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EVENTS IN May 2016

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Transit Accessibility, Last Mile Issues & Equity: Assessment using Chicago as a Case Study

Transportation Seminar:

Speaker:  Dr. Nebiyou Y. Tilahun, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Urban Planning &; Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago


Public Transit addresses the transportation needs of those with mobility disadvantages in many urban areas. Low income persons, households without vehicles, persons who cannot operate vehicles due to disability or other reasons, are often reliant on transit systems for their daily travel needs. A transit system that fills these mobility gaps should ensure easy access to stations as well as connect users to desirable destinations. This talk addresses both types of access - to stations and destinations - by examining the determinants of last-mile transit problems using a Stated Preference survey, assessing the prevalence of last-mile transit problems, and measuring transit access to different types of destinations. It then looks at the equity implications of the geographic distribution of last-mile problems and transit accessibility using the Chicago area as a case study.

 Bio:Nebiyou Tilahun is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2010. His research interests are in the areas of travel behavior, the study of travel for social activities, transit accessibility and equity. He directs the Urban Transportation &; Behavior Research Group and also manages the Metropolitan Chicago Accessibility Explorer.

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...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

"Simulating the Dynamic Effects of Horizontal Mergers: U.S. Airlines"

Speaker:  Dr. John Lazarev, Assistant Professor of Economics, New York University (Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University)


We propose a new method for studying the medium and long run dynamic effects of horizontal mergers. Our method builds on the two-step estimator of Bajari, Benkard, and Levin (2007). Policy functions are estimated on historical pre-merger data, and then future industry outcomes are simulated both with and without the proposed merger. In our airline entry model, an airline's entry/exit decisions are made jointly across route segments, and depend on features of its own route network as well as the networks of the other airlines. We also allow for city-specific profitability shocks that affect all route segments out of a given city, as well as segment-specific shocks. Using data for 2003-2008, we apply our model to three recently proposed airline mergers. We find that a merger between two major hub carriers leads to increased entry by the other hub carriers, and can lead to substantial increased entry by low cost carriers, both effects offsetting some of the initial concentrating effects of the merger. Our model also suggests that a merger between two hub carriers can in certain cases lead to dismantling of a hub.

 BIO:  JOHN LAZAREV, Assistant Professor of Economics, New York University.  B.Sc. (economics), Moscow State University, M.A. (economics), New Economic School, Ph.D. (economic analysis and policy), Stanford University. His primary research interests are in the economics of industrial organization. In his research, he develops game theoretic models and applies them to the empirical study of individual industries. His current projects include “The Welfare Effects of Intertemporal Price Discrimination: An Empirical Analysis of Airline Pricing in U.S. Monopoly Markets”; “Simulating the Dynamic Effects of Horizontal Mergers: U.S. Airlines,” and “Getting More from Less: Understanding Airline Pricing”. Dr. Lazarev is visiting the Department of Economics of Northwestern University during the spring of 2016.

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...

Monday, May 23, 2016

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Mobility 2050: A Vision for Transportation Infrastructure and How We Get There


The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the Northwestern University Transportation Center have partnered to produce a comprehensive study into future trends and opportunities that will determine how U.S. transportation infrastructure will look in the year 2050. The Mobility 2050 symposium will review these findings and seek perspectives from different consumers of infrastructure on how we proceed in pursuit of crafting a national, comprehensive plan for the future of U.S. infrastructure.

The Mobility 2050 symposium will feature:
Victor Mendez, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

Randall S. Blankenhorn, Secretary, Illinois Department of Transportation

Ronald M. De Feo, CEO, Kennametal; Chair, AEM's Infrastructure Vision 2050 Task Force

Dr. Julio M. Ottino, Dean, Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University

Hani Mahmassani, Director, Northwestern Transportation Center

Joseph L. Schofer, Associate Dean, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Technological Institute 2145 Sheridan Road Cohen Commons Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: https://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/news/articl...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

The Role of the Media in Covering Aviation

Transportation Center Aviation Program (Icarus Society)

U.S. news consumers have a near-insatiable desire for airline news. They want to know where to find deals, which airlines offer the best legroom and entertainment and what carriers are safest. But should the journalists give readers and viewers only what they crave? Or should they go beyond the headlines and offer a more complete view of the airline industry? Medill Professor Clarke Caywood will moderate a panel discussion of three communications experts on journalism's coverage of the aviation industry. Our panelists include:

BRIAN SUMERS, Transport Editor, Americas, Aviation Week
MICAH MAIDENBERG, Reporter, Crain's Chicago Business
STEVE NOLAN, Vice President, Communications &; PR, GoGo

Speaker Bios:

BRIAN SUMERS is a Los Angeles-based journalist covering airports and airlines. Sumers regularly writes for Conde Nast Traveler and Aviation Week and also has contributed to the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Skift and L.A. Weekly. Previously, he worked as a reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Los Angeles Daily News. Sumers is a magna cum laude graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and he holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School.

MICAH MAIDENBERG is a reporter covering transportation, aviation and manufacturing for Crain's Chicago Business. He also spent nearly three years writing about commercial and residential real estate for the publication. Maidenberg's journalism experience includes a stint as editor of two weekly newspapers in Chicago, reporting positions at publications in Virginia and Northern California and freelance work for outlets such as WBEZ-FM/91.5 and the Jewish Daily Forward. Maidenberg, 36, is a native of Marion, Ind. and a 2003 graduate of Indiana University.

STEVE NOLAN joined Gogo in 2011 and currently serves as the company's vice president of corporate communications. Steve is responsible for managing all aspects of Gogo's external and internal communications including social media. During his career at Gogo, he supported a complete rebranding of the company from Aircell to Gogo. He also helped guide the company public thorough its IPO and has supported the company's growth into a global organization. Steve has more than 20 years of communications and journalism experience and has served in leadership roles in both PR agency and corporate communications, supporting some of the most recognizable brands in the world. He started his career as a television reporter and writer. Steve earned his Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Iowa and a Master's Degree in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Donald P. Jacobs Center 2001 Sheridan Road Room 276 Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: http://www.transportation.northwestern.edu/docs/20...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Simulating and Visualizing Planning for Sustainable Development: Transportation Seminar

Speaker: Dr. Paul Waddell, Professor of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley

This seminar will address a case study of developing an integrated land use and transportation plan within the San Francisco Bay Area using UrbanSim integrated with an Activity-Based Travel Model, and using 3D visualization to help engage citizens in understanding the scenarios being evaluated.


Paul Waddell is a professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches and conducts research on modeling and planning in the domains of land use, housing, economic geography, transportation, and the environment. He has led the development of the UrbanSim model of urban development, now used by Metropolitan Planning Organizations and other local and regional agencies for operational planning purposes in a variety of U.S. metropolitan areas such as Detroit, Houston, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Seattle, as well as internationally in a growing list of cities in Europe, Asia, and Africa. His current research focuses on the assessment of the impacts of land use regulations and transportation investments on outcomes such as spatial patterns of real estate development and prices, travel behavior, emissions, and resource consumption. He is also working on ways to engage public participation in making complex policy choices.

Over the past five years, Professor Waddell has served as PI or Co-PI on numerous research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Highway Administration, and state and local governments.


Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

Event URL: http://www.transportation.northwestern.edu/docs/20...