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STATUS: In Progress YEAR: 2021 TOPIC AREA: Sustainability, energy, and health Transportation planning, policy, and finance CENTER: PSR

Evaluating Policies and Incentives to Reduce Vehicle-Miles-Traveled and Air Pollutant Emissions through the Promotion of Telework and Remote Services Theme: Technology for improved mobility/Improving resilience and protecting the environment

Project Summary

Project number: PSR-21-50
Funding source: Caltrans
Contract number: 65A0674
Funding amount: $80,000
Performance period: 1/1/2022 to 12/31/2022

Project description

Telework and remote services have been discussed for a long time as a potential tool for mitigating vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic changed people's behaviors significantly and exacerbated the pressure on congestion and environment. Therefore, there is an urgent need to quantitatively explore the relationship between telework and reduction of VMT and GHG emissions. This research proposes an integrated activity-based dynamic simulation approach to address this need. A large-scale agent-based simulation model will be integrated with an advanced emission analysis model as a testbed to evaluate the impacts of telework and remote service policies on the reduction of VMT and GHG emissions. An optimal telework plan at the individual level will be obtained by an iterative optimization approach to support the decision-making process by Caltrans. Furthermore, broadband development and expansion strategies will be developed and evaluated as an incentive to promote the telework implementation. Other policies as incentives to telework, such as income tax credits, emission credit trading, etc. will be also evaluated, along with the broadband development, to further promote telework and contribute to the reduction of VMT and GHG emissions in the post-pandemic era.


Jiaqi Ma
Asscociate Professor, CEE
4731G Boelter Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
United States
[email protected]