Blue Door is a new company. The portfolio of experiences reflects expertise that the partners have accumulated across their 120+ years of experience for various organizations. In parenthesis after each experience capsule, we have indicated the organization where the work was performed.
Analysis, insights, and decisions are only as good as the underlying data. Several Blue Door partners are survey scientists with international reputations in the field of travel behavior surveys and research. This expertise includes surveys on origin-destination (OD) patterns, mobility product and service preferences, household travel diaries, visitor experience, customer satisfaction, and more.
Modeling key transportation decisions such as mode choice, destination choice, tour and trip generation, and vehicle ownership is an essential element of the travel demand modeling framework. The Blue Door team includes recognized leaders in advanced methods for travel demand forecasting. These experts are available to provide peer reviews of models.
Societal changes drive transportation planning and policy. These shifts include an aging population; the growth of high tech and service sector jobs; evolving views on race, ethnicity, and immigration; and changes in family structure. Blue Door experts provide analysis of trends shaping transportation grounded in rigorous empirical research.
A TDM measure is any action or set of actions aimed at influencing travel behavior in such a way that sustainable mobility options are presented and/or auto trips are reduced. Blue Door partners have been at the forefront of gathering data to understand why people do what they do and to use this knowledge to develop strategies for altering (nudging) travel habits and behaviors to those that benefit society.
Road pricing describes techniques that use charges to address sustainable funding and provide pricing incentives to manage congestion and increase vehicle throughput. Managed lanes strategies optimize roadway use, incentivize alternate methods, and help minimize the need for new construction. Beginning in 2000, we have been involved in developing, implementing, and evaluating managed lane operations, road use charging strategies, and impacts of pricing on demand.
We use qualitative and quantitative research methods and refined existing tools to assess policy alternatives and future needs in the context of current demographic, geographic, and technology trends and emerging issues. Blue Door partners are steeped in the economic, market, social, and practical aspects that frame transportation policy making and successful at finding the most strategic solutions, including institutional, budgetary and legal.
Transportation equity is a timely issue. Equity debates mainly consider the fairness of transportation funding, mobility options, and access to opportunities. Blue Door partners have been conducting research to address equity issues for decades.
Cities and regions can derive educational value from deploying technology-
enabled mobility pilots, including information on the specific nature of the
technology, its capabilities, operating challenges, and public acceptance.
Pilots can be used to educate the public. Blue Door partners have been
actively engaged in designing evaluation methods and metrics as well as
evaluating pilot results.
The partners were at the forefront in innovating research methods and data collection to study the impacts and opportunities of automated vehicle technology on the
economy, society, and the environment.
Technology has changed the interface between people and mobility so that it now can be consumed on-demand as a service, particularly in urban environments. Blue Door partners’ research activities have produced insights on the implications of mobility on demand for both public- and private-sector clients.
Emerging technology, changing public and stakeholder expectations, and competing priorities for resources are compelling agencies to reconsider their institutional cultures. A culture of innovation is necessary to effectively manage the rate of change. Blue Door partners have decades of successful execution of applied research to provide strategies to initiate and maintain cultures of innovation and evidence-supported capability in delivering clear, logical, and useful guidance documents.
Blue Door partners leverage the power of scientific research, knowledge of the public policy landscape, and deep connections within the transportation domain to guide emerging technology business strategies in the mobility marketplace. We support private companies in guiding market strategy, industry positioning, and partnership development to drive innovative solutions, especially in the public sector transportation system.
Blue Door partners bring an intelligent, informed, alternative perspective to challenges on the horizon, leading to better long-term visions and strategies. We help craft creative solutions and new approaches to opportunities, with a data-driven understanding of the transportation industry and the changes ahead.
Blue Door partners have worked with agencies to define current and future challenges, policy goals to meet those challenges, and strategies to address policy goals. Modes of transportation, infrastructure, technology, demand and users are all considerations for the overall process.
Blue Door partners have been at the forefront of applying strategic models for transportation planning to address a gap in the technical understanding of an uncertain future. These models are intended for use as visioning tools, specifically to help guide transportation policies and investments.
Planners often use models to assist in the evaluation and selection of decision options. The task is difficult because how each option performs depends on very hard-to-predict and often-disputed future conditions. Blue Door partners are well-versed in using scenario planning techniques to construct and assess a range of plausible futures relevant to a decision at hand.
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