Serial No. 113-80: The Future of Surface Transportation, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Research and Technology, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, July 18, 2014   [open pdf - 3MB]

"This is the June 18, 2014 Hearing on The Future of Surface Transportation before the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. The following is taken from the Opening Statement of Chairman Larry Bucshon: "The research and development activities at the Department of Transportation are vital to our nation's prosperity. These efforts support the critical infrastructure and enhance both our economic competitiveness and way of life. The pathway forward for these programs continues to present significant challenges for Congress. We need to ask difficult questions to determine how best to address the issues facing our aging infrastructure within the limitations of our current budget environment. […]Advancements in materials and technology, such as connected vehicles, autonomous cars, and positive train control, can help achieve long-term cost savings by reducing congestion, increasing economic output, reducing environmental effects, and improving the durability and lifespan of our transportation projects. It is therefore critical that we find a way to maintain a healthy, substantive research base behind our state and local transportation initiatives. Today's hearing will allow us to examine research, development, and technology priorities at the United States Department of Transportation and to understand the important policy issues regarding the future of surface transportation. In addition, this hearing will provide an opportunity to understand RD&T activities in surface transportation both at federally sponsored research institutions, as well as RD&T conducted by the private sector, and understanding how these advances are being utilized by state and local governments." It contains the testimony of the Honorable Gregory D. Winfree, Scott Belcher, John Maddox, Kristen Tabar, Christopher Barkan, and Troy Woodruff.

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