Transit Deserts in the Texas Triangle: Measuring Transit Demand and Supply at the Megaregional Scale

Continued population growth, decentralized development patterns, and more interconnected regional economies have led to the emergence of the megaregion. Globally, megaregions will continue to grow both in terms of population size and number of jobs, necessitating large-scale planning to manage this growth and ensure equitable distribution of economic prosperity. However, planning at the regional scale does not have a strong presence or history in the U.S. Metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and other planning and transit authorities are limited, politically and financially, to their local areas. This leads to information gaps and a lack of collective data that is needed to guide regional planning decisions. This project addresses this gap in information and provides a standard framework for measuring transit supply and demand at the megaregional scale. The project focuses on the "Texas Triangle‟ megaregion, formed by the metropolitan areas of Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. This megaregion is one of the most heavily populated and congested area in the nation and the current infrastructure is not expected to withstand much more additional capacity. Expanding upon previous transit desert research at the city-level, this project will create more precise methods of measuring transit supply and demand at the megaregional scale, identify geographic patterns and distribution of transit deserts within the Texas Triangle, and evaluate how regional transit deserts affect the growing trend of "super-commuters‟. Researchers will conduct a comprehensive review of transit data across jurisdictions from multiple transit agencies and planning organizations at the city, metropolitan, and county levels. Data will be standardized for comparison and combined to create a clearer picture of regional transit demand and supply. Then, the data will be spatially represented and analyzed against the inter-city travel patterns of super-commuters. Results from this research will allow transit agencies to make evidenced based decisions using data from multiple jurisdictions when addressing regional transit access inequity. It would create measurements, tools, and processes that could be applied in other megaregions, promoting transit equity at the national level. This research would also provide insight into the growing trend of “super-commuters” and their influence on future megaregion connection and development.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $ 53470
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747135

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Department of Transportation

      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
    • Managing Organizations:

      Department of Transportation

      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:

      Jiao, Junfeng

    • Start Date: 20170901
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180930
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01651013
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747135
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Nov 17 2017 4:21PM