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Transportation and Climate Change Clearinghouse

Goal

To provide operating support and mode specific input Transportation and Climate Change Clearinghouse (TCCC). (www.http://climate.dot.gov)

Background

The TCCC is the focal point of a departmental effort to contribute information and participate more forcefully in the nation's efforts to address the long-term challenge of global climate change. The Center provides expertise to conduct research and to develop solutions that will reduce greenhouse gasses while also accomplishing other social goals assigned to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) by Congress. It coordinates climate change issues and addresses environmental issues and strategies with a broader view than the USDOT's individual programs. The TCCC also provides a standing analytical support capability for climate-related issues and other evolving departmental environmental considerations.

Summary

This effort entails four linked activities—research and analysis, policy analysis, strategic planning and center operations, and outreach and partnerships—which specifically address the following:

  • Research and analysis on climate-related topics.
  • Strategic planning and center operations, including budget development/planning and participation in efforts of the Steering Committee and its subsidiary bodies.
  • Policy assessment and leadership, including support for USDOT participation in domestic and international policy development related to climate change, the analysis of relevant proposals, and the development of domestic and international position papers.
  • Outreach and partnerships, including maintenance of the TCCC Web site.
  • Any additional activities in these areas that may be assigned by the steering committee.

The funding for the TCCC comes from annual USDOT modal administration contributions. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has contributed to the TCCC since 2003. FMCSA contributes to the TCCC to support USDOT activities relating to commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety and climate change. These issues include impacts on trucking operations and infrastructure as well as research on regulatory impacts that could affect FMCSA's ability to complete its mission of reducing highway fatalities. While the intersection of CMV safety and climate change is relatively small, FMCSA's modal contribution reflects the Agency's role as a minor but participating player.  Research topics of interest to FMCSA include analysis of weather changes to determine their impact on transportation safety, in particular impacts on roadway infrastructure and freight operations involving CMVs.

Outcomes

Continuous operating support to the TCCC.

Milestones

FY 2012: Interagency Agency Agreement (IAA) funds extended until May 2015.
FY 2013: IAA funds awarded July 2013.

Funding

FY 2013: $50,000 FMCSA Research
FY 2012: $50,000 FMCSA Research
FY 2011: $50,000 FMCSA Research

Status

Recurring annual funding up to date.

Updated: Monday, January 27, 2014