New Article on Transit Sustainable Funding Issue

September 13, 2020

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.

Photo by Tim Rüßmann on Unsplash
One of the Metro Stations in Germany

For more information, please refer to the article in The Conversation.

Survey:Working outside of your home during the COVID-19 pandemic?

April 22, 2020

Hello,

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.

English-language version

https://uconn.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6D0iBosgOmSZjCJ

Spanish-language version

https://uconn.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5bytQMy8fHrCkbb

 

If you have any questions, please email quinn.molloy@uconn.edu. Please forward this message or link to any others you think might be interested in participation.

 

Thanks!

University of Connecticut Transportation, Technology, & Society Research Group

‘Thank you’ sign in Connecticut expressing thanks to essential workers during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Rise and Fall of the Segway – New Publication by Andrew Clark

January 23, 2020

“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.

 

Abstract

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.

 

Smart Cities Article on Recent TTS Publication

July 11, 2019

“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.

New Publication on Ridesourcing Services in New York City

June 17, 2019

“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.

Engineering for Human Rights

April 14, 2019

TTS’s Davis Chacon-Hurtado has been working with UConn’s Engineering for Human Rights Initiative. To learn more about this initiative click here.

Upcoming AV Summit in Cambridge, MA

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.

TTS’s Autonomous Vehicle Conference

April 6, 2019

Our April 1st conference, “Putting Humans in the AV Driver’s Seat,” focused on autonomous vehicles and their possible impacts on people, policy, and law. The event was covered in UConn Today’s “Autonomous Vehicles: Diverse Group Seeks to Answer Broad Questions” and MarketWatch’s “Travelers Institute Co-hosts Autonomous Vehicle Symposium at UConn.” You can learn more about the speakers and the event itself here on our website.