Air Quality Impact of Traffic Congestion in Midtown Manhattan

Exposure to fine particle pollution can cause premature death and harmful cardiovascular effects such as heart attacks and strokes, and is linked to a variety of other significant health problem. A pilot project was commissioned by the University Transportation Research Center (URTC) to develop a methodology for studying the air quality impact of traffic congestion. The concept is that both the performance criteria of traffic flow and related health issues need be considered in the design of traffic management systems. The above study uses New York City (NYC) Midtown Manhattan as the study site incorporating the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) traffic flow instruments as well as street level air quality monitors, measuring traffic volume and speed and fine particulate matter.  

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    • This document was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Brooklyn

    Department of Civil Engineering, 6 MetroTech Center
    Brooklyn, NY  United States  11201

    University Transportation Research Center

    City College of New York
    Marshak Hall, Suite 910, 160 Convent Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10031

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Ghandehari, Masoud
    • Falcocchio, John C
    • Nazari, Rouzbeh
  • Publication Date: 2014-1


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 12p

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  • Accession Number: 01538262
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: 49997‐43‐24
  • Created Date: Aug 28 2014 10:33AM