Environmentally Responsible Infrastructure and Operations
Strategies to improve system efficiency usually also reduce energy consumption, GHG emissions, air pollution, and other environmental impacts for both passenger travel and goods movement. Strategies to reduce the carbon intensity of infrastructure often reduce overall costs and provide greater resiliency to commodity price fluctuations. The National Center will develop and assess strategies that reduce carbon emissions associated with infrastructure provision and systems operation. We will target better lifecycle use of materials and practices in roadway construction, maintenance, and operation. We will also target innovative Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) approaches that generate environmental benefits in addition to improving safety and mobility, including using information and communication technologies to create new mobility services, improve traffic flow, and motivate eco-driving.