Mega-Travel in Megaregions: An Update on Growth Trends and Research Needs

The proposed project updates the knowledge base on megaregions. It considers both global and domestic (USA) shifts in economic and political environment, demographic changes, and technological innovations that have occurred since the first round of megaregion studies around twelve years ago. Building on prior research, the project plans to carry out seven tasks.Task 1 aims at refining the conceptual definition of megaregions and developing a framework for mega-regional coordination, planning, and policy making, with a focus on transportation. Task 2 and 3 examine the demographic and economic trends, respectively, and study the travel demand implications of these trends in the US megaregions. Task 4 focuses on technological innovations and applications, e.g, big data and mobile apps, and their implications for intra- and inter-regional travel. Task 5 investigates the spatial dimension of the socioeconomic and demographic trends in megaregions. Task 6 conducts a survey of metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and state departments of transportation (DOTs) in the US megaregions, asking for their concerns and input on cross-jurisdictional transportation issues. Task 7 proposes a research agenda for megaregions based on the analyses completed in previous tasks and the survey results. The proposed research activities will be integrated into a joint planning studio scheduled for 2017-18.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $ 129797
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747135

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Department of Transportation

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      University Transportation Center Program

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Department of Transportation

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      University Transportation Centers Program

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Stearns, Amy

    • Performing Organizations:

      Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions

      University of Texas at Austin
      Austin, TX  United States  78712
    • Principal Investigators:

      Zhang, Ming

      Steiner, Frederick

      Yaro, Robert

    • Start Date: 20171001
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180930
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01650964
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747135
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Nov 15 2017 5:48PM