Eco-Driving for Transit

Second-by-second data for school buses, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) transit buses, and Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) express buses, will be analyzed to identify potential emission reductions from eco-driving, including trip segments where driver training or electronic intervention can be applied. Results will be quantified and findings generalized to other routes. (1) The team will run the fuel and emissions calculator in a sensitivity analysis across bus technologies (conventional diesel, compressed natural gas (CNG), hybrid, etc.) to identify the operating modes and mode transitions that yield the highest and lowest fuel consumption and emissions. (2) The team will analyze 2010 Cobb County School District (CCSD) school bus data, 2013 Express Bus data, and 2014 MARTA data to identify drive cycle segments that include extended idle, hard acceleration, and high-seed operations which could be mitigated by drivers or technology to yield emissions reductions and estimate the emission reductions that can be obtained through elimination of these activities. (3) The team will analyze 2013 Express Bus data to identify the potential fuel consumption and emission reduction benefits from inducing supplemental flow smoothing after idle, hard acceleration, and high-speed operations are eliminated and then prepare a report documenting the findings.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $54871.00
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

    810 Atlantic
    Atlanta, GA  United States  30332
  • Principal Investigators:

    Xu, Yanzhi

    Rodgers, Michael

    Guensler, Randall

  • Start Date: 20131101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37412

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01553715
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC29
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Feb 20 2015 1:00AM