Households in small and rural communities are often automobile dependent, and those with low incomes or who do not own a car have limited transportation options for accessing basic services that improve lives and livelihoods, including jobs, health care, healthy food, and more. In this webinar, researchers from the National Center for Sustainable Transportation highlighted research pertaining to meeting the mobility needs of small, rural, and marginalized communities in California.
Caroline Rodier, Professional Researcher at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis (ITS-Davis), shared updates from a three-year experiment in electric vehicle carsharing servicing marginalized rural communities in California’s Central Valley. Jesus Barajas, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis, shared findings from a recently concluded study that assessed transportation barriers and adaptations in carless households.
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Dr. Caroline Rodier’s primary areas of research include transportation, land use, and environmental planning and policy analysis. Dr. Rodier's current research interests include the development and evaluation of shared mobility services designed to meet the needs of transportation-disadvantaged populations. Most recently, she has partnered with public agencies, community-based organizations, and technology services to implement and evaluate several shared mobility pilots in low-income disadvantaged Central Valley communities in California. Dr. Rodier holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and an M.S. in Community Development from the University of California, Davis, and a B.A. in U.S. History from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Dr. Jesus Barajas is an affiliated faculty at ITS-Davis. His research at the intersection of transportation planning/policy and environmental justice addresses how systems of inequities influence travel behavior and how policymakers can and should respond. He has led projects on topics including travel behavior, transportation safety, and the implications of policing on transportation planning. Prior to coming to UC Davis, Dr. Barajas was an Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.