Technology & the City

The transportation sector is rapidly changing due to changes in vehicle, communications, and sensor technology. Given these changes, how can universities develop these new technologies to address mobility, accessibility, energy, environmental, and equity issues?


Current or recent projects can be found below:

Consumer Responses to Household Provisioning Strategies During COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery – PI Clifton (NSF) Comings soon! Check out preliminary analysis of Google Community Mobility Reports here.

Environmental and Equity Scenarios for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Ownership and Use in the Portland Region – PI MacArthur (The PSU-BPS Climate Action Collaborative, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability & Institute for Sustainable Solutions)

Curb Appeal: How to value access to the curb to manage new and emerging modes (unfunded)

Refining GreenSTEP: Impacts of Vehicle Technologies and ITS/Operational Improvements on Travel Speed and Fuel Consumption Curves (Oregon Department of Transportation)

Publications & Presentations

NSF Sustainable Urban Systems “New Mobility, Cities and Data” Workshop Report – On July 15-16 2019, a diverse group of university researchers and community stakeholders from Columbus, Ohio and Portland, Oregon participated in a workshop to explore issues surrounding new mobility technologies, sustainable urban systems and data.

Distinguished Transport Lecture Series on Planning for Pedestrians in an Automated and Connected Future.

Blanc, B.; Figliozzi, MA; and Clifton, KJ. 2016. “How Representative of Bicycling Populations Are Smartphone Application Surveys of Travel Behavior?” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2587, 2016, pp. 78–89.

Bigazzi, A. & Clifton, KJ. “Modeling the effects of congestion on fuel economy for advanced powertrain vehicles,” Transportation Planning & Technology, 38:2, 2015, pp 149-161.

Zhang, Feng; Shen, Qing, and Clifton, Kelly. “An examination of traveler responses to real-time bus arrival information using panel data,” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2082, 2008. pp. 107-115.

Zhang, Feng, Clifton, Kelly J. & Shen, Qing. Chapter 10: “Reexamining ICT Impact on Travel using the 2001 NHTS Data for Baltimore Metropolitan Area,” In Societies & Cities in the Age of Instant Access, Miller, Harvey J. (ed.), Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, 2007. pp. 153-166.