Faculty Advisor

Stafford, Kenneth A.


It seems that the common public perception of transportation is that automobiles are damaging the environment and the best way to combat the rise in pollution is to take as many trips as possible on foot or using a bicycle. This would cut down on emissions and, therefore, save the planet. The theory explored in this report is that the common views on transportation are not entirely accurate and people don’t always see the big picture. The main goal of this project is to investigate the out-of-pocket cost weighed against the global impact of various forms of transportation, namely, walking, riding bicycles, traditional cars, electric cars, etc. The end goal of this project is to find the most "efficient" transportation method in regards to environmental, and socioeconomic impact.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering