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Transportation Planning & Policy

Researchers are exploring the transition to sustainable transportation, emphasizing innovations in planning and policy to reduce the need for travel within cities; shifting travel to non-automobile modes such as walking, cycling and public transit; and low-carbon transportation fuels and propulsion technologies. Researchers are also studying social equity related to transportation policies and planning as well as historical research to understand the economic, cultural and policy contexts of current policy "paths."

Faculty engaged in teaching and research in the areas of transportation planning and policy work across multiple disciplines and problem areas. A primary aim is to achieve the goal of "sustainable transportation." This emphasizes  planning and policies to reduce aggregate travel, the shift to non-automotive modes of travel, such as walking, cycling and public transit, and the transition to low-carbon transportation fuels and propulsion technologies. A second research areas focuses on social equity and addresses the benefits and costs to different groups of transportation policies and planning. A third research area is more contextual, seeking a deeper understanding of the historical, cultural, economic, and policy frameworks that have created status-quo travel behaviors.  Research tools include original surveys of travel behavior, modeling regional travel and land use, scenario analysis, project evaluation and impact analysis, and studio courses directed toward applied research with local and regional agencies.

Faculty in the transportation area have worked in many parts of the world and offer a certificate in Transportation Planning.

Stewart Fotheringham
Foundation Professor

Fotheringham is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and Academia Europaea whose work focuses on the analysis of spatial data in relation to a variety of areas including health data, crime patterns and migration.

Jason Kelley
Lecturer

Kelley researches transportation planning, sustainable design, as well as impact of pricing strategies on low-income and transportation-disadvantaged groups.

David King
Assistant Professor

King, an assistant professor in urban planning, focuses his research on the codependence of transportation and land use planning. King is also a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Paratransit Committee.

Michael Kuby
Professor

Kuby specializes in transportation, energy, optimal facility location and network design models, and alternative fuels, stations, and vehicles. His research has been funded by NSF, U.S. Dept. of Energy, and NASA.

Trisalyn Nelson
Director and Foundation Professor

Nelson's work currently focuses on using spatial and spatial-temporal analyses to track wildlife movement and active transportation. She is also the founder of BikeMaps.org, a crowdsourcing app for bike safety and ridership.

David Pijawka
Professor

Pijawka's research focuses on sustainable planning and design, disaster management and recovery, environmental justice, and Native American community planning.

Deborah Salon
Assistant Professor

Salon researches travel behavior and the built environment, climate policy for transport, and government and transit agency institutions with the goal to inform policies that reduce global automobile dependence.

Daoqin Tong
Associate Professor

Tong's research primarily focuses on the use of spatial analytics including spatial optimization, geographic information system, and spatial statistics to support urban and regional studies concerning location.


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