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STATUS: In Progress YEAR: 2019 TOPIC AREA: Public transit, land use, and urban mobility Transportation planning, policy, and finance CENTER: PSR

How People Move: Analyzing the Travel of Vulnerable Populations in Los Angeles

Project Summary

Funding source: Caltrans
Funding amount: $69,014
Contract number: 65A0674 TO 029
Start and end dates: 3/15/2020 to 3/14/2021

Project description
People differ fundamentally in their ability to use or access different transportation systems and modes. Because of these fundamental difference, particular groups experience disparities in their mobility and access to opportunities. As planning agencies in Los Angeles County seek to address transportation equity in their decision-making, there is a need to have a better understanding of these disparities. In response, this project seeks to leverage California's investment in quality transportation data from the 2017 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) California Add-on and the UC Berkeley Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS).

Specifically, this project will examine travel patterns (trips and miles traveled per day, mode split, trip purpose, etc.) by different vulnerable groups (women, youth, older adults, people with disabilities, low-income families), and the interconnections between these characteristics. Given local, regional, and statewide attention on ending traffic fatalities, I will connect these travel patterns to collision and fatality rates by gender, age, and transportation mode.

This project will be completed in four tasks and the goal of the project is to discern the travel patterns of vulnerable groups in Los Angeles County and relate these patterns to traffic safety exposure risks.


Madeline Brozen
Deputy Director, Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies
3320 E Public Affairs, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90095
United States
[email protected]