Research Project

Integrated Approaches to EV Charging Infrastructure and Transit System Planning

The aim of this empirical study is to provide policy insights into integrating EV infrastructure development with transit systems. While the existing EV charging structure has often been driven by the private sector to facilitate EV adoption, this study promotes transit uses and EV adoption at the same time. With a focus on multi-modal trips, this study explores opportunities related to underutilized parking spots that are suitable for both EV charging and transit connections, either on site or in proximity to transit stations.

Principal Investigator
Ai, Ning
Research Area(s)
Data Development
Mobility
Co-Investigators
Zheng, Junjun, Chen, Xiaochen
Funding Source
Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida, University of Illinois at Chicago Chancellor’s Discovery Fund for Multidisciplinary Research

Abstract

First and last mile accessibility can often be a challenge for transit riders, especially for suburban commuters. Park-and-ride (P&R) design facilitates transit uses, improves accessibility to stations, and improves systems services. Combining the use of electric vehicles (EV) and transit can further reduce reliance on petroleum vehicles, thereby reducing greenhouse emissions. Such a multi-modal trip also reduces the need for long-distance driving and thus promotes EV adoption. Existing applications of the integrated design of EV infrastructure and transit systems, however, are limited. Concerns can involve both EV charging infrastructure availability and existing P&R capacity, as well as financial resources and policy support. Download the "Integrated Approaches to EV Charging Infrastructure and Transit System Planning" report.