Advancing Equity through Regional Multimodal Planning in Small Urban and Rural Communities

While the advantages of multimodal passenger transportation planning in urban environments have been extensively studied and well-documented, transferring these planning practices to rural areas and small towns pauses unique challenges. Nevertheless, the need for alternative transportation solutions in rural and remote regions is on the rise due to a multitude of factors, including an aging rural population, escalating poverty rates, and more. Moreover, the often fragmented nature of regional approaches related to housing, land use, and transportation planning and asset management, not only exacerbates these challenges but also squanders an opportunity to tackle transportation-related disparities in a more effective manner. This proposal addresses the need for multimodal transportation approaches tailored to facilitate the planning, prioritization, evaluation, and asset management of rural and small urban passenger transportation networks. The project will document existing best practices, identify effective strategies, and develop a multimodal-focused planning framework that aims to enhance transportation options by holistically considering regional planning and asset management. The expected study's outcomes will include (1) a case database that will document multimodal planning and housing/land-use/transportation/asset management coordination in rural and small-town contexts; (2) a set of rural/small urban specific strategies that can be adapted to enhance multimodal planning practices; and (3) a tailored planning practice framework that integrates smart growth and shrinkage principles as well as emerging mobility services, active transportation principles, and asset management practices.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Regional Transportation Equity Research Center

      Morgan State University
      Baltimore, MD  United States 

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

      Niehaus, Joseph

    • Principal Investigators:

      Pyrialakou, Dimitra

    • Start Date: 20230901
    • Expected Completion Date: 20240901
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01893886
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Regional Transportation Equity Research Center
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3552348303
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Sep 21 2023 3:57PM