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). 

Building and Measuring Community Resilience

  • Principal Investigator Gyanendra Chaudhary
  • University of California, Davis
The objective of this project will be to analyze and explore the current literature available on resilient transportation, especially with regards to climate change and extreme weather events.
Project Status
In Progress

Understanding the Role of Transportation in Meeting California’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Target: A Focus on Technology Forcing Policies, Interactions with the Electric Sector and Mitigation Costs

  • Principal Investigator Saleh Zakerinia
  • University of California, Davis
This dissertation presents novel methodological improvements to the CA-TIMES energy/economic framework, enabling a more nuanced view of California's transition to a low carbon transportation energy system, under different policy and technology assumptions.
Project Status
Complete

The Effects of Transportation Fuel Subsidies on Air Quality

  • Principal Investigator Khaled Kheiravar
  • University of California, Davis
For this research, the researcher proposes to evaluate the effects of transportation fuel subsidies on air quality using economic and econometric modeling. In particular, they will analyze the impact of the Iranian energy subsidy reform on air quality using a regression discontinuity design.
Project Status
Complete

The Economic Benefits of Placemaking: Transportation Implications

  • Principal Investigator Marlon G. Boarnet
  • University of Southern California
This white paper analyzes evidence on the economic benefits of placemaking efforts that prioritize pedestrian and non-motorized access and that, at times, reduce vehicle miles traveled. The researchers summarize evidence on how locally oriented placemaking efforts are associated with benefits that help boost local economies.
Project Status
Complete

We Can Get There From Here: New Perspectives on Transportation Equity

  • Principal Investigator Jonathan London
  • University of California, Davis
This white paper evaluates research and transportation planning practices in order to provide a shared foundation for equitable transportation systems. The researchers highlight key dimensions of transportation equity in order to facilitate collaboration among the public and private sectors.
Project Status
Complete

Climate Adaption for State DOTS and Local Agencies

  • Principal Investigator Lisa Aultman-Hall
  • University of Vermont
This white paper reviews the state of the practice and knowledge for climate adaptation processes at state departments of transportation and local transportation agencies. It also has interviews with stakeholders and reviews of recent literature.
Project Status
Complete

Assessing Transportation Financing Options from a GHG Perspective

  • Principal Investigator Debbie Niemeier
  • University of California, Davis
This white paper synthesizes the major transportation funding mechanisms currently being used or discussed in the U.S. and Europe, and characterizes the state of knowledge with respect to their ability to also enhance the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Project Status
Complete