Multimodalism for Small Cities

Principal Investigator(s):

Carol Becker, Former Lecturer, Humphrey School of Public Affairs


  • Frank Douma, Director, State & Local Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Project summary:

Multimodalism is when travelers are able to choose from more than one mode to make a trip. Modes include walking, cycling and motorized travel and can be broken down in a number of ways. Motorized travel can further be categorized by the type of vehicle used to make the trip e.g., automobile, bus, train, airplane, or other vehicle. It can also be categorized by whether the vehicle is public or private and whether the trip is shared. One facet of this research is to identify the cutting-edge activities occurring throughout the country to promote and facilitate multimodal travel in small urban areas. A major focus of this work is to identify collaborative or innovative partnerships and approaches to support and promote multimodalism. Once this work is complete, the researchers plan to meet with MnDOT staff to identify six case studies and father detailed information about these multimodal projects. The case studies will look in-depth at how the programs were implemented and by whom, program costs, actors in the communities, and factors in success.

Project details:

  • Project number: 2013029
  • Start date: 09/2012
  • Project status: Completed
  • Research area: Environment and Energy
  • Topics: Modes, Urban Transportation

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