California Department of Transportation
 

Modal Research Projects

Part 1 of 2

Title:

A Framework for Bus Rapid Transit Development and Deployment

Description:

To develop a plan to have Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) as a part of a regional transportation system that also supports other mobility options such as paratransit, cars, buses, rail, biking and walking. This project will address transit challenges and the steps necessary to lead to eventual deployment of a given product, service, or system. The present vision for BRT is the incremental deployment of various levels of new technologies including advanced infrastructure-transit vehicle cooperative systems with the potential of creating a system of automated transit vehicles on transit lanes.

Product:

A Final Report of results on the studies of the Wilshire-Whittier Boulevard line


Title:

A Study of the Exposition Light-Rail's Safety for Pedestrians and Drivers

Description:

This research proposal investigates the safety-related impacts on pedestrians and drivers of the proposed Exposition light rail line that the LA Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is planning to build. The proposed Exposition line will intersect major streets such as La Brea and Crenshaw and will call for the establishment of a total of 10 stations at specific locations and intersections. The pedestrian and driver safety impact of the Exposition Light Rail project is of paramount importance because it will pass by especially sensitive and vulnerable populations which include the school children who attend approximately the 22 school adjacent to the proposed light-rail and the elderly citizens who live around the proposed site. We will thoroughly analyze the proposed station sites, traffic patterns, pedestrian use, and sketch out the potential conflicts in these areas. The layout and design of warning devices will be re-evaluated and improved to reduce" ignorance of warnings", which is a major cause of railway crossing accidents.

Product:

This project will provide a better understanding of the safety risks of the proposed LA Exposition Light Rail line.


Title:

Assessment of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area

Description:

Identifying and addressing inter-jurisdictional arrangements for the development of Bus Rapid Transit systems in the Bay Area, with consideration given to other area BRT operations, e.g., Los Angeles. Make an assessment of BRT quality of service issues, and identify financial, environmental, personnel and institutional challenges to the development of BRT.

Product:

A report summarizing Institutional issues findings.


Title:

Assessment of Service Integration Practices for Public Transportation

Description:

This project will develop estimates of the benefits of service integration policies and practices implemented by various transit agencies, and evaluate the impacts of implemented service integration.

Product:

Guiding principles that will serve to provide transit agencies a model to improve service.


Title:

Carlink II Pilot Deployment and Evaluation

Description:

The evaluation of a successful Carlink II pilot project in Palo Alto and to determine its ability and potential to transfer viable smart technologies and business models to other locations.

Product:

Technology development and business models to benefit various market segments.


Title:

Death on a Crosswalk - A Study of Pedestrian Accidents in LA

Description:

This research proposes to explore the spatial distribution of pedestrian-automobile accidents in LA and to analyze the social and physical factors that affect the risk of getting involved in such accidents. The study will investigate the influence of socio-demographic characteristics as well as the design of urban form on pedestrian accident rates. This study will involve research both at the macro and micro level. We will first provide an exploratory spatial and statistical analysis of pedestrian collision data in LA County to identify preliminary relationships between accident frequency and socio-demographic and land use characteristics of census tracts. This analysis will also help us identify major concentrations of pedestrian collision data. More qualitative and detailed analysis will follow of specific case studies of intersections with high frequency of pedestrian-automobile accidents.

Product:

More thorough understanding of the social and physical factors that affect the risk for pedestrian accidents. It can pinpoint ways of reducing that risk.


Title:

Development and Implementation of an Adaptive Bus Priority System - (ABPS)

Description:

Develop an adaptive signal priority system to minimize transit bus trip times.

Product:

Develop simulation software, implementation along state highway 82 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Final report.


Title:

Development of a Five-Year Business Plan for CCIT

Description:

Develop a five-year, milestone driven business plan that provides for organizational structure, a governing board and a funding plan. The plan will promote the commercialization of transportation research and innovations, especially those developed by PATH.

Product:

List of products include: Mission statement including a list of target partners/companies, markets and products; Organization chart within UC and a migration plan outside of UC if appropriate; Staffing chart. Funding plan; and Charter, roles and responsibilities for the governing board.


Title:

Development of Needs and Requirements for Transit Lane Assist Systems

Description:

Federal Transit Administration and five transit agencies from three states (California, Oregon, and Connecticut) along with a bus manufacturer (Gillig) developing lane assist technologies to enhance safety and operational aspects of transit vehicles to facilitate higher operational speeds and precise docking at transit stops.

Product:

Requirement specifications for a lane assist system.


Title:

Development of performance Specifications for Frontal Collision Warning System - (FCWS)

Description:

Development of a FCWS to improve safety in the operation of transit buses

Product:

Requirement specifications for a Frontal Collision Warning System, installation of FCWS on three SAMTRANS (San Mateo Transit) buses, demonstrations of the FCWS, and a final report.


Title:

Development of Precision Docking System and Advanced Bus Stops for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

Description:

Development of Precision Docking System for BRT: The Bus Precision Docking System seeks to achieve, with the help of automation technologies, a high docking accuracy that allows fast boarding and alighting of passengers. In addition to the application of precision docking at a bus stop or depot, the technology can be useful as a component of the concept of Advance Maintenance Station. Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority is planning on establishing maintenance stations for quick fuel fill-up and maintenance at the end of each run, and a precision docking system and other automation technologies could be deployed to improve the quality at such stations. Development of Advanced Bus Stops: By applying advanced technologies such as an Advanced Bus Stop, Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority is seeking to improve service to patrons for their Line 22, on El Camino Real. Current problems related to bus stops that they wish to address are: a lack of route information at stop, buses being behind schedule because of delays due to congestion, and longer boarding and alighting times of passengers. Caltrans along with the California PATH Program is studying how ITS technologies can be combined with conventional transit improvements to address these problems and also increase passenger security.

Product:

Precision Docking System: A working bus precision docking system prototype, including the hardware, software and human interface that will be mounted on buses for demonstration. Bus Precision Docking Specifications and Drawings. A PATH Research Final Report documenting the findings of the three-year project. Advanced Bus Stops. A final report containing the results of the evaluations of the candidate actions.


Title:

Efficient Development of Advanced Public Transportation Systems. The EDAPTS Smart Transit System

Description:

Develop innovative, low cost implementations of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) for use in small and rural transit agencies. These solutions allow smaller agencies to access ITS solutions on a limited budget and provide enhanced customer service levels, improved management information, and improved safety for passengers and drivers. All designs and implementations are open source and non-proprietary. Designs have been field tested in daily operations by the Caltrans/Cal Poly/San Luis Obispo partnership.

Product:

The Smart Transit System provides open source (public access) design/build information for Automatic Vehicle Location, Schedule Adherence Database, Bus Location Web (Internet) Map, Solar Powered Dynamic Messaging Signs for Bus Stops, and Silent Emergency Alarm. A final report on findings is being completed and all design/build documents will be posted publicly.

Related Link:

EDAPTS Source code, project final report, and performance specification final report


Title:

Fresno Area Sky Train (FAST)

Description:

This is a feasibility Study to be conducted by CalPoly SLO on a proposed monorail system in the Fresno area. The San Joaquin valley has the third worst air quality in the nation. FAST would provide a rapid transit connection to the core business areas of Fresno. The goal is to improve and revitalize the Fresno area economy, reduce urban sprawl, reduce congestion and auto emissions, and provide intermodal transfer at FAST stations.

Product:

A feasibility study report that outlines the social, economic, and environmental benefits and cost for implementing further planning and deployment.


Title:

Hydrogen Storage System for Transportation Applications

Description:

The purpose of the proposed research is to attempt to improve the state of understanding of the absorption/desorption mechanism for hydrogen in carbon nanostructures, and thereby to improve the estimate of the hydrogen storage capacity of carbon nanostructures. The proposed program can be divided into three sections: the first addressing the hydrogen binding energies, the second applying the hydrogen binding energies to adsorption/desorption dynamics, and the third using the results to begin an engineering design of a practical storage device.

Product:

Future commercial applications for liquid hydrogen