The pandemic has turned transportation and mobility on its head as riders avoid public spaces and operators struggle to stay afloat. Cherry said the purpose of this study is two-fold: to better understand how systems respond to and work through economic and health shocks, and to better understand how micromobility and transit offerings can complement each other, particularly amid a future crisis.
For the research, Cherry connected with John MacArthur, a sustainable transportation program manager at PSU’s Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC), thanks to an existing relationship from studying micromobility trends together. Cherry’s colleague Candace Brakewood, an assistant professor of engineering at UT, is an expert in transit and joined the team as a third researcher on the project.