E-Bike Sharing And The Infrastructure Implications And Environmental Impacts Of New Technology In Transportation Systems

Electric bicycles, and electric bicycle sharing programs, represent a new technology in the transportation system. E-bike sharing programs have the potential to replace current modes of transportation, while also improving the mobility of disadvantaged populations. This work will use a survey approach to gather data as to who the users of the e-bike share are and the types of trips which they are making with the e-bikes.

Autonomous Vehicles and Their Potential to Shift Transit Ridership in Urban Areas

Autonomous vehicles present a unique opportunity to increase safety, roadway capacity, and even extend services to people with disabilities. At the same time, their potential impact with respect to decreasing transit ridership of established systems has not yet been well studied, along with the corresponding sustainability implications. Increased transit ridership decreases the number of vehicles on roadways and decreases the environmental impact of passenger transportation. However, It is often less convenient compared to a personal automobile with respect to convenience.

Assessment of Extreme Weather Events Under Changing Climate on Transit Desert Communities

Extreme weather events like Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Harvey had severe impacts on local communities and their transportation infrastructure. In many cases evacuation out of flooded areas was difficult because of a lack of adequate transportation infrastructure. In this study, a vulnerability assessment will be made by combining storm surge and extreme rainfall projections with the Transit Deserts method that assesses geographic vulnerability, in regards to access to employment and other services that impact quality of life, and transit equity and access.

Innovative Places: Methodological Framework for Measuring Environmental Determinants and Operationalizing an Innovation Index (I-Index)

The role of built environment on promoting innovation has been widely discoursed theoretically and empirically. Yet, there is no comprehensive measure of innovation friendliness for cities at the national scale. For any quantitative study on economic and quality-of-life impacts of innovation, we first need a valid and reliable measure of innovation friendliness. In this research we consider Innovation, development of the customer demand new products, goods or services. For instance the growing customer demand for the light and highly user friendly laptops is a valid reason to see more innovative computer science corporations, more economically prosper.

Transportation Policies to Facilitate Electric Vehicle Adoption at the Local Government Level: A Preliminary Study

Electric and hybrid vehicles (EVs/HEVs) form a key component of sustainable urban transportation in the future because these vehicles eliminate or reduce dependence on non-renewable energy sources, and also minimize air pollution. Transportation policies that encourage the adoption of EVs/HEVs are critically needed. The adoption of EVs/HEVs in a given urban landscape depends on a number of factors related to multiple disciplines, and interactions between a number of stakeholders.