Completed Transportation Projects

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Impacts of Land Use Strategies on Travel Behavior in Small Communities and Rural Areas

Brian Morton–PI. The authors found that while hundreds of studies have investigated how land use affects daily driving in urban and suburban areas, “[v]ery few of those studies have looked at small communities and rural areas. This handbook is intended …

Federal Safe Routes to School Program: A Multi-State Evaluation and National Evaluation

Noreen McDonald–PI. A large-scale, multi-state study led by Noreen McDonald, CURS faculty fellow and director of the Carolina Transportation Program, finds Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs increase walking and biking to and from school. The study, …

The Effectiveness of Safe Routes to School Interventions

Noreen McDonald–PI. This study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, analyzed the impact and costs of three interventions—infrastructure improvements, encouragement, and a bike-specific encouragement program—that promote alternative modes of t …

Reliability and Validity of the National Center for Safe Routes to School Parent and Student Surveys

Noreen McDonald–PI. Healthy People 2010 is a federal program that provides science-based, ten-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For the past three decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progre …

Promoting Active School Travel by Making it “Cool”: A Quasi-Experimental Study Using Boltage

Noreen McDonald–PI. This project will look at the impacts of the Boltage program on walking and biking to school.

Land-Use Forecasting Models for Small Areas in North Carolina

Brian Morton–PI. Funded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), this project will provide the agency’s Transportation Planning Branch with tools for improving the quality of the land-use forecasts used by travel demand models, espec …

Impact of the Federal Safe Routes to School Program on Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety: An Analysis of Washington, D.C. and Florida

Noreen McDonald–PI. This study analyzes the impact of the federal Safe Routes to School program on rates of pedestrian and bicycle injuries in Washington, D.C. and Florida. The analysis will use a quasi-experimental design to determine the impacts of t …

Evaluation of Safe Routes to School Programs: Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Parental Decision Making

Noreen McDonald–PI. For a complete description and summary of this research, see the feature story in the Summer 2011 CURS Update.      

Benchmark Yourself: Providing Practitioners with School Travel Information

Noreen McDonald–PI. Changing individual behavior requires continual feedback and working towards goals; the same is true of changing collective behavior. Practitioners planning and implementing Safe Routes to School (SRTS) interventions need more acces …

Away from Home and Out of School: Adolescent Physical Activity (PA) and Body Mass Index (BMI)

Daniel Rodriguez and Kelly Evenson–Co-PIs. Higher weights in children have increased significantly over the past 20 years, while sedentary behaviors have concurrently increased. By limiting the opportunities for being physically active in every day lif …

Attitudes and School Transport

Noreen McDonald–PI. Funded by the University of Oregon, this subcontracted work will provide guidance on research design, interview/survey instrument development, and data analysis.

A Regional Land Use-Transportation Decision Support Tool for Mississippi

Brian Morton–PI. The Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area was historically known for agriculture and furniture manufacture, but now a high-tech, transportation-based economy is emerging. Toyota recently opened a vehicle factory that will employ 2,0 …