Transit Desert: The Gap Between Transit Demand and Supply, Case Studies in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, TX
This study successfully developed a concise GIS method to calculate and quantify the supply and demand for public transportation in any individual neighborhood (block group). The method was tested in four major Texas cities: Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. They were selected because of their importance in the state of Texas and the shortage of transit related research. Results showed the method was robust and can be used to evaluate a transportation system as a whole. The method can be used to better allocating transit resources to the most needed areas. One Graduate Student: Mr. Aaron Nicolos was supported as a GRA by the project for one year. He was a second year MSCRP student and finished his master study through the support of this grant. He also co-authored the transit desert report.
Conference Presentations & Publications
Jiao, J. 2015. Twitter, Smartphone Apps, and Transit Deserts, Munich School of Engineering, Technical University of Munich (Germany). August 3, 2015
The full research report was published by the Center of Sustainable Development. A revised version will be submitted to the Journal of Public Transportation for peer reviewed journal publication.
This research also received broad media coverage in the State of Texas. Dallas News, Houston Chronicle, Rice University, and The University of Texas Alumni Association highlighted and reported this research.