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Three RSGers have helped found a Burlington chapter of the Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT). YPT Burlington is Vermont’s only organization providing professional development, fellowship, and networking opportunities to aspiring and current transportation professionals alike. The organization aims to help Burlington become a better place to start and sustain a career in all transportation-related fields. RSGers Nikhil Sikka, Tristan Cherry, and Ben Cummins join three other transportation professionals as the Board of Directors for this new chapter.
We are honored to have had such a presence at this year’s Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting. Over the last four days, 16 RSGers have led 14 presentations and moderated two committee meetings.
The TRB Annual Meeting program covers all transportation modes, with sessions and workshops addressing topics of interest to all attendees—policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. The information-packed program was expected to attract 12,000 transportation professionals from around the world to Washington, DC.
RSG’s Steve Lawson is co-author of a paper recently published in The George Wright Forum. The article, titled “Principles of Sustainable Transportation in the National Parks,” highlights 21 principals to guide sustainable transportation management in national parks and public lands.
The front page of the Valley News featured a story on the development of sidewalks in Quechee, Vermont. RSG’s Dave Saladino and Grace Wu are quoted throughout the article as they have been working with the Town of Hartford to identify projects designed to make Quechee a safer and more welcoming place for pedestrians and cyclists.
The “On-Road Bicycle Plan” was recently featured on the local TV news in Vermont. RSG is currently working on this project with VTrans to determine where to focus limited resources towards bicycle improvements and allow better integration into Agency projects.
RSG Senior Consultant, Erica Wygonik, co-authored the chapter “Comparison of Vehicle Miles Traveled and Pollution from Three Goods Movement Strategies,” which was published in the book Sustainable Logistics. The 6th in the Transport and Sustainability series, this book looks at the role of logistics in addressing and contributing to transportation’s environmental impacts. Erica’s chapter, written with Dr. Anne Goodchild of the University of Washington, looks at the impacts from various ways to move goods their last mile to consumers.
RSG Senior Consultant, Jeffrey Dumont, and Director, Stephane Hess, co-authored the article “Contrasting Imputation with a Latent Variable Approach to Dealing with Missing Income in Choice Models,” which was published in the latest issue of the Journal of Choice Modelling. In the article, Jeff, Stephane, and co-authors explored the use of advanced choice techniques to impute missing income and compared that to simpler, more traditional approaches of imputation.
RSG Vice President, Maren Outwater, was recently featured in TR News, Transportation Research Board’s bimonthly magazine. The profile highlights her background working in the public sector and her pioneering research on national forecasting models of passenger and goods movement.
RSG has been named one of the ‘101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For’ in the nation!
The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™ competition identifies and honors organizations throughout the nation that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. This award is on the heels of two other workplace awards – GreatRated! and When Work Works (Sloan) Award.
RSG Senior Director, Peter Plumeau, was recently named a member of the Project Advisory Board for a National Institute of Transportation and Communities (NITC) study titled “Integrating Freight into Livable Communities.” The study is being performed by the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida.
RSG Senior Director, Michael Geilich, was recently awarded his fourth patent. This latest patent (US Patent # 8,862,454) is for a method and apparatus for simulating risk tolerance and associated adversary costs in a distributed business process.
RSG President, Tom Adler, will be presenting this week in Berlin, Germany at the German Aerospace Center’s Institute of Transport Research. His presentation titled, “From Surveys to Big Data: Future Tools for Travel Forecasting” will summarize the large body of research that RSG has generated related to long-distance travel by air, rail, bus, and auto and explore opportunities for collaboration with European researchers in this field.
RSG Director, Stephane Hess, co-authored the article “Temporal Transferability of Models of Mode-Destination Choice for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area” which was published in the latest issue of the Journal of Transport and Land Use. The article summarizes the findings from a literature review that demonstrates there is little evidence about the transferability of mode-destination models over typical forecasting horizons. The analysis demonstrates that improving model specification improves the transferability of the models, and in general the transferability declines as the transfer period increases.
RSG Senior Consultant, Elizabeth Greene, co-authored the article “Long-Distance Work and Leisure Travel Frequencies” which was published in the latest issue of Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. In the article, Elizabeth and her co-authors explored factors influencing non-distance-based definitions of long-distance travel to help long-distance survey designers know which demographic factors they should include in their surveys. The findings suggest that future data collection for long-distance travel can be tailored to address the specific definition being studied.
RSG Director, Marc Aquila, was recently announced as a ‘Rising Star’ by Vermont Business Magazine. The 2014 ‘Rising Star’ award recipient list is comprised of 40 winners under the age of 40. Award recipients were selected by a panel of judges for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and involvement in their communities.