August 4, 2016, 12:00PM (ET)

Idle Reduction Practices in Public Transit

In an effort to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions many transit agencies in the U.S. have adopted alternative fuel vehicles or implemented idle reduction technologies and policies. Unlike alternative fuel technologies that often require significant up-front investment in vehicles and infrastructure, the strategies that focus on minimizing vehicle idling time can be implemented with no or little investment.

While the use of idle reduction on public transit vehicles is not as common as in the trucking industry, transit application has a great potential for cost savings and environmental benefits. Even a modest reduction in idle time of transit vehicles can offer significant reductions in petroleum consumption nationwide, provide tangible fuel cost savings for transit fleets, and generate public health benefits. Unnecessary idling can be reduced by installing specialized equipment on board of transit vehicles, or by implementing idle reduction policies aiming to alter vehicle operators’ behavior.

This presentation will provide an overview of technologies commonly used to reduce idling and will summarize the results of the survey of the U.S. fixed-route fleets regarding their idle reduction practices.

Presenter: Alexander Kolpakov, Research Associate, Transportation Program Evaluation & Economic Analysis, Center for Urban Transportation Research

Alexander Kolpakov has been a Research Associate with the Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida, since 2003. He has managed a variety of projects ranging from economic impact analysis of transportation investment to assessing aviation security needs and developing a prioritization methodology for addressing those needs. Additional research includes evaluating alternative propulsion technologies and fuels, fleet cost analysis and projection of the widespread adoption of advanced electric drive technologies on U.S. transit vehicles, transportation policy analysis, and statistical analysis on the performance characteristics of select transit agencies. He holds an M.A in Economics from USF and a B.S. in Management from Chuvash State University, Cheboksary, Russia.


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