Exploring the relationship between the built environment, safety, and bus ridership in Connecticut using mixed research methods

This research project aims to analyze and improve public transportation safety and ridership in Connecticut, focusing on the complex interplay between crime rates, bus stop environments, and ridership patterns. Amidst concerns of rising crime and declining transit use post-pandemic, the project seeks to identify environmental factors at bus stops that correlate with crime occurrence, leveraging extensive data analysis and field studies. This interdisciplinary approach combines a literature review, spatial data analysis, and surveys to understand how the built environment influences transit safety perceptions. The study's findings will inform strategies to enhance bus stop safety, potentially boosting ridership and benefiting diverse community groups, particularly vulnerable populations dependent on public transportation. The project's outcomes aim to offer actionable insights for transit agencies, contributing to safer, more equitable urban transportation.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $65400
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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:

      University of Massachusetts, Amherst

      Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
      130 Natural Resources Road
      Amherst, MA  United States  01003
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Connecticut, Storrs

      Connecticut Transportation Institute
      270 Middle Turnpike, Unit 5202
      Storrs, CT  United States  06269-5202
    • Principal Investigators:

      Chacon-Hurtado, Davis

      Lownes, Nicholas

    • Start Date: 20240101
    • Expected Completion Date: 20241231
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
    • Subprogram: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01904457
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3552348301
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Jan 12 2024 10:20AM