Transit Access For Underserved Populations in Boise, ID

Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date

April 2016

Faculty Sponsor

Samia Islam


Our research focus will be transit access for underserved populations. We will conduct a comparison with other cities of similar size. Refugees in Boise are not properly served by our transit systems. Working with the International Rescue Committee, we will address this issue. We will compare Boise (City) to several cities across the United States. Data will be collected from ACHD, Idaho Transportation Department, and other federal and international transportation agencies.

We will examine local area population, public transportation time, and the energy required to run the transportation system. Population is important to factor because smaller populations tend to be more physically spread apart. Public transportation times will need to be compared to private transportation times in order to show the costs between the two with an opportunity cost factor. The amount of energy, whether fossil fuel, electric, or otherwise, will need to be considered in both terms of costs and in terms of beneficial or counterproductive externalities.

Our outcome should address: an effective implementation of alternative or redesigned transportation in Ada County and reasons why. We will attempt to calculated cost and how will it pay off. Evaluation of other transportation models that have similar attributes as to what would serve our parameters will we undergone. We will also examine how certain implementations could best serve low-income levels and the influx of non-English speaking cultures. Monetary examinations of existing and revised services will be analyzed as well as solutions for transportation to have affordable costs and better ease of access. The capacity for refugee accommodation will be a focal point for our research.

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