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). 

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

Streamlining the Development Process in a Post-LOS Los Angeles

  • Principal Investigator Amy Lee
  • University of California, Davis
This project analyzes the switch from level-of-service (LOS) to vehicle miles traveled (VMT) as a measure of significant environmental impacts. The researchers study how both LOS and VMT relate to development, housing, land use, and emissions.
Project Status
Complete

User Preferences of Bicycle Infrastructure

  • Principal Investigator Calvin Clark
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
This project used a survey in areas without a strong bicycling culture, with the intent to measure the preferences for cycling infrastructure among current and potential cyclists. Results could be useful in informing infrastructure investments.
Project Status
In Progress

Traffic Control Measure Impacts on Mode Choice, Energy Use, and Emissions using an Activity Based Modeling Framework and MOVES

  • Principal Investigator Yingping Zhao
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
This research analyze five promising transportation control measures: Parking pricing in the morning peak period, Doubling transit frequency doubling, Cent/mile congestion pricing, Implementing an increase in the gasoline tax, and Opting-in to California’s low emission vehicle (LEV) program.
Project Status
Complete

Building Stocks of Experience: How Beliefs About How You Can, Ought, and Like To Travel Influence Youths’ Current and Future Travel Behavior

  • Principal Investigator Calvin Thigpen
  • University of California, Davis
This dissertation studies how individual experiences and skills can inform one's attitudes and adoption of different travel modes. Specifically, the researcher focuses on how childhood bicycling experiences and teenage driver's license delays impact adult travel behavior.
Project Status
Complete

Mitigate “Bikeshare Desert” in Underserved Communities

  • Principal Investigator Xiaodong Qian
  • University of California, Davis
This project studies obstacles to implementing bike-sharing programs in underserved communities. Results could inform better bike-share access for such communities.
Project Status
Complete

Mode Choice Behavior for Game Day Travel

  • Principal Investigator Bingqing Liu
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
This project studies travel patterns associated with the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The researcher considers fan arrival and departure time, mode choice, and ingress/egress routes to determine more efficient transportation on game days.
Project Status
Complete

Long-Distance Travel and Social Network Geography

  • Principal Investigator Sarah Howerter
  • University of Vermont
This project studies long-distance and intercity travel behavior through looking at individuals' social network geographies.
Project Status
In Progress