Meeting the Dual Aspirations of Flow Efficiency and Equity in Urban Traffic in Connected Sustainable Cities: A Systematic, Coherent Approach

As planners and engineers focus on the next generation of disruptive technologies through connectivity and automation, a counter movement is seeking equitable, walkable, sustainable neighborhoods with easier bike and micromobility access for all residents. Overlayed on the urban fabric is increasing reliance on delivery vehicles of all sizes associated with on-demand eCommerce. How can we design and operate complete streets that accommodate both the requirement of flow efficiency achievable through connectivity, automation and shared autonomous mobility services with the aspirations for equitable access to micromobility and human-scale urban spaces? These seemingly conflicting trends have been proceeding on different tracks, resulting in a hodgepodge of ad hoc investments and measures that raise significant safety risk for all system users, especially to the more vulnerable ones (pedestrians and micromobility users). The objective of this effort is to examine the issues systematically, and develop responsive analysis and network simulation tools that allow rigorous investigation of different scenarios with both technological elements and human-centered perspectives. The outcome will be a methodological tool kit and its application to the formulation and analysis of various related scenarios and solutions.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $120000
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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 Michigan Transportation Research Institute

    2901 Baxter Road
    Ann Arbor, Michigan  United States  48109
  • Project Managers:

    Stearns, Amy

  • Performing Organizations:

    Northwestern University, Evanston

    Transportation Center, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    2145 Sheridan Road, A335
    Evanston, IL  United States  60208
  • Principal Investigators:

    Mahmassani, Hani

  • Start Date: 20231201
  • Expected Completion Date: 20241130
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01906162
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Connected and Automated Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3552348305
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 28 2024 1:14PM