Investigating the Post-Covid Future of Mobility: Video Case Studies

The Covid pandemic has brought a strategic inflection point (SIP) to the world and eco-system of transportation. Before the pandemic, the transportation industry was in a state of upheaval due to the entrance of new tech-driven on-demand mobility services. Long standing travel habits such as driving to the store were starting to change and be replaced by ride hailing, home delivery, and using shared bikes or e-scooters instead of a car. During the Covid crisis, people had to adapt their travel behavior even more, abandoning their commute under shelter-in-place orders and starting to bike and walk more around their local neighborhood. New high tech mobility options like flying taxis and space tourism were making headlines during the pandemic, yet people were actually buying traditional reliable options like used cars and bicycles in unprecedented numbers. Public transit ridership plummeted to historic lows, calling its survival into question, while fixed routes began to be replaced by on-demand services. This project investigates the question of what happens next. Which long-term trends boosted by the pandemic are here to stay? Will some travel return to pre-pandemic norms? What new technological and institutional adaptations are required to serve the “new normal” for travel demand and traffic? The study team will address these questions using a mixed methods approach. First, a review of the scientific and news literature will assess the emerging trends and understanding in the public dialogue on these topics. The study team will then interview leading entrepreneurs, technologists, executives, leading experts, top government officials in mobility and transportation businesses for their thoughts and opinions about their predictions and expectations, after the pandemic is over. These interviews will be video recorded on a video conferencing platform (e.g. Zoom) and disseminated as a series of case studies.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $6000
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747127

    • 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:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

      Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility

      San Jose State University
      San Jose, CA  United States  95112
    • Principal Investigators:

      Broaddus, Andrea

      Agrawal, Asha

      Naroola , Gurmeet

    • Start Date: 20211201
    • Expected Completion Date: 20220228
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01788884
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747127
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Nov 18 2021 11:05PM