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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). 

Passenger Mobility Scenarios for 2030

  • Principal Investigator Maha Ahmad
  • University of California, Davis
This research will develop plausible scenarios for land-based passenger mobility over a ten-year horizon leading to 2030, and evaluate potential outcomes and impacts.
Project Status
In Progress

Spatial Implications of Telecommuting in the United States

  • Principal Investigator Andrii Parkhomenko, Ph.D.
  • University of Southern California
The research team will create a quantitative spatial equilibrium model of on-site and remote worker location choice and transport demand in the contiguous United States in order to examine how the distribution of jobs and residents within and across U.S. cities would change if the 2020 surge in working from home becomes permanent, and what the effect on demand for commuting and freight transport would be.
Project Status
In Progress

Analysis of the Decision to Lease an Electric Vehicle and the Impact of Incentives on the Electric Vehicle Lease Market

  • Principal Investigator Scott Hardman, Ph.D.
  • University of California, Davis
Using a choice model, the project will identify behavioral differences between those who purchase versus lease plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), discuss how the characteristics of a vehicle technology influence the decision, and will investigate the impact of incentives on the decision to lease a PEV.
Project Status
In Progress

Coordinated Traffic Flow Control in a Connected Environment

  • Principal Investigator Petros Ioannou, Ph.D.
  • University of Southern California
This project will investigate how connectivity provided by vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle to vehicle (V2V) technologies can be used to develop traffic flow control systems that will enhance mobility and safety, and reduce queues at ramps with positive benefits to transportation efficiency and environment.
Project Status
In Progress

The Ridesharing Routing Problem with Flexible Pick-up and Drop-off Points

  • Principal Investigator Maged Dessouky, Ph.D.
  • University of Southern California
One of the drawbacks of ridesharing is the extra inconvenience to the drivers and passengers of excessive detours to pick up new riders. The research team proposes to develop an optimization-based solution procedure to solve this problem based on iteratively solving the routing and pick up and drop off points.
Project Status
In Progress