James (Jimmy) Cardenas is an assistant transportation researcher in the Transit Mobility Program at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. His research experience at TTI includes regional transit coordination planning, geospatial analysis, case study research, and data analysis, specifically involving National Transit Database (NTD) data and other transit databases. James led the regional coordination planning effort for the Southwest Area Regional Transit District and, more recently, has assisted with two planning efforts for the Coastal Bend and Texoma regions. These efforts included a number of different geospatial analyses, public workshop facilitating and existing conditions documentation. James was a part of the research team for TCRP Research Report 192: Decision-Making Toolbox to Plan and Manage Park-and-Ride Facilities. He conducted case studies and authored two chapters for the guidebook. In the latest iteration of TTI’s Texas Transit Need Assessment, James analyzed NTD and statewide transit databases to create rural and small urban transit cost inflation indices, used for accurately portraying cost allocations to fill identified needs in service and span.
- M.S., Community and Regional Planning, The University of Texas at Austin, 2015
- B.A., Urban Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010
- Member, Austin Chapter, Young Professionals in Transportation
TTI Tenure / Total Industry Tenure
5 Years / 6 Years
- Regional Transit Planning
- Transportation and Land Use Planning
- Spatial Data Analysis
- Health, Safety and Social Issues in Transit
- Transportation Demand Analysis
- Environmental Planning
Selected Projects, Publications, and Presentations
Texas Transit Needs Assessment Update (2017). Collected data from transit districts to be used for the gap analysis and produced several transit cost inflation indices for small urban and rural systems in Texas using NTD and state data sets.
Identifying Transportation Solutions That Promote Healthy Aging for Texas (2017). Created a Mobility Needs Index (MoNI) focusing on aging population in Texas. Reviewed and inventoried existing transportation options for older Texans (Link).
TCRP Report 192: Decision Making Toolbox to Plan and Manage Park-and-Ride Facilities for Public Transportation (2015-2017). Contributing researcher, authored two guidebook chapters and contributed to case study research (Link).
Regional Coordination Plan, Middle Rio Grande Region (TX) (2015). Oversaw all project tasks, including baseline demographic data, regional transit and funding needs assessment and regional coordination planning goals. Met regularly in person with sponsors and presented the findings to the regional stakeholder committee.
- Assistant Transportation Researcher, Transit Mobility Program, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, September 2015 – Present
- Graduate Assistant Research, Transit Mobility Program, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, September 2014 – August 2015
- Planning Intern, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, April 2014 – August 2014
- Strategic Planning Intern, VIA Metropolitan Transit, June 2009 – August 2009