Planning for the Future of Intermodal Passenger Facilities: Guide and Decision-Making Framework

Intermodal passenger facilities can support and promote seamless, sustainable travel by public, private, and personal transportation modes. Well-designed, welcoming intermodal passenger facilities can attract users, build community, and support economic vitality. During the past decade, innovations in transportation-related technologies and business models have emerged, including shared and on-demand mobility; advances in digital payments and trip planning; improved electric cars, buses, bikes, and scooters; more widespread Internet connectivity; and advances in connected and automated vehicle technology. By leveraging these innovations and matching them with the travel needs of surrounding communities, intermodal passenger facilities can improve accessibility, air quality, and local and regional economies. While timelines are uncertain and true impacts are unknown, society appears to be on the edge of further technological advances in mobility that may have historic, multi-faceted effects. The realization and expansion of connected and automated transportation (including private vehicles, transit, and advanced air mobility) may change how people travel and where they live. The electrification of the transportation network will increase the need for readily available charging centers for a variety of modes. Intermodal passenger facilities should be planned and constructed so that they can be adapted to the technological advances that may be realized in the next 20 years. Recognizing the need for multi-modal transportation research, the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), the National Highway Cooperative Research Program (NCHRP), and the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) support this research project. Improving multi-modal, sustainable mobility requires intermodal collaboration, particularly to ensure that capital projects, such as intermodal passenger facilities, effectively serve future community needs and address innovations in design, technology, and business models. The objective of this research is to develop a guide and decision-making framework for stakeholders to plan, implement, and operate intermodal passenger facilities that address the near- and longer-term needs in different types of communities.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $450000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project D-21

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Schwager, Dianne

  • Start Date: 20220111
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01758787
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project D-21
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 23 2020 3:06PM