Evaluating Improved Transit Connections for Ladders of Opportunity

Many transit operators employ limited strategies to provide connectivity to transit, like bicycle racks on buses. This project will examine more innovative options, such as: subsidies, hybrid ride sharing business models, flexible routing, smaller transit vehicles, transit-sponsored bike share programs, and social carpooling to meet first and last mile needs and increase mobility for all users, especially underserved and disadvantaged populations. As part of the University of Arizona’s cost share, the technology firm Metropia Inc will provide in-kind contribution from their ongoing Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Mobility-on-Demand (MOD) program funded project that specifically addresses the supplemetnary mobility services for the regional transit services. A large amount of valuable data will be collected througout the two-year research period and this data will be very useful for the testing of the concepts and methods in this proposal. The research team uses a community based participatory research strategy and other experts to assist in developing and assesssing new performance measures that focus on economic viability, equity, health, and access to opportunity. These innovative performance measures will be used to evaluate the service effectiveness of new strategies, which include those in the aformentined FTA MOD project. By changing the focus of transit service to outcomes, the new performance measures and the resulting strategies may be used to recommend new methods for assessing transit service and systems, which may include revising the current Transit Capacity and Quality of Service Manual. The project team also expects that this foundational project will lead to additional experimental trials with partner agencies.


  • English


  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    NITC 1140

  • 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 Texas at Arlington

    School of Social Work
    Box 19308
    Arlington, TX  United States  76019-0308

    University of Texas at Arlington

    Box 19308
    Arlington, TX  United States  76019-0308


    1790 E. River Road
    Suite 140
    Tucson, AZ  United States  85718
  • 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 Texas at Arlington

    School of Social Work
    Box 19308
    Arlington, TX  United States  76019-0308

    University of Texas at Arlington

    Department of Civil Engineering
    Box 19308
    Arlington, TX  United States  76019

    University of Arizona

    College of Engineering
    1209 East 2nd Street
    Tucson, AZ  United States  85721
  • Principal Investigators:

    Chiu, Yi-Chang

    Mattingly, Stephen

    Ardekani, Sia

    Cronley , Courtney

    Fields, Noelle

  • Start Date: 20170901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190228
  • Actual Completion Date: 20190228
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01651391
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Institute for Transportation and Communities
  • Contract Numbers: NITC 1140
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 21 2017 1:23PM