Spring 2018 Newsletter
May is Bike Month!
NCST professors and researchers ride with the UC Davis Chancellor at the 2018 Davis Leadership Ride. Cyclists tried out the new JUMP electric-assist bike share coming soon to the Sacramento area.
Events Highlights
Upcoming Events
Integrating Automated Vehicles on City Streets: An Interactive Planning Workshop
July 11, 2018 | San Fransisco, CA
NCST resesarcher, Caroline Rodier, will be leading this breakout session with William Riggs (University of San Francisco) and Melissa Ruhl (Arup) at the Automated Vehicles Symposium 2018 in San Fransisco. This interactive scenario planning workshop will explore how automated vehicles can be deployed in the city without compromising urban livability at the level of the street. [More information]
Past Events
Dynamic Energy and Emissions Management Workshop
February 15, 2018 | Riverside, CA
UC Riverside's Center for Environmental Research and Technology held its inagural Dynamic Energy and Emissions Management (DEEM) workshop to explore the concept of "geofencing" and how this can be applied to reduce tailpipe emissions, decrease pollutant concentrations, limit exposire to pollutants, and lower vehicle fuel consumption based on dynamic needs of the community. [More information]

California Air Resources Board Research Seminar: The Dynamics of Plug-In Electric Vehicles in The Secondary Market And Their Implications For Vehicle Demand, Durability, And Emissions
May 17, 2018 | Sacramento, CA
Understanding the development of the used plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market in California and identifying the factors that influence its future growth are key to achieving California’s equity, greenhouse gas, and air quality goals. Through a survey of used PEV buyers and an analysis of used PEV transaction data, this NCST study examined the status of the budding used PEV market in California between 2011 and 2015, including who purchased these vehicles and why, how used PEVs were utilized, and the role played by PEV purchase incentives.  [More information]

Commute Quality: Exploring the role of mode, location, and other factors using the UC Davis Campus Travel Survey
Speaker: Susan Handy, Director of the National Center of Sustainable Transportation 

This webinar reviews the results of an annual UC Davis campus travel travel survey, specifically examining factors associated with three commute characteristics that have direct ties to well-being: perceptions that commute time is wasted time, perceptions that the commute is stressful, and liking of travel modes. [View Webinar Recording]
New Research Publications
The NCST published many new White Papers and Research Reports these past few months! Check out highlights below and find all of our publications at  https://ncst.ucdavis.edu/publications/
New White Papers

Aligning California’s Transportation Funding with Its Climate Policies
Gian-Claudia Sciara | University of Texas, Austin
This white paper reviews California's allocation of state revenue for transportation, and recommends transportation investments that can help the state acheive its climate goals. [Read more]

The Effects of Ride Hailing Services on Travel and Associated Greenhouse Gas Emissions 

Caroline Rodier | University of California, Davis
This white paper identifies the range of possible travel effects, both positive and negative, on users of ride-hailing services. [ Read more ]

Travel Effects and Associated Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Automated Vehicles 
Caroline Rodier | University of California, Davis
This white paper reviews data on the environmental effects of automated vehicles, outlines how automated vehicles can change travel demand, and simulates the cumulative effects of scenarios with travel and land use models. [ Read more ]

New Research Reports

The Adoption of Shared Mobility in California and Its Relationship with Other Components of Travel Behavior
Giovanni Circella | University of California, Davis
This report focuses on how shared mobility is changing transportation demand and supply through analysis of survey with 2,000+ respondents. [ Read more ]

Are We Hardwiring Gender Differences into the Plug-in Electric Vehicle Market?

Kenneth Kurani | Unversity of California, Davis
The market for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) indicates the ratio of male-to-female applicants for California's Clean Vehicle Rebate averaged 3-1 ratio from 2011 to 2015. This report uses on-line survey and subsequent interviews to analyse why this gender gap exists. [ Read more ]

Developing Markets for Zero-Emission Vehicles in Goods Movement 
Genevieve Giuliano | University of Southern California
This report evaulates the market penetration of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) and near-ZEVs in medium and heavy duty vehicles in California intra-urban scenarios. [ Read more ]

Emissions from Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) During Real World Driving Under Various Weather Conditions
Heejung Jung | University of California, Riverside
This study estimated and compared emissions from two PHEVs with different combustion technologies, gasoline direct injection and port fuel injection, under cold weather conditions. [ Read more ]

Evaluating Environmental Impact of Traffic Congestion in Real Time Based on Sparse Mobile Crowd-sourced Data
Peng Hao | University of California, Riverside
This research developed a tool to evaluate the environmental impact of traffic congestion in an accurate, timely and economic way. Researchers used mobile data and traffic volume data in Los Angeles. [ Read more ]

High Impact Prioritization of Bikeshare Program Investment to Improve Underserved Communities' Access to Jobs and Services 
Debbie Niemeier | University of California, Davis
This research developed a spatial index that can identify potential bikeshare station locations in underserved communities, taking into account current infrastructure and increased job or essential service access. [ Read more ]

Introducing the Resilience into the State Transportation Network 

Xiaolong Wu | California State University, Long Beach
This study developed a model to calculate the reliablility of transportation networks and identify critical pathways of highway transportation networks in California. [ Read more ]

Sustainable Mitigation of Stormwater Runoff Through Fully Permeable Pavement 

Shadi Saadeh | California State University, Long Beach
This research tested two types of permeable pavements, porous asphalt and pervious concrete, for pavement distresses after 15 months of traffic. The data will be used to calibrate future pavement structural designs. [ Read more ]

Understanding the Distributional Impacts of Vehicle Policy: Who Buys New and Used Alternative Vehicles?
David Rapson | University of California, Davis
This paper analyzes the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market and the sociodemographic characteristics of purchasing households to see whether price descrimination and barriers to market access are higher in PEV markets for low-income and minority ethnic groups. [ Read more ]

Introducing: Transfers Magazine
Transfers Magazine is the NEW biannual magazine from the Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center, featuring condensed, accessible versions of peer-reviewed scholarly  research into a wide range of transportation topics. 

We invite you to subscribe to Transfers to receive the first issue. The inaugural issue features cutting-edge research from scholars on pressing questions for transportation policy:
  • Have millennials changed how we should plan for travel?
  • Where do skateboards fit into our idea of complete streets?
  • How much do distracted pedestrians impact traffic safety?
  • Can cities crack the code for better use of public garages?
This first issue also includes an op-ed from the NCST's Director, Susan Handy, where she discusses how cities don’t promote density for their own sake—they promote it to increase accessibility. [ Read 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 include the University of California, Davis; the University of California, Riverside; the University of Southern California; California State University, Long Beach; the Georgia Institute of Technology; and the University of Vermont.
 Lauren Iacobucci
Senior Program Manager
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