Megaregional Trends of Passenger and Freight Movement: Evidence from National Transportation Data Sources

In January 2017 the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) designated thirteen Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers (BTICs) throughout the country. The BTICs set a clear focus on transportation research, education, and technology transfers in United States (US) megaregions. Megaregion is a concept originated from geography in the 1960’s. The concept was rejuvenated at the turn of this century by urban and regional planners for spatial planning and research. The designation of BTICs signifies the prime time for transportation-centered megaregion research and policy making. University of Texas (UT) Austin is home to one of the thirteen BTICs and is deemed to participate in and lead the megaregion efforts. The proposed research aims to study megaregional trends of passenger and freight movement by exploring national transportation databases and travel surveys. The research output is expected to help further conceptualize megaregion from the transportation planning perspective and identify trends and issues of megaregional mobility.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Bhat, Chandra

  • Performing Organizations:

    Data-Supported Transportation Operations and Planning Center

    University of Texas at Austin
    Austin, TX  United States  78701
  • Principal Investigators:

    Zhang, Ming

  • Start Date: 20170515
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: 149

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01634954
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Data-Supported Transportation Operations and Planning Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC58
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: May 18 2017 9:02PM