About Jesus Barajas
Jesus M. Barajas’s research addresses questions central to transportation equity and mobility justice. His empirically driven work investigates the relationships between planning practice and policy on travel behavior and safety for historically marginalized population groups. He has examined sustainable transportation use among immigrants, travel patterns and access to opportunity for affordable housing residents, and the connections between policing disparities and urban planning. His work speaks to both academic and policy-oriented audiences.
Dr. Barajas teaches classes in transportation planning and urban studies. His transportation courses allow students to build skills while working on projects for real-world clients. To date, students have collected and analyzed survey data for Rantoul, conducted physical site audits for Pace Suburban Bus, and created a project prioritization tool for Peoria as part of course objectives.
Dr. Barajas received his PhD in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley, where he received the Charlie V. Wootan award for the best dissertation in transportation planning from the Council of University Transportation Centers. Prior to returning to academia, he was an associate program manager for intelligent transportation systems at NAVTEQ. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force.
- PhD, City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley
- MURP, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
- BS, Computer Science, Penn State University
Research and publications
Ongoing and upcoming research
Mobility Justice in Chicago
Several related studies in partnership with non-profit and community-based organizations to analyze the causes and responses to transportation inequities in Chicago. Research projects examine racialized enforcement of pedestrian and bicycle laws, barriers to employment access, and distribution of shared e-scooters.
Construction of Pedestrian Infrastructure Along Transit Corridors
Project funded by the Illinois Center for Transportation to understand institutional and physical barriers to last-mile pedestrian transit connections in the Pace Suburban Bus service area. Transportation Planning Workshop (UP 494-JB) students in Fall 2019 were involved in data collection and focus group guide design. Lindsay Braun and Bumsoo Lee are also investigators on this project.
Transit Ridership Trends in Downstate Illinois
Project funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation to examine the causes of transit ridership decline in transit agencies across the state. Lindsay Braun and Bumsoo Lee are also investigators on this project.
Equity in Emerging Data Sources in Transportation Planning
This research asks how transportation planners use crowdsourced data for their work and whether the data are representative of the areas they cover. Lindsay Braun is also an investigator on this project.
Barajas, Jesus M., Karen Trapenberg Frick, and Robert Cervero. 2020. Travel of TOD Residents in the San Francisco Bay Area: Examining the Impact of Affordable Housing. University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and University of California, Berkeley.
Barajas, Jesus M. 2019. “Perceptions, People, and Places: Influences on Cycling for Latino Immigrants and Implications for Equity.” Journal of Planning Education and Research: 1–16. Published ahead of print.
Barajas, Jesus M., Kate Beck, Jill F. Cooper, Ana Lopez, and Amanda Reynosa. 2019. “How Effective Are Community Pedestrian Safety Training Workshops? Findings from a Program in California.” Journal of Transport & Health 12 (March): 183–194.
Barajas, Jesus M. 2018. “Supplemental Infrastructure: How Community Networks and Immigrant Identity Influence Cycling.” Transportation: 1–24. Published ahead of print.
Barajas, Jesus M. 2018. “Not All Crashes Are Created Equal: Associations between the Built Environment and Disparities in Bicycle Collisions.” Journal of Transport and Land Use 11 (1): 865–882.
Teaching and advising
- UP 203: Cities: Planning and Urban Life
- UP 431: Travel Behavior Analysis
- UP 432: Transportation Equity
- UP 494-JB: Transportation Planning Workshop