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National Cooperative Highway Research Program 2014 Funded Projects

Recently, we received word that 11 HEP-supported projects received funding from the 2014 National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). The NCHRP's investment in these research activities is invaluable as our office strives to provide practitioners and the public with resources that will help them strengthen transportation planning and environmental decision making in their communities. HEP contacts are identified for each project, as liaisons either on the research committee or as a contact for our office, to stay in touch with the progress and outcomes of the research.


Establishing Application and Policy Sensitivity in Travel Demand Models - This research will develop resources for state transportation agencies and metropolitan planning organizations to help them evaluate the capabilities and limitations of their existing models with respect to specific policy and planning questions. It will also assist them in scoping model development or improvement projects so as to attain the desired policy sensitivity. HEP Staff Contact: Jeremy Raw, (202)366-0986.

Using Cell-Phone Tracking to Improve Travel Demand Models - Over 15 billion anonymous locations from mobile devices are generated every day from private data sources. Taken separately, anonymous signaling data do not mean much, but in aggregate, they form a detailed picture showing how groups of people move throughout the day. This type of data can help planners understand the regional and inter-regional travel patterns as they update and calibrate their next travel demand models. HEP Staff Contact: Elaine Murakami, (202)366-0986.


Developing Clean Truck Freight Corridors - This research will identify the most appropriate and cost effective technologies for reducing air emissions and fuel use for heavy duty diesel trucks operating along heavily used truck routes that serve as freight corridors. HEP Staff Contact: John Davies, (202)366-6039.

Integration of Freight Considerations into Smart Growth - This study will examine community development practices in urban settings that efficiently design for the coexistence of freight movement and the Smart Growth tenant of "walkable communities" and then create best practices and recommendations for proactive design and phasing. It may eventually be used by planners and decision-makers as a national best practices guide/reference manual for integrated urban design. HEP Staff Contact: Brenda Kragh, (202)366-2064.

Methods for Analyzing Environmental Justice Issues Related to Tolling Mechanisms - The research will: identify types of tolling proposals and other congestion pricing situations that trigger need for detailed analysis of effects on low income users; identify project characteristics that lend themselves to particular methods of analysis; provide a baseline for what has been done across the country and ferret out the key challenges regarding EJ/Tolling issues from the state DOT perspective. HEP Staff Contact: Brenda Kragh, (202)366-2064.

Streamlining Project Level Air Quality Analysis through Development of Combined Interface Software This research is to develop a new user-friendly graphic user interface (GUI) that runs both the MOVES and dispersion models for criteria pollutants and MOVES-only for greenhouse gases(GHG) and mobile source air toxics(MSATs). The GUI must be able to be updated when changes are made to either the emissions (MOVES) or dispersion (CAL3QHC, CAL3QHCR, AERMOD) models. HEP Staff Contact: Emily Biondi, (202)366-9482.

Improving Noise Regulation Implementation - A new research effort was launched in September 2012 to improve the implementation of the FHWA noise regulation found in 23 CFR 772. Three subject areas are the focus of the study: land use evaluation methodologies, analysis of noise barrier acceptance criteria, and opportunities for streamlining the noise study process. This research was just selected to receive funding to continue the next phase of the project. A technical work group comprised of state DOTs and FHWA will oversee the effort. HEP Staff Contact: Mark Ferroni, (202)366-3233.

AASHTO Standing Committees: Planning, Environment and Public Transportation - Two HEP staff members will guide the funding allocations of shorter term or "quick response" research projects, through three AASHTO Standing Committees. The HEP Staff Contacts for each committee are as follows: Planning and Public Transportation - Harlan Miller, (202)366-0847; Environment - Gary Jensen, (202)366-2048.

Updated: 6/23/2015
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