RITI Outreach and Baseline Data Collection

Recognizing that Alaska has an incredible diversity of rural communities and indigenous cultures, UAF outreach efforts in Year 1 will be three-fold in an attempt to develop a knowledge gathering program that is as comprehensive as possible. First and foremost, UAF will develop a partnership with the Newtok Village Council in order to be a resource for their relocation project. This partnership will set the stage for discussions and dialogues with other rural and indigenous communities in the State of Alaska. Now is an incredibly opportune time to get involved with the community and help them understand what good road design can look like for very rural communities that have no experience with cars. The research team need from them how they plan to use their “new” roads and what they want and need out of a rural transportation system. The team are being provided with the opportunity to get inside a community at the beginning of a road system development and figure out what will fit their needs and be safe considering that they are transitioning from boardwalks and ATVS to gravel roads and some automobiles. Second, UAF will help coordinate and be involved with several meetings and summits that involve rural and indigenous partners (e.g., Alaska Federation of Natives Annual Convention, Tanana Chiefs Conference, and Alaska Tribal Transportation Symposium and Annual Meeting). Third, the team will conduct community visits and listening sessions in certain locations to develop key relationships. The intent of these activities is to: 1) effectively engage relevant parties needed for future research efforts; 2) better evaluate what work has been done and what the research needs of RITI communities are; and 3) establish a baseline using existing and relevant data to inform and evaluate CSET safety efforts.


    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Department of Transportation

      Research and Special Programs Administration
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC    20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Center for Safety Equity in Transportation

      University of Alaska Fairbanks
      Fairbanks, AK  United States  99775
    • Project Managers:

      Connor, Billy

    • Performing Organizations:

      Center for Safety Equity in Transportation

      University of Alaska Fairbanks
      Fairbanks, AK  United States  99775
    • Principal Investigators:

      Belz, Nathan

      Connor, Billy

    • Start Date: 20170901
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180831
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01653251
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Center for Safety Equity in Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747129
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Dec 5 2017 3:02PM