MRI 1: Integrating Emergent Technologies into Transportation Planning and Policy for Rural and Under-served Communities

MRI 1 will investigate ways to fully leverage the promise of emerging connected vehicle and infrastructure technologies and improve access to critical resources for residents of rural and underserved communities. Adopting a community-driven approach, MRI 1 promotes the engagement of rural communities through participatory planning to enable methodological and analytical breakthroughs that can be used to develop, calibrate, and apply new planning paradigms in these contexts. 

Project 1-1. Designing Tools for Assessing Readiness of Rural Communities for New Technologies:  This project develops a novel classification system that can comprehensively assess the readiness of different geographical regions for technological transportation innovations. 

Project 1-2. Rural Healthcare and Transportation Deployment Planning: This project analyzes the benefits of emerging technologies for improving healthcare access in rural health professional shortage areas (HPSAs)

Project 1-3. Benefit-Cost Analysis of Rural CAV Deployment: This project investigates the benefits and costs associated with connected and automated vehicle (CAV) deployment in rural areas.