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EVENTS IN January 2016

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

METRA - Building on the Successes of 2015 for the Future

Sandhouse Rail Group Meeting at Metra Headquarters - Brown Bag Lunch

Speakers:

DONALD A. ORSENO, Executive Director, Metra
Jim Derwinski, Chief Mechanical Officer, Metra
Bruce Marcheschi, Chief Engineering Officer , Metra

January's Sandhouse meeting will give you an update on what lies ahead for Metra in 2016 as well as an inside look at recent engineering and mechanical activities. Don Orseno will talk about plans for 2016. Bruce Marcheschi will discuss the implementation of PTC and the issues confronting Metra and the railroad industry as a whole.
Jim Derwinski will take us on a virtual tour of Metra's shops discussing the locomotive and passenger car rehabilitation programs as you tour the facilities.

While you will be sitting in the Metra boardroom it will almost be like you are in the shops or on the job sites. Hopefully this program will give you an opportunity to better understand the leadership role that Metra is undertaking America's passenger railroad industry.

Speaker Bios

Donald Orseno: Metra's Executive Director has worked for the railroad industry for 41 years. Formerly Deputy Executive Director/COO, he provided executive direction and guidance to the Chief Officers of Engineering, Transportation and Mechanical as well as Safety, Operations Training and Certification and Regulatory Compliance. He also provided executive oversight and direction to Purchase of Service Agreement contract carriers (BNSF and Union Pacific) to ensure consistency with Metra's standards and practices. As Executive Director, Mr. Orseno now provides direction and oversight to all areas of Metra's Administrative and Operating program.

Bruce Marcheschi: As Chief Engineering Officer of Metra, Mr. Marcheschi provides overall leadership and direction to Metra's Engineering Operations to ensure that Metra achieves its vision, mission, goals and objectives. Responsibilities include all day to day Engineering functions: Track, Signal, Electrical, Telecommunications, Structural, B&;B, MOW, Construction and Station Design. Mr. Marcheschi began his career in 1987 at Metra and has held progressively responsible management positions prior to his current position. Mr. Marcheschi has worked in the railroad industry for over 28 years.

Jim Derwinski: Mr. Derwinski joined Metra in 1996 as a Diesel Locomotive and EMU Electrician. Over the years he held various positions including General Foreman, Director of Systems Maintenance, Director of the Rock Island and Milwaukee

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Metra Headquarters 547 W. Jackson Blvd. - 13th fl., Metra Board Room Chicago IL 60661

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

Thursday, January 21, 2016

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Beyond Transport Time: modeling time use, understanding time values

Speaker: Sergio Jara-Diaz, Professor of Transport Economics &; Provost, Universidad de Chile

Abstract:
Travel time has understandably received great attention in transport systems analysis, a field of study where time related data has been systematically collected for now many decades. In this presentation we argue that understanding travel time values requires a clear understanding of the value of leisure (and work), which in turn requires understanding how people allocate time to activities and what are the values that command those decisions. We begin by showing the origins of the connection between the wage rate and the value of travel time savings calculated from discrete choice models. After making a link with the theories of time use, we explain how the approach has evolved towards the formulation and estimation of general time use models where the identification of activity types and their relations with goods consumption plays a key role besides income and time constraints. This evolution is illustrated with time use models that we have estimated using data from different cities and countries on time allocation, income and expenditures for different socio-economic categories.

Bio
Sergio Jara-Diaz is Professor of Transport Economics and Provost at Universidad de Chile. Ph.D. and M.Sc. from MIT, M.Sc. in Urban Planning from U. Católica de Chile and Civil Engineer from U. de Chile. He is the founding member of the Transport Division at U. de Chile. Is author of Transport Economic Theory (Elsevier, 2007) and more than 80 research articles on users' behaviour, value and use of time, industry structure on transport networks, public transport, optimal pricing and transport project appraisal. He resides in Santiago, Chile, with his only wife with whom he shares two sons and four grandchildren.

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Beyond Transport Time: modeling time use, understanding time values

Speaker:      Sergio Jara-Diaz, Professor of Transport Economics &; Provost, Universidad de Chile

Abstract:
Travel time has understandably received great attention in transport systems analysis, a field of study where time related data has been systematically collected for now many decades. In this presentation we argue that understanding travel time values requires a clear understanding of the value of leisure (and work), which in turn requires understanding how people allocate time to activities and what are the values that command those decisions. We begin by showing the origins of the connection between the wage rate and the value of travel time savings calculated from discrete choice models. After making a link with the theories of time use, we explain how the approach has evolved towards the formulation and estimation of general time use models where the identification of activity types and their relations with goods consumption plays a key role besides income and time constraints. This evolution is illustrated with time use models that we have estimated using data from different cities and countries on time allocation, income and expenditures for different socio-economic categories.

Bio
Sergio Jara-Diaz is Professor of Transport Economics and Provost at Universidad de Chile. Ph.D. and M.Sc. from MIT, M.Sc. in Urban Planning from U. Católica de Chile and Civil Engineer from U. de Chile. He is the founding member of the Transport Division at U. de Chile. Is author of Transport Economic Theory (Elsevier, 2007) and more than 80 research articles on users' behaviour, value and use of time, industry structure on transport networks, public transport, optimal pricing and transport project appraisal. He resides in Santiago, Chile, with his only wife with whom he shares two sons and four grandchildren.

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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