Winter 2018 Newsletter
Farewell Laura!
The NCST says a heartfelt farewell and giant thank you to our Policy Director, Laura Podolsky, as she moves on to her new position as representative of the four University of California Institutes of Transportation Studies. Laura joined the NCST in 2014 to connect the Center’s research to policy-makers and practitioners across the state and the nation. In this role she helped the NCST grow into a truly National Center by guiding the NCST’s research to meet the needs of stakeholders and spreading the word about the NCST’s mission.

We have big shoes to fill and we couldn’t have done it without you, Laura!
NCST 2017 Outstanding Students of the Year
Each year the US Department of Transportation honors the most outstanding student from each of the University Transportation Centers for their achievements and promise for future contributions to the transportation field. Congratulations to the 2017 NCST Outstanding Students of the Year!
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Joshua Morales received a B.S. with High Honors in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Riverside. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Riverside.

Hanjiro Ambrose is a fourth year, PhD Candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California Davis, where he also received an MS in Transportation Technology and Policy.
Events Highlights
3 Revolutions Policy Conference 
February 26-27 | 8:30 am - 6:00 pm PST
Location: Activities and Recreation Center, 232 Shields Ave, Davis, 95616
The 3 Revolutions Policy Conference will assemble leading transportation experts and leaders to explore how we can steer shared, electric, and automated technologies and services to a better future. Join us in moving beyond hype and hostility in considering how we can anticipate–rather than react to—environmental, economic, and social challenges and opportunities.   [More Information]
Past Event Highlights

Capitol Hill Research Briefing: Driverless, Shared, Electric: The Three Transportation Revolutions
January 8, 2018 | Washington, D.C. 
Speakers: Dan Sperling, Robin Chase, Giovanni Circella, Austin Brown, & Amitai Bin-Nun

This briefing from the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program, the NCST and the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy presented research insights from leading experts on key topics in transportation, and identified strategies for realizing the potential of the Three Revolutions while minimizing adverse impacts. The briefing emphasized the importance of getting flexible policy frameworks in place now and how collaborations across institutions will enable communities to stand prepared for revolutionary changes to our transportation system. [More]

Capitol Hill Briefing Spearkers: Dan Sperling, Robin Chase, and Giovanni Circella.
NCST Webinars
Considering Traffic-Related Air Pollution in Bicylcle Route Planning 
Spe akers: Kanok Boriboonsomsin & Ji Luo (University of California, Riverside)
Guest Respondents: Nathan Mustafa (City of Riverside), and Bill Nesper (League of American Bicyclists)

This webinar provides insight on how the inclusion of traffic-related air pollution can change the outcome of bicycle route planning.   [View Webinar Recording]
Impacts of New Mobility Services on the Use of Other Travel Modes in California
Speaker: Dr. Giovanni Circella (University of California, Davis)
Guest Respondent: Russ Brooks (Transportation for America)

This webinar highlights new research from Dr. Giovanni Circella that explores the factors affecting the adoption of new mobility services, how frequently these services are used, and the effect these services have on the use of other travel modes.  [View Webinar Recording]
Sea Level Rise Monitoring at the Local and Regional Scale
Speaker: Fraser Shilling (University of California, Davis)
Guest Respondent: Mark Risse (University of Georgia)

Sea level rise poses a real and significant threat to shoreline habitats and transportation infrastructure. This webinar highlights results and lessons learned from two shoreline studies and shares next steps for this work.
[ View Webinar Recording]
New Publications
Managing the Impacts of Freight in California
Genevieve Giuliano | University of Southern California
This research generates recommendations for the California Freight Mobility Plan on the most effective strategies for reducing frieght related congestion based on infromation from the two metro areas where most of the state’s freight activity is located, the Los Angeles and San Francisco regions.  [ More]

The Development of Lifecycle Data for Hydrogen Fuel Production and Delivery
Marshall Miller | University of California, Davis
This report addresses three distinct but related hydrogen issues: lifecycle analysis of renewable hydrogen pathways, the potential for hydrogen injection and distribution through natural gas pipeline infrastructure, and the potential demand for hydrogen from off-road transportation markets. [ More]

Cloud Forming Potential of Aerosol from Light-Duty Gasoline Direct Injection Vehicles
Georgios Karavalakis | University of California, Riverside
This project investigates the water-uptake of aerosols from gasoline direct injection vehicles using a mobile environmental chamber that has been designed and constructed to characterize secondary emissions, or emissions that have undergone atmospheric transformations.  [ More]
Development of Key-Enabling Technologies for a Variable-Blend Natural Gas Vehicle 
Chan Seung Park | University of California, Riverside
This research developed a portable and economic sensor for measuring Natural Gas fuel quality that can be used on Variable Natural Gas Vehicles.  [ More]

Truck Choice Modeling: Understanding California's Transition to ZEV Trucks Taking into Account Truck Technologies, Costs, and Fleet Decision Behavior 
Lew Fulton | Universiry of California, Davis
This project presents sustainable freight data and truck purchase decision choice models to better understand how California’s fleets will transition to low carbon technologies and fuels, especially zero-emission technologies such as electric and fuel cell trucks.  [ More]

White Paper - The Economic Benefit of VMT-Reducing Placemaking: Synthesizing a New View
Marlon 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.  [ More]

The Effects of Subsidies and Mandates: A Dynamic Model of the Ethanol Industry
C.-Y. Cynthua Lin Lawell | University of California, Davis
This paper analyzes the effects of government subsidies and the Renewable Fuel Standard on the U.S. ethanol industry.  [ More]
The National Center for Sustainable Transportation is a consortium of leading universities committed to advancing an environmentally sustainable transportation system through cutting-edge research, direct policy engagement, and education of our future leaders. Consortium members: University of California, Davis; University of California, Riverside; University of Southern California; California State University, Long Beach; Georgia Institute of Technology; and the University of Vermont.
 Lauren Iacobucci
Program Manager
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