RESEARCH PROJECTS

 

PHILOSOPHY

My interest in transportation research is partially fueled by my desire to discover and apply knowledge to bring about a positive change in people’s daily lives and partially by my aversion to policy decisions that ineffectively utilize (waste) scarce transportation funds.  The field of transportation economics offers me the opportunity to accomplish these goals and provides me with great sense of satisfaction from my research.

 

My research falls into two broad categories of improving transportation through:

1)      optimizing demand for the existing infrastructure based on more intelligent pricing of services, and

2)      optimizing the supply of available infrastructure using more intelligent investment decisions.

 

PROJECTS

“Using Behavioral Economics to Better Understand Managed Lane Use.” Federal Highway Administration, Exploratory Advanced Research Program, PI, September 2017 to January 2021, $1,425,716.

“Connected Vehicle (CV) Pilot Deployment and Program Evaluation.” Federal Highway Administration, February 2017 – February 2020,  Researcher, TTI is lead agency on a large multi-agency contract that is constantly evolving and changing as the pilot program moves forward.

“High Occupancy Toll System Dynamic Pricing Research Study.” Houston METRO, December 2016 – July 2017, total $38,300.

“Policy and Planning Actions to Internalize Societal Impacts of CV and AV Systems into Market Decisions.” NCHRP Project Number 20-102 (01), Researcher, total $400,000.

“Estimating the Impact of Connected Vehicles on Vehicle Emissions in El Paso.”  TIAS – Internal Funding, Co-PI, January 2016 – May 2017, 1 student supported, total $300,000, my pro-rated amount $40,000.

“Dynamic Ride Sharing, Car-Sharing, Bike-Sharing and State-level Mobility.” Texas Department of Transportation, Researcher, January 2014 – December 2014, $150,000.

 “Implementation of the Traffic Thermostat Tool on the I-30 Managed Lanes.” North Central Texas Council of Governments, PI, December 2013 – April 2015, $178,000. http://tti.tamu.edu/documents/5-6396-01-1.pdf

“Identifying Strategies to Encourage Truck Usage of Toll Roads.” Texas Department of Transportation, Researcher, October 2013 – August 2014, $144,174.

“Examining Decision-Making Surrounding the Use of Managed Lanes by Katy Freeway Travelers: a Prospect Theory Approach.” Southwest Region University Transportation Center, Principal Investigator, November 2012 – November 2013, $25,000.

“Real Option Analysis to Value Managed Lanes.” Southwest Region University Transportation Center, Principal Investigator, November 2012 – November 2013, $25,000.

 

How do Travelers Perceive and Value Travel Time Reliability?” Southwest Region University Transportation Center, Principal Investigator, November 2012 – October  2013, $45,000.

 

Review of Tolling Approaches for Implementation within TxDOT's Travel Demand Models”, Texas Department of Transportation, Researcher, joint proposal between TTI and University Transportation Center at University of Texas, September 2012 – January 2014.

 

A Comprehensive Mileage-based User Fee (MBUF) Equity Impact Analysis”, Southwest Region University Transportation Center, Co-Principal Investigator, April 2012 – April 2013, $56,000.

 

“Methods to Maximize Toll Revenues in Texas”, Texas Department of Transportation, Researcher, September 2011 – May 2013, $250,000.

 

"Understanding Traveler Behavior: The Psychology Behind Managed Lane Use”, University Transportation Center for Mobility, PI, September 2011 – May 2012, $90,000.

"Pre-Determining Performance Based Operational and Toll Rate Setting Measures – Implementation Project”, Texas Dept of Transportation, Researcher, August 2011 – September 2012, $127,000.

“Evaluation of Katy Freeway Managed Lanes,” Texas Department of Transportation, Principal Investigator: Ginger Goodin, September 2011 – August 2013, $295,000 external funding.

“Monitoring and Evaluation of the Urban Partnership Agreements,” U.S. Department of Transportation, Prime Contractor: Battelle Memorial Institute, Sub-Contract to TTI, TTI Principal Investigator: Katie Turnbull, September 2009 – December 2014, $690,000 TTI total.

“Equity Impacts of Vehicle Miles Traveled Fee Options,” Southwest Region University Transportation Center, Principal Investigator, September 2010 – December 2011, $45,000.

 “The Impact of Gas Prices on Toll Road Use,” University Transportation Center for Mobility, Principal Investigator, September 2009 – December 2010, $73,000.

“Incorporating Reliability Performance Measures into the Transportation Planning and Programming Processes,” National Academy of Science, Strategic Highway Research Program, Cambridge Systematics, Inc. is the lead agency and I am a researcher on the TTI team, June 2010 to December 2011, $1,500,000.

“Congestion Pricing and High Occupancy Toll Lanes Program Support and Technical Assistance,” Federal Highway Administration, teamed with Battelle Memorial Institute and PBS&J, Principal Investigator: Ginger Goodin, January 2010 – December 2010, $146,000.

 

“Managed Lane Travelers – Do They Pay for Travel as They Claimed They Would?”, Southwest Region University Transportation Center, Principal Investigator, September 2009 – December 2010, $46,000.

Pre-Determining Performance Based Operational and Toll Rate Setting Measures”, Texas Dept of Transportation, Researcher, September 2009 – August 2010, $141,000. http://tti.tamu.edu/documents/5-6396-01-1.pdf

“Congestion Pricing and High Occupancy Toll Lanes Program Support and Technical Assistance”, Federal Highway Administration, Researcher, September 2009 – August 2010, $146,000.

 

“San Antonio IH-10 East and IH 10 West Corridors: Value Priced Express Lanes,” Federal Highway Administration and Texas Department of Transportation, Co-Principal Investigators: Ginger Gooding and Mark Burris, June 2008 – June 2009, $162,000, external funding.

 

“Tools for HOV to HOT Benefit Analysis,” Federal Highway Administration’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Principal Investigator, October 2008 – December 2009, $101,000, external funding.

“Estimating the Benefits of Managed Lanes”, University Transportation Center for Mobility, Principal Investigator, January 2008 – March 2009, $80,000, external funding.

“Valuation of Buyout Options in Comprehensive Development Agreements”, University Transportation Center for Mobility, Co-Principal Investigators: Mark Burris, Gabriel Power, Sharada Vadali, Dmitry Vedenov, August 2008 – October 2009, $87,000, external funding.

“Truck Traffic Patterns due to Variable Toll Rates – Austin Texas”, Federal Highway Administration and Texas Department of Transportation, Co- Principal Investigators: Tina Collier and Mark Burris, August 2006 – August 2008, $185,000, external funding.

 

“Houston HOT Lane Network”, Federal Highway Administration and Texas Department of Transportation, Principal Investigator, August 2006 – September 2009, $460,000, external funding.

 

“Measuring the Marginal Cost of Congestion,” Southwest University Transportation Research Center, Principal Investigator, September 2006 – October 2008, $64,800.

The Role of Preferential Treatment for Carpools in Managed Lane Facilities,” Texas Department of Transportation, Co-Principal Investigators: Mark Burris and Ginger Goodin, 1 graduate student supported, September 2005 – August 2007, $185,000 total, $75,000 pro-rated, external funding.

“The Impact of Variable Pricing on Traveler Mode Choice and Time of Departure,” Southwest University Transportation Center, 1 graduate student supported, $45,000, external funding.

“Criteria for Adapting HOV Lanes to HOT Lanes” Texas Department of Transportation, PI: Bill Stockton, 1 graduate student supported, September 2004 – August 2005, $150,000 total, $40,000 pro-rated, external funding.

“San Antonio Northeast Corridor (IH-35): Value Priced Express Lanes,” Federal Highway Administration and Texas Department of Transportation, Co-Principal Investigators: Mark Burris and Ginger Goodin, 1 graduate student supported, August 2004 – September 2005, $158,000 total, $60,000 pro-rated, external funding.

“Houston Value Pricing Pilot Program,” Federal Highway Administration, Texas Department of Transportation, and Houston METRO, Principal Investigator: Bill Stockton, Co-Principal Investigator: Mark Burris, 7 graduate students supported, January 2002 – December 2005, $2,436,000 total, $600,000 pro-rated, external funding.

“Congestion Mitigation Study for the Town of Fort Myers Beach,” CRSPE, Inc., Principal Investigator: Mark Burris, 1 undergraduate student supported, January 2003 - December 2003, $10,000 total and pro-rated, external funding.

“Feasibility of Credit-Based Value Pricing on Texas Roadways,” Texas Department of Transportation, Principal Investigator: Mark Burris, 1 graduate student supported, September 2002 – September 2003, $105,243 total and pro-rated, external funding.

“The Change Variable Toll-Price Elasticities Over Time,” Texas A&M Department of Civil Engineering, Principal Investigator: Mark Burris, 1 graduate student supported, September 2001 – August 2003, $26,400 total and pro-rated, (internal funds only).

“Technical Advisor for the Lee County Queue Jump Project,” CRSPE, Inc., Principal Investigator: Mark Burris, 1 undergraduate student supported, February 2002 – January 2003, $11,000 total and pro-rated, external funding.