Characterization of Underserved Population Perceptions and Mobility Needs in Connected-Vehicle and Smarter City Environments - Phase 4

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 goal of the proposed outreach effort is to better understand and characterize underserved populations perceptions about mobility needs in urban and rural environments of the Pacific Northwest and to inform these communities about the opportunities for mobility improvement that a smart city could provide. Year-4 Outreach project will execute the following tasks Task 1: Mapping PacTrans Research Outcome to the Center’s Theme Areas In this task, the project PIs will review the final reports for completed projects at their institutions and interview researchers to identify the short-term and long-term impacts of the research and map the research outcome to the four Center’s themes. As part of this step, the research outcome for each research will be classified into different categories: solution to existing problems, new methods and innovations, policy-focused research, national or regional focus, etc. The result if this task activities will be used to develop an integrated research outcome database Task 2: Develop and Disseminate Outreach Materials The integrated database developed as part of task 1 will be used to determine the content of the different outreach materials, considering the target audience and stakeholders, the message to be advocated. Different communication tools and channels will be identified and utilized as part of the project, including: detailed technical briefs (paper and web-based format), short videos, webinars, different networking initiatives (social media, research blogs, etc.).


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $350000
  • 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

    University of Washington, Seattle

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

    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

    Washington State University, Pullman

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

    Abdel-Rahim, Ahmed

    Hurwitz, David

    Connor, Billy

    Hajbabaie, Ali

    Ban, Xuegang

  • Start Date: 20180816
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210815
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01701474
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747110
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Apr 5 2019 3:33PM