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Revolutionary New Idea: The Land Ferry

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Land FerryCheck out this amazing new proposal from NDOT that could someday revolutionize long distance freight and passenger travel.  Dreamed up right here in Nevada!

Welcome new Planner/Analyst Angela Alter!

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Photo: Angela AlterPlease welcome Angela Alter to the Planner/Analyst positon in the NDOT Research Section.  Angela is a recent transplant from Tucson, Arizona. She has worked in a wide range of transportation functions ranging from calculating material take-offs, railroad operations, hazardous materials training, land-use planning and public participation.

What brought her up north? Alter says, “I’ve always enjoyed wearing many hats, so the variety of projects and programs here at NDOT were a big selling point. I hope my background will allow me to contribute to them all.”  In additon, she admits northern Nevada’s weather was a great appeal.  “A hundred days of more than a hundred degrees in Tucson had me hiding indoors. I was turning into a mole!” A former ski instructor in Washington State, Alter is looking forward to enjoying outdoors more. “I could even laugh when my second week here, I was being sprayed by the plows while putting chains on my car.”

Alter looks forward to exploring Nevada and would like to learn more about fellow NDOT employees’ favorite places and events. To share ideas or to discuss research results, please contact her at aalter@dot.state.nv.us or by phone at (775) 888-7223.


Transportation funding, the 2015 AASHTO Bottom Line Report

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2015 AASHTO Bottom Line Report

Fascinating discussion of this important report from guest blogger Gizachew Zewdu

Resource constraints and choice among competing uses has been, and continues to be, at the center of discussions concerning funding and budgeting.

The 2015 AASHTO Bottom Line Report outlines the future of transportation funding requirements. This report shows that “an annual investment of $120 billion for highways and bridges between 2015 and 2020 is necessary to improve the condition and performance of the system…” The report considers the likely impact of population growth and economic recovery on the rate of growth of annual vehicle miles of travel.

The $120 billion annual funding requirement is based on a 1.0 percent growth rate of vehicle miles of travel; if the rate increases to a 1.4 percent the required yearly funding increases to $144 billion a year.

On top of the $120 billion, an annual investment of $43 billion is needed for public transportation with an estimated 2.4 percent annual growth in transit passenger miles of travel.

The current level of annual funding for highways and bridges (2010) is $88.3 billion while the capital investment for transit (2011) from all levels of government totaled $17.1 billion.

The level of funding requirement described above (for 2015 – 2020) does not include highway operation investments, safety & security, and environmental mitigation costs for highways and transit capital projects estimated to total $10 billion per year.

Read the full report here.


820 ASCE e-books now available!

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The entire 820 volume ASCE e-book collection is now available to NDOT employees via the Research Library catalog.  This enirely full-text collection addresses all aspects of civil engineering and also includes ASCE’s popular industry standards.  Look for e-books when searching the catalog.  Click on the link to go to the full-text book.  It's that easy!



A list of of all 820 e-books is available from the Research Library catalog.


Research Library Joins OCLC

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Access to quality, reliable information is the key to success in any 21st century organization.  NDOT has taken a giant leap forward with its recent membership in the Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC).  OCLC is the premier library sharing organization with members spanning the globe.

NDOT employees now have access to this vast universe of information.  Whereas before our interlibrary loan opportunities were mostly limited to a handful of transportation libraries, now, with the press of a button, the Research Library can request materials from a vast array of libraries, including the largest research universities.

Transportation is multidisciplinary.  Employees today need access to information in ares as diverse as safety, water quality, human resource management, information technology and archaeology (to name just a few), along with the more traditional engineering subjects.  Many of these disciplines tend to fall through the cracks of the traditional transportation library.  OCLC interlibrary loan makes it possible to fill in these gaps and supply information relevant to the entire organization.

NDOT employees are encouraged to submit their requests for library materials to the Research Library.  Every effort will be made to locate and request these items.  Please include as much information as possible, such as titles, authors, publishers, page numbers, ISBNs, etc.

NDOT’s OCLC membership is made possible by our participation in the federal Library Connectivity and Development Pooled Fund Study.  Pooled Fund studies allow for great benefits, but it’s important to note that they are not free.  Like other Pooled Fund studies NDOT contributes funds to the Library Connectivity study.  NDOT is not required to take part in this study, in fact most states don't, but it does, I believe, as an investment in the intellectual capital of its employees.  So let’s make the most of this investment.

New Books! Fall 2014

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The Fall New Books List is here! 
Check out some of these great new offerings available now at the Research Library.  Wherever possible electronic access to documents is also included.
Some outstanding titles this time include:

  • Beginning SharePoint 2013 : building business solutions
  • Guide to design of slabs-on-ground
  • NCHRP 750 Strategic issues facing transportation, Volumes 4, 5 and 6
  • The NDOT Performance management report (online from 2008 to 2013)
  • Transportation research record 2403 Environment and sustainability, 2014.
  • The Zen Guides to InRoads

For more information please contact the Research Library.

NDOT Performance Management Report Now Online

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For the first time the full text of NDOT's Performance Management Report is now available online back to 2008
Performance management plays a vital role in NDOT's performance-​based decision making process. By ensuring investment accountability and transparency it helps deliver the highest quality projects possible.  The Report brings together crucial data from all NDOT divisions to help make this possible.