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Winter 2021 Newsletter
Congratulations to recent 
NCST award winners,
Amy Lee and Dr. Jamey Volker!

Jamey Volker
In December, Dr. Jamey Volker (UC Davis Postdoctoral Researcher) received the 2020 Charley V. Wootan Memorial PhD Award from the Council of University Transportation Centers in recognition of his dissertation, “Exploring the Changes Faces of Housing Development and Demand in California: Millennials, Casitas, and Reducing VMT.Congratulations, Jamey!
Amy Lee
This past November, UC Davis PhD candidate, Amy Lee, was named the 2020 NCST Outstanding Student of the Year! Amy's research focuses on the relationships between transportation and land use, particularly the impacts of policy and politics on urban planning, transportation planning, and ultimately travel behavior and climate change. Congratulations, Amy!
Dr. Jamey Volker and Amy Lee were also the inaugural recipients of the newly instituted Mary Nichols Environmental Policy Award. Named in honor of California Air Resources Board Chair and longtime ITS-Davis supporter, Mary Nichols, the award is given to an outstanding paper on environmental policy in transportation by UC Davis students. The winning paper, co-authored with Professor Susan Handy, titled, “Induced Vehicle Travel in the Environmental Review Process,” examines how transportation planners often ignore, underestimate, or misestimate “induced travel” effects.
Student Spotlight: Danielle Dirksen
This newsletter, we’re featuring a standout USC graduate: Danielle Dirksen!
Danielle Dirksen

Meet recent USC graduate, Danielle Dirksen, who earned her B.S. in Urban Studies and Planning this past December. Danielle is especially drawn to mobility justice, and she believes her time at USC’s Price School of Public Policy has trained her to be on the lookout for how planners and policymakers can work directly with the public to make transit more equitable. Danielle now interns with the Orange County Transportation Authority, working on Capital Projects Outreach. Her long-term goal is to become a jack-of-all-trades transit planner who is well versed in planning, GIS work, community outreach, marketing, and she hopes to dip her toes into the engineering side of things as well. Read more about Danielle and where her future might lead her.


Keep up the amazing work, Danielle!

Congrats to NCST’s Fall 2020 Dissertation Grant Awardees
Congratulations to our Georgia Tech and UC Davis dissertation grant recipients for the Fall 2020 cycle! Our recent awardees are contributing to research on transportation equity, land use policy, carpooling, ridehailing, and emissions impacts!
Amy Lee | UC Davis
Mark Lozano | UC Davis
Jai Malik | UC Davis
(funded by the PSR UTC)
Hongyu Lu | Georgia Institute of Technology
Tian Xia | Georgia Institute of Technology
Ziyi Dai | Georgia Institute of Technology
Diyi Liu |Georgia Institute of Technology
Upcoming Events
3 Revolutions Policy Conference 2021
March 3 & 4, 2021 – Online

Mark your calendars for the 3 Revolutions Policy Conference 2021! The 3 Revolutions (which are shared mobility, electrification and automation) together are mapping a blueprint for a sustainable and equitable transportation future. For this year’s conference, the organizers will be turning their heads towards Washington, DC, to focus on the federal and state roles in shaping policy to steer the 3 Revolutions towards a better future. Each day of the conference will include several deep dive sessions showcasing leading voices in sustainable transportation.
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10th Annual International Portable Emission Measurement Systems Conference
March 11 & 12, 2021 – Online

The Portable Emission Measurement System (PEMS) annual conference gathers leaders and top researchers from industry, government and academia to discuss the application and significance of PEMS in emission and fuels research. The theme of this year’s conference is "From the Laboratory to the Real World: Understanding Community Impacts".  Topics covered include the latest developments in compliant and non-compliant PEMS; the benefits of portable activity monitoring systems and prediction of in-use emissions; and new developments for on-road measurements from an international perspective.
Congestion Reduction via Personalized Incentives
March 11, 12pm PDT — Online 
Meisam Razaviyay  | Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
Ali Ghafelebashi | Ph.D. Student, University of Southern California

This webinar will discuss an alternative approach of offering positive incentives to drivers to take alternative routes. The researchers propose an algorithm to reduce traffic congestion and improve routing efficiency via offering personalized incentives to drivers. They exploit the wide accessibility of smart communication devices to communicate with drivers and develop a look-ahead incentive offering mechanism using individuals’ routing and aggregate traffic information.
Webinars On-Demand
Matthew Barth | Professor, University of California, Riverside
Nathan Mustafa (Guest Respondent) | Civil & Traffic Engineer, City of Riverside
Screenshot from webinar "Sustainable and Equitable Funding for Pedestrian Infrastructure Maintenance"
This webinar highlighted UC Riverside researchers’ efforts to develop an Innovation Corridor testbed for enabling research in shared mobility, vehicle electrification, and connected and automated transportation. Developed as part of the City of Riverside’s Smart-City initiative, this Innovation Corridor consists 
of a six-mile section of University Avenue between the UC Riverside campus and downtown Riverside, and supports various transportation modes including passenger vehicles, trucks, transit, bicycles, and various forms of micro-mobility.
NCST in the News
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With many states observing limits on in-person shopping, what can we do as individuals to limit the environmental and societal impact of online shopping? And even beyond this moment, how do we minimize the harm—or maximize the benefit—of online shopping to society and life on our planet? A recent post from Professor 
Miguel Jaller, Anmol Pahwa, and Seth Karten for the UC Davis Transportation and Climate Blog takes a look at what you can do to minimize the harmful environmental impacts of your online shopping habits. As Professor Jaller put it in a recent interview for UC Davis magazine, “Consumers need to acknowledge that just a click of their mouse has physical and environmental repercussions.” Jaller said in most cases, the faster we want our packages delivered, the more impact our orders have on the environment.
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Highway expansions increase average travel speeds on highways, which in turn reduces the perceived “cost” of driving and thereby induces more driving. How accurately do environmental reviews estimate induced travel from highway expansions?
a. Very accurately
b. Moderately accurately
c. Inaccurately 
d. Environmental reviews do not estimate induced travel from highway expansions
Sustainable Transportation Concepts:
New Mini-Lecture!

The NCST has a new addition to its mini-lecture series aimed at supplementing college-level courses with sustainable transportation-related material. The series is intended for undergraduate and graduate level college students and covers a wide variety of sustainable transportation topics.
Gentrification and Displacement Near Los Angeles Rail Transit Stations
USC Price School of Public Policy Professor Marlon Boarnet discusses how L.A. rail transit and other systems contribute to residential displacement and gentrification.
New Publications
Developing Markets for Zero Emission Vehicles in Short Haul Goods Movement
Genevieve Giuliano, Maged Dessouky, Sue Dexter, Jiawen Fang, and Shichun Hu | University of Southern California
Seiji Steimetz and Thomas O’Brien | California State University Long Beach
Marshall Miller and Lewis Fulton | University of California, Davis 
Screenshot of figure from report "Estimating the Costs of New Mobility Travel Options: Monetary and Non-Monetary Factors"
In this report, potential for zero emission heavy duty trucks (ZEHDTs) is examined via simulation modeling, case studies, interviews and a survey. Impacts of ZEHDTs on freight operations are assessed, and costs and benefits of using diesel, natural gas hybrid and battery electric vehicles are compared for 2020, 2025, 2030. The report also presents recommendations for promoting and increasing the market share of ZEHDTs and hybrids.
Instantaneous Hybridization Factor (IHF) Development for HEV Energy-Emissions Analyses Using Real-World, On-Board Data
Britt A. Holmén and Mitchell K. Robinson | University of Vermont
Screenshot of figure from report "Estimating the Costs of New Mobility Travel Options: Monetary and Non-Monetary Factors"
Past research has shown on-road emissions patterns unique to hybrid electric vehicles, indicating the need to account for them in emissions models. This work is to outlines a framework for development of new hybrid electric vehicle emissions models based on current knowledge of conventional vehicle emissions. 
Targeted Investment for Food Access
David C. Novak, James L. Sullivan, and Meredith T. Niles | University of Vermont
Screenshot of figure from report "Estimating the Costs of New Mobility Travel Options: Monetary and Non-Monetary Factors"
This project focused on modeling access to food locations by identifying the most critical roadway links in a transportation network. The researchers extended the Critical Closeness Accessibility (CCA) measure to identify the roadway infrastructure components that are most critical with respect to food accessibility. The modification of the CCA to address food accessibility can be used to support more targeted investment in transportation assets.
New Policy Briefs
Grid Energy Storage Assessment for Select Vehicle Electrification Scenarios
Arun S.K. Raju and Alexander Vu | University of California, Riverside
Road User Charge Administration: Lessons Learned from Fuel Taxes
Alan Jenn and Kelly L. Fleming | University of California, Davis
Environmental Reviews Fail to Accurately Analyze Induced Vehicle Travel from Highway Expansion Projects
Jamey Volker, Amy Lee, and Susan Handy | University of California, Davis
Alkali-Activated Materials are Promising Alternatives for Reducing Roadway Emissions
Kimberly E. Kurtis and Francesca Lolli | Georgia Institute of Technology
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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.
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Senior Program Manager
Mike Sintetos
Policy Director
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