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EVENTS ON January 22, 2015

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12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Metra and Chicago -- Making A Difference in Chicago

Transportation Center Rail Group (Sandhouse Gang) Meeting


DONALD A. ORSENO,   Executive Director, Metra   and   BILL THOMPSON, CREATE Railroad Program Manager, Association of American Railroads

 Metra and CREATE move forward with ambitious plans for the future.  In October 2014 the Metra Board of Directors approved the first long-term capital plan in Metra's 30-year history. Metra, Amtrak and Norfolk Southern celebrated the grand opening of the Englewood Flyover in October. CREATE announced the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Study for the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project. This $1 billion plus project that will address a major rail congestion point in Chicago will have a significant impact on freight and Metra and Amtrak fluidity in Chicago.  Don Orseno, Metra's CEO and Bill Thompson, AAR's Vice President in charge of CREATE will address these and other issues and answer questions on the future direction of Metra and CREATE. 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Metra Headquarters, 547 W. Jackson Blvd, 13th fl Chicago

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

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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/