February 9, 2023 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM (ET)
About the Webinar:
Concepts of accessibility have always posed as an attractive alternative to historically used (and sometimes problematic) mobility measures. However, accessibility measures and the concept itself can be problematic on their own: the concept doesn’t include real behavior and is difficult to explain while measures are difficult to calculate, explain quickly to lay audiences, and tricky to set policy and target goals. With the proliferation of crowdsourced origin-destination data, we can solve some of these issues and provide planners and policy makers with “accessibility-like” measures that solve some of these issues and provide depth to the planning and project programming process. This project takes a first look at developing new accessibility and accessibility-like measures that reveal access based on real travel behavior at several geographic scales and, for the first time, from a freight perspective.
About the Presenter:
Dr. Phil Lasley is an associate research scientist with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s Mobility Analysis program, where he has worked for over 11 years on a variety of projects including performance measure development, multimodal mobility and non-motorized data, housing location choice, and transportation data visualization. He also managed and coordinated congestion- and mobility-related projects within TTI’s Policy Research Center (PRC), providing policy research, information, and educational materials to the Texas State Legislature.
Phil’s expertise includes examining housing location choice theory and access, understanding why people choose to live where they do and the transportation policy implications for land use and other non-traditional mitigation strategies. Dr. Lasley has worked with performance measurement development and innovation, focusing efforts on creating new multimodal system measures that provide a holistic view of the transportation network. He also specializes in using large data sets to develop interactive data visualizations, infographics, and other media forms that help convey highly technical information and data for analysis, dissemination, and understanding to broad audiences. His experience and background in strategic management, capacity development, and planning as well as knowledge in urban planning, project management, and transportation issues serves as a foundation for advancing data and research understanding and development.
Phil also serves as an adjunct professor on the graduate faculty in the Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning Department and the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University.