Arizona-specific Data for EPA's "MOVES" Model

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) released a new model for mobile source emissions called Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator, MOVES2010. This model replaces the previous EPA emission model, MOBILE6.2. MOVES2010 is used to estimate exhaust and evaporative emissions as well as brake and tire wear emissions from all types of on-road vehicles. After a three-year grace period which ends on March 3, 2013, MOVES2010 is required for all new regional emissions analyses for transportation conformity. The availability of the new model presents both an opportunity and a challenge for the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). The opportunity is that the sophistication of the model allows for a much more robust assessment of on-road vehicle emissions, provided that states have the local data and information needed to replace model default values. The challenge is that ADOT does not have the local information needed to optimally use the model. Running MOVES is a multi-step, data-intensive process; it requires specific datasets including those with vehicle registration information and travel activity data such as that from Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) and/or relevant travel demand model output. Since current ADOT mobile source data are generated mostly for the previous EPA model, MOBILE6.2, it is necessary to determine what processes are needed to modify current input data and develop the corresponding specifications to optimally run MOVES for Arizona transportation conformity cases. RESEARCH OBJECTIVES This project will result in a guideline document that will give ADOT an implementation plan to make optimal use of the new MOVES model. It will evaluate the essential local data needed to use MOVES, evaluate the degree to which ADOT has already collected such local data to run the prior model (MOBILE6.2), and evaluate gaps in available data and data processing needs related to using MOVES. In addition, this work will assess steps being taken by other states for developing their MOVES models, to identify whether there are opportunities to build on other state efforts to design MOVES-related data collection and processing techniques.


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    • Status: Completed
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Highway Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      Arizona Department of Transportation

      206 South 17th Avenue
      Phoenix, AZ  United States  85007
    • Project Managers:

      Kombe, Estomih

    • Performing Organizations:

      Cambridge Systematics

      555 12th Street
      Suite 1600
      Oakland, CA  United States  94607
    • Principal Investigators:

      Fincher, Scott

      Porter, Christopher

    • Start Date: 20120701
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20151231
    • Source Data: RiP Project 31969

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01500188
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Arizona Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: 724
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Nov 27 2013 1:00AM