Studying the Effects of Disability on Choices and Desires for Travel and Neighborhood Location

This project will analyze quantitative data from an ongoing survey (which will close before the start of this project) to improve understanding of how individuals' choices and desires for local transportation and neighborhood location in California differ based on disability along with other characteristics, namely income, race, gender, geographic location, and age. Additionally, it will collect new qualitative data through follow-up interviews of survey respondents to identify specific problems that individuals in California face with transportation and housing. Relevant products of this project will include an important source of data that could be used in future data analyses too. Final reports with the results from the analysis of survey data as well as the follow-up interviews be distributed as appropriate to California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) as well as disability advocacy organizations. The researchers anticipate those materials will help to empower people with disabilities as well as people from other marginalized backgrounds to improve transportation and housing options available to them and will assist policymakers in this regard. This will likely be especially important in the context of California, where suburbanization of poverty in large coastal metropolitan areas, aging of the population as a whole, and high levels of dependence on private automobility (including driving oneself as well as depending on family or friends for rides) may together contribute to greater rates of social exclusion among people with disabilities. Additionally, survey data will include responses from people from diverse racial and geographic backgrounds, including the Central Valley where people are more likely to have racially marginalized backgrounds and experience environmentally induced disabilities; this will be critical to understanding the diversity of needs with respect to race, geography, and disability type.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $100000
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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:

    METRANS Transportation Consortium

    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA  United States 
  • Project Managers:

    Hong, Jennifer

    Bruner, Britain

  • Principal Investigators:

    Venkataram, Prashanth

  • Start Date: 20230701
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01899788
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: 65A0674
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 17 2023 11:01PM