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EVENTS IN February 2017

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Effects of the Light Rail Transit Development & Neighborhood Design on Travel Behavior" - Jason Cao, University of Minnesota

NUTC Academic Seminar Series presents:

Effects of the Light Rail Transit Development &; Neighborhood Design on Travel Behavior

- Jason Cao, Associate Professor, Univesity of Minnesota


Jason Cao is an associate professor with the regional policy and planning area. His current research mainly focuses on land-use and transportation planning in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. He seeks to answer interrelated questions about how transportation investments influence urban development, how land-use patterns shape individuals' behavior, and how land-use and transportation policies can be used to mitigate traffic congestion and improve our environment.

Cao previously worked as an associate research fellow with the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University. His work has appeared in journals spanning urban planning, public health, and transportation. He has been published in Environment and Planning, Journal of the American Planning Association, American Journal of Health Promotion, Transportation Research, and others.

Cao received an M.S. in statistics and a Ph.D. in civil and environment engineering with a specialization on transportation planning from the University of California-Davis. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. In 2006, he received the Wootan Award from the U.S. Council of University Transportation Centers for the best transportation policy/planning dissertation in the United States.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Transportation Center Seminar

Jason Cao (University of Minnesota): "Effects of the Light Rail Transit Development &; Neighborhood Design on Travel Behavior"

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

Thursday, February 16, 2017

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

"Chicago: America's Railroad Capital" - David Lassen & Jim Wrinn, Trains Magazine (@ METRA)

NUTC Sandhouse Rail Group presents [Brown Bag Luncheon @ METRA]:

Chicago: America's Railroad Capital

- David Lassen &; Jim Wrinn, Trains Magazine





Trains Magazine Journalists, Lassen and Wrinn, willl present a talk on Chicago Rail Operations and Importance.

Chicago's importance as a railroading center has long been a topic of interest for Trains Magazine, the world's largest-circulation railroading publication. For the first time since 2003, Trains has devoted an entire magazine to the topic, and this time, the special issue is accompanied by a DVD look at operations in the city. Trains editors will discuss the project and the ongoing importance of documenting events in Chicago.



David Lassen, an associate editor at Trains, directed production of the magazine's Chicago special issue and accompanying DVD. He joined Trains in 2014 after almost 30 years as a sportswriter in Southern California.
He is a native Californian and a graduate of the University of Denver.

Jim Wrinn has been editor of Trains since 2004. A lifelong steam fan, he is a qualified locomotive engineer at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, N.C. Before joining the magazine, the North Carolina native and University of North Carolina graduate worked at several newspapers in his home state.


Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Metra Headquarters - 547 W. Jackson Blvd. 13th Floor Chicago IL 60661

Event URL: http:// tiny.cc/SandhouseFEB2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Exploring Millennials' Adoption of Shared Mobility & Attitudes Towards Vehicle Ownership in California" - Giovanni Circella, UC Davis; Georgia Tech

NUTC Academic Semiinar Series presents:

Exploring Millennials' Adoption of Shared Mobility &; Attitudes Towards Vehicle Ownership in California


Abstract: This study investigates millennials' mobility choices through the analysis of a dataset collected in California among 2155 young adults and members of the preceding Generation X, as the first stage of a panel study of millennials' residential choices, lifestyles, travel behavior and adoption of technology. We find that, compared to Gen Xers, millennials own fewer cars, drive less and more often use alternative travel modes. Independent millennials, who have already established their households, are found to live in more accessible residential locations, which are conducive to the adoption of travel multimodality and the use of non-auto modes. Dependent millennials, who still live with their parents, also adopt multimodal travel, even if they often live in less accessible locations. Millennials are heavy adopters of shared mobility services: however, and somewhat concerning from an environmental and health-related perspective, we find that a non-trivial amount of Uber/Lyft trips substitute for trips that would otherwise be made by walking or cycling. Finally, the zero- or low-vehicle ownership status of many independent millennials might be short-lived: millennials show higher propensity to purchase vehicles as they age, especially if they plan to have a child in the near future.

- Giovanni Circella, UC Davis; Georgia Tech

Giovanni Circella is a Senior Research Engineer at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Georgia Institute of Technology, who currently shares his time with the University of California, Davis, where he is a researcher at the Institute of Transportation Studies and the National Center for Sustainable Transportation.

His research interests include travel behavior, transportation planning, travel demand modeling, land use modeling, travel survey methods, transportation sustainability, shared mobility, energy consumption, and policy analysis. He is an expert in the collection and analysis of behavioral data and the estimation of discrete choice models and other quantitative methodologies.

Dr. Circella has been the principal investigator for several research projects. His recent research has focused on the impact of individual attitudes on travel, land use and transportation, the impact of shared mobility and on-demand ride services (e.g. Uber/Lyft) on travel and auto ownership, the impact of ICT, and the mobility of specific population segments (e.g. “millennials”) and in various geographic regions (United States, EU countries, South America and emerging economies from the Middle East/Gulf Area). He speak English, Spanish and Italian fluently.

He is a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committees on
ADB20: ICT and Transportation, Member and Research Coordinator
ADD40: Transportation and Sustainability, Member and Communication Coordinator
ABE50: Transportation Demand Management, Member
ADA10: Statewide Multimodal Transportation Planning, Member

He serves in the panel for the NCHRP projects 20-102, 20-102(01) and 20-102(09) on the Impacts of Connected and Automated Vehicles, and he is a member of the Research Faculty Senate of the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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