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 aims to answer the following questions: what is the best way to measure individuals’ long-distance travel in order to inform planning and policy, and what factors are associated with long-distance travel and do they suggest inequitable access to intercity and more distant destinations?
This policy brief outlines the mechanisms by which automated vehicles may affect the environment through influencing travel demand, as well as the magnitude of these effects on vehicle miles travelled (VMT) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
This policy brief summarizes findings from the Climate Adaptation Planning Survey, an online survey of planners conducted in June 2015, that assessed the adaptation planning capacity, the adequacy of technical tools, and current preparation levels of local and state agencies as they focus their work on adaptation to climate change.
This policy brief summarizes findings from a project that created a tool to investigate the distribution of public health impacts resulting from the implementation of a regional transportation plan in the six-county Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) region.
This policy brief focuses on the changes in warehousing and distribution facility and employment location and uses measures of relative location to infer potential truck vehicle miles traveled impacts.
This policy brief summarizes findings from a research project which examined how natural gas infrastructure can be economically and technologically synergistic for natural gas and renewable natural gas in the near term.
This policy brief summarizes findings from the white paper that assesses academic research and transportation planning practice to provide a shared understanding of the definitions, challenges, and opportunities in the field of transportation equity.
Exposure to traffic-related air pollution is rarely considered in the process of bike infrastructure planning. This oversight can have negative impacts on bicyclists given they are directly exposed to vehicular exhaust and experience an increased breathing rate during biking.