Kara Luckey recently presented her work on housing affordability in transit-accessible areas of the Denver metro in a session at this year's Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. The session, organized by the Environmental Justice Committee, focused on issues of transportation and gentrification. Kara joined two other speakers, Dr. Karen Chapple (UC-Berkeley) and Peter Tatian (Urban Institute). Kara's presentation slides are available here.
Kara Luckey presents work on residential location decision-making, transit accessibility, and social equity at Congress for the New Urbanism 23
Kara Luckey presented work co-authored with Dr. Wesley J. Marshall and Dr. Cathy Durso exploring preferences for transit-oriented communities in Denver, CO, with a particular focus on the preferences of low-income households and implications for social equity. Kara and her co-authors were invited to submit an expanded version of their paper to the Journal of Urbanism's special issue on equity and transportation.
Our work exploring preferences of Denver metropolitan area households in deciding where to live provides important insights for regions seeking to leverage investments in transit and promote social equity through transit-oriented communities (TOC). Through a choice-based approach that improves on standard methodologies, we find evidence of widespread support for characteristics of TOC, with similar preferences for transit- and pedestrian-accessible environments among low-income and more affluent households. However, despite these similar preferences, we find that affluent households moved to station areas after the arrival of light rail in much larger proportions than low-income households, pointing to trends that are consistent with local and national evidence of increased housing prices near transit. If these trends continue without additional supplies of housing affordable to low- and moderate-income households in transit-rich neighbourhoods, those who are most likely to benefit from and use transit are likely to face increasing difficulty in realizing preferences for TOCs.
Please contact Kara for a copy of the paper.
Kara Luckey has been selected as a 2014-2015 Eisenhower Fellow by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The fellowship will support Kara as she works to complete her dissertation in the coming year. This is the second Eisenhower Fellowship awarded to Kara. She presented an overview of the work she pursued under the 2013-2014 fellowship at the 2014 Transportation Research Board, which can be found here.
Kara Luckey was awarded "Best Poster" at the U.S. Department of Transportation Dwight D. Eisenhower Fellows Showcase held at the 93rd Annual Transportation Research Board meeting in D.C. Kara was invited to present in the showcase as part of her 2013-14 Eisenhower Fellowship, which supports top graduate students in transportation. Kara's poster, "Promoting socially-equitable transit and transit-oriented development: What are the key planning and policy levers?," provides an overview of her dissertation work, which is currently underway. This research focuses on identifying the ways in which cities and regions are maximizing the benefit of regional rail transit for low- and moderate-income families through planning and policies, and assessing the effectiveness of those interventions. Her work complements existing case studies by undertaking a systematic cross-case comparison of 20+ U.S. metropolitan areas. Kara's poster can be downloaded here.
Kara Luckey presents at TRB: "Understanding the level of integration of light rail into communities in the Denver region"
Kara Luckey presented work she co-authored with Dr. Marshall on measuring the 'level of integration' between transit stations and the fabric of the community at the 93rd Annual Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C in a session focused on "Light Rail: International and National Perspectives" sponsored by the Light Rail Transit Committee (APO75) The concept of 'Level of integration' accounts for three components: built environment factors, transit service characteristics, and accessibility to amenities. The work presented at TRB explores how different components of integration relate to four travel outcomes among station-area residents in Denver, Colorado. Kara and Dr. Marshall's paper can be downloaded here.
Kara Luckey has been selected as a 2013-2014 Eisenhower Fellow, a grant fellowship awarded by U.S. DOT for students pursuing Master's and doctoral degrees in transportation-related fields with the objective of enhancing the careers of transportation professionals and retaining top talent in the transportation industry. Kara is grateful for the support and excited to interact with other Eisenhower Fellows at the 2014 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting.
Kara Luckey's invited review of Planning as if People Matter: Governing for Social
Equity by Marc Brenman and Thomas Sanchez (2012, Island Press) has been published in the current (May 2013) issue of Journal of Planning Literature. Her review can be downloaded here.
Kara Luckey and Rachael Bronson selected as Eno Fellows for 2013 Transportation Leadership Development Conference
ACT members Kara Luckey (PhD Design and Planning) and Rachael Bronson (MS Civil Engineering) have been selected by the Eno Center for Transportation to serve as Eno Fellows at the 2013 Eno Leadership Development Conference. In addition, Kara was awarded the Dr. Thomas D. Larson Fellowship in acknowledgement of her committment to the pursuit of excellence in the transportation field.
Kara and Rachael will join 18 other top transportation graduate students in Washington, D.C. in June 2013, where they will gain a first-hand look at how transportation policy is developed and implemented. They will have the opportunity to meet with top government officials, members of Congress and their staff, and leaders of national transportation associations. We're excited for the opportunity, and that ACT and the University of Colorado Denver represents 10% of this year's Eno Fellows!
Kara Luckey presents her research assessing who benefits from rail access in the Denver Metro, and implications for social equity and transit effectiveness at TRB
Kara Luckey presented her poster entitled, "Who benefits from rail transit investments? An assessment of rail access in the Denver Metropolitan Area and implications for social equity and transit effectiveness" (paper #13-4571) at the 2013 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting. The poster was included in a session sponsored by the Committee on Social and Economic Factors of Transportation (ADD20). Please feel free to contact Kara for more information.
Kara Luckey responsible for organizing and moderating a session focused on "Enhancing Access to Public Lands for Underserved Urban Communities" at TRB
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Kara Luckey organized and moderated Session 535, "Enhancing Access to Public Lands for Underserved Urban Communities," at the recent 2013 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The session was co-sponsored by the Commitees on Environmental Justice in Transportation (ADD50) and Committee Transportation Needs of National Parks and Public Lands (ADA40), both of which Kara is a member.
The session explored opportunities for connecting underserved urban communities to our national parks and public lands to a standing-room only crowd. Four excellent speakers addressed theoretical perspectives on low minority visitation at national parks, as well as the growing movement among federal land management agencies that aims to ensure that those with limited mobility are able to take advantage of the health and recreational opportunities that abound in our nation's public lands.
Please contact Kara to learn more about this session, and the good work going on in our public lands.
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