Publications

The National Center for Sustainable Transportation primarily publishes research reports, white papers / research synthesis papers, and policy/research briefs. NCST funding also supports the production of journal articles, conference papers, books, dissertations, theses, presentations, posters, and more.

Congestion Reduction via Personalized Incentives

Research Product Type
Research Report
With rapid population growth and urban development, traffic congestion has become an inescapable issue, especially in large cities. Many congestion reduction strategies have been proposed in the past, ranging from roadway extension to transportation demand management programs. In particular, congestion pricing schemes have been used as negative reinforcements for traffic control. This project studies a different approach of offering positive incentives to drivers to take alternative routes.

Longitudinal Analysis of COVID-19 Impacts on Mobility: An Early Snapshot of the Emerging Changes in Travel Behavior

Research Product Type
Associated Publication
The research team found substantial shifts from physical commutes to teleworking, more adoption of e-14 shopping and home delivery services, more frequent trips by walking and biking for leisure purposes, and 15 changes in ride-hailing use. Also, the research team discusses implications of these findings from the perspectives of 16 environmental sustainability and social equity. This study concludes with suggestions of directions for 17 effective policy and future research.

The Induced Travel Calculator and Its Applications

Research Product Type
Associated Publication

The National Center for Sustainable Transportation’s Induced Travel Calculator (Calculator) has generated substantial interest in the professional community as a method for estimating the additiona

Targeted Investment for Food Access

Research Product Type
Research Report
This project focuses on modeling access to food locations by identifying the most critical roadway links in a transportation network. The project also provides a unique method for estimating household-level vulnerability characteristics using population synthesis.

Road User Charge Administration: Lessons Learned from Fuel Taxes

Research Product Type
Policy Brief
This policy brief summarizes findings and policy implications from research that assessed the administration of the gasoline tax, including collection and distribution of revenues, to determine what barriers and opportunities might exist for a road user charge funding mechanism.

Grid Energy Storage Assessment for Select Vehicle Electrification Scenarios

Research Product Type
Policy Brief
This policy brief summarizes findings from UC Riverside research that analyzed several scenarios using the California Public Utilities Commission’s Resolve power system planning model to understand how vehicle electrification, renewable energy standards, and GHG reduction goals affect California’s mid- to long-term energy storage needs.