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.
This policy brief summarizes the findings from and policy implications of work to understand potential users’ perceptions of safety and security risks posed by intertwined social and technical systems of e-SAVs and proposed a framework to advance research, policy, and system design.
This policy brief summarizes findings and provides policy implications from research that analyzed life cycle assessment literature to understand whether alkali-activated materials can achieve the same mechanical performance as Portland cement with lower CO2 emissions.
This policy brief summarizes findings from research that compared results from the NCST Induced Travel Calculator to the induced travel analysis completed for five highway expansion projects' actual environmental impact assessments.
This policy brief summarizes findings and policy implications from research that assessed the administration of the gasoline tax, including collection and distribution of revenues, to determine what barriers and opportunities might exist for a road user charge funding mechanism.
This policy brief summarizes findings from UC Riverside research that analyzed several scenarios using the California Public Utilities Commission’s Resolve power system planning model to understand how vehicle electrification, renewable energy standards, and GHG reduction goals affect California’s mid- to long-term energy storage needs.
Researchers at the University of California, Davis modeled the travel effects of changes in drop-off and pick-up activity and parking supply that might be triggered by widespread automated vehicle use in San Francisco’s city center. This policy brief summarizes the findings from that research and provides policy implications.
This brief summarizes findings from researchers at the University of Southern California who developed an optimization-based vehicle scheduling model that allows for a “street exchange” in which empty containers can go directly from importers to exporters without returning to the port.
Researchers at the University of Southern California developed a centrally coordinated freight routing system and ran several simulations to minimize the social costs of freight transportation, also accounting for adoption of electric trucks. This policy brief summarizes the findings from that research and provides policy implications.
Researchers at the University of California, Davis developed a decision support framework for local governments to assess life cycle greenhouse gas reductions and costs of Climate Action Plan strategies. The researchers demonstrated their approach by developing marginal abatement cost curves for two California counties, Yolo and Unincorporated Los Angeles, based on strategies from their respective Climate Action Plans. This policy brief summarizes findings from that research.
UC Davis researchers surveyed almost 150 city planning directors in California’s four largest metropolitan areas to better understand cities’ motivations for supporting transit-oriented development, the challenges encountered, and techniques employed in achieving their transit-oriented development goals.
This policy brief summarizes findings from researchers at the University of California, Davis, who collected state travel data and electricity demand data to run a model that identified optimal highway rest areas for electric vehicle charger installation and calculated how an increase in charging demand would affect the California electricity grid at selected highway locations.
This research brief summarizes findings and implications from the project where researchers at UC Davis sequenced entire genomes for 40 individual Anna’s hummingbirds (Calypte anna) from across California to identify breeding populations and develop a genetic toolkit to assign individuals to those populations. The presence of this species at bridge construction sites has resulted in construction delays in part because little information exists on the status of different populations within the species.
Researchers at the University of California, Davis surveyed residents and employees of the West Village area of the UC Davis campus during the three-month pilot deployment of a self-driving, electric shuttle to understand attitudes toward self-driving technology. This policy brief summarizes findings from that research and provides policy implications of self-driving shuttles.
Researchers at UC Davis drew upon a systematic review of vehicle cost calculators and findings from multiple user experience studies to articulate best practices for the user interface design of effective vehicle cost calculators.
This policy brief summarizes findings from research that examined the presence and behavior of animals at highway crossing structures to understand the effects of noise and light from a highway on wildlife behavior.
This research brief summarizes findings from a study in which researchers investigated the use of higher percentages of reclaimed asphalt pavement and asphalt roofing shingles as a partial replacement for the virgin binder in new asphalt mixes.