California Department of Transportation
 

Leonard University Transportation Center (LUTC)
at at CSU San Bernardino

National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research

Theme:
"Decision-Making and Management of Transportation Systems." One focus will be on the policies and practices that impact effective movements of people and goods within and through the Inland Empire.

Main campuses:
California State University, San Bernardino

Funding:
Federal - $500,000/year
State - $500,000/year

Current Research Projects

Project Title

Project Description

An Evaluation of the Efficacy of Various Permutations of the Short Fast Train Concept to the Traffic Issues of the Inland Empire The proposed study will seek to put hard numbers to the costs and benefits of such a concept. First, the potential benefits in terms of traffic mitigation compared to HOV lanes, subways/light rail, increased bus services, etc. must be determined.
Assessment & Development of Biodiesel instructional Techniques In this study, it is proposed to: 1) quantify the clarity and color contrast of biodiesel and glycerin products of the biodiesel chemical reaction using different types of vegetable oil, and 2) take video and photographs of small-batch biodiesel production steps, and industrial-scale biodiesel operations in order to produce new and original PowerPoint presentations and lectures for both student courses and general public education. Results will be used in the course NSCI 320 - Energy, in preparing fee workshops offered jointly through the College of Extended Education and the Transportation Center, and all video will be archived with the Transportation Center.
Degradation process in hydrogen fuel cells We propose to extend our NASA funded research to study the basic chemistry and physical processes involved in degradation mechanisms within proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. These studies will help determine relative fuel cell lifetimes, information necessary to maximize them, and the identification of degradation processes.
Tertiary Disaster Response in the Inland Empire: Operationalizing Supply Chain Restoration, Phase 1 This proposal focuses on the aftermath of catastrophic events that may be of natural or human origin. The concept of Tertiary Disaster Response (TDR) focuses on the systematic, planned restoration of key services following a disaster. As evidenced by the follies and failures following Hurricane Katrina, the need to revitalize the supply chain is of critical importance to re-establishing a city's or region's economic vitality.
Paving the Way for Best Management Practices of Fugitive Water on Pavement Surfaces Various Best Management Practices (BMP) used for both storm water and irrigation management may have a negative impact on the life expectancies of pavements. This study will review the current state-of-the-art on BMPs and catalogue these for potential impacts. It will develop templates of typical scenarios found in the field that incorporate these BMPs and using the templates, identify field locations that have the potential for conducting detailed field measurements on the physical impact these BMPs have.
Inland Empire Logistics GIS Mapping Project This pilot project would be used to identify the elements for a database and the identification of elements for a GIS mapping project. Obviously, the project is too large to be completed in a short period of time; however, the identification of the resources available, the elementary structure of the database and the development of a plan for the GIS map would be useful when completed to strategic decision makers in the area.
Applicability of Adaptive Traffic Signal Control Systems to Arterials in the Inland Empire The proposed project is intended to study the ability to apply adaptive traffic signal control systems, i.e. those which analyze and respond to shifts in traffic patterns in "real-time", on arterials in the Inland Empire.
California's 2050 Transportation Context: A Response to Global Warming and Executive Order #S-3-05 This project will provide research that begins to address these questions and leads to a second proposed phase for a Delphi panel that will provide the best predictions of the transportation sector's future carbon footprint.
Use of GIS Technology to Facilitate the Transportation Project Programming Process The geographical representation of transportation projects greatly helps decision-makers prioritize transportation projects visually. It also helps notify the public of transportation improvement projects in an easy-to-read, graphic format on the Web.
Electrification of the Freight Train Network from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to the Inland Empire The proposed project evaluates the benefits of electrifying the freight railroads connecting the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach with the Inland Empire. These benefits include significant reduction in air pollution, and improvements in energy efficiency. The project also includes developing a scope of work for a much more detailed study, along with identifying potential funding sources for such a study.
Caltrans TMC Coordination Leveraging this data, video, and wide-area networking capacity has the potential aid traffic management on a larger scale
Enhancing Road Traffic Safety in Inland Empire: A GIS Based Methodology to Identify Potential Areas of Improvement This seed-grant proposal aims to investigate the reason behind the high crash statistics in Inland Empire and develop methodologies to identify potential areas of safety improvements using Geographic Information System (GIS).

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