Transportation & Infrastructure

Improving the Movement of People and Goods

The need for greater mobility, limited funding opportunities, and the uncertainty and opportunities offered by emerging technologies create ongoing challenges to providing sustainable infrastructure and transportation systems. To help governments and practitioners respond to these issues, the Center conducts research on transportation infrastructure investment and design to promote quality growth that addresses the need for greater equity and choice, mobility, accessibility, and economic development. Multimodal and non-motorized transportation are integrated with passenger and freight movement needs in the Center’s approach to research.

Related Project: Crowdsourced Social Media Monitoring System Development
Sponsor: Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)
Timeframe: May 26, 2016 – August 25, 2017

This project undertaken between May 2016 and August 2017 reviews and analyses the state of art and practice of traffic and incident management (TIM) by traffic management centers (TMCs) in USA and investigates the potential application of crowdsourcing and social media monitoring systems in TMC operations. The data collected through the semi-structures interviews of TMCs personnel in many states of USA was analyzed to understand the challenges faced by TMC in TIM in practice and how crowdsourced data can alleviate those challenges. The merits and demerits of various types of crowdsourced traffic management systems were studied. Study efforts resulted into recommendations for integrated TIM architecture that can improve the workflow at the TMC and a low-cost crowdsourced TIM system for TMCs.

Additional Projects:

Title: Multimodal Planning at the Megaregional Scale
Sponsor: American Planning Association in Collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration
Timeframe: June 1, 2015 – December 31, 2016

Title: Freight-Movement, Port Facilities, and Economic Competitiveness
Sponsor: Georgia Department of Transportation
Timeframe: June 2012-November 2016

Title: Atlanta Regional Plan 2040 Health Impact Assessment
Sponsor: A collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts
Timeframe: June 1, 2010-May 1, 2011

Title: Freight Movement, Port Facilities, and Economic Competitiveness – Supplemental Task: County-to-County Freight Movement (National and State Level)
Sponsor: Georgia Department of Transportation
Timeframe: December 2013-June 2016

Title: Bringing Freight Components into Statewide and Regional Travel Demand Forecasting
Sponsor: Georgia Department of Transportation in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Transportation
Timeframe: January 2012-July 2014