Updating and Expanding LRT/BRT/SCT/CRT Data and Analysis

This project will update and expand the project's station area databases (developed under previous National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) contracts 547, 650, and 763) to include new systems added since the late 2000s and more metropolitan areas. Under prior NITC contracts, the NTIC built station area databases for 12 light rail transit (LRT) systems, nine bus rapid transit (BRT) systems, four streetcar transit (SCT), and five commuter rail transit (CRT) systems. The project included employment data extending annually from 2002 through 2011, and census data for 2000 and 2010. The analysis compared development, demographic and housing outcomes associated with these transit systems during the period before the Great Recession (2000 through 2007) and during recession into recovery (2008 through 2011). Two final reports, several press interviews including one press conference in DC plus several webinars, and nearly 20 papers have been published, accepted for publication, or are in review. Though the principal investigator found important differences in outcomes between the study periods of 2000-2007 and 2008-2011, this research could not measure or compare outcomes during the period of economic stability that commenced about 2012. The project thus proposes to update and analyze those databases to 2015. This will allow the project to compare outcomes associated with these transit systems before (2000-2007), during (2008-2011) and after (2012-2015) the Great Recession. Moreover, since some LRT and streetcar systems as well as most BRT systems did not start until well into the 2000s (some during the Great Recession), the updated database will allow for more comprehensive assessment of outcomes between the Great Recession and early recovery into the period of relative economic stability. Using newly released Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing affordability data, we will include a new area of research associating transit station proximity to variations in median household transportation costs. Though we will apply these updated and expanded data to the methods we developed for earlier studies, and new ones, a key benefit of the databases and shape files is that will make them available freely through NITC to enable other researchers to conduct micro-level analysis as well as in-depth longitudinal and comparative analyses that the project team have not. The project anticipates this will be a valuable contribution to future research by academics, students, policy analysts, and transit organizations.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $130738
  • Contract Numbers:

    NITC 1103

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    University of Arizona, Tucson

    PO Box 210072
    Tucson, AZ  United States  85721


    600 NE Grand Ave.
    Portland, OR  United States  97232-2736

    Wasatch Front Regional Council

    295 N. Jimmy Doolittle Rd.
    Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84116

    Mid-American Regional Council

    600 Broadway, Suite 200
    Kansas City, Missouri  United States  64105-1659

    City of Tucson

    Department of Transportation
    PO Box 27210
    Tucson, Arizona  United States  85726-7210

    Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada

    600 S Grand Central Pkwy
    Suite 350
    Las Vegas, NV  United States  89106
  • Managing Organizations:

    TREC at Portland State University

    1900 SW Fourth Ave, Suite 175
    P.O. Box 751
    Portland, Oregon  United States  97201
  • Project Managers:

    Hagedorn, Hau

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Arizona

    College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture
    1040 N. Olive Road
    Tucson, Arizona  United States  85719
  • Principal Investigators:

    Nelson, Arthur

  • Start Date: 20170901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01641375
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Institute for Transportation and Communities
  • Contract Numbers: NITC 1103
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 20 2017 6:54PM