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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.
The National Park Service (NPS) recently selected RSG to serve as the nation’s lead contractor for visitor use and social science research in the national parks through a five-year, up to $20 million contract. This provides RSG with a unique opportunity to help the NPS with the stewardship of America’s national treasures, the national parks.
RSG Analyst, Nagendra Dhakar, co-authored the article “Route Choice Modeling Using GPS-Based Travel Surveys” which was published in the latest issue of Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. Nagendra and co-author Sivaramakrishnan Srinivasan combined data from a large-scale GPS-based travel survey and geographic information system-based roadway network databases to develop models for route choice. These models produce statistically significant and intuitively reasonable effects that are sensitive to basis of trip and traveler characteristics.
RSG Analyst Ben Cummins co-authored the article “Why Do Voters Support Public Transportation? Public Choices and Private Behavior” which will be published in the next issue of the journal Transportation. In it, Ben and co-author Michael Manville examine American support for transit spending, in particular the support for financing transit with local transportation sales taxes. The findings suggest a collective action problem; people support transit for its collective benefits, but these benefits are realized through increased ridership, which does not necessarily result from increased funding. The findings were also mentioned in CityLab’s recent article “If So Many People Support Mass Transit, Why Do So Few Ride?” which explores the same concern.
RSG is proud to have played a key role in the Who’s on Board: The 2014 Mobility Attitudes Survey commissioned by TransitCenter, an organization committed to improving transit through innovation. The study, released today, is the first to compare rider and non-rider attitudes by age, income, education, family status and ethnicity, and to examine both cities and suburban areas across various regions of the U.S. The study reveals that Americans from regions coast to coast think about and use public transit in remarkably similar ways.
RSG is thrilled to receive the ‘Planning Project of the Year’ Award from the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association (NNECAPA). The award honors the Bedford, NH Pedestrian/Bike Master Plan which RSG worked on in partnership with Jeff Taylor & Associates.
RSG Senior Director, Michael Geilich, was recently certified as a ‘Project Management Professional (PMP)’ by the Project Management Institute. The PMP recognizes demonstrated competence in leading and directing project teams.
The Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently honored RSG with the prestigious When Work Works Award, recognizing RSG’s use of effective workplace strategies to increase business and employee success. Applicants are evaluated on six research-based ingredients of an effective workplace: opportunities for learning; a culture of trust; work-life fit; supervisor support for work success; autonomy; and satisfaction with earnings, benefits, and opportunities for advancement—all factors associated with employee health, well-being, and engagement. RSG also qualified as one of the top 25 employers. After the recent recognition as a Great Rated!™ workplace, RSG is thrilled to welcome yet another national award.
Erica Wygonik recently re-joined RSG, bringing over fifteen years of experience in a wide range of transportation planning and engineering efforts—including traffic simulation, transportation planning, community outreach, and freight modeling. In her role as Senior Consultant at RSG, Dr. Wygonik will focus on freight transportation and modeling, transportation engineering, and campus and community planning.
The City of Burlington recently broke ground on the $9.1 million Waterfront North Project—aimed to boost activity and upgrade infrastructure for the northern side of the Lake Champlain waterfront. RSG is proud to have been the consultant team project manager and lead design engineer for this development, helping the City of Burlington design, permit, and move forward with this major component of its waterfront revitalization initiative. The project will include, among other things, realigning and rebuilding parts of the deteriorated bike path, remediating environmental issues, building a $1 million skatepark, and implementing stormwater measures to protect Lake Champlain.
RSG Senior Consultant, Steven Gayle, has achieved the status of ‘Certified Instructor’ for the National Highway Institute (NHI). NHI is the training agency of the Federal Highway Administration—offering a large number of classroom and web-based courses for federal, state, and MPO staff. Certification involves a rigorous process of training, teaching, and observation by a Master Trainer. Steve teaches the Metropolitan Transportation Planning course.
A book edited and co-authored by RSG Director, Steven Lawson, was just released. The book, Sustainable Transportation in the National Parks, synthesizes the research of the last two decades on transportation in parks and outdoor recreation. Twenty-one essays explore the interdependent relationship between transportation and the national parks—working to develop principles for managing sustainable transportation while minimizing impacts and maintaining a high-quality experience for the visitor.
The Great Place to Work® Institute recently named RSG as the latest Great Rated!™ workplace. The Great Rated! review process includes confidential surveying of employees to rate their employers on benefits and culture—ranging from professional development to overall company atmosphere. After six consecutive years of winning Vermont Business Magazine’s Best Places to Work in Vermont, RSG welcomes the Great Rated! recognition as a national honor—reflecting the company’s evolution and national footprint.
RSG has been honored with the 5x5x5 Growth Award from Vermont Business Magazine! The 5x5x5 Awards celebrate the achievements of the five fastest growing businesses in five categories over the last five years in Vermont. RSG placed number four in the service category this year. We held the number five spot in 2012.
The poster titled “RSGHB R Package” won the Best Poster award at the American Marketing Association’s Advanced Research Techniques Forum this week. RSG’s Jeff Keller, Jeff Dumont, and Nelson Whipple authored the poster which highlights RSG’s open-source R package that allows users to estimate sophisticated Hierarchical Bayesian (HB) models from choice-based conjoint data without significant custom programming.
This is the second time that RSG has been honored with the Best Poster award in the past three ART Forums.
RSG received an Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Vermont (ACEC/VT). The merit award honors RSG’s “Exit 12 & VT 2A Scoping Study” as an exemplary engineering project in the “special studies” category. The study, sponsored by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, investigated transportation alternatives to address traffic congestion, enhance safety, improve bike-pedestrian connections and accommodate anticipated economic growth in the study area.
The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) recently highlighted RSG’s work on the Puget Sound Travel Study. On PSRC's website, the blog entry notes a strong survey response rate and RSG’s role as an independent research firm.
RSG recently received a Sustainable Design Award from the Boston Society of Architects, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The award recognizes the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry Gateway Center in Syracuse, New York. RSG Director John Hinckley worked with Architerra to provide air quality modeling and permitting for this LEED certified building.
RSG Vice President, Maren Outwater, was recently nominated to chair a sub-committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). Sub-Committee ADB10(4) - Behavioral Processes is a part of the ADB10 Committee - Traveler Behavior and Values, and focuses on the behavioral processes governing activities and travel of individuals and households, but also firms and goods movement. The committee is open to a variety of methods of inquiry and is supportive of qualitative, quantitative and integrated approaches, particularly given emerging challenges associated with understanding and modeling decision processes over time, space and/or across individuals.
The Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) recently published a report titled, “Characteristics of Premium Transit Services that Affect Choice of Mode.” RSG led the project, which seeks to improve the transit industry’s understanding of mode choice determinants, and to offer practical insights to the forecasting community so that mode choice models and transit path-builders can better represent and distinguish important mode characteristics.
RSG Senior Consultant, Steven Gayle is featured in the spring issue of the ITE Public Agency Council Newsletter. The ITE Public Agency Council Chair, Terry Little, interviewed Steve about his career in transportation planning and involvement with ITE (Institute of Transportation Engineers).
RSG Director, David Saladino, presented alternative concept plans for traffic circulation and streetscaping at the public meeting in Dover, NH. The study is focusing on building consensus for innovative approaches to reconfiguring the streets, streetscapes, and public realm that will improve the safety and experience of downtown Dover.
RSG Co-founder, Dennis Meadows, will speak following a screening of Planetary Limits: A Last Call, a documentary based on Meadows’ groundbreaking book Limits to Growth. The screening will take place April 1st at 5pm at Dartmouth College. The one-hour film will be followed by a reception and Q&A session.
A peer-reviewed journal article co-authored by RSG Director, Steve Lawson, RSG Senior Advisor, Peter Newman, and others, was published in the latest issue of Leisure Sciences. The article, titled “Photograph Presentation Order and Range Effects in Visual-Based Outdoor Recreation Research,” explores potential biases in visual-based recreation research. Visual-based research refers to the use of computer-edited images and/or other visual representations to simulate conditions in recreation settings and is one of the most widely applied methods to assess the social acceptability of visitor experience and resource conditions.
The work of RSG Senior Advisor and Tuck School of Business professor, Scott Neslin, is featured in Tuck’s Winter Forum. The article titled “Does Doing Good Mean Doing Well?” outlines Scott and colleagues’ work to determine whether consumers' feelings about corporate social responsibility have caused them to be more loyal. The full research findings will be published in the International Journal of Research in Marketing.
RSG Senior Director, Peter Plumeau, was recently named to the national expert panel responsible for overseeing a new Transportation Research Board (TRB) project, “Strategies for Maintaining Air Service.” This project will explore strategies being implemented by smaller and medium-sized airports, their communities, and local businesses to reduce costs of services to carriers in order to maintain air service. The panel will help researchers identify and outline successful programs and activities that airports are undertaking to retain air service, including what is known or uncertain about their effectiveness over time.
Voters attending Hartland, Vermont’s Town Meeting recently voted to spend up to $450,000 to move forward with a plan proposed by RSG to realign the town’s main intersection, Hartland Three Corners. The proposed realignment plan will simplify the overall intersection, increase safety and mobility for pedestrians by adding crosswalks across all approaches, and create a significant increase in green space at the intersection. Final design will likely proceed in 2014, with construction starting as soon as 2015.
RSG Co-founder, Dennis Meadows, will present “Limits to Growth of Energy: Facts About Fracking in the US” at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering today.
RSG is pleased to announce that Senior Director, Peter Plumeau, and Director, Dan Weinstein, have been appointed to the RSG Board of Directors. RSG’s Board of Directors is responsible for governance of the company, providing direction and oversight to management. This appointment marks the first term for both Mr. Plumeau and Mr. Weinstein.
A paper written by RSG Consultant, Jeff Keller has been awarded first place overall in the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Data Competition. Jeff’s paper titled, “Using Random Forest Machine Learning to Predict Driver Behavior in a Dilemma Zone,” describes a means for applying the Random Forest machine learning method to vehicle operating environment data in order to identify drivers of behavior and to predict that behavior. These are desirable outcomes for policymakers who wish to recommend legislation regarding various distraction activities, such as texting or making phone calls, while driving. Automakers have also expressed interest in being able to predict, in real-time, events that may put the safety of vehicle occupants at risk. Jeff will present his findings on Sunday, January 12, at the annual TRB meeting in Washington, DC.
RSG is excited to announce that Michelle Lee has joined our Metropolitan DC office as a Senior Consultant. Michelle has sixteen years of experience in project management, database design, field team management, and all aspects of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She has been a certified GIS professional for over ten years, and has extensive experience with GIS technologies ranging from data conversions and transformations to computer-assisted mapping.
RSG Director, David Saladino, has been elected President of the New Hampshire Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (NHITE). David has over fifteen years of experience in transportation planning, traffic engineering, transportations facility design, and traffic operations, and has been with RSG for more than a decade. David has been a member of NHITE since 2003, and has served as the editor of the NHITE newsletter and website for over five years. Prior to being elected NHITE president, David most recently served as the chapter’s vice president, and he has also served as secretary/treasurer. David also chairs the Town of Enfield’s Tax Increment Finance District Committee and serves on the Town of Enfield’s Planning Board. He currently serves as vice-chair of the Hartford Development Corporation Board.