The Role of Well-Designed Transportation Projects Enhancing Communities

Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 9:45am

About the Event

The Role of Well-Designed Transportation Projects Enhancing Communities

Transportation projects affect communities in ways that go far beyond the immediate needs of moving people and goods from one place to another. In a time of limited resources at every level of government, communities need to understand these impacts in order to maximize available transportation dollars.

The speakers will introduce this interdisciplinary research effort, which examines the measurable benefits of well-designed transportation projects in order to identify projects and processes that create positive outcomes in a variety of areas, including public health and safety, environmental protection, economic development, aesthetics, and cultural enrichment.


Protecting Public Health, Safety and the Environment

Carmody will highlight the positive and negative impacts of transportation projects on public health, safety, and the environment. Benefits such as improved community access to goods and services must be balanced against potential negative impacts including pollution, resource depletion, and the reduction of biodiversity.


Promoting Economic Development

Adams will describe ways of measuring the economic impacts of transportation projects on their geographic settings. Defining economic development as distinct from land development, this research delves into the economic benefits of well-designed transportation projects using both spatial and temporal frameworks of analysis.

Speaker(s)

Lance Neckar, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture

Robert Johns, Director, CTS

John Carmody, Director, Center for Sustainable Building Research

John Adams, Professor, Department of Geography