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NEXT 10 EVENTS ON OR AFTER February 12, 2016

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Modernizing Freight Rail Regulation— The 2015 Transportation Research Board Recommendation to Congress

Joint Sandhouse Rail Group and TC Seminar........

Speaker:  Kenneth Boyer, Professor of Economics,                                                       Michigan State University

Abstract: Congress requested that the National Acadamies' Transportation Research Board form a committee to evaluate the regulation of US freight railroads. Prof. Boyer was a member of this committee and will report on the findings of the report. Included in the findings are: The current method for regulatory costing is irreparably broken and should not be replaced with any other attempt to calculate the cost of an individual shipment; that the annual calculation of revenue adequacy of railroads is misleading and no longer serves a useful purpose; that the logic of rules inhibiting access of tenant carriers is no longer current and needs to be rethought; that the Standalone Cost Test currently used for rate disputes lacks a logical basis; that much data collected about railroads no longer has a useful purpose while data to evaluate common carrier obligations is currently not collected; that rates would be better evaluated against a benchmark of rates charged on comparable movements that are subject to competition rather than against any cost standard; and that arbitration would be a better method of settling rate disputes than the current extraordinarily expensive procedures for evaluating rate reasonableness.

KENNETH D. BOYER, Professor of Economics, Michigan State University. B.A. (economics), Amherst College, Ph.D. (economics), University of Michigan. His primary research interests are in the economics of transportation and the economics of regulation. He is a winner of the Michigan State University teacher-scholar award and has taught at the Sino-American Training Center in Shanghai, China and the University of Michigan. He has been a member of many committees of the National Academy of Sciences' Transportation Research Board, including those on truck sizes and weights, navigation on the Upper Mississippi River, the collection of freight statistics and most recently on the modernization of railroad regulation. He is the author of Principles of Transportation Economics. Dr. Boyer is past Chair of the Transportation and Public Utilities Group of the American Economic Association and has served for many years as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Industrial Organization Society, the trade group of researchers in the economics of antitrust and regulation. .

 

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, April 7, 2016

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sandhouse Rail Group: " By Rail Across Quebec to the Gaspe Peninsula" and "A Look at Changes in Railroad Signaling"

Speaker:  George Hamlin, President, Hamlin Transportation Consulting

Photography by rail enthusiasts typically looks at its subject matter from an external viewpoint: “from the outside in”, effectively. In “By Rail Across Quebec to the Gaspe Peninsula”, George reverses this, presenting the winter round trip from Montreal to Gaspe essentially “from the inside out”, utilizing the traveler's perspective on the journey.

In “A Look at Changes in Railroad Signaling”, he examines some of the historical context of this subject, which was reflected in a wide variety of approaches to these safety devices by different railroads, in some cases with systems exclusive to a single railroad. Greater standardization is coming to the industry now, however, particularly with the coming of PTC (Positive Train Control) on many routes in the U.S., which means that some long-standing railroad traditions are about to vanish.

Come along for the ride, and enjoy taking a look at diversity in signal systems!

Bio: Although George Hamlin has made his professional career in the commercial aviation and aerospace industries, with airlines, airframe manufacturers and as a consultant, he has had a lifelong interest in railroads, and has followed the industry closely for many years.

In addition to many publications in his professional field, George also has numerous published articles in rail-oriented magazines, including TRAINS, Classic Trains, Railfan &; Railroad and others. In addition, he also has hundreds of published rail photos, including two in TRAINS' “100 Greatest Railroad Photos” special issue. In 2012, his book Chicago Railroad Scenes, Volume 2 was published by The Railroad Press.

Mr. Hamlin received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Washington &; Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and a M.S. in Transportation from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois. He is also a member of the Lexington Group in Transportation History.

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, April 14, 2016

3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Energy Efficient Transportation Systems - Innovation Seminar

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest is presenting  a series of Innovation Seminars focused on Energy Efficient Transportation Systems. Northwestern University has been selected as one of their target universities. The seminar will include presentations by select German companies and institutions, and will feature an expert speaker from the transportation sector in Germany

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...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

2016 William A. Patterson Transportation Lecture

Jeff Silver, CEO of Coyote, A UPS Company

Prior to founding Coyote in 2006, Jeff Silver worked at American Backhaulers (ABH), a company he joined in 1984 after graduating from the University of Michigan. Using a Rolodex and a pen and paper, he matched trucks with available loads by hand, a system that prompted him to write the truck-matching software that eventually grew ABH to be one of the largest freight brokerages in North America at the time. After ABH was sold to C.H. Robinson in 1999, Jeff took a five-year hiatus to pursue his MBA from the University of Michigan and a master of engineering in logistics from MIT. He had always known there was a need for a stronger service commitment in the industry, so in 2006, armed with industry experience and advanced education, Jeff and Chief People Officer Marianne Silver founded Coyote, a company that has been changing the industry and service expectations ever since.


Jeff was recently named to the Supply &; Demand Chain Executive 2015 Pros to Know Awards for the third consecutive year. In 2013 Chief Executive magazine named Silver the Mid-Market CEO Award winner in the Overall Excellence category, and in 2011 Ernst &; Young named him Entrepreneur of the Year in the Midwest category. Jeff serves on the board of the Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) and the MIT School of Engineering Dean's Advisory Council, and he is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.
Coyote provides truckload, less-than-truckload, and intermodal brokerage services for shippers and carriers and transportation management services to more than 14,000 shippers, from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses. Under Silver's leadership, Coyote became a UPS subsidiary in 2015.

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Donald P. Jacobs Center 2001 Sheridan Road OCL Forum Evanston IL 60208

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

Thursday, April 21, 2016

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Transportation Center Business Advisory Council Meeting

Spring meeting of the NUTC Advisory Council  - closed meeting - by invitation

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

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)


Abstract:

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.

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 5, 2016

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Dr. Nebiyou Y. Tilahun, Asst. Professor, Department of Urban Planning & Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago

Transportation Seminar

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 26, 2016

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Transportation Seminar

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...