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Senior Consultant Steve Gayle will be attending, “A Modern Infrastructure for a Modern Agriculture,” as part of the inaugural Agricultural Transportation Summit hosted by the National Grain and Feed Association and the Soy Transportation Coalition. The goals of this summit are (1) to raise awareness of the importance of transportation to the success and profitability of U.S. agriculture; (2) to precipitate and motivate further action to promote a transportation infrastructure that better serves the needs of agriculture; and (3) to build connections between government and agricultural interest to better promote transportation issues.
RSG Consultant Nikhil Sikka is attending Modeling and Simulation of Transportation Networks, a week long course part of MIT’s professional education short programs. This week long course will cover world’s most sophisticated transportation network and demand models, dynamic traffic assignment models, activity-based models, and related analytical techniques necessary in the planning, design, and operations of transportation systems. The course is sponsored by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and will be taught by world’s leading experts in the field including, Professor Moshe Ben-Akiva (MIT), Haris Koutsopoulos (KTH Royal Institute of Technology), Hani Mahmassani (Northwestern University), Ennio Cascetta (University of Naples/Ministry of Transport – Regione Campania, Italy), and/or Pierluigi Coppola (University of Rome).
RSG Senior Director Peter Plumeau is headed to Washington, D.C to participate in the summer meeting of the TRB Freight, Marine, and Planning Committees. This conference will blend the traditional mid-year business meetings of standing committees with plenary and focus sessions addressing topics with implications for multimodal freight planning, goods movement and freight system resiliency. The conference will open with a plenary session conveying the challenges faced by public sector agencies at all levels (Federal, State, MPO, and Corridor-level organizations) in facilitating and implementing the freight provisions of the latest surface transportation authorization law known as MAP-21.
RSG’s Jeffery Dumont will be presenting, “The Use of the Multiple Discrete Continuous Extreme Value Modeling Framework when the Budget is Latent: Two Consumer Package Good Examples” at the International Choice Modelling Conference in Sydney, Australia.
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.