Evaluating the Benefits of Multi-Modal Investments on Promoting Travel Mobility in Central Florida

The research is geared towards enhancing the urban transportation infrastructure to increase non-auto mobility. The current research provides mechanisms to alleviate auto related travel burden while enhancing non-auto mobility. The specific objectives of the research are described as follows: (1) Non-motorized Mobility Analysis- The research will focus on examining current pedestrian and bicyclist mobility trends and identify urban neighborhoods appropriate for pedestrian and bicyclist travel investments. The research will also examine the potential increase in bicycling and pedestrian mobility as a result of changes to land use and urban density, and infrastructure investments (such as expansion of Orlando Bike Share, separated bicycle lanes, cycle tracks, customized signalization for bicyclists). (2) Non-motorized Mobility Safety- With increased adoption of pedestrian and bicyclist travel, it is likely that the number of conflicts between vehicle and non-motorized road users increase. The proposed research effort will suggest and evaluate pro-active solutions to prevent such increased conflicts and resulting consequences. (3) Public Transit Mobility- The research team will study current transit mobility profiles for the various transit systems in the Orlando region and develop a quantitative framework to undertake scenario analysis of future transit mobility patterns. The scenarios to be considered include transit investments (traditional transit and Sun Rail), 1-4 construction, increasing employment and population in the region.