An Electric Bus Deployment Framework for Improved Air Quality and Transit Operational Efficiency

Public transit, compared with passenger cars, can effectively help conserve energy, reduce air pollution, and optimize flow on roadways. In recent years, Battery Electric Bus (BEB) is receiving an increasing amount of attention from transit vehicle industry and transit agencies due to recent advances in battery technologies and the direct environmental benefits it can offer (e.g. zero emission, less noise). However, limited efforts have been attempted on the effective deployment planning of BEB system due to the unique spatiotemporal features associated with the system itself (e.g. driving range, bus scheduling). In this project, the research team proposes to develop an innovative spatiotemporal analytical framework and web-based visualization platform to assist transit agencies in identifying the optimal deployment strategies for the BEB system by using a combination of mathematical programming methods, geographic information system (GIS)-based analysis, and multi-objective optimization techniques. The framework will allow transit agencies to optimally phase in BEB infrastructure and deploy the BEB system in a way that can minimize the capital and operational cost of BEB system while maximizing its environmental benefits (i.e. emission reduction). The team will engage three transit agencies - the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), TriMet, and Riverside Transit Agency (RTA), with the first two already in the planning phase of BEB deployment - to evaluate the usability of the platform. The web-based visualization platform will operationalize the framework and make it accessible to transit planners, decision-makers and the public. The proposed project fits the NITC theme on increasing access to opportunities, improving multi-modal planning, and developing data, models, and tools for better decision-making. The research will help transit agencies develop optimal deployment strategies for BEB systems, allowing planners and decision makers to create transportation systems that better serve livable and sustainable communities.

Project

  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $329,940
  • Contract Numbers:

    NITC 1222

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Portland State University

    Urban Studies and Planning
    P.O. Box 751
    Portland, Oregon  United States  97207

    Utah Science Technology and Research

    Salt Lake City,   United States 

    Concord Engineering

    705 2nd Ave
    Seattle, WA  United States  98104

    University of California, Riverside

    1084 Columbia Ave.
    Riverside, CA  United States  92507
  • Managing Organizations:

    TREC at Portland State University

    1900 SW Fourth Ave, Suite 175
    P.O. Box 751
    Portland, Oregon  United States  97201
  • Project Managers:

    Hagedorn, Hau

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Utah, Salt Lake City

    Department of Geography
    Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84112

    Portland State University

    Urban Studies and Planning
    P.O. Box 751
    Portland, Oregon  United States  97207

    University of California, Riverside

    1084 Columbia Ave.
    Riverside, CA  United States  92507
  • Principal Investigators:

    Liu, Xiaoyue

    Wei, Ran

  • Start Date: 20181201
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200331
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01674846
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Institute for Transportation and Communities
  • Contract Numbers: NITC 1222
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 5 2018 1:55PM