Planning & Policy

Research in transportation planning and policy addresses a wide range of issues that affect the planning, design, and building of an intermodal transportation system at the local, regional, and state level. Research in this area has addressed advanced modeling techniques, including activity-based models, the coordination of transportation investments with land use decision-making, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and the interaction of pricing on travel behavior and safety.  Research in this area includes scans of practices used in states, advanced geographic information system (GIS) analysis, and advanced econometric methods to develop tools and inform policy.

Example Projects

TitlePrincipal InvestigatorsCo-PIAgency/SourceDescription
Modeling the Effect of Accessibility and Congestion in Location ChoiceRuth L. Steiner, University of FloridaCenter for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion MitigationThis study explores the relationship between accessibility and congestion, and their impacts on property values. Three research questions are addressed: (1) What is the relation between accessibility and congestion both regional and neighborhood level? (2) Is there a tradeoff between accessibility and congestion? (3) What is the effect of accessibility and congestion on property value?
Expanded Transportation Performance Measures to Supplement Level of Service (LOS) for Growth Management and Transportation Impact AnalysisLily Elefteriadou, University of FloridaFlorida Department of TransportationThis project developed a framework for assisting agencies in selecting a set of performance measures that are consistent with their overall goals and the quality of life that the community desires. 
Route-choice Modeling using GPS-based Travel SurveysSivaramakrishnan Srinivasan, University of FloridaNagendra Singh Dhakar, University of FloridaCenter for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion MitigationThe broad focus of this research was to combine data from a large-scale GPS-based travel survey and geographic information system-based roadway network databases to develop models for route choice.
Procedure for Forecasting Household Characteristics for Input to Travel-demand ModelsSivaramakrishnan Srinivasan, University of FloridaMa, Lu
Yathindra, Karun
Florida Department of TransportationThe broad focus of this research is to contribute towards the development of a methodology for comprehensively forecasting all traveler characteristics required as inputs to travel-demand forecasting models. This procedure is also referred to as synthetic population generation (SPG) in the literature.
Tour-Generation Models for FloridaSivaramakrishnan Srinivasan, University of FloridaRoosbeh Nowrouzian, University of Florida Center for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion MitigationTours were constructed and characterized in terms of purpose, travel party composition, complexity, and flexibility. The empirical findings underscore the need for travel-demand models that incorporate trip-chaining and intra-household interactions.
Florida Long Distance Travel Characteristics and Their Impacts on Transportation SystemsRuth L. Steiner, University of FloridaHeedeok Cho, University of FloridaCenter for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion MitigationThe overall goal of this project is to enhance the fundamental understanding of Florida
long-distance travel characteristics, and to provide policy implications for long-distance
transportation planning in the future.

Faculty

Ruth L. Steiner, Ph.D.

Professor Department of Urban and Regional Planning
rsteiner@dcp.ufl.edu

Siva Srinivasan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering
siva@ce.ufl.edu

Ilir Bejleri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Department of Urban and Regional Planning
ilir@ufl.edu

Abhinav Alakshendra, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Department of Urban and Regional Planning
alakshendra@ufl.edu

Zhong-Ren Peng

Professor Department of Urban and Regional Planning
zpeng@dcp.ufl.edu