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). 

Design the Future with Solar Energy: Solar Curriculum Project

  • Principal Investigator Beth Ferguson
  • University of California, Davis

The project purpose of “Design the Future with Solar Energy: Solar Curriculum Project” is to create solar curriculum for grades 6-12 that includes fun hands-on learning to inspire students

Project Status
In Progress

Advanced Energy and Emission Modeling for Electric Vehicles

  • Principal Investigator Xiaodan Xu
  • Georgia Institute of Technology

Electric vehicles (EVs), including hybrid-electric vehicles (HEV), plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle (PHEV), battery electric vehicles (BEV) and fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV), have been develope

Project Status
Complete

Real-Time Data-Driven Simulation Development to Test Connected Infrastructure Environmental Applications: A Case Study of North Avenue Smart Corridor

  • Principal Investigator Abhilasha J. Saroj
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
This research advances the ongoing development of a real-time, data-driven, transportation simulation tool for a connected infrastructure environment, capable of estimating two environmental performance measures: energy consumption and CO2emissions.
Project Status
In Progress

Modeling Framework of Population Exposure to Traffic-related PM2.5 and Environmental Equity Analysis: Case Study in Atlanta, Georgia

  • Principal Investigator Hongyu Lu
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
The exposure to fine particular matter of 2.5 μm or smaller (PM2.5) has been widely connected with adverse impacts on human health, but exposure estimation is often limited by a lack of high-resolution modeling framework, which is of crucial importance for quantifying inhaled particulate mass and in conducting environmental equity analysis. In this work, a modeling framework of population exposure to PM2.5 with high spatiotemporal resolution is proposed and applied to the region of Atlanta, GA for environmental equity analysis.
Project Status
In Progress

The Disruptive Role of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) as an Airport Access Mode: Evidence from California Airports

  • Principal Investigator Farzad Alemi
  • University of California, Davis
To understand the impact of transportation network companies on airport access, this project will conduct an online survey of air travelers and airport employees at several California airports to collect information on key factors affecting their airport access/egress mode choice decisions.
Project Status
In Progress

Intercity Travel for Metropolitan Access in Northern New England

  • Principal Investigator Muriel Adams
  • University of Vermont
This project studies travel behavior between non-metropolitan areas and large metropolitan centers, considering impacts on quality of life, multimodal planning, and rural economies. The project focuses on residents of northern New England traveling to Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.
Project Status
In Progress