National Accessibility Evaluation Phase II Access Across America

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(455)
Lead Organization: Minnesota Department of Transportation
Solicitation Number: 1532
Partners: CA, CT, DC, FL, IL, MA, MDOT SHA, MI, MN, NC, TX, VA
Contractor(s): University of Minnesota
Status: Contract signed
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2022
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $2,006,000.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Deanna Belden
deanna.belden@state.mn.us
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
California Department of Transportation 2021 $40,000.00 Timothy Hart Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2022 $40,000.00 Timothy Hart Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2023 $40,000.00 Timothy Hart Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2024 $40,000.00 Timothy Hart Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2025 $40,000.00 Timothy Hart Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
Connecticut Department of Transportation 2022 $36,000.00 Marlon Peña Melanie Zimyeski (860)594-2144 Melanie.Zimyeski@ct.gov
Connecticut Department of Transportation 2023 $36,000.00 Marlon Peña Melanie Zimyeski (860)594-2144 Melanie.Zimyeski@ct.gov
Connecticut Department of Transportation 2024 $36,000.00 Marlon Peña Melanie Zimyeski (860)594-2144 Melanie.Zimyeski@ct.gov
Connecticut Department of Transportation 2025 $36,000.00 Marlon Peña Melanie Zimyeski (860)594-2144 Melanie.Zimyeski@ct.gov
District of Columbia Department of Transportation 2021 $36,000.00 Stephanie Dock Stephanie Dock 202-671-1371 stephanie.dock@dc.gov
District of Columbia Department of Transportation 2022 $36,000.00 Stephanie Dock Stephanie Dock 202-671-1371 stephanie.dock@dc.gov
District of Columbia Department of Transportation 2023 $36,000.00 Stephanie Dock Stephanie Dock 202-671-1371 stephanie.dock@dc.gov
District of Columbia Department of Transportation 2024 $36,000.00 Stephanie Dock Stephanie Dock 202-671-1371 stephanie.dock@dc.gov
District of Columbia Department of Transportation 2025 $36,000.00 Stephanie Dock Stephanie Dock 202-671-1371 stephanie.dock@dc.gov
Florida Department of Transportation 2021 $40,000.00 Monica Zhong Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2022 $40,000.00 Monica Zhong Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2023 $40,000.00 Monica Zhong Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2024 $40,000.00 Monica Zhong Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2025 $40,000.00 Monica Zhong Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Illinois Department of Transportation 2021 $38,000.00 Michael Vanderhoof Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2022 $38,000.00 Michael Vanderhoof Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2023 $38,000.00 Michael Vanderhoof Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2024 $38,000.00 Michael Vanderhoof Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2025 $38,000.00 Michael Vanderhoof Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2021 $36,000.00 Meredith Hill Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2022 $36,000.00 Meredith Hill Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2023 $36,000.00 Meredith Hill Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2024 $36,000.00 Meredith Hill Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2025 $36,000.00 Meredith Hill Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2021 $38,000.00 Derek Krevat Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2022 $38,000.00 Derek Krevat Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2023 $38,000.00 Derek Krevat Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Michigan Department of Transportation 2021 $38,000.00 Bradley Sharlow Michele Klein 517-335-6880 kleinm2@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2022 $38,000.00 Bradley Sharlow Michele Klein 517-335-6880 kleinm2@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2023 $38,000.00 Bradley Sharlow Michele Klein 517-335-6880 kleinm2@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2024 $38,000.00 Bradley Sharlow Michele Klein 517-335-6880 kleinm2@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2025 $38,000.00 Bradley Sharlow Michele Klein 517-335-6880 kleinm2@michigan.gov
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2021 $36,000.00 Deanna Belden Nicole Westadt 651-366-4270 nicole.westadt@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2022 $36,000.00 Deanna Belden Nicole Westadt 651-366-4270 nicole.westadt@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2023 $36,000.00 Deanna Belden Nicole Westadt 651-366-4270 nicole.westadt@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2024 $36,000.00 Deanna Belden Nicole Westadt 651-366-4270 nicole.westadt@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2025 $36,000.00 Deanna Belden Nicole Westadt 651-366-4270 nicole.westadt@state.mn.us
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2021 $38,000.00 Jason Schronce Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2022 $38,000.00 Jason Schronce Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2023 $38,000.00 Jason Schronce Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2024 $38,000.00 Jason Schronce Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2025 $38,000.00 Jason Schronce Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2021 $40,000.00 Cary Karnstadt Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2022 $40,000.00 Cary Karnstadt Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2023 $40,000.00 Cary Karnstadt Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2024 $40,000.00 Cary Karnstadt Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2025 $40,000.00 Cary Karnstadt Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2021 $38,000.00 Peter Ohlms Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov

Study Description

This is an extension of the National Accessibility Evaluation project, TPF-5(315), begun in 2015. The ongoing project will continue to provide annual, nationwide, multimodal job accessibility data and reports while also expanding to evaluate access to other destination types, including healthcare, education, and food destinations. Transportation exists to provide the opportunity to reach destinations, and this potential for interaction can be regarded as the fundamental product of transportation systems. Accessibility metrics directly reflect the ability of travelers to reach critical destinations. They combine network travel times with the locations and value of the many origins and destinations served by a multimodal transportation system. This project will implement a measurement of accessibility to jobs and services across the entire U.S. For every Census block, it will calculate the number of jobs that can be reached, by auto, transit, biking, or walking, 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 4 primary care clinics by transit within 30 minutes. This detailed dataset will be available to project partners, and an annual report will summarize the accessibility datasets for metropolitan areas across the country. Accessibility evaluation has applications in a variety of areas: ? Performance Management - By tracking accessibility over time, state DOTs, MPOs, and transit agencies can better understand how well their transportation networks support the goal of connecting people to destinations. Accessibility evaluation can also be applied to existing performance goals related to congestion, reliability, and sustainability. ? Scenario Evaluation and Analysis - Transportation planning organization can use accessibility evaluation to help select 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 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, and identify populations which experience systematically higher or lower access to destinations. Understanding the accessibility characteristics of different origins and destinations can help agencies make equitable decisions in transportation planning.

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 auto, transit, and biking 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, published transit schedules, and detailed bike and pedestrian networks. 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 series of annual reports will provide summaries of the detailed accessibility datasets for the 50 largest metropolitan areas across America. These 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. Optional Goals The accessibility evaluation tools and expertise developed in this project can also support optional goals for interested agencies: 1. Include destinations from local data sources - Local destination datasets from your organization can be included in the annual accessibility calculations. Cost: $5,000 2. Accessibility Data Workshop - Researchers can lead an on-site or remote workshop to provide transportation agency staff hands-on experience with accessibility data and training on accessibility concepts. Cost: $5,000. 3. Scenario Evaluation - Using annual accessibility data as a baseline, researchers can develop an accessibility evaluation of highway, transit, bike, or pedestrian scenarios based on planning data from your organization. Cost varies with scenario complexity and objectives.

Scope of Work

This project is comprised of the following major tasks on an annual basis: 1. Technical Advisory Panel Engagement - 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. The TAP will meet quarterly to review and comment on project methodology. 2. Calculate Accessibility Dataset - Each year, accessibility data for auto, transit, biking, and walking will be calculated using the most recent travel time, network, and land use data. 3. Prepare and Publish Access Across America Reports - The annual reports, one for each mode, will summarize the most recent accessibility dataset and comment on trends over the duration of the project. 4. Ongoing Development of Tools and Metrics - The project team will track advancements in the field of accessibility evaluation and identify opportunities to enhance or expand the project to take advantage of new developments.

Comments

Recommended Funding Funding levels vary by state due to data acquisition costs. See below for appropriate level. Large State - $40,000 (CA,FL,NY,TX) Medium State - $38,000 (AZ,GA,IL,IN,MA,MI,NJ,NC,OH,PA,TN,VA,WA) Small State - $36,000 (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.

Subjects: Highway and Facility Design Planning and Administration Public Transit

Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
Quarterly Project Report January1, 2022-March 31, 2022 Q3FY22_1036342_6.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Project Report October 01 - December 31, 2021 Q2FY22_1036342_6.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Q1 FY22 07/01/2021-09/30/2021 Q1FY22_1036342_6.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Acceptance LEtter Acceptance letter TPF-5(455).pdf Memorandum Public
Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
SPR Match Waiver Memo SPR Waiver Memo Solicitation#1532.Signature.pdf Other Public

National Accessibility Evaluation Phase II Access Across America

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(455)
Lead Organization: Minnesota Department of Transportation
Solicitation Number: 1532
Partners: CA, CT, DC, FL, IL, MA, MDOT SHA, MI, MN, NC, TX, VA
Contractor(s): University of Minnesota
Status: Contract signed
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2022
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $2,006,000.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Deanna Belden
deanna.belden@state.mn.us
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
California Department of Transportation 2021 $40,000.00 Timothy Hart Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2022 $40,000.00 Timothy Hart Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2023 $40,000.00 Timothy Hart Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2024 $40,000.00 Timothy Hart Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
California Department of Transportation 2025 $40,000.00 Timothy Hart Sang Le (916)701-3998 sang.le@dot.ca.gov
Connecticut Department of Transportation 2022 $36,000.00 Marlon Peña Melanie Zimyeski (860)594-2144 Melanie.Zimyeski@ct.gov
Connecticut Department of Transportation 2023 $36,000.00 Marlon Peña Melanie Zimyeski (860)594-2144 Melanie.Zimyeski@ct.gov
Connecticut Department of Transportation 2024 $36,000.00 Marlon Peña Melanie Zimyeski (860)594-2144 Melanie.Zimyeski@ct.gov
Connecticut Department of Transportation 2025 $36,000.00 Marlon Peña Melanie Zimyeski (860)594-2144 Melanie.Zimyeski@ct.gov
District of Columbia Department of Transportation 2021 $36,000.00 Stephanie Dock Stephanie Dock 202-671-1371 stephanie.dock@dc.gov
District of Columbia Department of Transportation 2022 $36,000.00 Stephanie Dock Stephanie Dock 202-671-1371 stephanie.dock@dc.gov
District of Columbia Department of Transportation 2023 $36,000.00 Stephanie Dock Stephanie Dock 202-671-1371 stephanie.dock@dc.gov
District of Columbia Department of Transportation 2024 $36,000.00 Stephanie Dock Stephanie Dock 202-671-1371 stephanie.dock@dc.gov
District of Columbia Department of Transportation 2025 $36,000.00 Stephanie Dock Stephanie Dock 202-671-1371 stephanie.dock@dc.gov
Florida Department of Transportation 2021 $40,000.00 Monica Zhong Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2022 $40,000.00 Monica Zhong Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2023 $40,000.00 Monica Zhong Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2024 $40,000.00 Monica Zhong Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2025 $40,000.00 Monica Zhong Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Illinois Department of Transportation 2021 $38,000.00 Michael Vanderhoof Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2022 $38,000.00 Michael Vanderhoof Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2023 $38,000.00 Michael Vanderhoof Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2024 $38,000.00 Michael Vanderhoof Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2025 $38,000.00 Michael Vanderhoof Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2021 $36,000.00 Meredith Hill Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2022 $36,000.00 Meredith Hill Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2023 $36,000.00 Meredith Hill Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2024 $36,000.00 Meredith Hill Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2025 $36,000.00 Meredith Hill Sharon Hawkins 410-545-2920 shawkins2@mdot.maryland.gov
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2021 $38,000.00 Derek Krevat Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2022 $38,000.00 Derek Krevat Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2023 $38,000.00 Derek Krevat Lily Oliver (857)368-9025 hongyan.oliver@state.ma.us
Michigan Department of Transportation 2021 $38,000.00 Bradley Sharlow Michele Klein 517-335-6880 kleinm2@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2022 $38,000.00 Bradley Sharlow Michele Klein 517-335-6880 kleinm2@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2023 $38,000.00 Bradley Sharlow Michele Klein 517-335-6880 kleinm2@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2024 $38,000.00 Bradley Sharlow Michele Klein 517-335-6880 kleinm2@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2025 $38,000.00 Bradley Sharlow Michele Klein 517-335-6880 kleinm2@michigan.gov
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2021 $36,000.00 Deanna Belden Nicole Westadt 651-366-4270 nicole.westadt@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2022 $36,000.00 Deanna Belden Nicole Westadt 651-366-4270 nicole.westadt@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2023 $36,000.00 Deanna Belden Nicole Westadt 651-366-4270 nicole.westadt@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2024 $36,000.00 Deanna Belden Nicole Westadt 651-366-4270 nicole.westadt@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2025 $36,000.00 Deanna Belden Nicole Westadt 651-366-4270 nicole.westadt@state.mn.us
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2021 $38,000.00 Jason Schronce Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2022 $38,000.00 Jason Schronce Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2023 $38,000.00 Jason Schronce Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2024 $38,000.00 Jason Schronce Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2025 $38,000.00 Jason Schronce Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2021 $40,000.00 Cary Karnstadt Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2022 $40,000.00 Cary Karnstadt Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2023 $40,000.00 Cary Karnstadt Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2024 $40,000.00 Cary Karnstadt Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2025 $40,000.00 Cary Karnstadt Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2021 $38,000.00 Peter Ohlms Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov

Study Description

Study Description

This is an extension of the National Accessibility Evaluation project, TPF-5(315), begun in 2015. The ongoing project will continue to provide annual, nationwide, multimodal job accessibility data and reports while also expanding to evaluate access to other destination types, including healthcare, education, and food destinations. Transportation exists to provide the opportunity to reach destinations, and this potential for interaction can be regarded as the fundamental product of transportation systems. Accessibility metrics directly reflect the ability of travelers to reach critical destinations. They combine network travel times with the locations and value of the many origins and destinations served by a multimodal transportation system. This project will implement a measurement of accessibility to jobs and services across the entire U.S. For every Census block, it will calculate the number of jobs that can be reached, by auto, transit, biking, or walking, 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 4 primary care clinics by transit within 30 minutes. This detailed dataset will be available to project partners, and an annual report will summarize the accessibility datasets for metropolitan areas across the country. Accessibility evaluation has applications in a variety of areas: ? Performance Management - By tracking accessibility over time, state DOTs, MPOs, and transit agencies can better understand how well their transportation networks support the goal of connecting people to destinations. Accessibility evaluation can also be applied to existing performance goals related to congestion, reliability, and sustainability. ? Scenario Evaluation and Analysis - Transportation planning organization can use accessibility evaluation to help select 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 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, and identify populations which experience systematically higher or lower access to destinations. Understanding the accessibility characteristics of different origins and destinations can help agencies make equitable decisions in transportation planning.

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 auto, transit, and biking 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, published transit schedules, and detailed bike and pedestrian networks. 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 series of annual reports will provide summaries of the detailed accessibility datasets for the 50 largest metropolitan areas across America. These 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. Optional Goals The accessibility evaluation tools and expertise developed in this project can also support optional goals for interested agencies: 1. Include destinations from local data sources - Local destination datasets from your organization can be included in the annual accessibility calculations. Cost: $5,000 2. Accessibility Data Workshop - Researchers can lead an on-site or remote workshop to provide transportation agency staff hands-on experience with accessibility data and training on accessibility concepts. Cost: $5,000. 3. Scenario Evaluation - Using annual accessibility data as a baseline, researchers can develop an accessibility evaluation of highway, transit, bike, or pedestrian scenarios based on planning data from your organization. Cost varies with scenario complexity and objectives.

Scope of Work

This project is comprised of the following major tasks on an annual basis: 1. Technical Advisory Panel Engagement - 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. The TAP will meet quarterly to review and comment on project methodology. 2. Calculate Accessibility Dataset - Each year, accessibility data for auto, transit, biking, and walking will be calculated using the most recent travel time, network, and land use data. 3. Prepare and Publish Access Across America Reports - The annual reports, one for each mode, will summarize the most recent accessibility dataset and comment on trends over the duration of the project. 4. Ongoing Development of Tools and Metrics - The project team will track advancements in the field of accessibility evaluation and identify opportunities to enhance or expand the project to take advantage of new developments.

Comments

Recommended Funding Funding levels vary by state due to data acquisition costs. See below for appropriate level. Large State - $40,000 (CA,FL,NY,TX) Medium State - $38,000 (AZ,GA,IL,IN,MA,MI,NJ,NC,OH,PA,TN,VA,WA) Small State - $36,000 (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.

Subjects: Highway and Facility Design Planning and Administration Public Transit

Title File/Link Type Private
Acceptance LEtter Acceptance letter TPF-5(455).pdf Memorandum Public
Q1 FY22 07/01/2021-09/30/2021 Q1FY22_1036342_6.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Project Report October 01 - December 31, 2021 Q2FY22_1036342_6.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Project Report January1, 2022-March 31, 2022 Q3FY22_1036342_6.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Title File/Link Type Private
SPR Match Waiver Memo SPR Waiver Memo Solicitation#1532.Signature.pdf Other Public

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