Demand for travel and equity assessment of emerging mobility services for transportation disadvantaged populations (Project A6)

Transportation disadvantaged populations, such as elderly people, people with disabilities, low-income households, and households without personal vehicles, continue to face mobility challenges due to lack of access to transportation services. Although the low-income population who resides in US suburban areas has increased by more than 50% in the last twenty years, affordable and effective transportation options remain very limited in the suburbs. At the same time, the country is experiencing a rise in elderly population, who has special transportation needs, while inequities in access to healthcare still pertain in most regions. Transportation agencies are challenged by these problems and simultaneously are facing the emergence of disruptive technologies in the transportation sector. This project tackles many of the questions that decisionmakers have raised related to transportation disadvantaged populations and emerging mobility services: (i) how do disadvantaged groups use and experience microtransit systems? (ii) what has been the impact of the recent Medicaid Transformation on disadvantaged populations? (iii) how can autonomous vehicles address the mobility and accessibility needs of the transportation disadvantaged? and (iv) how can transit and shared autonomous vehicle programs can support transportation disadvantaged populations in different geographies in the future? An interdisciplinary team of faculty from four universities in the STRIDE partnership will assess the travel demand and equity of emerging mobility services and will disseminate findings with transportation agencies to improve access for vulnerable populations.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $232750
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE)

      University of Florida
      365 Weil Hall
      Gainesville, FL  United States  32611
    • Project Managers:

      Tucker-Thomas, Dawn

    • Performing Organizations:

      North Carolina State University, Raleigh

      Department of Civil Engineering, Campus Box 7908
      Raleigh, NC  United States  27695-7908

      University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

      UNC-CH New East Building
      Campus Box #3140
      Chapel Hill, North Carolina  United States  27599-3140

      Florida International University

      10555 West Flagler Street
      Miami, FL  United States  33174

      Auburn University

      Department of Civil Engineering
      238 Harbert Engineering Center
      Auburn, AL  United States  36849
    • Principal Investigators:

      McDonald, Noreen

      Jin, Xia

      LaMondia, Jeffrey

      Bardaka, Eleni

    • Start Date: 20220201
    • Expected Completion Date: 20230531
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01854174
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE)
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747104
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Aug 10 2022 1:16PM