Modeling Second-by-Second Traffic Emissions in a Mega-Region to Optimally Site Satellite Bus Terminals


Dissertation by Nathanael A. Isbell
Adviser: Professor Konstadinos Goulias 


This research proposes to determine optimal potential locations for off-airport terminals in a major metropolitan area (Los Angeles, California) by using a multi-objective spatial optimization.  These terminals would function much like a park-and-ride facility where passengers would park and board mass-transit to the airport (Los Angeles International Airport - LAX).  Baggage and ticketing service could be added to increase the terminal’s attractability.   By establishing a link between the SimAGENT activity-based model for the Southern California (SCAG) area, dynamic traffic assignment using TRANSIMS, and emissions modeling, off-airport terminal placement scenarios can be tested and the resulting traffic and emissions impacts modeled.


The dissertation work is still ongoing.