A well-developed and maintained transportation system moves people and goods, while ensuring mobility and accessibility for all. A robust transportation system also supports economic vitality, enhanced quality of life, and various other people- and community-centered objectives. Although the benefits of transportation are expansive, a transportation system that is not developed with people and communities in mind can create disproportionate burdens for certain population groups. This talk will discuss how transportation and communities are interrelated and describe the impetus for integrating population considerations into transportation. We will learn more about key concepts in transportation decision-making, relevant federal guidance and policies, strategies to analyze transportation needs, and approaches to improve mobility and accessibility for all persons.
Tia Boyd, AICP, is a research associate with the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on transportation decision-making, with an emphasis on multimodal transportation planning, public participation, and the social impacts of transportation. She led several projects developing methods and tools that support transportation planning processes. Tia has contributed to planning and engineering pedagogy with curricula for multimodal transportation planning, a textbook on multimodal transportation planning, and citizens’ academies geared toward community empowerment through education. Tia has served in supporting roles for projects related to corridor planning, access management, and statewide and metropolitan policy, planning, and programming, and strategic and organizational management.