Tools to Develop or Convert MOVES Inputs
The following tools are designed to help users develop inputs to MOVES and post-process the output.
On this page:
- Tools to develop MOVES3 inputs
- Tools to post-process output for project-level analyses
- Tools to develop special case MOVES2014 inputs
- Tools for creating fleet and activity inputs for MOVES2014
- Tool to generate EMISFACT portion of an AERMOD input file
Tools to develop MOVES3 inputs
Coming soon: Some tools to develop MOVES3 inputs are not yet available, but will be posted soon:
- AADVMT Converter
- Age Distribution Projection Tool
Other tools to develop MOVES3 inputs are included in the model. Use the “Tools” menu in the MOVES interface to access:
- Multiple Run Spec File Creator: Creates new run specification files using the currently loaded information as a template, making substitutions for county, year, and database selections driven by a user-supplied control file.
- Process Done Files: An advanced feature, used in networked setups where MOVES workers independently process TODO files into DONE files. This tool is typically not needed for most user setups.
- Convert MOVES2014a/b Input Database to MOVES3: This tool converts MOVES2014a and MOVES2014b input databases for County, Project, and Nonroad runs into the MOVES3 format. The converter instructions also explain the additional work needed before using the converted input databases with MOVES3.
- Convert MOVES2014 Input Database to MOVES3: This tool converts MOVES2014 input databases for County, Project, and Nonroad runs into the MOVES3 format. Additional work is needed before using the converted input databases with MOVES3.
- Build NLEV Input Database: This tool builds an input database to be used by Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) states to model the early introduction of NLEV standards in those states. This tool creates a special input database which contains a set of alternate HC, CO, and NOx start and running emission rates based on EPA analysis of the NLEV program.
- Build LEV Input Database: This tool builds an input database to be used by states that chose to adopt California LEV standards in place of federal standards. This tool creates a special input database which contains a set of alternate HC, CO, NOx, and PM start and running emission rates based on EPA and CARB analysis of the LEV programs.
- ONI Tool: The Off-Network Idle tool calculates default off-network idle activity for use with County Scale in Emission Rates mode based on other county inputs; that is, the tool will generate off-network idle activity consistent with what MOVES would use in Inventory mode.
Tools to post-process output for project-level analyses
EPA has developed several scripts to automate the process of calculating MOVES emission factors for use in air quality modeling. Each script automates the post-processing steps described in:
- Sections 4.4.7 and 4.6 of Transportation Conformity Guidance for Quantitative Hot-spot Analyses in PM2.5 and PM10 Nonattainment and Maintenance Areas (EPA-420-B-10-040, December 2010)
- and Sections 2.3.7 and 2.5 of Using MOVES in Project-Level Carbon Monoxide Analyses (PDF) (59 pp, 2M, EPA420-B-10-041, December 2010).
These scripts are included in the post-processing menus of MOVES3, MOVES2014 and MOVES2010b.
Tools to develop special case MOVES2014 inputs
- This is an updated version developed specifically for MOVES2014 that includes LEV III standards. It should only be used with versions of MOVES2014.
- It has been revised in October 2014 to correct a problem in the ZEV_AVFT_MOVES2014 spreadsheet. MOVES2014 users who need to model ZEV programs should use the revised version (ZEV_AVFT_MOVES2014_20141022) rather than the original version released in September 2014.
- Some states have adopted California Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) criteria pollutant standards. Other states (in the northeast) that did not adopt LEV standards received early implementation of National Low Emission Vehicle (NLEV) standards for the 1999 and 2000 model years.
- This package includes instructions and input files that can be used with MOVES2014 to model the emissions from these vehicles.
- Section 2.7 of Diesel Retrofit and Replacement Projects: Quantifying and Using Their Emission Benefits in SIPs and Conformity - Guidance for State and Local Air and Transportation Agencies (PDF) (65 pp, 1.0 MB, EPA-420-B-18-017, March 2018)
- Simplifies the creation of a nonroad retrofit input table by creating a template for that table and then filling that table based on user input.
- Instructions are included with the tool.
Tools for creating fleet and activity inputs for MOVES2014
- Updated to convert daily VMT to the required annual VMT necessary for MOVES2014
- Uses Annual Average Weekday Vehicles Miles Travelled (AADVMT) at the HPMS level to calculate type of day, monthly and yearly VMT in terms of HPMS and/or MOVES source types
- Generates the HPMSVTypeYear, monthVMTFraction, and dayVMTFraction tables from AADVMT and monthly/weekend-day adjustment factors
- Provides the user with the default temporal allocation tables if local inputs are not known
- This file contains national default age distributions by source type from MOVES2014 for every calendar year from 1999 to 2050.
- This tool creates projections of future age year distributions based on current local age distributions.
Tool to generate EMISFACT portion of an AERMOD input file
EPA has developed a tool to automate the process of generating the EMISFACT portion of an AERMOD input file using MOVES2014 output. The tool is intended to be used as part of a quantitative PM hot-spot analysis, as described in EPA’s Transportation Conformity Guidance for Quantitative Hot-spot Analyses in PM2.5 and PM10 Nonattainment and Maintenance Areas (PDF)(160 pp, 3 MB, EPA-420-B-15-084, November 2015)
- readme.txt – Describes how to “install” the tool as well as providing instructions on using it for PM hot-spot analyses
- MOVES2AERMOD input data
- Link_Sources.csv – Define a mapping of MOVES links to AERMOD sources
- Source_Area.csv – Define the area of each MOVES link
- Traffic_Distribution – Define the peak/off-peak mapping for each of 24 hours, and four seasons
- MOVES2AERMOD.sql – This file should be placed in the appropriate MOVES folder as described in the readme.txt file
- Transit_exercise_out – An example database containing output from 16 MOVES runs used to test the MOVES2AERMOD tool