National Accessibility Evaluation

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(315)
Lead Organization: Minnesota Department of Transportation
Solicitation Number: 1387
Partners: AR, CA, DC, FHWA, FL, IADOT, IL, MA, MDOT SHA, MN, NC, TN, VA, WA, WI
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Dec 05, 2019
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $1,994,000.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Debbie Sinclair
debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Phone: 651-336-3746
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Brian Gardner
brian.gardner@dot.gov
Phone: 202- 366-4061
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Arkansas Department of Transportation 2016 $40,000.00 Jessie Jones Karen McDaniels Karen.McDaniels@arkansashighways.com
California Department of Transportation 2015 $90,000.00 Joanne McDermott Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2016 $0.00 Joanne McDermott Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2018 $90,000.00 Joanne McDermott Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
District of Columbia Department of Transportation 2015 $0.00 Stephanie Dock Stephanie Dock 202-671-1371 stephanie.dock@dc.gov
District of Columbia Department of Transportation 2016 $40,000.00 Stephanie Dock Stephanie Dock 202-671-1371 stephanie.dock@dc.gov
District of Columbia Department of Transportation 2017 $40,000.00 Stephanie Dock Stephanie Dock 202-671-1371 stephanie.dock@dc.gov
District of Columbia Department of Transportation 2018 $40,000.00 Stephanie Dock Stephanie Dock 202-671-1371 stephanie.dock@dc.gov
District of Columbia Department of Transportation 2019 $40,000.00 Stephanie Dock Stephanie Dock 202-671-1371 stephanie.dock@dc.gov
Federal Highway Administration 2015 $100,000.00 Brian Gardner Hope Brooks hope.brooks@dot.gov
Florida Department of Transportation 2015 $45,000.00 Monica Zhong Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2016 $45,000.00 Monica Zhong Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2017 $45,000.00 Monica Zhong Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2018 $45,000.00 Monica Zhong Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2019 $45,000.00 Monica Zhong Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Illinois Department of Transportation 2019 $42,500.00 Michael Vanderhoof Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Iowa Department of Transportation 2015 $40,000.00 Cameron Mason Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2016 $40,000.00 Cameron Mason Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2017 $40,000.00 Cameron Mason Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2018 $40,000.00 Cameron Mason Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2019 $40,000.00 Cameron Mason Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2015 $40,000.00 Meredith Hill Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2016 $40,000.00 Meredith Hill Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2017 $40,000.00 Meredith Hill Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2018 $40,000.00 Meredith Hill Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2019 $40,000.00 Meredith Hill Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2019 $46,500.00 Derek Krevat Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2015 $40,000.00 Deanna Belden Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2016 $40,000.00 Deanna Belden Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2017 $40,000.00 Deanna Belden Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2018 $40,000.00 Deanna Belden Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2019 $40,000.00 Deanna Belden Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2015 $42,500.00 David Wasserman Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2016 $42,500.00 David Wasserman Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2017 $42,500.00 David Wasserman Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2018 $42,500.00 David Wasserman Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2019 $42,500.00 David Wasserman Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2018 $42,500.00 Tanisha Hall Beth Jirik 615-741-3431 beth.jirik@tn.gov
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2019 $42,500.00 Tanisha Hall Beth Jirik 615-741-3431 beth.jirik@tn.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2015 $42,500.00 Peter Ohlms Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2016 $42,500.00 Peter Ohlms Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2017 $42,500.00 Peter Ohlms Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2018 $42,500.00 Peter Ohlms Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2019 $0.00 Peter Ohlms Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2016 $10,000.00 Elizabeth Robbins Jon Peterson 360-705-7499 peterjn@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2017 $32,500.00 Elizabeth Robbins Jon Peterson 360-705-7499 peterjn@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2018 $10,000.00 Elizabeth Robbins Jon Peterson 360-705-7499 peterjn@wsdot.wa.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2015 $40,000.00 Tonia Rice Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2016 $40,000.00 Tonia Rice Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov

Study Description

Funding levels vary by state due to data acquisition costs. See below for appropriate level.

Large State - $45,000 (CA,FL,NY,TX)

Medium State - $42,500 (AZ,GA,IL,IN,MA,MI,NJ,NC,OH,PA,TN,VA,WA)

Small State - $40,000 (AL,AK,AR,CO,CT,DE,DC,HI,ID,IA,KS,KY,LA,ME,MD,MN,MS,MO,MT,NE,NV,NH,NM,ND,OK,OR,PR,RI,SC,SD,UT,VT,WV,WI)

Cities, MPOs, transit agencies, and other organizations should contact the Minnesota Department of Transportation to discuss appropriate contributions and data costs. The project will continue to accept new partners after the required commitment level is reached

We undertake transportation project to provide connectivity — the ability for people or things to physically travel — between locations, or to lower travel times where connectivity already exists. As long-term infrastructure investments, transportation systems are not built to satisfy individual trips at specific times, but rather to provide capacity that can be used to satisfy a huge variety of potential trips over the system’s lifetime. This potential for interaction can be regarded as the fundamental product of transportation systems. Accessibility metrics directly reflect this potential by combining network travel times with the locations and value of the many origins and destinations served by a multimodal transportation system. Accessibility combines the simpler concept of mobility with an understanding that travel is driven by a desire to reach destinations.

This project will implement a measurement of accessibility to jobs across the entire U.S. For every Census block, it will calculate the number of jobs that can be reached, by driving or by transit, within various travel time thresholds. For example, from a given Census block it may be possible to reach 150,000 jobs by driving within 20 minutes, or to reach 75,000 jobs by transit within 30 minutes. This detailed dataset will be available to project partners, and an annual report will summarize the accessibility dataset for metropolitan areas across the country.

Accessibility evaluation has applications in a variety of areas:

• Performance Management - Accessibility evaluation can directly measure a fundamental goal of transportation: connecting people to useful destinations. By tracking accessibility over time, state DOTs, MPOs, and transit agencies can better understand how well their transportation network support this goal. Accessibility evaluation can be applied to MAP-21 performance goals related to congestion, reliability, and sustainability.

• Scenario Evaluation and Analysis - Transportation planning organization can use accessibility evaluation to help select between project alternatives and to prioritize investments. Because they incorporate land use information, accessibility metrics can provide a more comprehensive picture of how investments will change users’ ability to reach destinations.

• Transportation and Land Use Research - Accessibility calculations can provide a valuable data source for transportation and land use research. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have employed accessibility in models of mode choice and other aspects of travel behavior, linked accessibility to residential property values, and used accessibility to explore the spatial relationship between jobs and worker locations.

• Transportation Equity - Detailed accessibility evaluation can help reveal how the costs and benefits of transportation investments are distributed over space and society. Understanding the accessibility characteristics of different origins and destinations can help agencies make equitable decisions in transportation planning.

The Access Across America project builds on earlier work sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies (CTS). The Access to Destinations project laid the groundwork for detailed accessibility evaluation. This multi-phase effort incorporated th

Objectives

This project has two main objectives. First, it will create a new, national Census block-level accessibility dataset that can be used by partners in local transportation system evaluation, performance management, planning, and research efforts. Second, it will produce and publish a series of annual reports describing accessibility to jobs by driving and by transit in metropolitan areas across America.

Accessibility Dataset

This project will create a national Census-block level dataset describing accessibility to jobs from locations across the county, updated annually. Accessibility calculations will rely on detailed travel time calculations for both driving and transit, which will be implemented using commercially-available, GPS-based speed measurements and published transit schedules. Each Access Across America partner will have direct digital access to the accessibility datasets covering the jurisdictions of all partners.

Annual Report

The annual Access Across America report will provide summaries of the detailed accessibility datasets for the 50 largest metropolitan areas across America. This report will be released to national and local media outlets and supported by publicity and communications efforts. Partners will be recognized in the report for their sponsorship and support.

Scope of Work

This project is comprised of the following major tasks on an annual basis:

1. Establish Technical Advisory Panel - Each project partner will be invited to nominate a representative to the TAP. The TAP’s role will be to review the project’s implementation to ensure that the project outputs will be useful to all partners, and to guide the project’s evolution in response to potential advancements in data sources and evaluation methodology. TAP membership will be reviewed annually.

2. TAP Review of Project Methodology - The TAP will meet annually to review and comment on project methodology. TAP meetings will be scheduled and located to coincide with relevant conferences or professional meetings (such as AASHTO committee annual meetings or the annual TRB meeting). Teleconferencing participation options will also be provided.

3. Collect Input Datasets - Input datasets will be updated annually to reflect the most recent state of transportation and land use systems

4. Calculate Accessibility Dataset - Each year, accessibility data will be calculated using travel times and land use patterns for the trailing 12-month period.

5. Prepare and Publish Access Across America Report - The annual report will summarize the most recent accessibility dataset and comment on trends over the duration of the project.

Comments

Recommended Funding:

Funding levels vary by state due to data acquisition costs. See below for appropriate level.

Large State - $45,000 (CA,FL,NY,TX)

Medium State - $42,500 (AZ,GA,IL,IN,MA,MI,NJ,NC,OH,PA,TN,VA,WA)

Small State - $40,000 (AL,AK,AR,CO,CT,DE,DC,HI,ID,IA,KS,KY,LA,ME,MD,MN,MS,MO,MT,NE,NV,NH,NM,ND,OK,OR,PR,RI,SC,SD,UT,VT,WV,WI)

Cities, MPOs, transit agencies, and other organizations should contact the Minnesota Department of Transportation to discuss appropriate contributions and data costs. The project will continue to accept new partners after the required commitment level is reached

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will serve as the coordinator for this pooled fund project. State DOTs, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and other organizations will be solicited for their interest and participation. The project will continue to accept new partners after the required commitment level is reached.

Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
Phase 1 Final Report NAE Phase I Final Report .pdf Final Report Public
Approved Waiver Approval of SP&R Waiver Solicitation#1387.pdf Memorandum Public
Waiver Request Waiver Request-Nat' Accessibility # 1387.pdf Memorandum Public
Acceptance Memo Acceptance Memo_TPF-5(315).pdf Memorandum Public
Quarter 3 - 2015 Quarter 3 -2015.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 1 - 2016 Quarter 1 - 2016.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 2 - 2016 Quarter 2 - 2016.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 2 - 2017 Q2FY17 99008 Andrew (2).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 3 - 2017 WO 208 Q1FY17 99008 Andrew.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 4 - 2017 WO 208 Q2FY17 99008 Andrew.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 1 -2018 WO 208 Q3FY18 99008 Andrew.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 2 - 2018 WO 2018 QR 2 FY 18.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 3 - 2018 WO 208 Q1 FY19 OWEN.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 2 - 2019 Q4FY19_1003325_99.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 3 - 2019 Quarter 3 2019.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 4 - 2019 Quarter 4 2019.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 1 - 2019 Q3FY19_99008_208.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 4 - 2018 DeannaQ2FY19_99008_208.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 1 - 2020 Q3 FY20_1003325_99.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 2 - 2020 Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 4 - 2020 Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 1 - 2021 Q3FY21_1003325_99.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
Approval Waiver Approval of SP&R Waiver Solicitation#1387.pdf Memorandum Public
Draft Proposal Draft Nat' Accessibility Proposal.pdf Other Public
100% Waiver Request 100% Waiver Request-Nat' Accessibility.pdf Other Public

National Accessibility Evaluation

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(315)
Lead Organization: Minnesota Department of Transportation
Solicitation Number: 1387
Partners: AR, CA, DC, FHWA, FL, IADOT, IL, MA, MDOT SHA, MN, NC, TN, VA, WA, WI
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Dec 05, 2019
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $1,994,000.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Debbie Sinclair
debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Phone: 651-336-3746
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Brian Gardner
brian.gardner@dot.gov
Phone: 202- 366-4061
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Arkansas Department of Transportation 2016 $40,000.00 Jessie Jones Karen McDaniels Karen.McDaniels@arkansashighways.com
California Department of Transportation 2015 $90,000.00 Joanne McDermott Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2016 $0.00 Joanne McDermott Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2018 $90,000.00 Joanne McDermott Sang Le 916-227-0701 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
District of Columbia Department of Transportation 2015 $0.00 Stephanie Dock Stephanie Dock 202-671-1371 stephanie.dock@dc.gov
District of Columbia Department of Transportation 2016 $40,000.00 Stephanie Dock Stephanie Dock 202-671-1371 stephanie.dock@dc.gov
District of Columbia Department of Transportation 2017 $40,000.00 Stephanie Dock Stephanie Dock 202-671-1371 stephanie.dock@dc.gov
District of Columbia Department of Transportation 2018 $40,000.00 Stephanie Dock Stephanie Dock 202-671-1371 stephanie.dock@dc.gov
District of Columbia Department of Transportation 2019 $40,000.00 Stephanie Dock Stephanie Dock 202-671-1371 stephanie.dock@dc.gov
Federal Highway Administration 2015 $100,000.00 Brian Gardner Hope Brooks hope.brooks@dot.gov
Florida Department of Transportation 2015 $45,000.00 Monica Zhong Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2016 $45,000.00 Monica Zhong Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2017 $45,000.00 Monica Zhong Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2018 $45,000.00 Monica Zhong Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2019 $45,000.00 Monica Zhong Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Illinois Department of Transportation 2019 $42,500.00 Michael Vanderhoof Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Iowa Department of Transportation 2015 $40,000.00 Cameron Mason Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2016 $40,000.00 Cameron Mason Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2017 $40,000.00 Cameron Mason Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2018 $40,000.00 Cameron Mason Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2019 $40,000.00 Cameron Mason Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2015 $40,000.00 Meredith Hill Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2016 $40,000.00 Meredith Hill Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2017 $40,000.00 Meredith Hill Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2018 $40,000.00 Meredith Hill Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2019 $40,000.00 Meredith Hill Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2019 $46,500.00 Derek Krevat Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2015 $40,000.00 Deanna Belden Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2016 $40,000.00 Deanna Belden Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2017 $40,000.00 Deanna Belden Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2018 $40,000.00 Deanna Belden Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2019 $40,000.00 Deanna Belden Debbie Sinclair 651-336-3746 debbie.sinclair@state.mn.us
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2015 $42,500.00 David Wasserman Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2016 $42,500.00 David Wasserman Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2017 $42,500.00 David Wasserman Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2018 $42,500.00 David Wasserman Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2019 $42,500.00 David Wasserman Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2018 $42,500.00 Tanisha Hall Beth Jirik 615-741-3431 beth.jirik@tn.gov
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2019 $42,500.00 Tanisha Hall Beth Jirik 615-741-3431 beth.jirik@tn.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2015 $42,500.00 Peter Ohlms Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2016 $42,500.00 Peter Ohlms Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2017 $42,500.00 Peter Ohlms Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2018 $42,500.00 Peter Ohlms Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2019 $0.00 Peter Ohlms Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2016 $10,000.00 Elizabeth Robbins Jon Peterson 360-705-7499 peterjn@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2017 $32,500.00 Elizabeth Robbins Jon Peterson 360-705-7499 peterjn@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2018 $10,000.00 Elizabeth Robbins Jon Peterson 360-705-7499 peterjn@wsdot.wa.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2015 $40,000.00 Tonia Rice Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2016 $40,000.00 Tonia Rice Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov

Study Description

Study Description

Funding levels vary by state due to data acquisition costs. See below for appropriate level.

Large State - $45,000 (CA,FL,NY,TX)

Medium State - $42,500 (AZ,GA,IL,IN,MA,MI,NJ,NC,OH,PA,TN,VA,WA)

Small State - $40,000 (AL,AK,AR,CO,CT,DE,DC,HI,ID,IA,KS,KY,LA,ME,MD,MN,MS,MO,MT,NE,NV,NH,NM,ND,OK,OR,PR,RI,SC,SD,UT,VT,WV,WI)

Cities, MPOs, transit agencies, and other organizations should contact the Minnesota Department of Transportation to discuss appropriate contributions and data costs. The project will continue to accept new partners after the required commitment level is reached

We undertake transportation project to provide connectivity — the ability for people or things to physically travel — between locations, or to lower travel times where connectivity already exists. As long-term infrastructure investments, transportation systems are not built to satisfy individual trips at specific times, but rather to provide capacity that can be used to satisfy a huge variety of potential trips over the system’s lifetime. This potential for interaction can be regarded as the fundamental product of transportation systems. Accessibility metrics directly reflect this potential by combining network travel times with the locations and value of the many origins and destinations served by a multimodal transportation system. Accessibility combines the simpler concept of mobility with an understanding that travel is driven by a desire to reach destinations.

This project will implement a measurement of accessibility to jobs across the entire U.S. For every Census block, it will calculate the number of jobs that can be reached, by driving or by transit, within various travel time thresholds. For example, from a given Census block it may be possible to reach 150,000 jobs by driving within 20 minutes, or to reach 75,000 jobs by transit within 30 minutes. This detailed dataset will be available to project partners, and an annual report will summarize the accessibility dataset for metropolitan areas across the country.

Accessibility evaluation has applications in a variety of areas:

• Performance Management - Accessibility evaluation can directly measure a fundamental goal of transportation: connecting people to useful destinations. By tracking accessibility over time, state DOTs, MPOs, and transit agencies can better understand how well their transportation network support this goal. Accessibility evaluation can be applied to MAP-21 performance goals related to congestion, reliability, and sustainability.

• Scenario Evaluation and Analysis - Transportation planning organization can use accessibility evaluation to help select between project alternatives and to prioritize investments. Because they incorporate land use information, accessibility metrics can provide a more comprehensive picture of how investments will change users’ ability to reach destinations.

• Transportation and Land Use Research - Accessibility calculations can provide a valuable data source for transportation and land use research. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have employed accessibility in models of mode choice and other aspects of travel behavior, linked accessibility to residential property values, and used accessibility to explore the spatial relationship between jobs and worker locations.

• Transportation Equity - Detailed accessibility evaluation can help reveal how the costs and benefits of transportation investments are distributed over space and society. Understanding the accessibility characteristics of different origins and destinations can help agencies make equitable decisions in transportation planning.

The Access Across America project builds on earlier work sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies (CTS). The Access to Destinations project laid the groundwork for detailed accessibility evaluation. This multi-phase effort incorporated th

Objectives

This project has two main objectives. First, it will create a new, national Census block-level accessibility dataset that can be used by partners in local transportation system evaluation, performance management, planning, and research efforts. Second, it will produce and publish a series of annual reports describing accessibility to jobs by driving and by transit in metropolitan areas across America.

Accessibility Dataset

This project will create a national Census-block level dataset describing accessibility to jobs from locations across the county, updated annually. Accessibility calculations will rely on detailed travel time calculations for both driving and transit, which will be implemented using commercially-available, GPS-based speed measurements and published transit schedules. Each Access Across America partner will have direct digital access to the accessibility datasets covering the jurisdictions of all partners.

Annual Report

The annual Access Across America report will provide summaries of the detailed accessibility datasets for the 50 largest metropolitan areas across America. This report will be released to national and local media outlets and supported by publicity and communications efforts. Partners will be recognized in the report for their sponsorship and support.

Scope of Work

This project is comprised of the following major tasks on an annual basis:

1. Establish Technical Advisory Panel - Each project partner will be invited to nominate a representative to the TAP. The TAP’s role will be to review the project’s implementation to ensure that the project outputs will be useful to all partners, and to guide the project’s evolution in response to potential advancements in data sources and evaluation methodology. TAP membership will be reviewed annually.

2. TAP Review of Project Methodology - The TAP will meet annually to review and comment on project methodology. TAP meetings will be scheduled and located to coincide with relevant conferences or professional meetings (such as AASHTO committee annual meetings or the annual TRB meeting). Teleconferencing participation options will also be provided.

3. Collect Input Datasets - Input datasets will be updated annually to reflect the most recent state of transportation and land use systems

4. Calculate Accessibility Dataset - Each year, accessibility data will be calculated using travel times and land use patterns for the trailing 12-month period.

5. Prepare and Publish Access Across America Report - The annual report will summarize the most recent accessibility dataset and comment on trends over the duration of the project.

Comments

Recommended Funding:

Funding levels vary by state due to data acquisition costs. See below for appropriate level.

Large State - $45,000 (CA,FL,NY,TX)

Medium State - $42,500 (AZ,GA,IL,IN,MA,MI,NJ,NC,OH,PA,TN,VA,WA)

Small State - $40,000 (AL,AK,AR,CO,CT,DE,DC,HI,ID,IA,KS,KY,LA,ME,MD,MN,MS,MO,MT,NE,NV,NH,NM,ND,OK,OR,PR,RI,SC,SD,UT,VT,WV,WI)

Cities, MPOs, transit agencies, and other organizations should contact the Minnesota Department of Transportation to discuss appropriate contributions and data costs. The project will continue to accept new partners after the required commitment level is reached

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will serve as the coordinator for this pooled fund project. State DOTs, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and other organizations will be solicited for their interest and participation. The project will continue to accept new partners after the required commitment level is reached.

Title File/Link Type Private
Phase 1 Final Report NAE Phase I Final Report .pdf Final Report Public
Approved Waiver Approval of SP&R Waiver Solicitation#1387.pdf Memorandum Public
Waiver Request Waiver Request-Nat' Accessibility # 1387.pdf Memorandum Public
Acceptance Memo Acceptance Memo_TPF-5(315).pdf Memorandum Public
Quarter 3 - 2015 Quarter 3 -2015.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 1 - 2016 Quarter 1 - 2016.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 2 - 2016 Quarter 2 - 2016.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 2 - 2017 Q2FY17 99008 Andrew (2).pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 3 - 2017 WO 208 Q1FY17 99008 Andrew.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 4 - 2017 WO 208 Q2FY17 99008 Andrew.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 1 -2018 WO 208 Q3FY18 99008 Andrew.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 2 - 2018 WO 2018 QR 2 FY 18.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 3 - 2018 WO 208 Q1 FY19 OWEN.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 2 - 2019 Q4FY19_1003325_99.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 3 - 2019 Quarter 3 2019.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 4 - 2019 Quarter 4 2019.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 1 - 2019 Q3FY19_99008_208.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 4 - 2018 DeannaQ2FY19_99008_208.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 1 - 2020 Q3 FY20_1003325_99.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 2 - 2020 Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarter 4 - 2020 Quarterly Progress Report Public
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