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EVENTS IN November 2016

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Transit lines on a general parametric city: Feasible heuristics or strategic optimal?" - Prof. Sergio Jara-Diaz, Universidad de Chile

Sergio Jara-Diaz, Professor of Transport Economics, Universidad de Chile
"Transit lines on a general parametric city: feasible heuristics or strategic optimal?"




Sergio Jara-Diaz is Professor of Transport Economics at Universidad de Chile. Ph.D. and M.Sc. from MIT, M.Sc. in Urban Planning from U. Cat61ica 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' behavior, 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.

In this research we first propose a parametric description of cities for the normative analysis of transit systems with an emphasis on the role of centers and subcenters and the associated road network. This is achieved after a synthesis of different ways to describe a city's urban form that can be found in the literature, assessed with the help of topological indicators and synthetic information regarding real cities. The parameters characterize the underlying network, the zones involved and the spatial pattern of transport demand, such that the design of public transport systems can be studied normatively for different city shapes. Examples describing three very different real cities are given.

Using this parametric description we find the optimal spatial arrangement of transit lines out of four basic strategic competing options: direct, exclusive, hub-and-spoke and feeder-trunk. We identify clearly the relation between the characteristics of both the urban setting (mostly monocentric, polycentric or dispersed) and the users (perceived transfer penalty, patronage) with the line structure that shows the best response.

Finally, transit lines structures obtained with selected heuristics are compared against optimal strategic designs. We show that the ample space where direct-type lines dominate admit improvements with the help of one of the heuristics.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Chambers Hall 600 Foster St Lower Level Evanston IL 60208

Thursday, November 10, 2016

3:30 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Sandhouse Group presents: "A Transportation Miracle" - Norman Carlson, Carlson Consulting Intl. LLC

NUTC Sandhouse Rail Group presents Norman Carlson, Carlson Consulting LLC to discuss "A Transportation Miracle" - JOIN US!

In June 1926, the Archdiocese of Chicago hosted the 28th International Eucharistic Congress. Over 1,000,000 people, coming from around the world, participated. In the words of Gary Johnson, President of the Chicago History Museum, “the Congress was one of the three great events that put Chicago on the map as an international city.”

The logistics of moving 600,000 people to and from Chicago as well as moving them within the city and to and from Mundelein Seminary for the closing ceremonies is testimony to the vision and planning George Cardinal Mundelein. During the three days of meetings Chicago Surface Lines provided 15 million rides. The North Shore Line borrowed 3,936 Chicago Rapid Transit trainmen and 932 cars to provide over 275,000 trips on June 24, 1926. North Western, Milwaukee Road and Soo Line joined in this effort to move people to and from the closing ceremonies at Mundelein Seminary.

Samuel Insull, who represented the “non-Catholics” of Chicago, provided a virtual army of employees from his utility entities to assist. New York Central operated a Cardinals Special from New York City to Chicago, as did the North Shore Line from Wilson Avenue to Mundelein. Marshall Field and Company provided the fabric and personnel to decorate North Shore's train.

Five years of research and over 100 photos are presented in A Transportation Miracle. This 100-page publication will be available at the presentation for a donation of $20.00 to the Shore Line Interurban Historical Society. The editor will be happy to sign your copy.

BIO: Norm is Sandhouse Group's moderator and a member of the Transportation Center's Business Advisory Committee. He is the Managing Editor of First &; Fastest, the quarterly magazine of the Shore Line Interurban Historical Society of which serves as the president. He and his wife actively support Catholic Charities and Norm serves as a pro bono advisor to the City of Lake Forest on transportation matter. After graduating from the University of Illinois, Norm served in Vietnam and joined Arthur Andersen &; Co. For 11 year of his 34 years at Andersen he served as the Worldwide Managing Partner of its Transportation Industry Practice. He was recently elected to a four-year term as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Metra, the commuter rail authority in the Chicago region.



Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Chambers Hall 600 Foster St Lower Level Evanston IL 60208

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

Thursday, November 17, 2016

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Planning Service Facilities Under Continuous Traffic Equilibrium" - Yanfeng Ouyang, Prof. Engineering, UIUC

NUTC presents "Planning Service Facilities Under Continuous Traffic Equilibrium" with Yanfeng Ouyang, Prof. Engineering, UIUC.

Abstract: Many service systems are composed of interrelated facilities that jointly serve spatially distributed demand. It is well-known that establishment of such facilities could induce or alter customer traffic that exacerbates congestion in the neighborhood, as customers often choose their own service facility and access path. This talk presents models for service facility location/layout design under traffic equilibrium in a continuous space. We first discuss solution methods for a class of nonlinear partial differential equations (PDE) that describe continuous traffic equilibrium. We show that under certain conditions the PDE can be solved, either exactly or approximately, in closed analytical forms. We then develop a discrete design model in the form of a mixed-integer program, and embed the PDE solution method into a Lagrangian relaxation solution approach. Alternative models, including one under the continuum approximation scheme, will also be discussed. Numerical experiments are conducted to illustrate applicability of the proposed models and to draw managerial insights.


Bio: Yanfeng Ouyang is Professor, P.F. Kent Endowed Faculty Scholar of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and D.B. Willett Faculty Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 2005. His research mainly focuses on modeling transportation, logistics, and infrastructure systems, and applications to military, energy, and agricultural industries. He currently serves as a Department/Area/Associate Editor of IIE Transactions, Networks and Spatial Economics, Transportation Science, Transportation Research Part C, and Transportmetrica B. He has received a few awards including an ASCE Walter L. Huber Research Prize and an NSF CAREER Award.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Chambers Hall 600 Foster St Lower Level Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: http://web.engr.illinois.edu/~yfouyang/

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

NUTC Holiday Party | NOV. 30th @ 5PM | Stadium Club, Ryan Field

YOU'RE INVITED... to join the Northwestern University Transportation Center's staff, students, faculty &; associates for a festive, fun-filled gathering at the Ryan Field Stadium Club on Nov. 30th at 5PM.

RSVP by 12pm, NOV. 22nd to Diana Marek: d-marek@northwestern.edu

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Ryan Field 1501 Central Street Stadium Club Evanston IL 60208

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