Michael Duncan


Professor Duncan’s main interest lies in transportation planning, especially as this relates to building regions with sustainable transport systems and development patterns. Specific topics of interest have included:

  • Measuring property value impacts of transportation investments
  • Evaluating the merits and effectiveness of park-and-ride transit facilities
  • The adoption and effectiveness of bike and pedestrian plans
  • Providing non-auto transportation options for aging populations

While varied, these topic areas are unified by their focus on assessing the viability of various approaches to reducing dependence on automobile travel. In terms of his methodological approach to research, Dr. Duncan generally makes use of quantitative analysis, where he draws on his professional experience as a travel demand modeler and GIS analyst.


PhD, City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley 2007
MCP, City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley 2000
BS, Geography, University of Utah 1997

Selected Publications

Gladwin, K., & Duncan, M. D. (2022). Covid-19’s Impact on Older Adults’ Cycling Behaviors in a Small, Auto-Centric Urban Area. Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 16. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trip.2022.100675 

Duncan, M., Valdez-Torres, Y., Gladwin, K., Horner, M., & Wood, B. (2021). Promoting Transit Oriented Development for Older Adults: A Survey of Current Practices Among Transit Agencies and Local Governments in the US. Journal of Transport and Land Use, 14(1), 255-276. http://dx.doi.org/10.5198/jtlu.2021.1798

Duncan, M., Horner, M., Chapin, T., Crute, J., Costello, K., Sharmin, N., McClellan, K., Williams, A., Riemondy, A., & Stansbury, C. (2020). Assessing the property value and tax revenue impact of Sunrail Stations in Orlando, Florida. Case Studies in Transport Policy, 8, 1-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cstp.2020.01.005

Duncan, M., Almario, R., & Costello, K. (2020). Evaluation of the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Bike and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 15, 124-130. https://doi.org/10.1080/15568318.2019.1709230

Duncan, M., & Cao, J. (2020). Marginal Impacts of Park-and-Ride Facilities in the Twin Cities. Transportation Research Record, 2674, 403-413. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198120945696

Coutts, C., Wenger, R., & Duncan, M. (2019). An Exploratory Analysis of Deviant Pedestrianism: Deviant Paths as Cues to Design Pedestrian Infrastructure. Journal of Urban Planning and Development, 145, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)UP.1943-5444.0000539

Cao, X., & Duncan, M. (2019). Associations among Distance, Quality, and Safety When Walking from a Park-and-Ride Facility to the Transit Station in the Twin Cities. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 39, 496-507. https://doi.org/10.1177/0739456X19883858

Duncan, M. (2019). Would the replacement of park-and-ride facilities with transit-oriented development reduce vehicle kilometers traveled in an auto-oriented US region? Transport Policy, 81, 293-301. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2017.12.005

Michael Duncan

Professor & PhD Program Director

Areas of Interest: Transportation planning and policy, transportation and land use connections, station area planning, bike/pedestrian planning, travel behavior

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