Community-Oriented and Data-Driven Mobility Modeling for Rural and Disconnected Communities

Communities in rural and small-urban areas commonly face accessibility barriers in transportation, healthcare, and information services. These challenges are particularly acute for low-income, minority, older, and disabled populations, exacerbating disparities in accessing essential services like food, jobs, education, and medical care. The goal of the project is to improve accessibility and mobility for rural and disconnected communities through mobility modeling and a community-oriented approach. Focusing on access to healthcare and food as case studies, the project will employ novel feature-engineering and data fusion approaches to identify data gaps, overcome data-related challenges, and understand unique spatiotemporal travel patterns in rural areas. Furthermore, a mobility modeling framework will be developed to evaluate mobility services specifically tailored for rural and disconnected communities such as micro-mobility, paratransit, and demand-responsive transit. The project outcomes will enhance efficiency for low-demand long-distance trips by integrating diverse transportation modes, thereby improving overall accessibility and mobility. The project will also identify unmet needs, allowing for targeted policy recommendations that positively impact transportation within rural and disconnected communities.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $448598
  • Contract Numbers:


  • 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 Regional and Rural Connected Communities

    North Carolina A&T State University
    Greensboro, NC  United States  27411
  • Project Managers:

    Pandey, Venktesh

  • Performing Organizations:

    Clemson University

    Box 345702, Room 300, Brackett Hall
    Clemson, SC  United States  29634

    Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton

    Boca Raton, FL  United States  33431

    North Carolina A&T State University

    1601 E. Market Street
    Greensboro, NC  United States  27411

    University of Alabama, Huntsville

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Huntsville, AL  United States  35899

    University of Georgia, Athens

    College of Engineering
    Driftmier Engineering Center
    Athens, Georgia  United States  30602
  • Principal Investigators:

    Durham, Stephan

    Liu, Jun

    Liu, Rongfang

    Nagarajan, Sudhagar

    Ogle, Jennifer

    Pandey, Venktesh

    Jidong, Yang

  • Start Date: 20230801
  • Expected Completion Date: 20260731
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01892504
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Regional and Rural Connected Communities
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3552348304
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Sep 7 2023 9:42AM