For more than 20 years, this program has delivered high-quality applied research, policy development, and technology transfer services for public, nonprofit, and private sector clients on a range of contemporary transportation planning topics. Knowledgeable program faculty bring together public and private sector experience to address client needs. Program focus areas include access management, metropolitan transportation planning, multimodal transportation planning, and public involvement. Program faculty authored the TRB Access Management Manual and provide training and technical support to state, regional, and local government agencies on development of systemwide or corridor access management and right-of-way preservation plans, policies and regulations. Representative multimodal planning projects and services include statewide policy research, development of planning and regulatory models, impact assessment and mitigation guidance, peer review and technology transfer to local government agencies. Public involvement projects include state of the practice assessments, best practices research, and public involvement performance measurement. Work in metropolitan transportation planning has included policy analysis, MPO organizational structure and staffing, regional coordination, programming and system development, finance, funding, decision-making, and performance measurement. The program also provides ongoing research and staff support to the Florida Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council (MPOAC) and provides intensive training for MPO elected officials through the MPOAC Institute.
Dr. Keita is a result-driven transportation planning and engineering researcher with comprehensive experience and education in urban planning and policy and civil engineering. She holds a PhD in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University. Her research interest is in the area of intermodal transportation, equity in transportation, and big data. Dr. Keita has surveyed big data organizations to understand emerging urban big data initiatives, has assessed technology-driven solutions to improve intermodal passenger transportation, and worked on identifying gender issues in transportation. She also has traffic engineering experience and assessed intersection capacity and the efficiency of traffic algorithms to determine delays at road intersections. She is a detail-oriented professional capable of leveraging her extensive experience and research skills to improve mobility.