Accessibility and Behavior Impacts of Bus-Highway System Interactions

On-highway bus systems and park-and-ride facilities constitute gaps in current understanding of the economic accessibility landscape in Minnesota. This project will improve accessibility calculation capabilities and understanding of travel behavior by integrating data about highway bus operations, park-and-ride facilities, and urban parking costs. Each component will be analyzed individually, and then merged to develop a recommended methodology for calculating accessibility and estimating traveler mode choice in contexts where park-and-ride transit is an option. The results can be applied to better understand current accessibility conditions and travel behavior, to evaluate planning scenarios and guide project selection and prioritization, and to inform operational decisions involving park-and-ride facilities and highway transit operations.