Understanding Modal Shift during the Pandemic and Quantifying its Public Health Impact

The goal of this study is to provide useful insights for policymakers in transportation and health departments on travel behavior changes during the pandemic. The research and analysis will be based on data from a national survey fielded in the Spring. The study's research plan is structured as follows: (1) characterize modal shifts during the pandemic by transportation mode and transportation use; (2) identify significant factors influencing mode shift during the pandemic; (3) model the short-and long-term public health impacts of mode shift occurring during the pandemic. Through this work, we seek to provide actionable information to practitioners on viable pathways for increasing active transportation and the best environments for doing so. This work will also provide intuitive metrics on how transportation mode shift during the pandemic impacted public health.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $80000
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  • 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:

    Center for Advanced Researchh in Transportation Emissionss, Energy and Health

    Texas A&M Transportation Instiitute
    College Station, Texas  United States  77843
  • Project Managers:

    Ehsani, Johnathon

    Michael, Jeffrey

  • Performing Organizations:

    Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

    Baltimore, MD  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Duren, Michelle

  • Start Date: 20210101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220731
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers
  • Source Data: 05-45-JHU

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01762560
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advancing Research in Transportation Emissions, Energy, and Health
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747128
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2021 6:12PM