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Savannah Edwards and Marcia Scott presented this poster that explores the use of GIS Story Maps to satisfy mandates for increased transparency, accountability and public engagement in planning for transportation-efficient and sustainable places.

Researchers from the University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration (IPA) presented research outcomes at the 96th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) held Jan. 9-10 in Washington, D.C.

Intermodal facilities presentation

IPA policy scientists Marcia Scott and Christopher Kelly, who received a master of public administration (MPA) degree in 2014, presented at a session on “Data and Technology for Rural and Intercity Decision Making.” The presentation highlighted findings of a paper selected for inclusion in the TRB’s compendium of papers titled “Research of Viable Attributes and Potential to Integrate Curbside Intercity Buses in Intermodal Transportation Facilities.” The paper was co-authored by Scott, Kelly, Eileen Collins, who received an MPA in 2013, IPA Director Jerome R. Lewis, and Ardeshir Faghri, professor, and Mingxi Li, research associate, both of UD’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. It may be downloaded from UD Space.

The research paper provides a synopsis of a more in-depth report, co-authored by Scott, Kelly and Collins and published in November 2013 on “Intermodal Transportation Facilities: Research of Viable Attributes and Potential to Integrate Curbside Intercity Buses.” The research highlighted benefits of successful intermodal transportation facilities that support and enhance transit usage, promote seamless transfers among modes, provide clear access to transportation networks, maximize transportation options, and create efficiencies of shared costs and transportation infrastructure. In addition to transportation benefits, the report explored the potential for intermodal facilities to serve as centers of revitalization and hubs of economic, commercial, and mixed-used development activity.

While barriers to intermodalism exist, report findings suggest that development and investment in intermodal transportation facilities — which serve as a hub for all modes of transportation, including curbside intercity buses — will promote a more integrated and sustainable transportation system.

Public involvement poster presentation

Scott and public administration fellow Savannah Edwards, an MPA student, presented a poster at a session on “Current Issues in Transportation Public Involvement.” The poster was among the 25 selected for presentation by the TRB Committee on Public Involvement. Titled “GIS Story Maps Empower and Engage Stakeholders in Planning for Complete Communities in Delaware,” the poster was designed by IPA policy specialist Sarah Pragg. It summarizes research, funded by the Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center (MATS UTC), that explores the use of GIS Story Maps to satisfy mandates for increased transparency, accountability and public engagement in planning for transportation-efficient and sustainable places. IPA developed a series of GIS Story Maps to illustrate Delaware's complete communities planning framework that is designed to build capacity of local governments to create “attractive, inclusive, efficient, healthy and resilient places.” Each conveys one of the five elements of a complete community. IPA's GIS Story Map Gallery can be viewed online.

The annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board is a showcase for innovative thought-leadership and research in the transportation industry. Attended by over 12,000 world-wide transportation professionals, the meeting features more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 800 sessions on a range of transportation-related topics. It provides a forum for the exchange of ideas between practitioners, researchers, and policy-makers, and advances sound transportation industry practices and future research and future practice.

Of the nearly 5,800 papers submitted, approximately half are presented at the annual meeting, and about 20 percent are published in the Journal of the Transportation Research Board. UD researchers have actively conducted research and contributed to the body of knowledge around transportation issues, which is helping to inform policy, engineering best practices, and infrastructure investment decision.

Originally published in UDaily on January 30, 2016. Article by UDaily staff.

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