Poster: TRANSIT AND LAND USE: A SYMBIOTIC RELATION
Transportation systems have long affected how cities grow in America. From the horse-drawn streetcars, through electric streetcars to the freeways in the Post World War era, transportation network has shaped the way cities develop. The advent of automobile coupled with the “American Dream” of owning a house, resulted in uncontrolled outward growth of cities. Boundless growth of cities is now posing wicked problems like urban sprawl, traffic congestion, air pollution etc.
The synergy between the transportation network and land use changes is vital for any major investment a city undertakes. Increasing the access to a region brings about changes in land pattern over a period of time. However, emphasis on improving the mobility rather than accessibility has led to urban sprawl. Dallas, one of the fastest growing cities in the US, opened its first light rail in 1996 to improve accessibility to Downtown. Over the past 20 years, the light rail network has been expanded to 90 miles. This major transportation network has resulted in major change in land use pattern in the region. Our study aims to analyze changes in land use pattern due to Light Rail along with an investigation of pedestrian accessibility to and around the stations.
, Bossier MPC
, Bossier City
Confirmed SpeakerI am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Urban Planning, with a specialization in transportation, and will be graduating in May 2017. I have a 3 months’ work experience as a summer intern at the Texas Target Communities (TTC), 1.5 years as an Architect at Kapadia Associates Design LLP, Mumbai, India. Project management and development of research protocols have been my major activities during my tenure at the firm. My elective during the fourth year or Architectural Studies was Urban Design, where I completed my research on the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in Ahmedabad, India. I am a certified Architect with considerable experience in handling large scale town planning projects in India. During my Summer Internship, under the supervision of Jaimie Hicks Masterson (Program Coordinator- TTC), I conducted surveys and research on the economic and demographic front of Waller County, Texas. The State of Community report presented included census data in statistical and graphical format, literature review and mapped environmental factors. The project I have worked on have helped me polish my data collection and management abilities, thereby, providing me with a holistic exposure to research work and handling ArcGIS. Collecting data to create templates for various disaster and housing GRANTS was a challenge as it required incessant back and forth with various governmental organizations. The projects I have worked on during my work period needed AutoCAD, Revit, Photoshop, ArcGIS and InDesign majorly. I am confident that my experiences, skills and strong interests in community planning have prepared me to be a strong fit for this position. I am currently working towards the Transit Management Certificate at the University and will be presenting my defense on Making Texas A&M Campus more pedestrian friendly. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see my work samples. I am a strong believer in planning the transportation to run a city better!