, Professor, Metropolitan Design Center
Andrew Owen, Director, Accessibility Observatory, Center for Transportation Studies
This project involves two parts. In the first part, the Accessibility Observatory at the Center for Transportation Studies will apply demographic data sets, the testing of pre-defined variables and the modeling of GIS spatial analysis to consider disparities along proposed arterial transitway corridor lines in Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties (Gold, Rush, D & E BRT lines) In the second part, the Minnesota Design Center in the College of Design will engage communities to help map key destinations and assess the qualitative aspects of first- and last-mile travel to and from transit stations to ensure the creation of the best possible experience for transit users. The needs of under-represented groups and people of color, who face barriers to accessing necessities and getting to specific places, will be a particular focus of this work. We will make specific recommendations for various station areas and develop a mixed-methods, quantitative and qualitative toolkit that the transportation planning community can use in work going forward. This project seeks to expand the understanding of equity in accessibility research by providing qualitative research questions that focus on why and how people make choices in relation to transportation systems.