I am asking for some pointers again, previously receiving some good advice for a different paper.
This assignment is a little different and an assignment I have limited experience with. It is a research design, but not required to actually go ahead and do the research.
I am really focusing on different topics within transportation to the exclusion of other general topics. Within this topic of transit, I am interested in alternate transportation and am trying to refine a topic that is related to more self-propelled transit (bikes and walking).
Current Focus: Alternate Transit
Here is one idea I came up with that is somewhat ambitious and could go in a number of different directions:
I attached a word file that breaks it down, but if you are shorter on time, I am looking at comparing transit planning/investment/infrastucture construction between two cities (or countries but with a more narrow focus) or a single entity fro ma historical approach.
I want to look at one or more key aspect and how the difference and/or change in the transit has impacted these aspects and dynamics, such as:
4.) Further, prompted development from infrastucture built and usage of alternate infrastucture (falls under 1)
5.) Population growth/retention
6.) Fiscal budget
This is still somewhat broad and I attached a file that is basically an outline of what I talked about here and am looking at refining it further. I could pick a single city that simply started to really focus on a non-motorized transit planning and investment and look at changes historically.
Complete Streets--There is a relatively new campaign that aims to urge cities to plan for non-motorized transit, called Complete Streets, but appears to perhaps be almost too new to gauge its impact (began in 2005, but it may have just changed names--not sure)
How to Design a Research/Research this Topic
That leads me to my second question though, this seems very interesting, but I'm afraid that being someone with limited background in research design, that I'm not really sure how to go about designing a research to look at this--I have taken only one research methods class and it helped a little. Maybe I will have to really refine my topic, but even then.