Asha Weinstein Agrawal

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Asha Weinstein Agrawal is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at San José State University and Director of MTI’s National Transportation Finance Center (also at SJSU). Her research agenda is guided by a commitment to the principles of sustainability and equity: what planning and policy tools can communities adopt to encourage environmentally-friendly travel and improve accessibility for people struggling with poverty or other disadvantages? She has explored this question most deeply through two substantive areas, transportation finance policy and the travel behavior of pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders. Dr. Agrawal also works in the area of urban history and is currently Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Transportation History.

Dr. Agrawal’s research on contemporary policy issues has been cited in the popular media. Stories quoting her or citing her work have appeared in such outlets as The Washington Post (on gas taxes and mileage fees), CBS Evening News (on mileage fees), ABC News/KGO-TV (on mileage fees), the San Diego Union-Tribune (on transit fare policy), WBUR (on the history of traffic congestion), and the San Francisco Chronicle (on transportation taxes).

In addition, she has been invited to share her research findings at events such as a briefing session for staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, a meeting of the California Road Charge Pilot Program Technical Advisory Committee, and an Informational Hearing for Subcommitttees of the California State Senate Committees on Housing and Transportation.

Dr. Agrawal is actively involved with service to the professional planning and policy community. For example, she has served on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's Regional Means-Based Transit Fare Pricing Study Technical Advisory Committee, Santa Clara County's Traffic Safe Communities Network Steering Committee, and the Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority's Pedestrian Access to Transit Task Force.

Dr. Agrawal earned a B.A. from Harvard University in Folklore and Mythology, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Urban and Regional Planning, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in City and Regional Planning.


Selected Publications


Agrawal, Asha Weinstein, and Hilary Nixon. What Do Americans Think about Federal Tax Options to Support Public Transit, Highways, and Local Streets and Roads? Results from Year 7 of a National Survey. San Jose: Mineta Transportation Institute, San José State University, June 2016.

Barajas, Jesus M., Daniel G. Chatman, and Asha Weinstein Agrawal. Exploring Bicycle and Public Transit Use by Low-Income Latino Immigrants: A Mixed-Methods Study in the San Francisco Bay Area. San Jose: Mineta Transportation Institute, May 2016.

Agrawal, Asha Weinstein, Hilary Nixon, and Ashley M. Hooper. Public Perception of Mileage-Based User Fees (NCHRP Synthesis 487).  Washington, D.C.: Transportation Research Board, 2016.

Agrawal, Asha Weinstein, Stephen Granger-Bevan, Gregory Newmark, and Hilary Nixon. Comparing Modes of On-Board Transit Passenger Surveys: Assessing Trade-Offs between Data Quality and Cost. San Jose: Mineta Transportation Institute, June 2015.

Blumenberg, Evelyn, and Asha Weinstein Agrawal. “Getting Around When You’re Just Getting By: Transportation Survival Strategies of the Poor.” Journal of Poverty, 18, no. 4 (2014): 355-378.

Agrawal, Asha Weinstein, Todd Goldman, and Nancy Hannaford. “Shared-Use Bus Priority Lanes on City Streets: Approaches to Access and Enforcement.” Journal of Public Transportation 16, no. 4(2013): 25-41. 

Flamm, Bradley, and Asha Weinstein Agrawal. “Constraints to Green Vehicle Ownership: A Focus Group Study.” Transportation Research D: Transport and Environment 17, no. 2 (2012), 108-115.

Forsyth, Ann, Kevin J. Krizek, Asha Weinstein Agrawal, and Eric Stonebreaker. “Reliability Testing of the PABS (Pedestrian and Bicycling Survey) Method.” Journal of Physical Activity and Health 9, no. 5 (2012), 677-688.

Guo, Zhan, Asha Weinstein Agrawal, and Jennifer Dill. “Are Land-Use Planning and Congestion Pricing Mutually Supportive? Evidence from a Pilot Mileage Fee Program in Portland, OR.” Journal of the American Planning Association 77, no. 3 (2011), 232-250.

Cheng, Chao-Lun, and Asha Weinstein Agrawal. “TTSAT: A New Approach to Mapping Transit Accessibility.” Journal of Public Transportation 13, no. 1 (2010): 55-72.

Agrawal, Asha Weinstein, Jennifer Dill, and Hilary Nixon. “Green Transportation Taxes and Fees: A Survey of Public Preferences in California.” Transportation Research D: Transport and Environment 15, no. 4 (2010): 189-196.

Agrawal, Asha Weinstein, Marc Schlossberg, and Katja Irvin. “How Far, by Which Route and Why? A Spatial Analysis of Pedestrian Preference.” Journal of Urban Design 13, no. 1 (2008): 81 - 98.

Agrawal, Asha Weinstein, and Paul Schimek. “Extent and Correlates of Walking in the USA.” Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 12, no.8 (2007): 548-63.

Weinstein, Asha. “Congestion as a Cultural Construct: The ‘Congestion Evil’ in Boston in the 1890s and 1920s.” Journal of Transport History 27, no.2 (2006): 97-115.

Weinstein, Asha, and Gian-Claudia Sciara. “Unraveling Equity in HOT Lane Planning: A View from Practice.” Journal of Planning Education and Research 26, no. 2 (2006): 174-84.


See her CV for a complete list of publications.