The overarching objective of this project is to create an economically sustainable and socially equitable business model to utilize innovative funding strategies for enhancing broadband access in rural areas, and underserved and disadvantaged communities. This research will apply a mixed-method research methodology, combining quantitative and qualitative techniques to identify and evaluate innovative funding strategies in the practical context of broadband connectivity in underserved and disadvantaged communities.
Many instructors struggle to effectively integrate applied learning strategies into their courses, particularly for multi-faceted and evolving fields of practice, such as transportation equity. The Equitable Transportation Planning Curriculum for Urban Planning and Transportation Programs (Transportation Equity Curriculum), currently underway with CTEDD funding, will provide emerging professionals with foundational knowledge and include some service-learning components.
Automobile emissions from highways are known to have harmful effects on the public. These harmful effects also raise concerns of environmental justice because their severity is highest near the transportation network. Established methodologies used in regional planning to identify the critical extent of emission dispersal from the highway and also to demarcate the boundaries of population group that is most at risk uses a fixed distance buffer analysis.
Despite disparity in methods and efforts, many Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are seeking to incorporate equity in their planning and project prioritization processes. Yet MPOs often focus on avoiding adverse and disproportionate impacts of projects on traditionally underserved communities, without an equal focus on developing projects that advance the needs of these communities. In addition, although the economic benefits of projects are a key priority to MPOs in the project prioritization process, few MPOs screen and rank projects based on whether they specifically improve access to opportunity for low income and minority communities.
Transportation is needed to access jobs, food, health care, recreational and open spaces, and other important destinations. Equity in transportation planning processes ensures equal access to affordable and reliable transportation while ensuring that vulnerable groups don’t receive disproportionate benefits or burdens. Without inclusive processes, transportation planning can negatively impact low-income communities, minorities, persons with disabilities, the elderly, children, and other traditionally underserved populations.
Roadway lighting is a basic roadway infrastructure to ensure nighttime safety and security for all road users (motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and transit passengers). To cost-effectively maintain a roadway lighting system, key tasks in infrastructure management include periodically measuring roadway lighting levels, diagnosing lighting performance based on collected data, and providing decision-making support for maintenance and improvement.
Transportation communication towers facilitate telecommunications that are essential for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) applications in advancing transportation safety and mobility operations. State DOTs and other agencies spend considerable amount of dollars annually to maintain towers as they are an integral part of their assets. The advancement in unmanned aerial vehicle inspections have propelled its application for assessing the infrastructure condition, especially where traditional monitoring methods are limited by the inaccessibility to hard-to-reach areas.
One of the main challenges of cancer patients is making decisions simultaneously about their cancer treatments and careers because of many factors, including side-effects and the cost of treatments. For example, the most common side-effect of cancer treatments is dizziness, which reduces the ability of patients in driving. This minor side effect might completely change cancer patients’ lives if their only mode of transportation is driving.
The aim of this project is to collect data on the recovery processes due to natural disasters to develop time and cost estimation models for post-disaster recovery activities, identify tipping points to timely post-disaster recovery processes, and determine effective policies and educational programs which prevent substantial delays in the restoration period. Due to increasing frequency and severity of natural hazards occurrence, most recovery activities take longer duration than the initial anticipated plan created immediately after the disaster happen.
Historically, transportation agencies’ main priority has been to fund, build and expand highways to safely meet the growing demand for vehicle travel. Their project prioritization processes, therefore, have focused primarily on improving capacity along the most congested major routes. Many of these agencies, however, have experienced a shift in priorities toward the maintenance of existing infrastructure, the facilitation of multi-modal transportation, and the operations and management of existing infrastructure—applications that can be more challenging to fund.