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Graduate Degree: MIT
Undergraduate Degree: Middlebury College
Area of Interest: Transportation Issues
Mentors: Erica Simmons, Volpe and Phil Puccia, JP Morgan Securities
Agency: MA Department of Transportation and MBTA
Supervisor: Scott Hamwey, Manager of Long Range Planning, MA DOT and Laurel Paget-Seekins, Director of Strategic Projects
Project Description: Kelly worked on two data analysis projects for the Office of Performance Management and Innovation (OPMI) at the MBTA and the Office of Transportation Planning at MassDOT. The first project at OPMI involved research and analysis of the potential for the MBTA to offer means-tested fares as a way to offset the impact of future fare increases on low income riders. The second project was part of Focus 40, the MBTA’s long-range capital plan. Kelly analyzed and visualized where the Rapid Transit lines and bus routes are approaching or exceeding capacity during the morning peak today, and conducted a preliminary analysis of where those routes are likely to be over capacity in 2040 given regional land use forecasts. Working in consultation with staff from MassDOT’s Office of Transportation Planning, CTPS, MBTA Service Planning, and OPMI she accessed automatically collected data from the MBTA to analyze the transit system’s demand and capacity in the baseline year in a variety of ways, including the capacity according to schedule, capacity as the transit system is actually operated, and capacity if planned improvements and investments are made. She then used GIS to analyze and visualize future land use data to understand the relationship of future job and housing growth to today’s transit capacity constraints, and flagged parts of the system that are likely to be over capacity in the future. This analysis helped highlight for internal stakeholders and the public where the transit system is currently experiencing capacity issues and where additional investments may be required as part of the Focus 40 plan.