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Overcoming Barriers to Public Transportation in MS – A Pilot Study for Jackson Metropolitan Statistical area

P.I.: Dr. Mukesh Kumar
Department of Urban Planning and Policy Analysis
Jackson State University

This research directly aim at Improving public transportation system and transit ridership. The results of this research will also have indirect relevance to the third item – Urban congestion operations and management.

This research accomplish the following project objectives:

1. Prepare a survey of existing experiences that illustrate the dilemma of low density population patters and viability of public transit system. Investigation of this relationship will establish the framework of analysis and testing of propositions about whether functionality alone could make public transit viable.
2. Prepare a status report based on current levels of information to evaluate the current standing of public transit resources available in the Jackson MSA. This report will analyze historical trends in modal choices and discursively investigate whether the current landuse patterns constrain the public transportation options.
3. Prepare a survey to assess the levels of demand for public transit options separated into functional and design considerations. A well-designed survey will be essential to make the assessment of demand for public transit.
4. Administer the survey to a random sample of registered voters in Jackson MSA. Since most of the surveys regarding public transit only pay attention to the either public transit riders or individuals associated with such a system, the results are often biased and unreliable. The potential pool of survey respondents for this research will include all registered voters within the MSA.
5. Analyze the survey results. This analysis will reliably point to the directions that any public transit planning process must consider. The results will quantitatively measure the levels of demand for public transit in general and when compared with the census data on modal choices will reveal insights into the relationships among land use patterns, urban spatial structure and public transit.