Rosalie Singerman Ray, a postdoctoral Research Associate in Transportation Technology and Society, with two other researchers in UCL, shared their opinions on how to make sure public transit has sustainable funding in the coming years as COVID19 has triggered a crisis for public transport.
Lastly, we can make better use of funding for public transport by engaging with people who rely on transit to get around the city. Public transport cannot improve social equity without understanding the needs of everyone from office commuters to shift workers, Black, indigenous, and minority ethnicities – including parents, children, disabled and senior citizens. This is under threat if funding is not sustainable after COVID-19.
For more information, please refer to the article in The Conversation.
On behalf of researchers at the University of Connecticut, we invite you to participate in an academic study of essential worker transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers will ask participants to discuss their travel behaviors and demographic characteristics.
Any person above the age of 18, living in the United States, and currently working outside of their home is invited to participate. The survey can be accessed at the below link.
Dr. Atkinson-Palombo is assisting with the organization of the 2020 Conference on Sustainability and Emerging Transportation Technology: Shaping the Future of Mobility. The conference runs from August 31 – September 2, 2020 in Irvine, CA.
“The Rise and Fall of the Segway: Lessons for the Social Adoption of Future Transportation” was recently published in Transfers:
Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies. This paper was written by Andrew Clark, an undergraduate student in Civil Engineering at UConn under the supervision of Drs. Atkinson-Palombo and Norman Garrick. Click here to be brought to the full article.
Once posited as a revolutionary transportation technology, the Segway never took off as some expected because the social acceptance of the technology was not considered in a systematic manner. Using a framework for social acceptance of technology borrowed from the literature on renewable energy, we examine how social, economic, and environmental costs of the Segway, along with regulatory issues presented barriers to implementation. High prices, legislative and spatial issues, and a lack of appeal to consumers presented challenges to acceptance. This case study provides a timely reminder of the multifaceted and complex nature of social acceptance that will need to be applied to future innovations, such as autonomous vehicles, to better understand factors that need to be considered for them to be embraced by society.
Dr. Norman Garrick’s latest article on CityLab, “What Does This Street In Zürich Mean?” looks at how the city of Zürich in Switzerland looks beyond cars to use their street space in the city’s best interest. Click here to view article.
“What can Uber, Lyft data tell cities about transit deserts?” was recently published by Smart Cities Deep Dive on recent TTS paper by Dr. Carol Atkinson-Palombo: “Understanding the Surprising and Oversized Use of Ridesourcing Services in Poor Neighborhoods in New York City.” Click here to view article.
“Understanding the Surprising and Oversized Use of Ridesourcing Services in Poor Neighborhoods in New York City” was recently published by TTS members Dr. Atkinson-Palombo, Lorenzo Varone, and Dr. Norman Garrick. This research is being continued this summer in collaboration with the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.
On April 18th, join AUVSI New England for their ROBOTICA Autonomous Vehicle Summit in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Atkinson-Palombo, TTS Co-Director, will be one of the speakers at the event. To learn more and to register click here.