A Study of Driver Idling Behavior

This project will assess the benefits of reducing or eliminating idling by privately-owned vehicles (POVs) in Vermont by seeking data on the extent and seasonal variation of idling. The objectives of this project are to answer the following: (1) How much do Vermonters idle their privately-owned motor vehicles? (2) Are there seasonal variations in this idling behavior? (3) If there are seasonal variations in idling behavior, what are they? To support finding answers to these questions, the research team will instrument 20 POVs for two weeks in the winter months and gather second-by-second driving data to develop a comprehensive assessment of winter idling by POVs in Vermont. Summer idling has been measured in a separate project. A framework will be developed for understanding the types and locations of idling within routine travel and use this framework to measure the amount of idling by type in the dataset. Once collected, the data will be analyzed to determine how much efficiency can be gained by reducing or eliminating idling by POVs.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $38635.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Troy, Austin

    Aultman-Hall, Lisa

  • Performing Organizations:

    UVM Transportation Center

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

    Sullivan, James

  • Start Date: 20110701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20140331
  • Source Data: RiP Project 29079

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01566204
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: UVM Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT06-G-0018, 028008
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 12 2015 1:01AM