UTA NEWS CENTER: UTA interdisciplinary team examines public health measures in regional transportation plan
March 12, 2016
CAPPA associate professor of public affairs Colleen Casey and Stephen Mattingly, associate professor of civil engineering in the College of Engineering, have teamed up to present recommendations to the North Texas Council of Governments that take into account public health measures in a regional transportation plan. The project evaluates public health performance measures and their role in the regional metro transportation planning process. It links transportation decisions to public health, basically giving planners and decision makers a tool in which to measure these decisions. The system will take into account safety, air quality and physical activity.
“Most transportation infrastructure decisions are made in relation to traffic and safety,” Casey said. “We want to blend health decisions and impacts into the transportation decision-making process as well.”