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The network - called COST 356 'EST, focuses on the definition of a measurable environmentally sustainable transport' – and aims to contribute to the development of methods to integrate environmental issues into the assessment and decision processes in transport planning and policy.

CST (2005), Defining Sustainable Transportation, Centre for Sustainable Transportation at

Envision is a sustainability rating system for national and international infrastructure projects:  the roads, bridges, pipelines, railways, airports, dams, levees, landfills, water treatment systems and more, components that make up our civil works.  It was developed by the Institute for a Sustainable Infrastructure with support of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Council of Engineering Consultants (ACEC) and the American Public Water Association (APWA).

USEPA (2011), Guide To Sustainable Transportation Performance Measures, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
It discusses the application of sustainability indicators in transportation decision-making, and provides specific examples of how metropolitan planning organizations have used such indicators for various types of strategic and project planning, investment decisions, and performance evaluation.

Health economic assessment tools (HEAT) for walking and for cycling, developed by WHO.

Henrik Gudmundsson (2003), "Making Concepts Matter: Sustainable Mobility And Indicator Systems In Transport Policy" International Social Science Journal, Vol. 55, No. 2, Issue 176, June 2003, pp. 199-217.

HUD-DOT-EPA (2010), Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities, U.S. Housing and Urban Development, Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency (

Indicators of Eco-Efficiency and Sustainability for Urban Freight Transport. This paper has been prepared as part of a ESCAP - ECLAC project on Eco-Efficient and Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Development in Asia and Latin America. The overall objective of the project is to promote the application of eco-efficiency in sustainable infrastructure development.

Kaydee Kirk, et al. (2010), Framework for Measuring Sustainable Regional Development for the Twin Cities Region, University of Minnesota Center for Urban & Regional Affairs and Center for Transportation Studies (; at

Measuring Transportation Investments: The Road To Results
The report, Measuring Transportation Investments: The Road To Results, evaluates how well U.S. states define and consider various performance goals in their investment planning. The research examines six policy areas considered important for evaluating economic value: safety, jobs and commerce, mobility, access, environmental stewardship, and infrastructure preservation.

PSUTA (2006), Indicators of Sustainable Transport, Partnership for Sustainable Urban Transport in Asia (; at

REFinement and test of sustainability Indicators and Tools with regard to European Transport,

SUMMA (Sustainable Mobility Measures and Assessment) is a European Commission (DG-TREN) sponsored project to define and operationalize sustainable mobility and transit, develop indicators, assess the scale of sustainability problems associated with transport, and identify policy measures to promote sustainable transport.

STI (2008), Sustainable Transportation Indicators: A Recommended Program To Define A Standard Set of Indicators For Sustainable Transportation Planning, Sustainable Transportation Indicators Subcommittee (ADD40 [1]), TRB (; at

Sustainable Low Carbon Transport: Definition, Goals, Objectives and Performance Indicators

For the first time ever the European Commissions is proposing a greenhouse gas emissions target for transport. TERM 2011 and future reports aim to deliver an annual assessment on progress towards these targets by introducing the Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism Core Set of Indicators.

The Guidebook for Sustainability Performance Measurement for Transportation Agencies by National Cooperative Highway Research Program in USA provides comprehensive overview of how to assess sustainability of transport agencies.

Todd Litman (1999), "Reinventing Transportation; Exploring the Paradigm Shift Needed to Reconcile Sustainability and Transportation Objectives," Transportation Research Record 1670, Transportation Research Board (, pp. 8-12; at

Todd Litman (2008), Well Measured: Developing Indicators for Comprehensive and Sustainable Transport Planning, VTPI (; at
Greg Marsden, Mary Kimble, Charlotte Kelly and John Nellthorp (2007), Appraisal of Sustainability in Transport, Appraisal of Sustainability Project (, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds (

The FHWA Transportation Planning for Sustainability Guidebook, developed by researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology, presents a range of sustainability practices, analytical tools, and supporting data being used in the US and internationally to incorporate sustainability concepts in transportation decision making. It also describes data sources and limitations for sustainability planning and evaluation.

TØI (2009), Indicators For Sustainable Urban Transport – State Of The Art, Norwegian Public Roads Administration (; at

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