Characterization of Underserved Population Perceptions and Mobility Needs in Connected-Vehicle and Smarter City Environments

Connected-vehicle and smarter city environments have the potential of transforming the transportation system. The increased number of on-demand mobility options and the information available to travelers has created a new dynamic in unlimited opportunities. Cities across the nation are developing new smart city initiatives to integrate open data with new transportation systems so that people can move more freely in their communities. These technologies will operate our surface transportation systems at maximum safety and efficiency. However, as technological innovation continues to progress at light speed, the country’s underserved communities are increasingly left behind. The objective of this PacTrans outreach effort is to better understand and characterize underserved populations perceptions about mobility needs in connected and smarter city environments. The PacTrans outreach project team, in partnership with stakeholders from a variety of underserved populations, will conduct extensive outreach activities in the form of focus group meetings, interviews, and presentations to educate targeted underserved communities about the different mobility options in connected vehicle and smart-city environments and gather information about their mobility needs and perceptions about new mobility opportunities.


    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $175000
    • Contract Numbers:


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium

      University of Washington
      More Hall Room 112
      Seattle, WA  United States  98195-2700

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

      University of Idaho, Moscow

      Department of Civil Engineering
      P.O. Box 441022
      Moscow, ID  United States  83844-1022
    • Project Managers:

      Abdel-Rahim, Ahmed

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Idaho, Moscow

      Department of Civil Engineering
      P.O. Box 441022
      Moscow, ID  United States  83844-1022

      Washington State University, Pullman

      Civil & Environmental Engineering Department
      PO Box 642910
      Pullman, WA  United States  99164-2910

      University of Alaska Fairbanks

      College of Engineering & Mines
      P.O. Box 755960
      Fairbanks, AK  United States  99775-5960

      Oregon State University, Corvallis

      Department of Civil Engineering
      202 Apperson Hall
      Corvallis, OR  United States  97331-2302

      University of Washington, Seattle

      Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
      201 More Hall, Box 352700
      Seattle, WA  United States  98195-2700
    • Principal Investigators:

      Abdel-Rahim, Ahmed

      Hurwitz, David

      Connor, Billy

      Ban, Xuegang

      Hajbabaie, Ali

    • Start Date: 20170815
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190816
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01701473
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747110
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Apr 5 2019 3:32PM