Our Mobility investigates how travel behaviors and experiences vary because of factors like age, race, gender, income, and especially disability.

News and Updates

The pilot study was a success and feedback and improvements underway! Funding has been secured to conduct a large-scale study, and the improved methods will be used for part of a research project funded by the (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program to better understand transportation challenges for people with disabilities, especially for those who have difficulty finding transportation to work. The following three studies will be conducted in the next year, with screening and enrollment expected to take place in late September / early October, 2018. Sign up below to be notified when recruitment starts!

1) Our Mobility Disability Comparison Study

Purpose: To collect mobility data for a general sample of people with and without disabilities in order to compare to mobility patterns (see pilot study methods). Projected enrollment: 200 participants

2) New York Disability, Transportation, and Technology Survey

Purpose: to better understand how people with disabilities living in New York travel and the kinds of barriers they face in the public transportation environment. The survey will also ask questions about awareness of supports for transportation available through local transportation and service agencies and through the federal government, and about access to smartphones, computers, and the internet. Projected enrollment: 500 participants

3) NYC Transit Training Intervention

The purpose of this study is to develop a resource and training guide with tools, tips, and information for people with disabilities living in New York City who have difficulty with transportation. The study will take place for two weeks several months apart to see if there are associations with the use of the guide and changes in behaviors and attitudes related to mobility. People who receive social security benefits like supplemental security income (SSI) and social security disability insurance (SSDI) will be eligible for this paid study.  Projected enrollment: 100 participants

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Photo of Jessica Murray holding a sign in front of a rally. The sign reads, "Elevators are for everyone" and shows iconic drawings of people in different elevators. The first shows a person with crutches and a person rolling a suitcase. The second has a pregnant woman, a baby in a stroller, a person with a heart condition, and a child. The third shows a woman with a child and a person in a wheelchair. The last one shows a person with a cane, and a person rolling a dolly with packages. The graphic and text has a rainbow gradient, symbolizing inclusiveness. The mposter was designed by Jessica Murray for a rally outside of an MTA board meeting in July, 2017. She hopes they will consider the diverse cross-section of the population that needs elevators.Jessica Murray is a Ph.D. student at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She researches access to

transportation as a critical environmental factor for human development. She also advocates for improving accessibility in the NYC subway.

OurMobility is generously supported by a Digital Innovation Grant and Early Research Initiative Grant from the Provost’s Office at The Graduate Center, CUNY,

and the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program.


Email jmurray@gradcenter.cuny.edu.