Accessibility and Infrastructure in The City of Frederick


This report analyzes pedestrian and bus accessibility in the City of Frederick using three methods: geospatial analysis, cataloging photographs and surveys. ArcMap was used to map the locations of four vulnerable populations: the elderly, renters, minorities, and those with low vehicle ownership. This information was overlaid with a quarter-mile walkshed from Frederick County TransIT bus lines to identify neighborhoods that are both high risk and appear to have limited accessibility. After identifying neighborhoods, the team cataloged and geocoded the existing neighborhood infrastructure. Finally, a survey of City residents gathered information about their attitudes and habits about riding the bus and walking as a means of transportation. The report’s findings are mixed: bus accessibility and usage is low, while the City excels in walking infrastructure and accessibility.


Final project for URSP688L: Planning Technology (Fall 2014). School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, University of Maryland, College Park.