Last week, the Accessibility Observatory was featured on the University of Minnesota Inquiry blog as a highlight from a year of excellence in research in FY2016.
The post highlighted the Observatory’s new National Accessibility Evaluation Pooled-Fund Study, funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and 11 other transportation agencies across the country. As part of the $1.6 million, five-year project, Observatory staff will create a new national accessibility dataset at the Census block level that describes accessibility to jobs for both driving and transit.
Study partners will be able to use the dataset for local transportation system evaluation, performance management, planning, and research efforts. The study will also produce and publish a series of reports summarizing the accessibility datasets for the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States.