The objective of this analysis is to assess current levels of emissions and fuel consumption in the Albany-New York City corridor. The analysis is done by a custom-made computer system that processes archival GPS data obtained from private sector partners.
Preliminary results show that:
The Capital District MSA is better than the corridor or NYC in terms of fuel consumption and emissions; corridor comes in second, and NYC is the worst. This result is expected due to the heavier traffic found in NYC.
There is strong correlation between fuel consumption and pollutant emissions. The more fuel is consumed, the higher the production of emissions.
Fuel consumption and emissions also change according to the time of day. At nighttime, there is less traffic, allowing vehicles to be more energy efficient.