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Summary of Completed Research Projects
Click below for more detailed information on completed research projects as of April 2019

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Dock-less Bikeshare Programs in Dire Need of Formal Oversight and Safety Assurances, Researchers Say
Cities are in the midst of a mobility revolution, led in part by a boom in app-based, dock-less bike share platforms that allow residents and tourists alike to rent and ride a bicycle in virtually any location in the city and end their ride wherever they choose. Dock-less bike share programs are active in nearly every large city in the U.S., and have grown tremendously in scale and format over the past two years.


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Researcher Highlight: Anand Puppala
Dr. Anand Puppala has been with The University of Texas at Arlington for over two decades. Dr. Puppala is a distinguished university professor for Civil Engineering and is Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering. He has been enrolled as a faculty member at UTA since 1996. He has obtained his BE, MSCE, and Ph. D. in Civil Engineering from Andhra, IIT Madras, and Louisiana State University respectively.

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UAA Conference 2019
Every year the Urban Affairs Association hosts a conference to bring scholars from around the world to Los Angeles, CA. Our very own Aabiya Noman Baqai and David Weinreich were there and came back with all of the details to share with our team – and you. This year’s UAA conference was Aabiya’s first. Aabiya says that the conference was useful and empowering. She says it was interesting to see similar research topics being tackled from different perspectives.

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T2 Assistant Directors added for collaboration
We recently added five new Technology Transfer Assistant Directors to our CTEDD team. The T2 Assistant Directors will help guide CTEDD’s individual campuses on viable technology transfer activities including research dissemination and implementation; student-led activities and events; and campus-wide lecture series and workshops.

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Amruta Sakalker awarded 2019 Women in Transportation Scholarship
Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) is an internationally known organization that attracts, sustains and strengthens women, and their connections to the transportation world. WTS chooses a recipient for their annual scholarships and this year our very own Amruta Sakalker received the Wanda J. Schafer Award.

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Additions to CTEDD Team
We are excited to announce that we have added two new members to CTEDD’s Executive Commitee. Carolyn McAndrews, along with Soyoung Ahn, both from University of Wisconsin-Madison, are CTEDD’s newest Associate Directors. Carolyn McAndrews is currently an associate professor in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture. Dr. Soyoung Ahn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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Fragmentation of Local Governments Has Direct and Lasting Impact on Regional Transit Service and Future Planning, Study says
Most American metropolitan areas feature a core city, as well as numerous independently-governed smaller cities adjacent to it. These patchworks of communities must coordinate to provide public transit, which is often very difficult. Resulting in large gaps in the system—areas where residents can’t get to work, medical appointments, jobs and school without a car.

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Researcher Highlight: Ahoura Zandiatashbar
Ahoura Zandiatashbar began his career with an architectural engineering and design background, studying in Iran. This still influences the work he does. “I was always drawn to the use of technology in design, modeling and visualization. So, my research focus during my Ph.D. has been also economic modeling, geospatial analysis and urban visualization used mostly for policy developments,” says Ahoura.

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National Partnership Launched to Empower Texas Transit Boards, Bring Innovative Thinking to Transit Leadership
Urban transit agency boards play a vital role in translating a community’s needs and preferences into lasting action. Often made up of ordinary citizens representing specific neighborhoods or constituencies, these boards engage in critical, long-range planning that can transform cities for better or worse.

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Researcher Highlight: Catherine Osborn
Catherine was a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Transportation of Equity, Decisions and Dollars (CTEDD) this past semester. She was recently offered a Transit-Oriented Development Planning Internship in the Sustainability Department at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG).

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Drive.ai Experience
Arlington has welcomed self driving cars into the city. On Friday, April 12, CTEDD Student Council (CSC), alongside the Student Planning Association (SPA) organized an event to learn about the program and take advantage of the experience.

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