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NEXT 10 EVENTS ON OR AFTER November 27, 2014

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Flexible Transit for Low-Density Communities

Transportation Seminar

SpeakerCharlotte Frei, PhD Candidate, Transportation Systems Analysis &; Planning, Civil &; Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University

Abstract: Demand for transport in low-density areas can be highly variable over time, and quality (or absence) of transit service may reinforce existing mode choices among travelers. Transit services that can flex with demand have been explored to address this variation. This paper describes a method to identify bus stop locations for a flexible service with characteristics of both fixed-route and demand-responsive transit. Once stops are identified, vehicle tours using actual origin-destination demand are constructed to evaluate relative operational efficiency. Simulations for a case study area in metropolitan Denver, Colorado and demand estimation results will be presented.  The methodology is appropriate to determine checkpoint locations and evaluate fleet allocation to structure flexible. The method can be extended to evaluate design of flexible transit in other low-density area; such future extensions will be discussed, particularly in the context of evolving vehicle technology and customer service expectations.

 Bio:   Charlotte Frei is a PhD Candidate in Transportation Systems Analysis and Planning at Northwestern University. Her research interests include travel behavior and public transit, with emphasis on topics related to transit mode choice. Charlotte earned a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Chambers Hall 600 Foster St Ruan Conference Center - lower level Evanston, IL 60208

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

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Flexible Transit for Low-Density Communities

Transportation Seminar

SpeakerCharlotte Frei, PhD Candidate, Transportation Systems Analysis &; Planning, Civil &; Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University

Abstract: Demand for transport in low-density areas can be highly variable over time, and quality (or absence) of transit service may reinforce existing mode choices among travelers. Transit services that can flex with demand have been explored to address this variation. This paper describes a method to identify bus stop locations for a flexible service with characteristics of both fixed-route and demand-responsive transit. Once stops are identified, vehicle tours using actual origin-destination demand are constructed to evaluate relative operational efficiency. Simulations for a case study area in metropolitan Denver, Colorado and demand estimation results will be presented.  The methodology is appropriate to determine checkpoint locations and evaluate fleet allocation to structure flexible. The method can be extended to evaluate design of flexible transit in other low-density area; such future extensions will be discussed, particularly in the context of evolving vehicle technology and customer service expectations.

 Bio:   Charlotte Frei is a PhD Candidate in Transportation Systems Analysis and Planning at Northwestern University. Her research interests include travel behavior and public transit, with emphasis on topics related to transit mode choice. Charlotte earned a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Chambers Hall 600 Foster St Ruan Conference Center - lower level Evanston, IL 60208

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

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

The Race is on - Can Rails Restore Service & Confidence before....?

Transportation Center Rail Group (Sandhouse Gang) Luncheon Meeting

Anthony B. Hatch, Senior Transportation Analyst &;, Financial Consultant, ABH Consulting

As freight traffic on the nation's railroads continues to grow -- the result of the improving economy, systemic transfers from the trucking industry, more crude oil and a record corn crop -- the ability to move traffic efficiently is becoming increasingly challenging. Service delays are creating serious delays for Amtrak; agriculture, coal and other shippers resulting in increasing complaints to Washington,  the Surface Transportation Board and members of Congress. Meanwhile the railroads are making record capital expenditures in order to increase capacity. Tony will summarize all of these factors in his usual cogent manner and give us his vision of what will occur in 2015. It promises to be a most interesting presentation that you will not want to miss. 

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Maggiano's Restaurant , 516 N. Clark St. Chicago

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

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

The Race is on - Can Rails Restore Service & Confidence before....?

Transportation Center Rail Group (Sandhouse Gang) Luncheon Meeting

Anthony B. Hatch, Senior Transportation Analyst &;, Financial Consultant, ABH Consulting

As freight traffic on the nation's railroads continues to grow -- the result of the improving economy, systemic transfers from the trucking industry, more crude oil and a record corn crop -- the ability to move traffic efficiently is becoming increasingly challenging. Service delays are creating serious delays for Amtrak; agriculture, coal and other shippers resulting in increasing complaints to Washington,  the Surface Transportation Board and members of Congress. Meanwhile the railroads are making record capital expenditures in order to increase capacity. Tony will summarize all of these factors in his usual cogent manner and give us his vision of what will occur in 2015. It promises to be a most interesting presentation that you will not want to miss. 

 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Maggiano's Restaurant , 516 N. Clark St. Chicago

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

Thursday, January 8, 2015

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Transportation Seminar

Speaker:  Stephane Hess, Professor of Choice Modeling, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, U.K.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Transportation Seminar

Speaker:  Stephane Hess, Professor of Choice Modeling, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, U.K.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

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

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

Thursday, January 22, 2015

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Metra and Chicago -- Making A Difference in Chicago

Transportation Center Rail Group (Sandhouse Gang) Meeting

Speakers: 

DONALD A. ORSENO,   Executive Director, Metra   and   BILL THOMPSON, CREATE Railroad Program Manager, Association of American Railroads

 Metra and CREATE move forward with ambitious plans for the future.  In October 2014 the Metra Board of Directors approved the first long-term capital plan in Metra's 30-year history. Metra, Amtrak and Norfolk Southern celebrated the grand opening of the Englewood Flyover in October. CREATE announced the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Study for the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project. This $1 billion plus project that will address a major rail congestion point in Chicago will have a significant impact on freight and Metra and Amtrak fluidity in Chicago.  Don Orseno, Metra's CEO and Bill Thompson, AAR's Vice President in charge of CREATE will address these and other issues and answer questions on the future direction of Metra and CREATE. 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Metra Headquarters, 547 W. Jackson Blvd, 13th fl Chicago

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

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Metra and Chicago -- Making A Difference in Chicago

Transportation Center Rail Group (Sandhouse Gang) Meeting

Speakers: 

DONALD A. ORSENO,   Executive Director, Metra   and   BILL THOMPSON, CREATE Railroad Program Manager, Association of American Railroads

 Metra and CREATE move forward with ambitious plans for the future.  In October 2014 the Metra Board of Directors approved the first long-term capital plan in Metra's 30-year history. Metra, Amtrak and Norfolk Southern celebrated the grand opening of the Englewood Flyover in October. CREATE announced the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Study for the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project. This $1 billion plus project that will address a major rail congestion point in Chicago will have a significant impact on freight and Metra and Amtrak fluidity in Chicago.  Don Orseno, Metra's CEO and Bill Thompson, AAR's Vice President in charge of CREATE will address these and other issues and answer questions on the future direction of Metra and CREATE. 

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Metra Headquarters, 547 W. Jackson Blvd, 13th fl Chicago

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