Business and Commute Optimization System: Development and Denver-Based Case Study

Mitigating traffic congestion and reducing transportation emissions are among the leading goals of most local, regional, national and international agencies. Several guidelines rely primarily on strategies that support: (1) mixed land-use and transit-oriented developments, (2) multimodal transportation systems, and (3) design of active-transportation friendly environments. While these approaches have successfully contributed to the reduction of transportation greenhouse gases (GHG) and air pollutions emissions, this research proposes to implement an innovative system that can add further improvements and provide more effective and individualized action plans. Specifically, this proposal focuses on implementing an innovative system called, Business+ Commute Optimization System (B+COS) to identify the optimal selection of business commute alternatives to minimize negative environmental impacts, commute time, and cost for commuters in Denver and eventually USA. Pilot implementation among student commuters demonstrated potential GHG and air pollution emissions reduction of 24% with only 15 minute commute time flexibility.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $118000
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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
  • Managing Organizations:

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
    P.O. Box 6050, Department 2880
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108-6050
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Colorado Denver

    Department of Civil Engineering
    1200 Larimer Street, Room 3037
    Denver, Colorado  United States  80217

    Colorado State University

    Department of Construction Management
    102 Guggenheim Hall
    Fort Collins, CO  United States  80523
  • Principal Investigators:

    Clevenger, Caroline

    Ozbek, Mehmet

    Abdallah, Moatassem

  • Start Date: 20160504
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180731
  • Actual Completion Date: 20190312
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Source Data: MPC-510

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01598862
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mountain-Plains Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC38
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: May 5 2016 1:07PM