Evaluating Policies and Incentives to Reduce Vehicle-Miles-Traveled and Air Pollutant Emissions through the Promotion of Telework and Remote Services

Telework and remote services have been discussed for a long time as a potential tool for mitigating vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic changed people’s behaviors significantly and exacerbated the pressure on congestion and environment. Therefore, there is an urgent need to quantitatively explore the relationship between telework and reduction of VMT and GHG emissions. This research proposes an integrated activity-based dynamic simulation approach to address this need. A large-scale agent-based simulation model will be integrated with an advanced emission analysis model as a testbed to evaluate the impacts of telework and remote service policies on the reduction of VMT and GHG emissions. An optimal telework plan at the individual level will be obtained by an iterative optimization approach to support the decision-making process by Caltrans. Furthermore, broadband development and expansion strategies will be developed and evaluated as an incentive to promote the telework implementation. Other policies as incentives to telework, such as income tax credits, emission credit trading, etc. will be also evaluated, along with the broadband development, to further promote telework and contribute to the reduction of VMT and GHG emissions in the post-pandemic era.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $75,000.00
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      California Department of Transportation

      1227 O Street
      Sacramento, CA  United States  95843
    • Managing Organizations:

      METRANS Transportation Center

      University of Southern California
      Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089-0626
    • Project Managers:

      Brinkerhoff, Cort

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of California, Los Angeles

      Los Angeles, California  United States  90095
    • Principal Investigators:

      Ma, Jiaqi

    • Start Date: 20210901
    • Expected Completion Date: 20220831
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01775770
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: METRANS Transportation Center
    • Files: RIP
    • Created Date: Jun 30 2021 12:23PM