Transit Mobility Program
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
701 N. Post Oak, Suite 430
Houston, TX 77024
Phone: (713) 613-9205
Todd Hansen is an Assistant Research Scientist for the Transit Mobility Program at TTI with more than six years of transportation experience, including significant contributions to other TCRP projects. His work focuses on best practices for public transportation agencies, accessibility for persons with disabilities to fixed-route transit, innovative practices for coordination between public transit and transportation network companies, and analysis of transit agency operational and financial data. He earned his Master’s of Urban Planning from Texas A&M University in 2013 and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
Mr. Hansen was a member of the TTI research team for TCRP H-52 Decision-Making Toolbox to Plan and Manage Park-and-Ride Facilities for Public Transportation He is a Young Member of the Standing Committee on Accessible Transportation and Mobility (ABE60), and has presented research at TRB Annual Meetings for that committee as well as the Standing Committee on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation (APO55). He is also an active follower of the Standing Committee on Emerging and Innovative Public Transport and Technologies (AP020) and regularly researches emerging partnerships and service agreements between public transit agencies and private transportation network companies and, presenting on the topic at the 2017 Association for Commuter Transportation International Conference.
Mr. Hansen is one of the authors who contributed to the report Sources of Funding Transit in Texas, and to transit strategies and urban planning strategies for the Mobility Investment Priorities project funded by the 82nd Texas Legislature through Rider 42. Mr. Hansen also assisted with the Bus Stop Beacon Project at METRO in which focus groups tested the ability of Bluetooth beacons and smartphone apps to guide persons with visual disabilities to bus and rail stops in a fixed-route transit system. His other research experience includes TNC impacts on reducing alcohol-impaired driving and blind and visually impaired persons’ perceptions of TNCs.
Mr. Hansen annually leads the PTN-128 data review on behalf of TxDOT PTN for all small urban and rural transit agencies in Texas. PTN-128 provides a centralized repository for TxDOT PTN to collect financial and operating data from state-funded urban and rural transit districts, large urban transit agencies, and specialized transit agencies. The annual review of PTN-128 data looks at changes in performance measures from year to year to ensure data accuracy for input into the state funding formula. Mr. Hansen also led and managed a web-site rebuild of the PTN-128 system and training workshops for transit agencies to understand the web system and data entry requirements. Mr. Hansen has led technical assistance with the Transit Management certificate program at Texas A&M University by exploring ways to expand certificate reach and grow experience for working in the transit industry. He created an internship program in conjunction with certificate to place graduate students at transit agency internship positions around the State of Texas.
Mr. Hansen has led work with Houston METRO’s paratransit division, METROLift, in researching topics of bus stop accessibility and feeder services for their Moving Forward initiative. As part of cost-benefits analysis work the METROLift project, Mr. Hansen analyzed the potential ridership and cost impacts that increased accessibility around fixed-route stops could have for paratransit services. He created an index of bus stop accessibility improvement needs based on area trip populations to determine the most affected bus stops for persons with disabilities who may potentially use fixed-route service. Mr. Hansen led assistance in METROLift’s feeder service pilot program by research peer agency practices and projecting cost-benefits of scheduling feeder service trips to connect with existing fixed-route service. Mr. Hansen will led the analysis of data from the feeder service pilot at its conclusion in June, and he has presented his research in both bus-stop accessibility and feeder service at poster sessions during the TRB Annual Meeting.
Mr. Hansen conducts research involving public and private service providers about their operations and experience in transportation, and technical assistance for transit agencies through operational capacity reviews of service performance and benchmarking data against measures from peer agencies. He has worked with transit agencies to create sensible fleet replacement plans based on trends in vehicle usage, maintenance practices, state of good repair, and funding needs. Mr. Hansen also assisted the Transit Mobility team when creating the Making Dollars and Sense of Transit Finance and the Managing Operating Costs for Rural and Small Urban Transit Systems workshops for the TxDOT Public Transportation Division (PTN). The workshops focused on MAP-21 rulemaking, state-of-good-repair concepts, best practices in asset inventory, fleet replacement plans, vehicle life projection, and preventative maintenance.
- M.U.P., Texas A&M University, 2013
- Certificate, Transportation Planning and Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2013
- B.B.A., Business Administration Texas A&M University 2010
- Member, American Planning Association (APA), Texas Chapter (2011–current)
- American Institute for Certified Planners (AICP), #279929
- Transportation Research Board
- Young Member, Committee on Accessible Transportation and Mobility (2016-current)
- Friend, Committee on Emerging and Innovative Public Transport and Tech.
- Friend, Standing Committee on Paratransit
- Member, Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT), Houston Chapter (2013–current)
TTI Tenure / Total Industry Tenure
- 6 years
- Transit Operations and Financial Data
- Transit and Shared Mobility
- Accessibility to Fixed-Route Transit
- Performance Measurement
- GIS and GTFS Data
Selected Projects, Publications, and Presentations
- Cherrington, L., S. Tan, T. Hansen, and M. Walk. Sources of Funding Transit in Texas PRC 15-11.3 (2018).
- Edrington, S., M.J. Walk, K. Miller, and T. Hansen. Guidebook on Health and Human Services Revenue as Public Transit Local Match (NCHRP Project 20-65 Task 64) (in press).
- Hansen, T. Analysis of Paratransit Feeder-Service Pilot: Projected Versus Actual Ridership and Cost-Benefit Results. Transportation Research Record, Washington, D.C. 2018.
- Policy Implication of Transportation Network Companies – Final Report. 2018.
- TCRP Research Report 192: Decision-Making Toolbox to Plan and Manage Park-and-Ride Facilities for Public Transportation: Guidebook on Planning and Managing Park-and-Ride (Project H-52). Cherrington, L., Brooks, J., Cardenas, J., Coffel, K., Elgart, Z., Galicia, D., Hansen, T., Miller, K., Ryus, P., Semler, C., and, Walk, M. July 2017.
- Transportation Network Companies Present Opportunities to Increase Safety and Broaden TTI’s Research. Elgart, Z., Shipp, E., Cardenas, J., Hansen, T., and Pant, A. Pending publication. August 2016.
- Impacts of Coordination Between Fixed-Route and Paratransit on Service and Sustainability. Tan, S. and Hansen, T. Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., 2014.
- Guidebook: Managing Operating Costs for Rural and Small Urban Public Transit Systems. 0-6694-P3. Edrington, S., Brooks, J., Cherrington, L., Hamilton, P., Hansen, T., Pourteau, C., Sandidge, M. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. May 2013.
- Researcher. A.S. Edrington, J.P. Brooks, L.K. Cherrington, T.W. Hansen. Managing Operating Cost for Rural and Small Urban Transit Systems: Workshop Materials. 0-6694-P2. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. June 2013.
- Researcher. A.S. Edrington, L.K. Cherrington, T.W. Hansen. METROLift Moving Forward: Workshop and Community Feedback Outcome Report. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. June 2013.
- Researcher. A.S. Edrington, J.P. Brooks, L.K. Cherrington, P. Hamilton, T.W. Hansen, J.C. Pourteau, S.M. Sandidge. Guidebook: Managing Operating Costs for Rural and Small Urban Public Transit Systems. 0-6694-P3. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. May 2013.
- Researcher. Omaha Metro On-Board Survey. 479480-1. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. March 2013.
- Assistant Research Scientist, Transit Mobility Program, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Houston, TX, May 2018 – Present
- Associate Transportation Researcher, Transit Mobility Program, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Houston, TX March 2016 – April 2018
- Assistant Transportation Researcher, Transit Mobility Program, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX, June 2013 – February 2016
- Graduate Assistant Researcher, Transit Mobility Program, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX, August 2012 – May 2013
- Transportation Intern, Brazos Valley Council of Governments, Bryan, TX, May 2012 – August 2012