Exploring the Influence of Carbon Footprint and Health Benefits in Parking Location Decisions

In modeling the parking location decisions, traditionally, the cost of parking permit and walking time (factored with the value of time) are the only decision criteria. From the viewpoints of sustainability, parking location affects the carbon footprint of a trip. In addition, walking between the parked vehicle and final destination has health benefit. Therefore, the parking location problem may be modeled as a multi-criteria decision problem involving trade-offs between permit fee, walking time, carbon footprint and health benefits. The objectives of this project is to answer the Research Question: To what extent information of carbon footprint and health benefit influence the parking location decisions? This project will focus on students at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). The proposed tasks are: (Task 1) Conduct literature reviews on carbon footprint and health benefits of walking. Select a measure for carbon footprint (MCF) and a measure for health benefits (MHB) of walking. (Task 2) Collect data on campus to determine the MCF values and MHB values associated with different parking zones on campus. (Task 3) Develop a tool (e.g., Excel table) that will make the MCF and MHB information available to students (in addition to permit prices and locations) when purchasing parking permits. (Task 4) Apply for IRB approval. Conduct the survey. (Task 5) Analyze the survey data to evaluate the influence of MCF and MHB in students parking location decisions.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $96645
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:


    Washington DC,   United States 
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    The University of Texas at El Paso

    500 W University Ave
    El Paso, TX  United States  79902
  • Principal Investigators:

    Cheu, Ruey

  • Start Date: 20191001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210531
  • Actual Completion Date: 20210531
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01714123
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Transportation, Environment, and Community Health
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747119
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 20 2019 1:14PM