NICR’s greatest strength is not in its geographical reach, but rather its collective expertise and vision. Theories already developed within the consortium for idealized situations will serve as an excellent starting point. These theories will be generalized and readied for real-world deployments via 17 carefully crafted research projects. Outcomes of these projects will enhance our understanding of how transportation systems operate, how travelers make decisions and the social and political realities that impact our transportation systems.
NICR’s aim─to optimize the efficiency and reliability of travel for all transportation system users─will serve as the overarching Topic for all activities. It will be supported by two additional Topics: data modeling and analytical tools to evaluate the effects of shifting transit incentive structure; and ridesharing and alternative forms of transportation.
Our research will include 17 projects grouped under four Pillars and aligned with the three specified Topics. This alignment provides NICR with a cohesive and strategically-focused research plan starting from day one. This plan will propel NICR into a position of national leadership, along with our State DOTs and other partners, in addressing the crisis of passenger and freight congestion for all Americans—ensuring equitable access to underserved populations in a range of land use contexts.