Freyja Brandel-Tanis

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Publications

Anti-Displacement Strategies for Equitable Transportation Planning

I co-wrote this whitepaper as an intern at Modern Mobility Partners with current MMP employees Julia Billings, AICP and Candace Foster.

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Bus Depot Location Paper

Originally written for Dr. Kari Watkins’ Transit Systems Planning and Design course, we designed a Shiny program to compare bus deadhead time between existing and potential depot locations. The concept arose from MARTA’s interest in a north-metro bus depot and our desire to produce a result that will continue to be meaningful in the future.

The poster was presented at the Transportation Research Board’s 2021 virtual conference and the paper was published in the Transportation Research Record. The facility locator tool is available on GitHub. The tool uses the dodgr package for network analysis and input GTFS data.

I presented this work at the joint GPA/TAPA conference in Chattanooga, TN on October 7, 2021.

Read paper on TRR
Download Poster PDF
Download GPA/TAPA Presentation

Projects

Autism Services Map

As a graduate research assistant for Dr. Singh at Georgia Tech, I used R Shiny and MySQL to create an interactive map of autism services in Georgia. It’s intended to provide an interface for autistic people, caregivers, and care providers to find services and providers that meet their needs. It also serves as an educational and research tool, letting users view available services throughout the state and spatially compare them to elements of the CDC/ATSDR Social Vulnerability Index. I also designed the homepage and the shiny wrapper for the Service Cliff Visualization.

The project is currently in Version 1 and is planning to enter testing in clinics this summer. Next steps include further work with focus groups, integrating more data, and quality of life improvements.

Covington Corridors Studio

I worked with Aaron Fortner and fellow MCRP students to produce a corridor-focused plan for Covington, GA. I led the Washington Street Road Diet Big Idea component, focusing on improving Washington Street’s walkability, creating a gateway to Covington, and connecting affordable housing with greenspace and the downtown.

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Austin, Tex. Next Generation TAMP

My group produced this Transportation Asset Management Plan for Austin, Tex. in Dr. Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy’s Infrastructure Systems course. The plan discusses vulnerabilities to Imagine Austin Corridors from the urban heat island effect, flooding, and wildfires with a focus on equity and filling gaps from existing asset management plans.

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Semester Design Project for CEE 4600: Transportation Planning and Design

I do not have an engineering background, rather a mathematics bachelor’s, so I needed to take Transportation Planning and Design as a pre-requisite for graduate-level transportation systems engineering courses.

For the semester project, we designed a new road to fit parameters given to our lab group. Our design features new intersections analyzed in Synchro, horizontal and vertical curvature, cross sections, and MUTCD marking and signage. I am particularly interested in active transportation planning, so I surpassed the project requirements for shared-use path designs.

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