NTC Research Projects
[NTC2016-SU-R-12] Optimizing Highway Efficiency in Real-TimePI: Brian Wolshon
Ramp management is one tool commonly used to maximize freeway capacity by utilizing control devises (signals, signs, gates, etc.) to regulate the number of vehicles entering and leaving the freeway.
[NTC2016-SU-R-11] Trade Flow Implications with the Opening of CubaPI: Bethany Stich
The rapid reduction of barriers to trade between the US and Cuba coupled with completion of the Panama Canal expansion has implications for the flow of goods within the Gulf of Mexico.
[NTC2016-SU-R-10] A Model System for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Estimation and Green Policy EvaluationPI: Cinzia Cirillo
In this project we propose to combine an integrated discrete- continuous car ownership model and MOVES2014 to estimate households’ vehicle greenhouse gas emissions.
[NTC2016-SU-R-09] Stochastic Deployment of Emergency Vehicles Considering Sequence of IncidentsPI: Ali Haghani
An efficient control of emergency response units can greatly reduce injuries and adverse impacts.
[NTC2016-SU-R-08] Carbon Credit Estimation Tool for Sustainable Pavement ProjectsPI: Qingbin Cui, Lei Zhang
A life-cycle analysis methodology showed the use of cold recycling techniques can reduce carbon emissions by up to 84% compared to the most conservative estimate of emissions from Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA).
[NTC2016-SU-R-07] Protecting Global Maritime-Based Intermodal Freight Distribution Systems from the Impacts of Climate ChangePI: Elise Miller-Hooks
Many of the components of intermodal freight transport systems, as well as other rail and roadway system infrastructures, are by the nature of their designs and locations inherently vulnerable to rising sea levels, significant precipitation events, storm surges and consequent coastal flooding.
[NTC2016-SU-R-06] An Integrated Bus-Based Progression System for Congested ArterialsPI: Gang-Len Chang
Due to the high capacity of transit vehicles, the promotion of transit systems can help minimize the number of passenger cars in urban networks and consequently reduce the overall network congestion.
[NTC2016-SU-R-05] The Potential of Employing Connected Vehicle Technologies for Demand Management of Managed Lane FacilitiesPI: Yingyan Lou
In the proposed research, we will focus on the potential of employing CV technologies for demand management of managed lane (ML) facilities, with the goal of improving the ML efficiency and effectiveness.
[NTC2016-SU-R-04] Sustainability and Scaling of Urban Transportation NetworksPI: Zhihua Wang, Kamil Kaloush
Being the ultimate urban land connectors, malfunction or under-performance of transportation networks may in fact trigger the failure of other systems as these elements are inherently interdependent.
[NTC2016-SU-R-03] Economic Impacts from Challenges in Pavement Engineering in an Uncertain Climate FuturePI: Shane Underwood, Mikhail Chester
There remains relatively weak science for how climate change hazards can impact transportation infrastructure, the personal and commercial use of the infrastructure, the economic disparities that may occur from inconsistent geospatial and temporal influences, and how these impacts should be best managed.
[NTC2016-SU-R-02] Effect of Pavement Condition on Accident RatePI: Michael Mamlouk, Shane Underwood, Kamil Kaloush
Pavement distresses directly affect ride quality, and indirectly contribute to driver distraction, vehicle operation, and accidents.
[NTC2016-SU-R-01] Impact of Project Delivery Systems on the Long-Term Performance of Transportation Projects- A National Economic StudyPI: Mounir El Asmar, Shane Underwood, Kamil Kaloush
It is relatively unknown how alternative delivery processes affect the performance of the constructed materials, and hence the overall quality of the infrastructure component (eg., highway, bridge, etc.) and the long-term economic impact of that infrastructure.
[NTC2016-MU-R-05] Methods for Improving the Reliability of Transportation SystemsPI: Paul Schonfeld, George List
The reliability of transportation systems may be improved in various ways involving overall system design, the detailed design of facilities and vehicles, maintenance of facilities and equipment, routing, scheduling, traffic management, terminal operations, control of vehicle movements, provisions for reserves or slack in various system components, and preparations for contingencies.
[NTC2016-MU-R-04] Active Bottleneck Management on Freeways Through Connected VehiclesPI: Mecit Cetin, George List
To minimize congestion-related delays it is essential to ensure that the throughput at choke points is kept as high as possible while not compromising capacity due to incidents or irregular/turbulent traffic flow.
[NTC2016-MU-R-03] A National Model for Predicting Life Cycle Costs and Benefits of Intersection Control AlternativesPI: Daniel Findley, Mark Franz
This proposed project is designed to optimize the allocation of public funds for transportation improvements by creating a computational tool that enables agencies to efficiently compare the life cycle impacts of intersection control type alternatives.
[NTC2016-MU-R-02] Impact of Level of Service (LOS) on the Driver's Behavior on ArterialsPI: Behzad Aghdashi, Celeste Chavis
Improving mobility performance measures improves Level of Service and produces several other types of benefits.
[NTC2016-MU-R-01] Urban Transportation System Analytics and Optimization: A Sensor Data-Driven ApproachPI: George List, Xuesong Zhou
Sensor data, from vehicles and facilities, is revolutionizing the manner in which urban transportation systems can operate.
[NTC2015-SU-R-13] Accommodation of Bicyclists on High Speed Roadways in MarylandPI: Paul Schonfeld, Elise Miller-Hooks
This project will investigate bicycle infrastructure design options and related treatments to facilitate safe cycling along high speed roadways in Maryland.
[NTC2015-SU-R-12] Efficient and Effective Implementation of Alternative Project DeliveryPI: Qingbin Cui
This project aims to help develop a strategic and integrated approach on how to efficiently and effectively identify, develop, procure, and manage projects utilizing alternative project delivery methods.
[NTC2015-SU-R-10] Incorporating Freight and Trade in the Comprehensive Plan: A Megaregion Case StudyPI: Bethany Stich
This research will explore the freight planning challenges faced by one emerging megaregion, the US Gulf Coast and will assess disparate strategies for economic development.
[NTC2015-SU-R-09] Understanding Changes in Travel Behavior due to Managed LanesPI: Cinzia Cirillo
The main purpose of this research is to contribute to the literature on how to measure the effect of departure time and travel time reliability on travelers’ value of time and acceptability of HOT lanes.
[NTC2015-SU-R-08] intelliRoute: A Prototype Mobile System for Non-recurrent Congestion Mitigation Driven by Crowd-sourced DataPI: Gang-Len Chang, Yue Liu
This research seeks to develop a smartphone-based prototype system that supplements the 511 system to improve its real-time traffic routing service to state highway users and mitigate non-recurrent traffic congestion.
[NTC2015-SU-R-07] A System-of-Systems Approach to Creating Resilient Transportation Systems given Interdependencies with Other Critical LifelinesPI: Elise Miller-Hooks
This work develops a deeper understanding of the effects of interactions between critical infrastructure lifelines (including water, wastewater, power, natural gas, communications and cyber) and transportation systems.
[NTC2015-SU-R-06] Advanced Volatility Models for Improving Travel Time PredictionPI: Ali Haghani
In order to provide meaningful traffic information to both travelers and traffic managers, it is critical to develop accurate and reliable traffic prediction algorithms that not only reduce absolute value of prediction error but also take into consideration the uncertainty associated with travel time prediction.