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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). 

Integrated Modelling Program and TCO Calculator for Battery-Electric Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck Deployment in Regional Freight Use-Cases

  • Principal Investigator Caleb Weed
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
This study identifies heavily-trafficked freight truck routes of optimal distances in Georgia and quantifies electrification benefits for fleets operating on these corridors by integrating outputs from MOVES Matrix, the Argonne National Laboratory’s GREET Model, the Georgia Tech Fuel and Emissions Calculator (FEC), and other models into a web-based tool.
Project Status
In Progress

Dynamic Traffic Assignment vs. Frank-Wolfe Route Assignment Impacts on Emissions and Energy Inventories

  • Principal Investigator Michael O. Rodgers, Ph.D.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
In this research, the team will implement the Frank-Wolfe algorithm and dynamic traffic assignment model with the same travel demand model input data to generate two sets of travel paths and assess the energy use and emissions impacts of these two distinctly different traffic assignment algorithms.
Project Status
In Progress

Caltrans Sustainable Freight Academy

  • Principal Investigator Thomas O'Brien, Ph.D.
  • California State University Long Beach
This project will involve the design and implement two four-day in-person Sustainable Freight Academies for Caltrans during calendar year 2021.
Project Status
In Progress

Online Training for the Transit Industry

  • Principal Investigator Thomas O'Brien, Ph.D.
  • California State University Long Beach

In partnership with the Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium (SCRTTC, a consortium of Southern California-based community colleges and transit operators), CSULB expanded potenti

Project Status
Complete

Freight and Environmental Policy Case Studies & Videos

  • Principal Investigator Thomas O'Brien, Ph.D.
  • California State University Long Beach
In this project, CSULB will develop a series of case studies designed to evaluate the impacts of freight-related environmental policies. The team will then produce brief videos to accompany the case studies research, in order to reach a wider audience.
Project Status
In Progress

Simulating Bike-Transit Trips Through BikewaySim and TransitSim

  • Principal Investigator Kari E. Watkins, Ph.D.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
This research project links Georgia Tech’s newest shortest path calculator, BikewaySim, with the finished shortest path calculator for public transportation, TransitSim.
Project Status
In Progress

Survey of Northwest Corridor Express Lane Users and Non-Users to Assess Factors Influencing Observed Behavioral Change (Pre-Pandemic Increase in Freeway Corridor Vehicle Activity)

  • Principal Investigator Randall Guensler, Ph.D.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
This research will implement a commuter survey targeting at NWC Express Lane users and non-users to identify factors influencing observed travel behavioral changes, which includes shifts in commute travel routes and changes in shared ride activities.
Project Status
In Progress

Introduction to GIS High School Workshop & White Paper

  • Principal Investigator Thomas O'Brien, Ph.D.
  • California State University Long Beach
The CSULB Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) will write a white paper on introducing GIS technology to high school students. CITT will then develop the introductory GIS workshop for high school students with a focus on sustainable transportation.
Project Status
In Progress

Induced Travel Calculator Improvements

  • Principal Investigator Jamey Volker, PhD
  • University of California, Davis

Highway capacity expansion projects, involving the building of new roadways or addition of lanes to existing facilities, are often justified at least in part on their ability to reduce traffic cong

Project Status
In Progress