Academic lead: Jonathan Hall, University of Toronto
Partner lead: Sam Khany, City of Vancouver
A3WG will experiment with and document how innovative policy pilots and emerging technologies can be used to support the needs of people experiencing transport poverty. The results will clarify behavioural responses to changes in the transportation system, and provide much-needed evidentiary support for planners and decision makers grappling with how best to apply new technologies to solve transportation problems. This work will evaluate innovative policies (e.g., congestion pricing, bus-only lanes) and new mobility technologies (e.g., on-demand bus service, ride-hailing, e-bike sharing systems in low-income suburban neighbourhoods), and synthesize the findings across all project themes and activities in online story maps, briefs, and reports.
A3WG will fund 8 evaluation projects. Each project will include an academic lead, a government partner, community group, and, for tech pilots, a technology partner. The selection criteria will also ensure that pilot teams include participation from researchers drawn from the three cross-cutting themes (e.g. an appropriate expert from the population, transport mode, and the community planning groups), in addition to the A3WG member. Preference will be given to projects that incorporate novel experimental designs within transportation research, including randomized control trials, pre-post designs, and pilots that incorporate cutting-edge topics stemming from behavioural economics.
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