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Partner Universities

National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology

Physical Address:

875 Perimeter Dr, MS 0901
Moscow, ID 83844-0901

Phone: 208-885-0576

Fax: 208-885-2877

Email: niatt@uidaho.edu

Transportation Research Institute

Physical Address:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering and Technology
Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0241

Phone: 757-683-3753

Fax: 757-683-5354

Email: mcetin@odu.edu

Physical Address:

L.C. Smith College of Engineering & Computer Science
223 Link Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244

Phone: 315-443.2545

Email: omsalem@syr.edu

Innovative Transportation Research Institute

Physical Address:

College of Science & Technology
Texas Southern University
3100 Cleburne Avenue
Houston, Texas 77004-9986

Phone: 713-313-7282

Fax: 713-313-1856

Email: yu_lx@tsu.edu

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Physical Address:

3500 Transportation Research Plaza
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: 540-231-1500

Fax: 540-231-1555

Email: hrakha@vtti.vt.edu

Daily Travel Feedback to Encourage Eco-Routing

Project Title

Daily Travel Feedback to Encourage Eco-Routing

University

University of Idaho

Principal Investigator

Mike Lowry, Kevin Chang, Ryan Cook, Brett Seely
U of I Civil & Environmental Engineering

PI Contact Information

U of I Civil & Environmental Engineering

Funding Sources and Amounts Provided

US Department of Transportation/TranLIVE — $39,994
University of Idaho — $39,994

Total Project Cost

$79,988

Agency ID or Contract Number

DTRT12GUTC17; KLK913

Start Date

8/25/13

End Date

3/31/15

Description of Research Project

“People are creatures of habit.” This cliché is especially true in terms of the four commonly recognized travel choices: when to travel (also called trip choice), where to travel (destination choice), how to travel (mode choice), and which way to go (route choice). When making these decisions, people are often unaware of other travel options or don’t realize the benefits from choosing differently. For example, some people might not realize that, for a particular trip, walking is actually a fairly feasible option. Likewise, people might not comprehend the personal savings in fuel costs or the benefits to society by choosing to ride the bus. Most people typically don’t know even a rough estimate of how much their travel choices contribute to vehicle emissions and fuel consumption.

This project will create tools to provide people daily feedback about their travel choices and investigate how the feedback changes opinions and behavior. The goal of this project is to help people make travel decisions that will reduce vehicle emissions and fuel consumption.

Implementation of Research Outcomes

Figure 1. GPS tracks of 53 study participants for one week.
Figure 1. GPS tracks of 53 study participants for one week.

Figure 2. Screenshot of data collection website.
Figure 2. Screenshot of data collection website.

Impacts and Benefits of the Project

Paper

  • Chang, K. Lowry, M., Seely, B., and Cook, R. (2015). “Usinga Responsive Interactive Program to Enhance Daily Travel Feedback” Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers. National Research Council, Washington, D.C.

Web Links

Final Report: UI_TranLIVE_FinalReport_Daily Travel Feedback

Keywords

  • Eco-routing

Partner Universities

National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology

Physical Address:

875 Perimeter Dr, MS 0901
Moscow, ID 83844-0901

Phone: 208-885-0576

Fax: 208-885-2877

Email: niatt@uidaho.edu

Transportation Research Institute

Physical Address:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering and Technology
Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0241

Phone: 757-683-3753

Fax: 757-683-5354

Email: mcetin@odu.edu

Physical Address:

L.C. Smith College of Engineering & Computer Science
223 Link Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244

Phone: 315-443.2545

Email: omsalem@syr.edu

Innovative Transportation Research Institute

Physical Address:

College of Science & Technology
Texas Southern University
3100 Cleburne Avenue
Houston, Texas 77004-9986

Phone: 713-313-7282

Fax: 713-313-1856

Email: yu_lx@tsu.edu

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Physical Address:

3500 Transportation Research Plaza
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: 540-231-1500

Fax: 540-231-1555

Email: hrakha@vtti.vt.edu