October 27, 2016

Research Projects of the Center

1.

Research Project: Studies Pertaining to Powered Two-Wheelers (Motorcycles) in the Philippines

Objectives/Description: The study intends to conduct the following:
1. Review all national laws/codes and local rules, regulations and ordinances pertaining to powered two wheelers and recommend amendments/ revisions;
2. Analyze capacity/throughput of exclusive motorcycle lanes with varying widths under controlled condition;
3. Conduct inventory of use of motorcycles in rural areas; and
4. Assess the widespread lane-splitting and filtering practices of motorcycle along major roads in Metro Manila.

Implementation Agency: Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE)
[through UP-NCTS Foundation Inc.]

Duration: 12 September – 15 November 2016

Status: New

2.

Research Project: The Mass Transit System in Metro Manila: From Tranvia to the MRT, 1879-2014
in cooperation with UP Third World Studies Center (TWSC) and UP Department of Geography

Objectives/Description: The program draws on the disciplines of history, political economy, geography, and transport
engineering to put together a comprehensive and critical survey of
mass transit plans for (Metro) Manila, focusing on the rail network
that services the metropolis. The program has four projects.

Implementation Agency: UP Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs Emerging Inter-Disciplinary Research
(OVPAA EIDR) Grant

Duration: October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2017

Status: On-going

3.

Research Project: Development of a Customized Local Traffic Simulator (Local Sim)
in collaboration with the UP Department of Computer Science

Objectives/Description: The project seeks to develop agent-based simulation of different traffic scenarios that models local traffic characteristics including unique behavior of the Filipino road users (drivers, public transport passengers and pedestrians).

Implementation Agency: Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD)
[Government-to-Government MOA]

Duration: 1 January 2014 to September 2016
Status: On-going

4.

Research Project: Alternative Fuels Vehicles Tests and Research Program and Energy Efficiency in Road Transport (Phase 2)
in collaboration with UP Vehicle Research and Testing Laboratory and UP National Engineering Center (Project Manager)

Objectives/Description: To establish fuel economy rating and performance standards of alternative fuel vehicles through the conduct of researches and tests (Phase 2 to cover longer route lengths)

Implementation Agency: Department of Energy (DOE)
Energy Utilization Management Bureau (EUMB)

[Government-to-Government MOA]

Duration: 9 March 2015 – 30 September 2015 (extended to October 2016)

Status: For submission of Final Report

5.

Research Project: Development of the Philippine Metropolitan Advanced Traveler Information System (PhilMATIS)
in collaboration with UP-Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute and UP Department of Computer Science

Objectives/Description: Develop and pilot-test an advanced traveler information system (ATIS) that will measure and record traffic volume and incidence of flooding along major roads in Metro Manila.

Implementation Agency: Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD)
[Government-to-Government MOA]

Duration: February 2013 to February 2016

Status: For financial closing