Measuring Accessibility: Expanding the Practice

Wednesday, August 23, 2023
11am PT, 12pm MT, 1pm CT, 2pm ET

Duration: 60 minutes

As agencies continue to integrate accessibility analysis into policy and planning, new research can guide the expansion of current and best practices. In this session we will talk with Louis Merlin from Florida Atlantic University and Dana Rowangould from the University of Vermont about their research into how practitioners are measuring pedestrian accessibility and access by other modes.

Our session speakers

Louis A. Merlin, Ph.D., AICP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University and the program coordinator for the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program. Dr. Merlin draws upon a strong background in Mathematics and Operations Research and experience as a professional urban planner. Dr. Merlin is particularly interested in developing mathematical models that shed insight into pressing urban policy questions.


Dana Rowangould is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Vermont. Drawing from the fields of engineering, economics, and the social sciences, Dr. Rowangould’s research includes rural travel behavior, transportation equity and justice, transportation and land use planning, energy use and air quality, and multi-modal transportation. Her work is motivated by a desire to improve transportation systems so they better serve people, particularly those whose ability to travel is constrained by their individual needs and transportation options.