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The North Dakota Oil Boom’s Impact on Livability in Western North Dakota

Started: March, 2014 End Date: February, 2015 Project ID #DTRT13-G-UTC46 Status: Ongoing


The western half of North Dakota has experienced tremendous growth in recent years due to increased oil exploration and drilling. Along with this has come transportation and housing issues that affect everyone involved. The Highway 2 corridor in northwest North Dakota has seen a dramatic increase in traffic volumes while local airports have seen a substantial increase in passenger boardings leading to greater demand for additional flights. Also, increases in housing and apartment rental costs have forced some to relocate to other communities. These issues highlight a number of livability related topics such as affordable housing, transportation mode choice, and the sustainability of existing communities among others. A study will be conducted in northwest North Dakota to analyze these topics with a focus on travel mode choice and housing affordability. Special consideration will be given to seniors and disadvantaged populations who rely largely on fixed incomes. Analysis will include the impact of increased travel and housing costs on individuals who have lived in the area for long periods of time and are now forced to make possible relocation decisions. The effect on public transit will also be studied to gain a better understanding as to how the oil boom has impacted local transit services. Analysis will also explore changes to various modes of transportation in northwestern North Dakota while focusing on intermodal solutions for individual travel.


Sponsors & Partners

  • Research and Innovation Technology Administration (RITA) Sponsor
  • Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute Co-Sponsor

Part of: Mobility and Public Transportation, UTC, WTI-SURLC, Small Urban and Rural Livability Center

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