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno explored the feasibility of a self-sensing adaptive bridge bearing system. In this system, rubber bearings and sensors made of a magnetorheological elastomer (MRE) (or controllable rubber) respond to loads and vibrations through automated changes in stiffness. The system has a wireless, self-sensing capability that...
Monday, April 6, 2020 - 13:45
The objective of this research was to examine the link between driving speed and crash experience on roadway segments, taking into account roadway characteristics that influence speed and crash frequency and severity. A potential outcome of the research was improved safety performance functions that included a speed term or crash modification factors (CMFs)...

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