Project 2-3

Project 2-3: Developing Connected Microtransit Vehicles for Equitable Mobility Service for Rural and Underserved Communities 

Exhibit D - Research Project Requirement: PDF Link

Principal Investigator: Ali Karimoddini (North Carolina A&T State University)

Other Investigators: Maranda McBride (NCAT), Pamela Murray-Tuite (CU), Zhen Ni (FAU) 

Project Partners: Clemson University (CU), Florida Atlantic University (FAU), North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT)

Is any participating institution a Minority Institution? Yes — North Carolina A&T State University and Florida Atlantic University

Research Project Funding: Year 1: $532,821 (Federal: $242,814; Non-Federal: $290,007) 

Project Status: Active

Project Start and End Date: 08/01/2023 to 7/31/2027 

Project Summary: Sporadic transportation demand over large, geographically dispersed rural areas makes conventional fixed-schedule, fixed-route solutions inefficient. This project will develop technology-driven solutions for the development and deployment of microtransit transportation vehicles to address distributed and low-demand transportation needs in rural areas by providing more efficient, customer-focused autonomous transit services via flexible routing and scheduling while interacting with and integrating into other transportation modes. This integrated system of systems and technology-driven approach will lead to equitable transportation solutions by reducing transportation costs due to smaller vehicle sizes and the adoption of ridesharing strategies for transit services in rural and disadvantaged communities.