Incorporating active transport into the regional planning process to support first and last mile travel

There is a gap between research on long-distance transit services, such as high speed rail, and research on bikeability and walkability at the final destination. High-quality bicycle and pedestrian facilities have the potential to support the first and last mile movements in long-distance trips, but most active transport research focuses on attracting riders for short-distance trips. Meanwhile, ensuring adequate connectivity for high speed rail and other intercity transit modes remains a key issue in megaregion mobility. Including active transport in multimodal planning has become an issue of national interest. In a 2010 policy statement, the United States Department of Transportation encouraged transportation agencies to “implement improvements to their walking and bicycling networks, including linkages to transit.” (USDOT 2017) This project will examine current efforts to incorporate active transport in planning decisions, and it will attempt to quantify some of the impacts that active transport infrastructure can have on long-distance travel behavior. This will be useful to expand the scope of bicycle and pedestrian transportation planning from considering only short-distance trips to being an essential part of a larger multimodal framework. Key themes are interoperability, traveler comfort, and the role of new technologies and operational strategies.

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $ 56049
    • 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:

      Walton, C

    • Start Date: 20180901
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190831
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01651015
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747135
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Nov 17 2017 4:44PM