Examples of Abacus Transportation Research


Abacus Associates has conducted research for Departments of Transportation in a number of states. The following are examples of our work:

  • Experiences and Evaluations of Shippers and Carrier Businesses in Michigan. On-line survey of Michigan-based of Freight Carrier and Shipping Businesses whoi use Michigan state highways. (MDOT 2015)
  • Public Attitudes Toward Transportation Funding and Revenue in Michigan. Survey of 1400 Michigan adults that explored ways to pay for improvements to the Michigan transportation system. (MDOT 2007, 2013-2015)
  • MDOT Best Practices Guide: Developing and Conducting Satisfaction Surveys of MDOT Customers. A guide we wrote for MDOT employees on best prwactices in conducting satisfaction surveys opf MDOT customers. (MDOT 2013)
  • Experiences and Evaluations of Shippers and Carriers in Michigan. On-line survey of Michigan-based freight truckers. (MDOT 2013)
  • Motorcycle Behavior and Public Opinion on Motorcycle Helmet Law, Missouri. These two surveys measured public opinion toward and adherence with the existing helmet law in Missouri. (MoDOT 2005, 2009)
  • Public Satisfaction with Missouri Department of Transportation. Annual surveys measuring public satisfaction with MoDOT and its projects. (MoDOT 2005, 2006, & 2008) The 2008 report can be found here.
  • Public Attitudes Toward Transportation in Michigan, MDOT State Long-Range Transportation Plan (2005 - 2030). Two surveys in 2006 that were used to help MDOT develop a preferred public vision for their long range plan. The first survey can be found here. More about the long-range plan can be found here. (MDOT 2006)
  • Public Opinion Toward Safety Belts, Missouri. This survey measured public opinion toward strengthening safety belt laws and usage of safety belts in Missouri. (MoDOT 2005)
  • Missouri Advance Planning (MAP). In this study, we surveyed 3100 Missouri adults on their evaluations of MoDOT and the transportation system in Missouri and their preferences for transportation policy priorities in the future as part of Missouri's 5-year advance plan. (MoDOT 2005)
  • Grandview Triangle Design, Kansas City, MO. This report tracked traffic patterns and explored neighbors' and commuters' opinions of the approaching Grandview Triangle Construction Project in Kansas City, Missouri. The Missouri Department of Transportation used our recommendations to help meet the needs of neighbors and commuters and to build support for the project as it progressed. The public involvement efforts for this program received an Excel Award from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. (MoDOT 1998, 2001)
  • Greensboro Department of Transportation (GDOT), Greensboro, NC. We conducted focus groups and surveys to seek community input to refine GDOT's comprehensive transportation improvement program, "Transportation 2010," and build support for its projects. On Election Day, Greensboro voters were faced with about ten bond issues—many of which failed. However, because of GDOT's public involvement efforts, voters approved both bond initiatives for transportation projects, giving the Department much-needed funding to implement its transportation vision. (GDOT 1998, 2000)
  • Light Rail Transit System in Kansas City, MO. This study explored voters' opinions of a light rail transit system in Kansas City, MO and recommended a persuasive message and strategy for a future campaign to build local support. (Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, 1997)
  • The Kansas Transamerica Transportation Corridor Feasibility Study. This study assessed Kansans' opinions of current highways and future possibilities for funding and improving highways. The study presented recommendations relating to an electronic system for collecting tolls (K-TAG), building an improved southern highway across Kansas, and improving the image of KDOT. (KDOT/ Kansas Turnpike Authority, 1996)
  • Building an Infrastructure to Support Economic Development, Ecuador. President Jamil Mahuad of Ecuador hired Abacus to consult with him and his cabinet on a public involvement campaign to build Ecuador's infrastructure, with a central focus on developing a system of transportation in a country with limited resources for investment. (Ecuador, 1999)