Infrastructure and Technology for Sustainable Livable Cities

Providing access and mobility for key installations and businesses located in cities has become a challenge. This is mainly due to limited public transport and non-motorized facilities. The challenges are significant in cities that are subjected to severe winter weather conditions. Sixty two percent (62%) millennials indicated that they prefer to live in urban centers, while 74% prefer to live in small cities with improved mobility. Also, 49% prefer to live in walkable, technology enabled cities where they have affordable and convenient transportation options regardless of the size of the city. Lack of mobility can significantly affect the small and medium size cities economically due to migration of millennials to larger cities around the country. Understanding the critical need, this research is proposed to synthesize infrastructure and technology that can be used to improve access to non-motorized traffic and mobility within cities while enhancing sustainability. Infrastructure and technology implementation policies, procedure, cost, associated risks, case studies, implementation challenges, and successes and lessons learned will be documented. The ultimate goal is to develop a ‘catalog of infrastructure and technology’ that can be used by the city planners to select appropriate infrastructure and technology for a specific city.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $83901
  • Contract Numbers:

    DTRT13-G-UTC60

    TRC-15-05

  • 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:

    Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities

    Western Michigan University
    Kalamazoo, MI  United States  49009-5316

    Western Michigan University

    1903 W. Michigan Avenue
    Kalamazoo, MI  United States  49008-5241
  • Project Managers:

    Dunn, Denise

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities

    Western Michigan University
    Kalamazoo, MI  United States  49009-5316

    Western Michigan University

    1903 W. Michigan Avenue
    Kalamazoo, MI  United States  49008-5241
  • Principal Investigators:

    Attanayake, Upul

    Oh, Jun-Seok

    Kwigizile, Valerian

  • Start Date: 20150801
  • Expected Completion Date: 20160731
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160731
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers
  • Subprogram: Research

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01590090
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC60, TRC-15-05
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Feb 9 2016 2:33PM