Application of an Equity Rubric that Defines Purpose and Need for Rural and Low Density Communities In Megaregions

Residents of rural and low density areas are challenged with meeting travel needs to work, medical, shopping, recreation or other trip purposes. Community advocates often express concern that rural low income, ethnic and senior residents are inadequately considered in transportation planning and decision making. Federal process requires a statement of need or purpose in order to address consideration of financing for transportation improvements. Showing need where congestion or safety are not problems is often based on sociodemographic variables and lacks a convincing, well established process. When transportation needs require crossing jurisdictional boundaries, additional challenges are created. The Texas Megaregion is anchored by the core triangle of Houston, Dallas, Austin/San Antonio. The triangle is supported by an extension west along IH10 toward Louisiana, leading to the Gulf Coast megaregion. Traveling west from Houston on the way to Beaumont are the several rural areas between the small towns of Baytown, Port Arthur and Nederland. This work will apply a previously developed rubric to assessment of travel purpose and need for the residents in this IH10 corridor.

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $65340
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747135

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      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:

      Lewis, Carol

    • Start Date: 20181001
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190901
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01674194
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747135
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Jun 29 2018 3:23PM