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EVENTS IN December 2014

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

CANCELLED - Flexible Transit for Low-Density Communities

Transportation Seminar

SpeakerCharlotte Frei, PhD Candidate, Transportation Systems Analysis &; Planning, Civil &; Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University

Abstract: Demand for transport in low-density areas can be highly variable over time, and quality (or absence) of transit service may reinforce existing mode choices among travelers. Transit services that can flex with demand have been explored to address this variation. This paper describes a method to identify bus stop locations for a flexible service with characteristics of both fixed-route and demand-responsive transit. Once stops are identified, vehicle tours using actual origin-destination demand are constructed to evaluate relative operational efficiency. Simulations for a case study area in metropolitan Denver, Colorado and demand estimation results will be presented.  The methodology is appropriate to determine checkpoint locations and evaluate fleet allocation to structure flexible. The method can be extended to evaluate design of flexible transit in other low-density area; such future extensions will be discussed, particularly in the context of evolving vehicle technology and customer service expectations.

 Bio:   Charlotte Frei is a PhD Candidate in Transportation Systems Analysis and Planning at Northwestern University. Her research interests include travel behavior and public transit, with emphasis on topics related to transit mode choice. Charlotte earned a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.


Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Chambers Hall 600 Foster St Ruan Conference Center - lower level Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: http://www.transportation.northwestern.edu/

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

NUTC Sandhouse: "The Race is on—Can Rails Restore Service & Confidence before...?" - Anthony Hatch, ABH Consulting

Transportation Center Rail Group (Sandhouse Gang) Luncheon Meeting

Anthony B. Hatch, Senior Transportation Analyst &;, Financial Consultant, ABH Consulting

As freight traffic on the nation's railroads continues to grow -- the result of the improving economy, systemic transfers from the trucking industry, more crude oil and a record corn crop -- the ability to move traffic efficiently is becoming increasingly challenging. Service delays are creating serious delays for Amtrak; agriculture, coal and other shippers resulting in increasing complaints to Washington,  the Surface Transportation Board and members of Congress. Meanwhile the railroads are making record capital expenditures in order to increase capacity. Tony will summarize all of these factors in his usual cogent manner and give us his vision of what will occur in 2015. It promises to be a most interesting presentation that you will not want to miss. 


Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Maggiano's Restaurant , 516 N. Clark St. Chicago

Event URL: http://www.transportation.northwestern.edu/