The Outstanding Thesis Award committee has selected Susie Pike’s thesis, entitled “Understanding Factors Associated with Commute Behavior Changes: An Empirical Investigation from Northern California”, as the recipient of the 2012-2013 award.
Ms. Pike’s well written thesis explored changes to drive-alone commuting in response to the temporary closing of all lanes in a given direction of a one-mile stretch of Interstate 5 in downtown Sacramento in the summer of 2008. Her careful analysis produced a number of valuable insights into the effects of the “Fix I-5 project” and offered a rare glimpse into the persistence of changes in travel behavior made in the wake of a major freeway reconstruction project. It is the first study of its kind.
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