The TRC conducts research that supports the advancement of sustainable and alternative transportation options in all communities. 

CCRPC Bicycle Count Program Evaluation and Data Analysis

People ride bicycle on a busy street with a green traffic light. A sign read "Bike Lane Ahead"

Project Team: Gregory Rowangould, Rose O’Brien, and Eliana Fox

Project Sponsor: Chittenden Country Regional Planning Commission

This project will: 1) determine the progress that has been made on the CCRPC’s Active Transportation Plan since its adoption in 2017 and update the priority recommendation; and 2) develop a comprehensive bicycle count program for the CCRPC by reviewing and identifying gaps in existing data and reviewing best practices in bicycle data collection. 

Effect of E-bike Use on Route Choice and Bicycle Infrastructure Preference

Two people stand behind a red bicycle talking

Principal Investigator: Stephen Montaño

Project Sponsors: University of Vermont and Federal Highway Administration

This project aims to understand the differences in how Vermonters using conventional and e-bikes choose their bicycle routes, the types of trips they make on bicycles, how safe they feel while riding and their preferences for different types of bicycle facilities and street designs.

 

Effectiveness of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) at Mid-Block Crosswalks

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Principal Investigators: James Sullivan and Dana Rowangould

Project Sponsor: Vermont Agency of Transportation

Mid-block crossings represent an opportunity to improve pedestrian travel, but require a better understanding of their effects on pedestrian safety and the behavior of pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. The purpose of this research is to evaluate how effective RRFBs are relative to traditional mid-block crosswalks. 

 

Evaluating Equity and Effectiveness in Vermont's Electric Vehicle Purchase Incentive Programs

Electric vehicles are parked and charging in front of the Vermont State Capitol building

Principal Investigators: Parker King & Gregory Rowangould

Project Sponsor: University of Vermont

The project aims to inform the design of EV incentive programs, particularly in smaller and rural communities that have not been the focus of prior investigation and where the market penetration of EVs has been lower. The project will also contribute to a greater understanding of how incentive programs can be designed to improve program effectiveness and equity for lower income and rural households.

 

The Future of Rural Transit: Combining and Electrifying School and Public Transportation

A public bus with a bicycle on the front

Project Team: Peggy O'Neill-Vivanco, Cara Robecheck, Justine Sears, and Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur

Project Sponsors: Energy Action Network and Vermony Agency of Transportation 

The project team will research and design a pilot to purchase and deploy small electric buses to serve 1-2 of Vermont’s rural school systems and their surrounding communities. The project will also include a detailed study to assess the opportunities and barriers of combining services: evaluating right-sizing vehicles, optimal service routes, and fleet sizes, all while drawing from fleet electrification experiences in Vermont and other states. 

 

Value of VTrans Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis

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Principal Investigators: Jonathan Dowds & Gregory Rowangould

Project Sponsor: Vermont Agency of Transportation 

The purpose of this research is to improve the Agency’s ability to assess the value of external research projects with a specific focus on developing and demonstrating a qualitative assessment strategy that can be applied to all research projects.