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MPC Research: Unravel the Impact of COVID-19 on Microtransit (MPC-608)

  • Sep 15, 2022 (9:30 - 10:30 am CT; 8:30 - 9:30 am MT)
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Unravel the impact of COVID-19 on the spatio-temporal mobility patterns of microtransit is part of MPC project 608, titled impact of mobility as a service (MaaS) on transit access. MaaS as a transit access mode is also referred to as microtransit. Using the microtransit pilot project launched in Salt Lake City, Utah, we applied big data techniques to model the spatio-temporal pattern of microtransit activities. This work is significant as the research period has undergone the impact of COVID-19, and it represents the first of its kind to offer insights into how COVID-19 altered travel behavior. The workflow developed in this research broadly is generalizable and valuable for understanding the unique spatio-temporal patterns of microtransit. The framework can also help transit agencies with performance evaluation, regional transport strategies, and optimal vehicle dispatching.


Dr. Cathy Liu is an associate professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Utah. She serves as a member on the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Highway Capacity Quality of Service (HCQS) Committee and Chair of the Technology Transfer subcommittee. Dr. Liu is a licensed professional engineer at the State of Utah. Dr. Liu has conducted extensive research in sustainable transportation system with a focus on shared mobility, public transit, managed lanes, large-scale transportation modeling and simulation, and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).

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