Evaluation of Transportation/Air Quality Model Improvements Based on TOTEMS On-road Driving Style and Tailpipe Emissions Data

This research addresses a gap in knowledge at the interface between traffic microscopic simulation models and project-scale motor vehicle emission simulator (MOVES) modeling of vehicle emissions. To date, microsimulation models have not been calibrated and validated at the link-scale; that is, it is unknown whether the fine-grained (>1 Hz temporal resolution) vehicle dynamics (vehicle speed, acceleration) output of a microsimulation model is an accurate representation of real-world, on-road vehicle behavior at this time scale, and further, whether the microsimulation model second-by-second vehicle behavior can appropriately be used directly as inputs to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) new mobile source emissions model, MOVES, to give accurate tailpipe emissions. Given that March 2012 will mark the start of regulatory requirements for conducting Project-Level analysis for carbon dioxide (CO) and particulate matter (PM) in (National Ambient Air Quality Standards) NAAQS non-attainment and maintenance areas using MOVES2010, the current lack of best practices for calibrating traffic activity to MOVES emissions signifies a need for the proposed research.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $148835.00
  • Contract Numbers:



  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Research and Special Programs Administration
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC    20590
  • Project Managers:

    Aultman-Hall, Lisa

  • Performing Organizations:

    UVM Transportation Center

    University of Vermont
    210 Colchester Avenue
    Burlington, VT  United States  05405
  • Principal Investigators:

    Holmen, Britt

  • Start Date: 20120301
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130831
  • Source Data: RiP Project 29369

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01566201
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: UVM Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT06-G-0018, 026913
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 12 2015 1:01AM