All Research Products

The National Center for Sustainable Transportation's primary output from research is reports and white papers. Each project is also required to produce a Project Brief to summarize and highlight the policy and/or research findings and implications. NCST research also produces journal articles, conference papers, books, dissertations, theses, presentations, and posters. The NCST has also created various tools that can be used by policymakers and practitioners, such as models, calculators, and planning tools.

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.

The Impacts of Automated Vehicles on Center City Parking Demand, Congestion, and Emissions

Research Product Type
Policy Brief
Researchers at the University of California, Davis modeled the travel effects of changes in drop-off and pick-up activity and parking supply that might be triggered by widespread automated vehicle use in San Francisco’s city center. This policy brief summarizes the findings from that research and provides policy implications.

Intercity Travel for Metropolitan Access in Northern New England

Research Product Type
Research Report
This project studies travel from home locations in northern New England (Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts, excluding the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy Metropolitan Statistical Area), going to Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. The goal of the project was to perform more advanced spatial data re-tabulation to generate new mode-specific predictor variables, especially measures of air access using Federal Aviation Administration datasets.

Alkali-activated Materials: Environmental Preliminary Assessment for U.S. Roadway Applications

Research Product Type
Research Report
To increase the adoption of Alkali activated materials concrete for civil applications such as pavements, it is fundamental to analyze the existing literature to clarify the link between environmental and mechanical performance, identifying opportunities for applications that are tailored to the local availability of raw material, reducing transport environmental costs.