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RSG’s Steven Gayle will be attending a Federal Highway Administration peer exchange on the impact of fracking on state and local roads. There has been a great deal of interest in the how heavy vehicles related to natural gas drilling and hydro-fracking impact roads, and what state and local governments are doing in response. This event brings experts from North Dakota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Senior Consultant Vince Bernardin will be attending this overview of the Evansville, Indiana MPO’s hybrid tour-based model, including motivation for the approach, introduction to the hybrid architecture and select results.
RSG Senior Director, Peter Plumeau will be attending this joint midyear meeting for TRB and AASHTO Committees in Washington, D.C. This conference is unique in that it will blend the traditional midyear business meetings of more than a dozen standing committees with a focus addressing the transportation challenge of doing more – and better – with less.
RSG analysts Jeff Keller and Pratt Hetrakul will be attending the Advanced Research Techniques (ART) Forum in Chicago, Illinois. The ART Forum offers a one-of-a-kind environment in which research practitioners, industry clients and academics come together to share ideas and learn about state-of-the-art quantitative methods for strategic and tactical marketing decisions. Topics range from new developments in established methodologies (e.g., choice modeling and conjoint analysis) to new online data sources and methodologies.
RSG Senior Engineer Dave Saladino will be attending the annual Joint Maine/New Hampshire ITE Meeting in Wells, Maine. Prof. Peter Furth, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University, will be presenting information on bicycle & pedestrian facility design for all users, as well as transit priority.
RSG’s Stephen Gayle will be presenting “Complete Streets Implementation” which will share a Complete Streets Fact Sheet which RSG prepared in response to New York State’s Complete Streets law that has been in effect for more than a year. The Fact Sheet was developed for the NYS Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations in 2012, under our Staff Services contract. The purpose of the Fact Sheet is to provide the MPOs a tool to use in explaining to their local government members and potentially the public the concept of Complete Streets and the implementation requirements under the law. This presentation will review the specifics of the New York law, and evidence of complete streets implementation a year after it has been in effect.
RSG President and co-founder, Thomas Adler will be presenting “Transportation Research in the Green Mountain State: A Sampler” today as part of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics Distinguished Speaker Series. Tom’s presentation will touch upon quantifying forecast risks from complex travel demand models and an intercity bus/rail trip planner.
RSG consultants are slated to present 26 sessions over the five-day TRB conference kicking off on May 5th in Columbus, OH. Presenters are excited to share current RSG work and learn from others to advance transportation planning techniques and methods.
RSG’s Senior Engineer, Dirk Grotenhuis, will be attending Plan New Hampshire’s forum and workshop focused on Complete Streets.
RSG’s Kaveh Shabani will be presenting his paper, “Accounting for Special Commodity Movements in Statewide Freight Modeling: Coal, Oil & Gas in the Utah Statewide Freight Forecasting Model,” at the 54th Annual Transportation Research Forum. This work focuses on the reasons why additional data resources were needed in the Utah Statewide freight model and how these were used to overcome initial data deficiencies. The paper includes a description of the data and approaches used as well as a brief contextual overview of the Utah Statewide freight model, including an evaluation and discussion of the unique trends of coal movements in terms of value and tonnage shares compared to other states using Commodity Flow Survey data and the inter-modal considerations in the modeling process, its impacts on the accuracy of the model and the limitations of standard data sources in capturing inter-modal freight movements. Last, lessons learned are discussed to assist other regions seeking to develop similar freight modeling approaches.
RSG Director, Steve Lawson, and Senior Analyst Brett Kiser will present their paper, “Sustainable Transportation for National Parks: Evaluating the Long-Term Sustainability of Shuttle Service in Mount Rainier National Park.” This paper presents the results of a study in Mount Rainier National Park to assess the long-term sustainability of shuttle service options, not only in terms of operational requirements and financial feasibility, but in terms of crowding-related capacities for visitor destinations serviced by the shuttle system. Limitations and benefits of the approach are considered for planning sustainable shuttle systems in national parks.
RSG’s Steve Lawson, Brett Kiser and Eric Talbot are scheduled to present their paper, “Sustainable Transportation for National Parks: Modeling and Mapping Visitors’ Exposure to Roadway Noise, Natural Sounds, and Quiet in Yosemite National Park,” at the 2013 George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites in Denver, Colorado. This paper presents the results of a study to assess transportation-related impacts to visitors’ opportunities to experience natural sounds and quiet in the Tuolumne River watershed within Yosemite National Park. Roadway noise modeling tools were used to map the spatial extent and intensity of roadway noise originating from Tioga Road and propagating across the landscape in the Tuolumne River watershed. Further, information from the roadway noise model was integrated with GPS-based hiking track data to model visitors’ exposure to roadway noise, natural sounds, and quiet while hiking.
RSG’s Maren Outwater will present, “Analysis Toolbox for Smart Growth Development and Congestion Relief,” at the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ 2013 Technical Conference. The Smart Growth Area Planning or SmartGAP tool provides planners with scenario-forecasting tools that allow them to estimate smart growth’s effect on peak-hour transportation, as well as its effects on sprawl, energy reduction, active travel, and carbon footprints. The new research report and software tool enable state transportation and regional agency planners to estimate the effects of different smart growth strategies on regional peak-hour travel demand and other transportation parameters. The SmartGAP tool allows a user to input different scenarios for land use, population growth, and transportation strategies, and then create a model of their effects on several critical performance areas. SmartGAP tracks individual households and firms in a region to determine transportation impacts from growth. The tool is free, open-sourced, and user-friendly.
RSG’s Vice President, Kevin Hathaway, will give a guest lecture on visualization in business consulting presented to students participating in a Consulting Project Management course at Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
RSG Senior Engineer, David Saladino will be presenting an overview of the Streetscape Improvement Project that RSG led for a half-mile section of US Route 4 through Killington, Vermont. The project seeks to improve the village character, enhance safety and mobility for all modes, and encourage economic development in the area.