Changing Access to Public Transportation and the Potential for Increased Travel

With nationwide declines in public transportation ridership, transit may be falling behind in its ability tohelp cities deal with congestion. Increasing real-estate values are causing the economic displacement of low-income populations, those most closely associated with transit ridership. A plethora of new mobility options are providing alternatives for transit riders who can afford them and even for those who require subsidy. But how will access to transit, ridership, and congestion be impacted by these shifts in demographics and the introduction of new mobility services? In thrust 1, the team assessed the impacts of low-income individuals and families moving to the periphery of communities, i.e., the suburbanization of poverty, on public transit. In addition, this thrust provided a detailed analysis of sociodemographic and accessibility changes over time. In thrust 2, the study team developed a novel approach to understand how levels of transit service and demographics impact transit ridership on a highly specific spatial and temporal scale. In thrust 3, the study team developed a better understanding of the interactions between public transit and transportation network company (TNC) providers. In thrust 4, the study team documented the rapid evolution of paratransit services available to access healthcare. Although the research in all four thrusts focused on specific areas of the southeast US, the results are applicable nationally to aid transit and regional planning agencies.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $352920
  • Contract Numbers:


  • 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:

    Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE)

    University of Florida
    365 Weil Hall
    Gainesville, FL  United States  32611
  • Project Managers:

    Tucker-Thomas, Dawn

  • Performing Organizations:

    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

    790 Atlantic Drive
    Atlanta, GA  United States  30332-0355

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    UNC-CH New East Building
    Campus Box #3140
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina  United States  27599-3140

    North Carolina State University, Raleigh

    Department of Civil Engineering, Campus Box 7908
    Raleigh, NC  United States  27695-7908

    University of Florida Transportation Institute

    P.O. Box 116580
    Gainesville, FL  United States  32611
  • Principal Investigators:

    Watkins, Kari

  • Start Date: 20180801
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200331
  • Actual Completion Date: 20210622
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01679760
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747104
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2018 12:18PM