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RSG earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2016 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The Partner-level status is Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating. RSG was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement.
RSG Director Joel Freedman will present this afternoon as part of Portland State University’s TREC seminar series. As a nationally recognized leader in the development and application of advanced travel demand forecasting models, Joel will share details about activity-based model pricing and reliability enhancements implemented in the San Diego, California region.
Interested to hear more? Tune in at 3PM ET to stream it live: http://trec.pdx.edu/events/professional-development/pricing-and-reliabil...
RSG Senior Consultant Ben Stabler presented at the INRO Model City Portland Conference in Portland, Oregon. His presentation, titled “Development of an Open Matrix Emme Integration Tool,” shared about the tool he worked with INRO to build that reads and writes open matrix for easier integration with third-party software. This tool is now being used by metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in Eugene, OR and Portland, OR.
Last week, the Burlington Free Press highlighted an RSG project for the City of Burlington, Vermont being led by RSG's Corey Mack and staffed by Roxanne Meuse. South End Burlington’s “Little Five Corners” – a five-legged intersection traveled by residents, commuters, and visitors of the independent businesses and small park located there – has long plagued those passing through. RSG has been contracted to identify and develop alternatives for this challenging space to make it safer and more accessible for people walking and bicycling, as well as to enhance the neighborhood as a whole.
To ensure a vibrant public participation process, Corey modified the typical indoor public meeting and had participants gather at the site to walk around the intersection and discuss the current layout, significant concerns, and possibilities for improvement. Ideas were brought to life back at the table Corey had set up in the park with a large aerial photo of the intersection on which participants could draw and erase. Back in the office (just a few blocks from the project site), the RSG team will now incorporate the local insight and ideas discussed at this meeting into the project’s next steps.
John Hinckley, RSG’s Director of Air Quality Permitting, was recently invited to help develop a national woodchip heating standard to improve the performance, efficiency, and reliability of woodchip heating systems. He brings his expertise in emissions control and air quality permitting to the 15-member advisory committee, which represents diverse interests from across the country. The development of this standard will help improve air quality by reducing emissions from woodchip heating equipment.
RSG’s Karl Washburn was recently co-awarded US Patent 9,438,991, “Sound feedback system for vehicles”. This patent links autonomous “follower” agricultural equipment to a person monitoring their activity and health. Co-inventors include Karl’s former colleagues at Deere & Company - Julian Sanchez, Kristin Sullivan, and Noel Anderson.
RSG’s Kordel Braley spoke with Brigham Young University’s ASCE Chapter yesterday in Provo, Utah. He discussed RSG’s recent work on the Provo-Orem Transportation Improvement Project (POTIP), which will add general purpose lanes and bus rapid transit (BRT) along a congested corridor between Provo and Orem. RSG performed micro-simulation analysis, ridership forecasts, and analyzed the effects of transit signal priority (TSP).
The latest version of RSG’s smartphone-based travel survey app, rMove™, was recently released to the Google Play and iTunes stores. This latest update, Version 2.3, debuts rMove’s new branding and includes updates such as user interface upgrades, proxy reporting for children, and in-app help.
This release was planned in advance of the Ohio Moves Transportation Survey which launched yesterday. The data collected through rMove will be used to inform travel forecasting models and ultimately inform ODOT’s future investments in transportation.
The NHDOT recently released “Your Guide to Promoting Walking and Bicycling Accommodations in New Hampshire.” RSG worked with the NHDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Advisory Committee (BPTAC) to develop the guide. It is designed to help anyone interested in improving the conditions for bicycling and walking in their communities by providing useful information on how and when to get involved in projects, and the various ways a project can be initiated, planned, and built, as well as reasons why someone should care about bicycling and walking.
RSG consultants will lead four sessions this week at the 15th National TRB ‘Tools of the Trade’ Conference in Charleston, SC. The conference is designed to share knowledge on factors affecting the planning, development, programming, and implementation of multi-modal transportation facilities for small and medium-sized communities.
Earlier this summer, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) announced the release of their new app, MTA eTix®. The app allows New York’s Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad customers to purchase train tickets anytime, anywhere with their mobile devices. According to Governor Cuomo, “This new app puts riders first by eliminating the ticket line and helping New Yorkers and visitors get where they need to go with more freedom and convenience than ever before.”
RSG conducted significant market research to help design the software specs and the user interface to ensure the app is well received and heavily utilized by riders.
RSG Senior Consultant Ben Stabler is coordinating a working group to modernize an online repository for travel model networks for research, testing, and education, and to set up and maintain a community around it. This work is being done as part of the TRB Committee ADB30(4) – Transportation Network Modeling; Network Models in Practice Subcommittee. Interested contributors are encouraged to visit the site and share their networks with the community.
RSG is proud to have played a key role in the report Who’s on Board 2016: What Today’s Riders Teach Us About Transit That Works published by TransitCenter, an organization committed to improving transit through innovation. The study, released last week, offers several findings to inform how government agencies and elected officials approach transportation, land use, and development policy. In particular, it reveals that the most important factors in transit ridership are frequency, travel time, and walkability access.
RSG Senior Consultant Michelle Lee was recently named Chair of the Michigan State University Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Studies Alumni Board.
The Board is designed to assist students and faculty with a variety of initiatives, including connecting current MSU students to professions, increasing department visibility, and encouraging undergraduate enrollment. We are proud that Michelle is sharing her time and skill set to enhance Michigan State and facilitate continued learning.
An RSG project to optimize parking in downtown White River Junction, Vermont, was recently highlighted in the Rutland Herald.
RSG, with its headquarters in the historic White River Junction downtown, is partnered with neighboring business Vital Communities on the project. Together, the two companies will conduct a study to examine ways to improve current parking conditions and manage future demands for parking in the area.
RSG Senior Director Steve Lawson authored the article “A Systems-Based Approach to Address Unintended Consequences of Demand-Driven Transportation Planning in National Parks and Public Lands,” which was published in the latest issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation.
The article introduces a systems-based transportation planning approach developed for the National Park Service to design and operate transportation in national parks according to management objectives for park resources and visitors’ experiences.
This past weekend, the Burlington Free Press highlighted an RSG project for the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and the positive anticipation around it. The “Crescent Connector,” designed for Essex Junction, Vermont’s popular Five Corner’s intersection, is expected to address concerns on several levels—reducing traffic congestion and frustrations as well as making the junction more appealing to pedestrians and bicyclists.
The overall project concept was developed by RSG in a scoping study led by RSG’s Mark Smith.
RSG is honored to be named one of FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Workplaces for Millennials” – a list determined entirely upon employees' own feedback and selected from a database of more than 600 Great Place to Work-Certified organizations.
Yesterday, RSG Senior Engineer Kordel Braley was recognized by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Utah Chapter for completing a four-year term as a chapter officer. ITE is an international educational and scientific association of transportation professionals who are responsible for meeting mobility and safety needs. ITE facilitates the application of technology and scientific principles to research, planning, functional design, implementation, operation, policy development, and management for any mode of ground transportation.
Kordel served from 2012-2016 in positions from treasurer to president and completed his tenure in April of this year.
The Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently honored RSG again with the prestigious When Work Works Award for 2016, 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 welcomes receiving this national honor for the second year in a row—reflecting the company’s evolution and national footprint. This award also comes on the heels of being recognized again as a certified Great Place to Work company (http://reviews.greatplacetowork.com/rsg).
The Institute of Transportation Engineers, in cooperation with FHWA, the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU), and the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), is working to produce a new “Practitioners Guide to Context Sensitive Solutions in Thoroughfare Design.” RSG’s Steven Gayle has been invited to participate in the Technical Advisory Committee for the project as a representative of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO). He is joined by representatives from AASHTO, Smart Growth America, the US Access Board, Owner Operators Independent Drivers Association, the National Association of Development Organizations, and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. The report is expected to be finalized in early 2017.
RSG’s Ellen Rovelstad co-authored the article “Indicators and Standards of Quality for Viewing the Night Sky in the National Parks,” which was published in the latest issue of Park Science. With night skies recognized as an important park resource, this research identified the indicators and standards for stargazing and identified a range of standards of quality for light pollution.
Since the research was conducted in Acadia National Park in 2011 and 2012, the park has replaced all the lighting in Acadia’s Blackwoods Campground with respect to good lighting practices.
RSG’s Peter Plumeau authored a chapter in the American Planning Association’s new publication, “On the Horizon: State of Transportation Planning in 2016.” Peter’s chapter is titled, “The Evolving World of Freight and Goods Movement: Implications for Transportation Planning and Community Design.”
RSG’s Dr. Erica Wygonik co-authored the article “Deliver It All” in the March/April 2016 issue of Supply Chain Management Review. The article explores whether home delivery is greener than sending full truckloads of goods to stores and then customers driving to them. Erica co-authored the article with two former University of Washington colleagues.
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Kay Axhausen to the RSG team as a senior advisor. Dr. Axhausen is a professor specializing in transport planning at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Zurich. He brings 30 years of experience in travel behavior modeling and management.
Dr. Axhausen will serve as an advisor and collaborator on a range of projects and innovation efforts at RSG including our ongoing development of rMove™, our travel survey research and our long distance travel demand modeling.
BART Perks, the Bay Area’s pilot program to address the transit system’s overcrowding, was recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle. The program is described as “a loyalty program melded with elements of gaming and social networking,” and is an alternative to congestion pricing. RSG is working with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) to evaluate the impact of the BART Perks pilot program.
RSG Analyst, Susie Irizarry, recently participated in the Clemson National Scholars finalist selection weekend as an alumni interviewer and alumni keynote speaker. The Clemson National Scholars Program (NSP) is Clemson’s premier merit-based scholarship program. Susie served on a panel comprised of three faculty members and two National Scholars alumni, and was also invited to speak at the closing dinner.
The National Cooperative Highway Research Program recently published the report “Field Evaluation of Reflected Noise from a Single Noise Barrier— Phase 1.” RSG’s Ken Kaliski and Karl Washburn are co-authors of this report which examines the change in sound levels and characteristics caused by sound reflections off a reflective (non-absorptive) noise barrier on the opposite side of a highway.
RSG’s Nathan Reigner was recently appointed to the International Scientific Committee for the 10th Annual UNESCO Creative Cities Network Meeting to take place in September at Mid Sweden University.
UNESCO or United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization “exists to bring creative intelligence to life; for it is in the minds of men and women that the defenses of peace and the conditions for sustainable development must be built.” UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network (UCCN) connects cities that want to share experiences, ideas, and best practices for cultural, social, and economic development. The Network is currently formed by 116 Members from 54 countries covering seven creative fields: Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music, and Media Arts.
This year’s UCCN Meeting will be held in association with a scientific conference for the first time. This scientific conference, titled Valuing and Evaluating Creativity for Sustainable Regional Development (VEC), will initiate dialogue and catalyze action towards establishing a long-term research and knowledge platform as recently called for by the UCCN.
As a scientific committee member, Nathan will be responsible for reviewing abstracts, framing selected sessions, and acting as an ambassador for the meeting.
It is important to us at RSG to give back to the communities in which we live and work. We do this in many ways, including providing paid time to volunteer, organizing volunteer opportunities, and empowering colleagues with a voice in how our charitable funds are distributed.
We are proud to share that in 2015, 63% of RSG employees took advantage of their RSG-provided paid volunteer time. Through our 2015 end-of-year charitable giving process, RSG also donated funds to 17 organizations that share our stewardship mission of encouraging and supporting environmentally and socially responsible initiatives.
RSG Senior Consultant, Chad Worthen, was recognized yesterday with the ‘Transportation Professional of the Year’ award at the 2016 Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Utah Conference. The purpose of the award, which is peer-nominated, is to highlight the critical contributions of transportation professionals other than licensed engineers.
Chad was recognized, in particular, for his impact on travel modeling throughout the state of Utah. He was applauded for both his high standard of excellence in his work along with his generosity in teaching and knowledge sharing.
We are excited to announce that we are expanding our national presence with the addition of an office in Portland, Oregon. This new space will enable us to better serve the needs of our growing national client base and strengthen our relationships with local agencies and organizations in the Pacific Northwest.
Our new office is conveniently located in downtown Portland, just a few blocks from the Willamette River and around the corner from Portland State University.
We are honored to receive the 2016 'Young Professionals Excellence in Innovation' Award for our work on the VTrans project, Vermont State Highways On-Road Bicycle Facilities Plan. The project was led by RSG Senior Consultant Erica Wygonik along with RSG’s David Grover and teammates from Alta Planning and Design, VTrans, and Local Motion.
This project categorized state-owned highways across Vermont based on potential bicycle use. It leveraged readily available and easily collected data using GIS analysis, crowdsourced mapping, and extensive public outreach, and it will help VTrans to prioritize on-road bicycle facilities and to integrate bicycle planning with other roadway projects.
RSG's Dan Weinstein and Jeff Dumont returned as guest presenters to the "Advanced Business Analytics" course at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. This is the third year RSG has contributed to this course.
The RSG team provided Tuck students with data and questions based on a real project and led a discussion of the students' analytical and data visualization approaches. They then shared how RSG uses survey-based modeling techniques, market simulation models, and business strategy frameworks to help clients make informed decisions about their businesses.
We are honored to collaborate with Tuck faculty and students, and to facilitate continued learning.