TRC Program Highlights

In addition to its research and education agenda the TRC hosts a number of other program initiatives.  The TRC is the host to the New England Transportation Consortium (NETC), a research cooperative between the state DOTs of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.  NETC recently executed contracts for four new projects:

  1. NETC 06-4 Preventative Maintenance and Timing of Applications
  2. NETC 07-1 In-Place Response Mechanisms of Recycled Layers Due to Temperature and Moisture Variations 
  3. NETC 09-3 Advanced Composite Materials: Prototype Development and Demonstration
  4. NETC 10-3 Low Temperature and Moisture Susceptibility of RAP Mixtures with Warm Mix Technology

NETC is also to convening Technical Committees to write the SOWs for four new projects:

  1. 07-3    Determining Optimum Distance for a Lane Drop Downstream from a Signalized Intersection
  2. 13-1    Development of High Early Strength Connections for Accelerated Bridge Construction.
  3. 13-2    HMA Mixtures Containing Recycled Asphalt Shingles (RAS): Low Temperature and Fatigue Performance of Plant-Produced Mixtures
  4. 13-3    Improved Regionalization of QA Functions

The TRC is also host for the US Department of Energy sponsored Vermont Clean Cities Coalition (VTCCC).  It will be holding two events before the New Year:

  1. Compressed Natural Gas Workshop for Fleet Mangers November 13, 2013 in Burlington.
  2. CNG, Propane, and Hydrogen Workshop for First Responders December 6, 2013 held at  Vermont Technical College, Randolph VT

Beyond these events, VTCCC has been closely working with UVM Transportation and Parking Services and UVM Office of Sustainability on proposals to fund electric vehicle charging stations on campus. 
The VTCCC intern Carson Casey has been working on a semester long market research project that evaluates environmental transportation certificate programs.  This research coincides with the efforts of VTCCC to develop the “New England Clean Fleets” program that will emphasize the use of alternative fuels.  This projects is a part of a multistate grant that brings together five New England Clean Cities Coalitions; Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Road Island, and Vermont.

In September, the Eastern Border Transportation Coalition (EBTC) contracted with the TRC to help organize and lead a strategic planning process and workshop for them after their Annual workshop on the Canadian-US Border: “Dynamics of Change.”   EBTC members work together to assist in the development of a seamless, multi-modal transportation network, which is secure, safe, efficient and environmentally sustainable.  EBTC Members are the Transportation Agencies of the U.S. States of Michigan, New York, Vermont and Maine and the Canadian Provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland & Labrador.  TRC Associate Director Glenn McRae is continuing to work with the group to advance the refinement of the organization’s plan.

TRB 2014 Papers Accepted

TRC students, staff and associated faculty

Carol Vallett (CESS), Glenn McRae (TRC), Michelle McCutcheon-Schour (TRC)

Bringing Developmental Evaluation Practices and Principles to the Transportation Education Development Pilot Program

Tyler Feralio, Britt A. Holmen (CEMS-TAQ

Effect of Drive Cycle and Fuel Type on Ultrafine Particle Number Emissions Model Input Optimization

Karen M. Sentoff, Britt A. Holmen (TRC, CEMS, TAQ)

Fuel Economy Benefit of a Hybrid-Electric Light-Duty Vehicle across Real-World Operating Modes

Eric Talbot (RSG), Bob Chamberlin (RSG), Britt A. Holmen (CEMS), Karen M. Sentoff (TRC-TAQ)

Calibrating A Traffic Microsimulation Model To Real-world Operating Mode Distributions

Lisa Aultman-Hall (TRC), Jeffrey LaMondia (Auburn University)

Defining Long-distance Travel and Implications for Travel Forecasting

Lisa Aultman-Hall (TRC), Jeffrey LaMondia (Auburn University), Elizabeth Greene (RSG)

Long-distance Work and Leisure Travel Frequencies: An Ordered Probit Analysis of Stated Preference Data

Kristine Harootunian (TRC), Brian H.Y. Lee (TRC), Lisa Aultman-Hall (TRC)

Odds of Fault for Out-of-state Drivers in Crashes in Four States in the USA

Nathan Belz (TRC-UAK), Lisa Aultman-Hall (TRC), Brian H.Y. Lee (TRC), Per Garder (UMO)

An Event-Based Framework for Non-Compliant Behavior at Single-Lane Roundabouts

Margaret J. Eppstein (CEMS), Donna M. Rizzo (CEMS), Brian H.Y. Lee (TRC), Joseph Krupa (CEMS) and Nadine Manukyan

National Survey Respondents as Agents in a Model of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Adoption

Dea van Lierop (McGill), Brian H.Y. Lee (TRC), Ahmed M. El-Geneidy (McGill)

Secure Investment for Active Transport: Willingness to Pay for Secured Bicycle Parking in Montreal, Canada

B.W. Gomez, Mandar M. Dewoolkar (CEMS), J.E. Lens (CEMS), C.C. Benda

Evaluation of design assumptions for structural backfill of abutments and retaining walls

TRC Staff updates (October 2013)

Zack Borst

Zack Borst has joined the TRC staff as an Outreach and Communications Professional.  He was most recently Regional Outreach Specialist at Vermont’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.  He has extensive experience in media development and services and graduated from UVM with a Geography Degree and background in Geospatial Technologies and Applied Design.

Laurie Eddy

Laurie Eddy is taking up a position as a Program Support Coordinator starting work with the New England Transportation Consortium and will expand to provide key support to a number of the Center’s programs.  She has a long history in similar roles at UVM, most recently with the James M. Jeffords Center for Policy Research.

Other Staff Changes

Two staff changed positions as Karen Sentoff who finished her Masters in the spring became a permanent member of our Research Team, sharing her time between the Transportation Air Quality Lab and other TRC projects, and Michelle McCutcheon-Schour, who after ably staffing the Transportation Education Development Pilot Program, became the new Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator as part of her work as a TRC Outreach Professional. Read more about the change here...