Energy-Focused Decision-making Framework for MBTA Operations and Planning

There is an urgent need for decision support tools for effective and robust responses to disruption. These would allow planners at the MBTA’s Energy and Environment division to predict energy and cost impacts of competing strategies to meet performance targets. Research objectives are to: (1) enumerate and analyze high-level operational planning metrics to assist with planning for future energy needs; (2) estimate energy forecasting model based on train movement, ridership and weather; (3) develop a generative model to learn the mapping between high-level planning metrics and low-level train movement and operational variables (e.g. speed, acceleration, etc.); and (4) integrate generative and forecasting models into robust decision-making framework that evaluates energy outcomes of various planning strategies.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $124999
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Planning, Environment and Realty (HEP)
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    10 Park Plaza
    Boston, MA  United States  02116
  • Project Managers:

    Flanary, Michael

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    130 Natural Resources Road
    Amherst, MA  United States  01003
  • Principal Investigators:

    Oke, Jimi

  • Start Date: 20230321
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01890025
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 121534
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 14 2023 2:04PM