Urban Mobility & Equity Center
The Urban Mobility & Equity Center (UMEC) focuses on research to improve urban mobility of people and goods in an environmentally sustainable and equitable manner. Based at Morgan State University, UMEC includes the University of Maryland and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).
UMEC's core and competitively awarded research projects center on three research themes:
- Transit/paratransit and freight planning and operations to improve mobility, access and cost efficiency;
- Buyer acceptance, affordability and government promotion of connected and automated vehicles, including social equity considerations during diffusion of technology; or
- Distribution of transportation costs and benefits, including equity of user fees and taxes that fund infrastructure and services.
In October's guest blog, Brian O'Malley of the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance explains what riders really want and what makes trains and buses successful.