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NYSDOT, NYSERDA to Award $1.6M for 7 Research Projects to Improve Transportation Efficiencies in New York State

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) are jointly awarding funding of $1.6 million for seven cost-shared research projects that reduce congestion and petroleum fuel use and increase the efficiency of New York’s existing transportation systems.

The investment, which includes $800,000 of federal funds, will leverage an additional $1.4 million of private-sector funds to provide a total of $3 million of investments.

In 2008, the State’s transportation sector was responsible for 76% of petroleum consumption and 39% of greenhouse gas production, the single largest sector in either category.

The projects include:

  • Increasing Plug-in Hybrid Utilization of Airport Rental Cars (Queens and New York) $765,000. Working with a large rental car company, this Advanced Vehicle Demonstration Project will increase the awareness and utilization of plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles at rental sites in JFK and LaGuardia airports and at additional sites on the Westside of Manhattan, by installing a web-enabled network of 16 power pedestals to support 12 plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles. Green Power Technology, New York, NY

  • Power Pedestals for Hybrid-Electric Refrigerated Tractor Trailers (Across New York State) $469,523. Working with two major food distributers/retailers to limit refrigerated trailer diesel engine emissions, this Advanced Vehicle Demonstration Project will supply, install and demonstrate a web-enabled network of 30 power pedestals to support 30 electric and hybrid-electric refrigerated tractor trailers at 12 distribution centers and retail food locations throughout New York State. New West Technologies, Utica, NY.

  • Real-Time Traffic Monitoring on I-87 Northway (Albany to Clinton Counties) $790,736. Working with a major provider of real-time traffic data, this Traveler Information Project will provide “actionable” information to the travelling public by way of dynamic-message signs and NYSDOT’s 511 Travel Information Service. The system will analyze traffic congestion and weather information on the I-87 Northway from Albany to the Canadian Border allowing drivers to avoid congestion and minimize the wasteful fuel consumption and associated air emissions. Telvent Farradyne, New York, NY.

  • Smart Roadside Inspection System (Rensselaer County) $373,490. To reduce tractor trailer idling and good-driver downtime, this Commercial Vehicle Information Systems Project will supply, install and demonstrate a Smart Roadside Inspection System at a westbound rest area on I-90 in Schodack. Identifying trucks with good safety records enables Commercial Vehicle Inspectors to wave through low-risk trucks and concentrate limited inspection resources on a smaller number of vehicles. Intelligent Imaging Systems, Edmonton, AB.

  • Community-Wide Ride Sharing Program (Tompkins) $179,000. To foster ridesharing, this Transportation Demand Management Project will establish a web-based, community-wide ridesharing program among participants from Ithaca, Tompkins County, Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins-Cortland Community College. Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council, Ithaca, NY.

  • Advanced Traffic Control Signals (Nassau County) $325,818. This real-time Adaptive Traffic Signal Control Project will keep rush hour traffic moving by supplying, installing and demonstrating advanced traffic-signal control on a series of nine contiguous arterial intersections on Long Island. Adaptive signal control systems coordinate control of traffic signals based on prevailing traffic conditions. Rhythm Engineering, Lenexa, KS.

  • Traffic Management Study of I-87 Major Deegan Expressway (Bronx County) $143,722. To ease traffic flow, this Integrated Corridor Management Project will develop a microscopic traffic simulation-based decision-support tool to aid decisions about the best combinations of corridor-level transportation strategies. The 18-month study will focus on the I-87 Major Deegan Expressway, collect data, develop a simulation model, and test various corridor strategies. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

Each of the projects were selected competitively through NYSERDA’s Program Opportunity Notice process and are funded with federal and state DOT funding and NYSERDA Transportation R&D Funds.



NYSERDA has in the past financed experimental CHP power plants in test homes. They have the foresight and imagination to do this and should continue. New York could lead the nation and the world in a comprehensive model CHP community. Especially in the upstate areas where cold climate necessitates heating.

A 25-50 household community using NG as fuel for SOFC CHP units would be spectacular. It would put New York at the very head of the Energy Independence movement and provide valuable data for CHP expansion.

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