Track 5 – Policy and Regulatory Research
AERIS will explore and, if possible resolve, policy, regulatory, and knowledge transfer issues and needs throughout the life of the program. Research below (and additional research as necessary) will be undertaken as appropriate. The items below are not listed in priority order; rather, priorities will develop as foundational research (and other research) is undertaken.
- Future of VMT Fee: Effect on Applications for Environment: If we are moving toward a VMT-fee environment and VMT can be used as a proxy for emissions, how would ITS facilitate and leverage both? How would EVs and other alternative fuel vehicles complicate this?
- Traveler behavior and incentivization – regulation and incentivization are appropriate governmental roles. In this case, how can government assist transportation users/operators in making greener transportation choices by enabling those choices?
- Private Sector Application Development and Commercialization: How can the JPO support getting the applications or technologies resulting from this research into the marketplace? How can we work with the private sector to ensure applications are feasible and marketable?
- Role of Alternative Energy Vehicles – if there is increasing popularity with cars that operate with electricity, battery power, or other alternative fuel – or hybrids with fossil fuel – how do we model Vehicle Mileage Tax relationships with emissions (and road wear and tear).
- Carbon Cap and Trade and the Role of ITS: In order for agencies or localities to generate revenue from carbon offsets created due to ITS deployments, what does this mean? Who owns the offsets? Are there recognized entities related to offset policy? How do we evaluate ITS deployments in order to meet cap and trade requirements?
- Regulatory Needs: Are there opportunities for regulatory actions? Are standards of some type needed to bring applications to market?
- What are viable technology alternatives and alternative applications available to users with different needs (economic, financial, informational, and physical)?
- In fee-based ITS applications, are there policy approaches that support the economically disadvantaged?
- Role of pedestrians and bicycles, and systems to facilitate these modes with respect to providing system users the ability to make greener choices.