Project Work with Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates
I evaluated the bicycle compatibility of 406 miles of roadway in the District as measured by bicycle level-of-service, using geospatial modeling for existing and future conditions in 2030. Using Kimley Horn's transportation demand model as a base, I calculated the ridership demand of 343 lane miles of bicycle infrastructure by facility type and distribution of population growth to prioritize capital improvements worth $290 million dollars over the next fifteen years.
_In the third phase of the scenario planning process, I worked closely with the Nelson\Nygaard team to develop a regional GIS analysis of land use and population changes along potential BRT corridors. Our core analysis was based on the URBEMIS mitigation component to assess auto trip reduction from future changes in bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian network connectivity, population density, mix of land uses and the introduction of bus rapid transit.
I wrote the existing transit service report, analyzing bus, paratransit and rail services for Nelson\Nygaard and the prime consultant URS. I also designed maps, using ArcMap and Illustrator, to highlight local bus services within the study corridor. Alongside Nelson\Nygaard staff, I completed pedestrian intercept surveys to aid the planning team in assessing the feasibility of rail rapid transit within the study corridor - connecting Central Connecticut from Waterbury to Berlin.
Working with the Nelson\Nygaard team on Focus Area 2: Revenue Allocation and Project Selection, I completed case study research on updating state transportation funding formulas and creating competitive grants programs for smart transportation. I sought out and spoke directly with grants and funding program managers to understand how the most creative programs are being implemented, translating their experiences into clear policy opportunities and guidelines.
These design profiles are based on a street typology framework of the four core roadway functions within the City of Gladstone. Following a series of public workshops led by the Nelson\Nygaard team, I drafted roadway design cross sections and plan views of improved bicycle, pedestrian and transit connectivity. Further adapting the design profiles to incorporate transportation and placemaking elements requested by the community. Design work was completed using the Vectorworks CAD software.
Environmental Research Projects
Contributing researcher as Alyssa Benson, for the following reports: