Projects

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The National Center for Sustainable Transportation funds a variety of research grants, organized by our four research themes (Environmentally Responsible Infrastructure and Operations; Multi-Modal Travel and Sustainable Land Use; Zero-Emission Vehicle and Fuel Technologies; and Institutional Change), and by project type (applied research projects, white papers / research synthesis, seed grants, translational projects, dissertation grants, and graduate student-led research). 

Repurposing Level of Service-Based Fee Structures for Vehicle Miles Travel Reduction

  • Principal Investigator Elisa Barbour, Ph.D.
  • University of California, Davis
This project responds directly to an identified Caltrans research need for a white paper that identifies some common level of service (LOS)-based fee structures and analyzes ways that the same structure can be applied to a vehicle miles travel (VMT) reduction program.
Project Status
In Progress

The Current and Future Performance and Costs of Battery Electric Trucks

  • Principal Investigator Lewis Fulton, Ph.D.
  • University of California, Davis
This white paper will review the key literature and estimates, attempt to understand the reason for differences and resolve these, undertake sensitivity analysis and a “final” robust analysis with conclusions about the best applications of BETs and where they may be very challenged to replace diesels.
Project Status
In Progress

Eco-friendly Cooperative Traffic Optimization at Signalized Intersections

  • Principal Investigator Peng Hao, Ph.D.
  • University of California, Riverside
The research team will build on past research to develop new cooperative traffic operation methods, methods that take advantage of not only infrastructure-to-vehicle communications, but also vehicle-to-infrastructure communications.
Project Status
In Progress

BikewaySim Technology Transfer: City of Atlanta, Georgia

  • Principal Investigator Kari E. Watkins, Ph.D.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
This project will develop a shortest path calculator that can identify the relative travel cost across routes for a case study subarea within the City of Atlanta.
Project Status
In Progress