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EVENTS IN April 2017

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Using Automated Data Sources to Improve the Performance of Public Transport Systems: A Framework and Applications" - Nigel Wilson, MIT

NUTC Academic Semiinar Series presents:

Using Automated Data Sources to Improve the Performance of Public Transport Systems: A Framework and Applications

- Nigel Wilson, Professor, Civil &; Environmental Engineering, MIT



Automatic data sources including automatic vehicle location systems, automatic passenger counting systems and electronic fare payment and ticketing systems are becoming ubiquitous in large public transport systems and are starting to have an impact on the quality and availability of information for both off-line and real-time functions needed for service provision. The off-line functions include service and operations planning, and performance monitoring and measurement, while the critical real-time functions include operations management and control, and customer information. While the impacts of these advances are already apparent in many systems, there is the potential for much deeper impact in the future. The power and cost-effectiveness of information technology continues to advance and will offer opportunities to develop and apply more ambitious models which should positively affect many facets of the performance of public transport systems. This talk will present a framework for assessing the various roles that automated data sources can play in public transport systems and will summarize recent applications of the resulting methods based on research at MIT for Transport for London and other transit agencies. The potential for further enhancement of critical public transport agency functions in the future making even greater use of these data sources will be discussed.



Nigel Wilson is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research and teaching areas focus on urban public transportation, including topics related to the operation, analysis, planning and management of transit systems, and teaches MIT graduate subjects in public transport systems. Professor Wilson directs a major long-term collaborative research program with urban public transport agencies including Transport for London, MTR (Hong Kong), Chicago Transit Authority and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. He has written more than 100 articles and reports on the results of his research. During sabbatical leaves from MIT, Professor Wilson worked in three large transit agencies, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, London Transport, and Metro Transit in Minnesota, and has served as consultant to a number of other North American transit authorities. He has been a visiting faculty member at Stanford University, University College London, Napier University (Edinburgh), Delft University of Technology, and the University of Minnesota. Professor Wilson received the bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Imperial College, London and the master's and doctoral degrees, in civil engineering and transportation systems respectively, from the Massachusetts 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/

Thursday, April 20, 2017


[APRIL 20-21] 58th Annual Transportation Research Forum (TRF) Meeting @ UIC

Transportation Research Forum (TRF)

Founded in 1958, the Transportation Research Forum (TRF) is an independent organization of transportation professionals. Its purpose is to provide an impartial meeting ground for carriers, shippers, government officials, consultants, university researchers, suppliers, and others seeking an exchange of information and ideas related to both passenger and freight transportation. The Forum provides pertinent and timely information to those who conduct research and those who use and benefit from research.



Thursday, April 20, 2017

1:00 - 4:30pm - Special half day program for graduate students

5:00 - 7:00pm - Main Conference begins (Poster session &; networking reception)

Friday, April 21, 2017

8:30am - 5:00pm - Full Day Conference

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: 750 S. Halsted St. U. of Ill at Chicago - Student Center East Bldg Chicago IL

Event URL: http://sites.northwestern.edu/trf2017/

Thursday, April 27, 2017

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Sandhouse: "Rail/Air Competition in the New York-Chicago Market: 1045-1970" - George Hamlin, Hamlin Transportation Consulting

Joint NUTC Sandhouse Rail Group &; Icarus Aviation Group Speaker....

George Hamlin, President, Hamlin Transportation Consulting

This presentation reviews the post-World War II changes in the New York-Chicago passenger market up to the coming of Amtrak. While the rail mode started with a commanding lead in 1945, improvements in speed and comfort in the air transportation mode allowed the airlines to dominate the market by the end of this time period. Service by both railroads and airlines is examined comparatively, and the impact of the Interstate Highway system is considered, as well.

Speaker Bio:
George Hamlin has over forty-five years' experience in the commercial aviation and aerospace industries, including management positions with two airlines (TWA and Texas International), two airframe manufacturers (Lockheed-Georgia and Airbus North America) and has been active as a consultant in these fields since 1996, as President of Hamlin Transportation Consulting, based in Fairfax, Virginia.

He is the author of four books (the Skyliners series of pictorial airline histories and Chicago Railroad Scenes, Volume 2); numerous articles for both industry and general publications; and is a frequent speaker on commercial aviation and aerospace topics in professional and academic venues. He also writes a semi-monthly blog for TRAINS magazine's “Observation Tower”.

Mr. Hamlin received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and a M.S. in Transportation from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Norris University Center 1999 Campus Drive Lake Room - Rm 203 Evanston IL 60208

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

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

NUTC Seminar: "Delivering Sustainability: Transporting Goods in Urban Spaces" - Anne Goodchild, University of Washington

NUTC Academic Seminar Series presents:

Delivering Sustainability: Transporting Goods in Urban Spaces

Anne Goodchild, University of Washington
Allan &; Inger Osberg Associate Professor
SCTL Center Director

 Abstract: The movement of freight in urban areas has a major impact on the economic power, quality of life, and accessibility and attractiveness of the local community, but it receives little attention in comparison to passenger movements. With the ongoing increase in urban freight, there is increased concern about goods movements and their consequences. What is the urban freight system? What are the problems presented by the urban freight system? And what role does it play in developing more sustainable cities?

This talk presents a view of the role of freight in developing sustainable cities, and some of the pioneering work of the Urban Freight Lab; one of the current research thrusts of the Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center; for which Dr. Goodchild is the Founding Director.

Dr. Goodchild will share the approaches the Urban Freight Lab has taken to quantify emissions from different goods delivery systems, and their findings to date.


Anne Goodchild joined the University of Washington faculty as an Assistant Professor in December 2005 after completing her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the UC at Berkeley. Her research interests lie in the analysis of logistic systems, with an emphasis on freight transportation. Her dissertation work examined the impact of a crane operating strategy on port terminal operations. Other research experience includes minimizing emissions in strategic routing and schedule planning in urban pick-up and delivery system, policy and technology implementations to improve intermodal interfaces, and the relationship between freight activity and the economy. Before attending Berkeley she worked in consulting for 5 years in Europe and North America, for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Applied Decision Analysis Inc., modeling business problems such as airline fleet maintenance scheduling. She holds an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the UC at Berkeley, and a BS (with High Honors) in Mathematics from the UC at Davis.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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