The NCST produces two-page Policy Briefs to help summarize and synthesize findings from its research and to highlight the policy and/or practice implications in an easy-to-understand, accessible style and format.
Researchers at the University of Southern California looked at case studies of ten distressed malls in California’s metropolitan areas to assess their potential for mixed-use development, including housing.
California has set goals for transitioning the freight sector to near-zero-emission and zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). California offers several incentive programs to encourage adoption of ZEVs, but purchase decisions are driven by complex factors beyond simple purchase price. Researchers at UC Davis deployed a stated-preference survey of fleet and carrier companies to collect information about vehicle purchase preferences and how they might be influenced by various incentive programs.
Researchers at the University of California, Davis conducted a review of practices in curbside management, and they conducted simulations to evaluate the impact of different management and design strategies on travel time, congestion, vehicle travel, and emissions in residential, commercial, and mixed-use neighborhoods in San Francisco.
This policy brief examines the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles in California between 2014 and 2016, both spatially and temporally, to gain a better understanding of the technology diffusion process and the effect of technology exposure, while controlling for sociodemographic factors and the effect of PEV incentive programs on PEV adoption in the state.
This policy brief assesses state and local Transportation Network Company taxes across the United States and develops a method of comparing per-ride and percentage taxes in order to the examine the likelihood of these taxes encouraging more sustainable travel.
The transition to electric vehicles (EVs) will rely, ultimately, on the participation of all vehicle buyers. Researchers at UC Davis examined whether the gender similarities in prospective interest in EVs witnessed in California extended to other states that, while generally supportive of California’s EV goals and signatories to many of California’s air quality standards had less supportive policy frameworks, fewer EV sales, and less EV charging infrastructure in 2014.
This policy brief summarizes findings from UC Davis research that examined how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the use of ridehailing and other travel behaviors among various sociodemographic groups.
This research brief summarizes the findings from University of Vermont work to develop a new parameter that could serve as the basis for future hybrid vehicle emissions models: the instantaneous hybridization factor.
This policy brief summarizes findings from recent research estimated PEVs’ total cost of ownership for the period of 2020–2030, their cost-competitiveness with conventional vehicles, and consequently the cost of electrification of California’s fleet of more than 30 million light-duty vehicles.
This policy brief summarizes findings from research that surveyed California PEV buyers 2–7 years after they first purchased their EV to understand whether they have continued to choose PEVs with subsequent purchases, and if not, what factors may have led to their discontinuance of the technology.
This policy brief summarizes findings and policy implications from UC Davis research that developed models for e-commerce demand, last-mile delivery operations, and cost and sustainability assessment, then applied this modeling framework to a case study in Southern California to evaluate the potential impact of these strategies under different delivery scenarios
This policy brief summarizes findings from UC Davis research that used life cycle assessment, a modeling tool for evaluating a product or activity’s environmental impacts through all stages of its life, to quantify the environmental performance of complete streets.
This policy brief summarizes interviews with stakeholders from 38 agencies and organizations throughout California on how they view the possible impacts of ridehailing and the policies that might best address those impacts.
This policy brief summarizes findings from research that reviewed the literature on property values, business sentiment, and productivity to understand how VMT-reducing place-making can help boost neighborhood economies.