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Public Transit vs. Rideshare Companies – Ridership Numbers at Stake

With the growth of rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft, and other market-based transportation options, many transit providers have seen their ridership decrease. However, there is the potential for transit and these other services to complement each other, enhancing transportation access and mobility for all. 

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2020 MassDOT Research

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View the 2020 New Transportation Research Projects - SCOPE OF WORK PREPARATION Workshop for Project Champions (PCs), Principal Investigators (PIs)

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Research Highlights

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PERCEPT Indoor Navigation System for Visually Impaired: Beta Study

UMTC Research Affiliate Aura Ganz, of UMass Amherst, and Research Fellow James Schafer recently published the PERCEPT Indoor Navigation System for Visually Impaired: Beta Study.

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UMTC Affiliate Publishes Research on Method for Measuring the Effectiveness of Emissions Reduction Projects and Policies

UMTC Research Affiliate Erin Baker, of UMass Amherst, and PhD student Seyedeh Nazanin Khatami, recently published their work in the Climate Policy journal.

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2020 Proposed MassDOT Research Projects

MassDOT has a number of research projects proposed for 2020. Click here for the list of projects. Most of these studies are expected to last 1 to 2 years. Update (Oct 2019): The main application period for PI Interest Statements for these research projects has now closed, and PIs have been selected for almost all the projects. MassDOT is still seeking a qualified PI for one project, Short Sea Shipping in Southeast Massachusetts.

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MassDOT Releases Study Detailing Congestion Impacts and Trends, Recommends Series of Next Steps

A data-driven report on congestion was released today by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) with recommendations for state and municipal government, the private sector and other stakeholders to make commutes by road and transit more reliable, accessible and predictable while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Featured Researcher

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Jianqiang Wei
Assistant Professor
UMass Lowell

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Research Spotlight

View current research being conducted on bicycle and pedestrian safety.