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). 

Improving Our Understanding of Fire Evacuation and Displacement Effects

  • Principal Investigator Debbie Niemeier
  • University of California, Davis
This research will improve understanding of the urban edge wildfire resilience by developing greater insight into three key mobility aspects of the Camp Fire disaster: communication, evacuation, and post-disaster residential location decision-making.
Project Status
In Progress

Life Cycle Assessment of Complete Streets: Case Studies

  • Principal Investigator John Harvey
  • University of California, Davis
The purpose of this project is to test the complete streets life cycle assessment framework by using it to quantify the environmental and social impacts of complete streets.
Project Status
In Progress

Quantifying the Effects of Vehicle Electrification Programs on Traffic Loads

  • Principal Investigator Hanjiro Ambrose
  • University of California, Davis
This study will explore the impacts of vehicle electrification policies on traffic loads in California. The white paper will provide estimates of how increased vehicle electrification could impact axle weights, average traffic loads, and pavement damages.
Project Status
In Progress

Cost of Plug-in Electric Vehicle Ownership: How the cost of ownership impacts the choice between conventional and plug-in electric vehicles

  • Principal Investigator Debapriya Chakraborty
  • University of California, Davis
This project will study the factors influencing the total cost of ownership and operation of Plug-In Electric Vehicles and how policies like CAFE and fuel/electricity price trends impact the comparative costs of internal combustion engines and plug-in electric vehicles.
Project Status
In Progress

Benchmarking Greenhouse Gas Emissions from California Concrete Production and Readily Implementable Mitigation Methods

  • Principal Investigator Sabbie Miller
  • University of California, Davis
Through development of necessary benchmarks as well as robust tools for assessment and improvement, this work will better inform the procurement of concrete for transportation infrastructure. Further, the tools developed will quantify potential co-benefits or unintended consequences to other environmental impacts.
Project Status
In Progress

Improving Our Understanding of Transport Electrification Benefits for Disadvantaged Communities

  • Principal Investigator Debbie Niemeier
  • University of California, Davis
This research will improve long-term sustainability by identifying how and why (or why not) transportation electrification (TE) projects align with regional and local transportation goals. The research will result in a deep dive case study that can serve as a template for evaluating future TE expenditures with respect to identifying and quantifying disadvantaged community benefits.
Project Status
In Progress

North American Micromobility Panel

  • Principal Investigator Dillon Fitch
  • University of California, Davis
This project focuses on answering research questions pertaining to what travel modes do people shift from when they use micromobility services, how frequently do people use micromobility services, how different are users and non-users in terms of attitudes and travel behavior, potential barriers for widespread adoption, and how variations in micromobility services differ in their appeal to users and in the attitudes of non-users.
Project Status
In Progress

Dock‐based and Dockless Bikesharing Systems: Analysis of Equitable Access for Disadvantaged Communities

  • Principal Investigator Miguel Jaller
  • University of California, Davis
The objectives of this project are to expand the previous work to evaluate the potential benefits of dockless systems to improve accessibility to disadvantaged communities, and to compare them with dock‐based systems. Specifically, the project will analyze the difference in service levels among dock‐based and dockless systems.
Project Status
In Progress

Projecting Risk of Highway Flooding Due to Sea Level Rise

  • Principal Investigator John Largier
  • University of California, Davis
This project will improve assessment of both overall probability and short-term forecasts for specific locations in the San Francisco Bay that are vulnerable to flooding associated with sea level rise.
Project Status
In Progress