CEE Seminar: Advancing Equity in Transportation Data, Models and Measures

McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium (MDEA)
Tierra Bills, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Civil And Environmental Engineering
Department Of Public Policy

Abstract: This presentation will discuss efforts to advance a framework for equity in transportation engineering and planning. The framework builds on existing travel demand analysis tools and exposes critical gaps in existing data collection, demand modeling and performance measurement used in the design and planning of transportation systems. This presentation will highlight findings of two recent studies. One on data representation of disadvantaged communities and the other on impacts of data quality on travel model development and prediction.

Bio: Tierra Bills is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and public policy at UCLA. He specializes in the measurement of transportation system and policy outcomes, and travel demand modeling with a special emphasis on transportation equity. Bills holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering technology from Florida A&M University (‘08) and a master's degree (’09) and doctorate (’13) in transportation engineering from UC Berkeley.

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