Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Sidney Smith Hall, Room SS5017 | 100 St. George Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 3G3 (map)
Transit Deserts USA—Lessons from 52 Major Cities
Transit Deserts (originated by the Dr. Jiao) describe urban neighborhoods where there are gaps in transit demand and supply. Using publicly available data and GIS, Dr. Jiao has measured the transit desert problems in 52 major US cities. He found that the geographic distribution of the transit desert was geographically uneven. In total, there were about 6.7% and 4 million people living in transit deserts in these major cities.
About the Speaker: Junfeng Jiao is an assistant professor in community and regional planning and founding director of Urban Information Lab at The University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on urban informatics and smart city. He coined the term “transit deserts” and measured people’s access to transit, healthy food, Uber, Airbnb, and shared bike within US cities. He also explored people’s perception of cities in cyber space with twitter, drone and VR. He has published 32 peer reviewed journal articles, 6 book chapters and on 3 journal editorial board. His research has been reported by CNN, NBC, US News, Yahoo, Wired, NPR, Finance and Commerce, Smithsonian and many others.