The Sustainable Transport and Emerging Mobility Systems (STEMS) Lab at Penn State Harrisburg works in four main research areas: (i) understanding the implications of emerging transportation technologies (such as autonomous, connected, electric, and shared (ACES) mobility systems) on user behavior, their intentions to use, and the investigation of prevailing inequities in the transition towards these systems; and (ii) sustainable transportation planning and behavioral modeling of users responding to shocks in the transportation system. The research at STEMS Lab is multidisciplinary, seeking answers to overarching questions in transportation, urban planning, economics, public policy, health, and equity. We focus on applying quantitative and qualitative approaches and frameworks, incorporating latent variables and (un)observable entities through econometric models, and producing compelling data-based insights to address transportation challenges faced in urban and rural environments. The models and other outputs developed as part of our research provide a crucial foundation for formulating policy and planning interventions that provide inclusive mobility solutions for users across socioeconomic and geographic spheres.
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