Shifting our R&D Program in Response to COVID-19:

Pressing Needs and Pressing Questions

COVID-19 is transforming every facet of transportation – from supply chains to telework to basic project delivery and stakeholder engagement. In response, all of us are rapidly adjusting, refining priorities, clarifying the essential needs and services, and adapting to the moment. No one is sure what the new normal will look like, but there are immediate choices to be made and real consequences will follow.

At Fehr & Peers, we are responding to this challenge by redirecting and accelerating our 2020 research and development (R&D) program in response to the shifts due to this pandemic. Because we fund our own research, we can be extremely nimble in our investments of staff time and research dollars, which is precisely what is needed in a time like this.

First, we are committed to deploying the full force of our R&D effort to meet our clients’ most pressing needs and focus our efforts on the most pressing challenges facing communities in the context of COVID-19. Second, we are restructuring our R&D action plans to identify and develop solutions to the emerging questions and priorities that we anticipate and are hearing from our clients. Over the coming weeks, we will invite and request your input and collaboration to make the most of our R&D investments over the next few months within the 5 areas of research listed below. Please look for social media shares each Monday for the next 6 weeks as we seek to gather your input on each of these topical areas.

Community Engagement – view post

Transit and Emerging Modes – view post

Travel Trends and Demand Management – view post

Freight and Curb Space – view post

Active Modes and Complete Street Design – view post

Thanks in advance for your input and willingness to engage with us. We are committed to investing where the needs are greatest in this unprecedented moment and hope that you will join us in the work.

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