Transportation, Land Use, and Accessibility

Accessibility refers to the ability of individuals of all ages and abilities to reach the diverse array of destinations required to engage in socially rich and economically productive lives. Faculty conducting research on Transportation, Land Use and Accessibility examine the connections between the way we plan and organize transportation systems and the pattern of urban development in order to identify strategies to enhance the accessibility of all persons. Faculty are particularly interested in the impacts of new mobility technologies, such as automated vehicles, on land development patterns and the accessibility, mobility, and physical and social well-being of persons of all ages and backgrounds, and planning strategies to promote the use of more sustainable modes of transportation, such as biking, walking, and public transit.

DURP Faculty with Research Interests in Transportation, Land Use and Accessibility

Jeff Brown, Ph.D. UCLA
Michael Duncan, Ph.D. UC Berkeley
John Felkner, D. Des. Harvard
Dennis Smith, AICP

FSU faculty in the departments of geography, engineering, psychology, sociology, public health, and public administration also conduct research on issues related to transportation, land use and accessibility.

Doctoral Student Researchers with Interests in Transportation, Land Use and Accessibility

Kristin Gladwin
Elham Shekari
Yazmin Valdez-Torres

Current Research Projects

Assessing the Property Value Impacts of SunRail Stations–Phase II Update. For Florida Department of Transportation. (Michael Duncan and Mark Horner, FSU Geography)

MetroPlan Orlando SunRail TOD Ridership Study. For MetroPlan Orlando. (Michael Duncan and Dennis Smith with Mark Horner, FSU Geography, and Eren Ozguven, FSU Civil Engineering)

Exploring Walking Tolerance of Transitway Users. For Minnesota Local Road Research Board. (Michael Duncan with Jason Cao, University of Minnesota)

Examining the Development Effects of Modern-Era Streetcars: An Assessment of Two US Cities. For Mineta Transportation Institute. (Jeff Brown and Joel Mendez, University of Kansas)

A Marvelous Machine: Creative Approaches to Securing Funding and Public Support for Streetcar Projects in Four U.S. Cities (Jeff Brown and James Wood, University of Texas at Arlington)

Completed project reports and other publications are listed on individual faculty webpages and in faculty CVs available on their webpages.

Why You Should Study Transportation, Land Use and Accessibility at DURP

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning offers graduate degree programs at the doctoral and master’s levels. Our graduate students have received a number of prestigious external awards and fellowships in recent years, including US Department of Transportation Eisenhower Graduate Fellowships, American Public Transportation Association Fellowships, and Eno Foundation Fellowships. Our department also offers a Transit Fellow Program in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation.

Our transportation faculty are affiliates of the Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population (ASAP), which is part of the University Transportation Centers program created by Congress and funded through the US Department of Transportation. ASAP funds faculty and student research and educational projects at FSU and other partner universities.