This project was funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC).
In the last twenty years, the population increased over 100% in Collin County, Texas. The county is projected to have over 2.4 million residents by 2050 -- more than three times its population in 2010. When enough people flock to an area to call it a boomtown, the population tends to grow much faster than the infrastructure to support it. Where does that leave mobility options for residents? Researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington’s (UTA) School of Social Work and College of Engineering partnered with the Collin County Homeless Coalition (CCHC) to investigate gaps in transportation services and infrastructure for lower-income individuals, particularly those experiencing houselessness or housing insecurity. They wanted to understand the impacts of those gaps on access to opportunities for environmental justice populations within North Central Texas.
Crutchfield, J., Cronley, C., Hyun, K. When Growth Outpaces Infrastructure: Access to Opportunities in Suburban Boomtowns. Project Brief. NITC-RR-1263. Portland, OR: Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC), 2020.