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2023 AMPO Annual Conference

RSG is excited to participate in the 2023 Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, from September 26 to September 29, 2023.

RSG Consultant Caroline Wood will deliver a presentation titled “From Commutes to Couches: The Evolution of Telework and Trip Replacement Behaviors,” which will explore the rise in teleworking, the impacts of trip replacement behaviors like food delivery, and the current trends in travel modes and purposes. Using data from recurrent travel surveys, including the Metropolitan Council’s Travel Behavior Inventory, the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Regional Travel Study, and the Triangle Travel Survey, Caroline will share insights into changes in travel patterns, comparing the period before the pandemic to the present. Caroline will deliver her presentation with Dennis Farmer, a Planning Analyst at Metropolitan Council.

With a spotlight on teleworking trends and their correlation to various factors such as age, income, and industry, the session aims to give MPOs actionable insights for effective post-pandemic planning.

Who? Caroline Wood, Consultant (RSG)

What? “From Commutes to Couches: The Evolution of Telework and Trip Replacement Behaviors”

Where and When? The AMPO Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, on Thursday, September 28 from 1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET.

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European Transport Conference 2023

RSG is excited to share insights into our team's travel model development work during the European Transport Conference (ETC) 2023, hosted at the Bovisa Campus of the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy, from September 6 to September 8, 2023.

RSG Senior Director Joel Freedman and RSG Senior Consultant Nagendra Dhakar will be presenting on two topics at ETC 2023. The first topic, “Modelling vehicle type with autonomous vehicle extension in an activity-based travel model framework,” will discuss ActivitySim and the integration of existing vehicle-type models with extension to include autonomous vehicles for the Metropolitan Washington region and San Diego, California. The second topic, “Incorporating telecommuting in forecasting travel models,” will describe how activity-based and strategic planning travel models can be leveraged to account for an uptick in remote work following the pandemic.

Who? Joel Freedman, Senior Director (RSG) and Nagendra Dhakar, Senior Consultant (RSG)

What? Two presentations: “Modelling vehicle type with autonomous vehicle extension in an activity-based travel model framework” and “Incorporating telecommuting in forecasting travel”

Where and When? The European Transport Conference 2023 will be held at the Bovisa Campus of the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy. Joel will be presenting during Session 4 on Thursday, September 7 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. local time, while Nagendra's presentation will be during Session 10 on Friday, September 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. local time.

About ETC 2023: The European Transport Conference is Europe's premier event for transport professionals, fostering networking, learning, and discussions on myriad transportation topics.

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52nd International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering: Inter-Noise 2023

RSG is thrilled to contribute our noise control engineering expertise to the 52nd International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering (Inter-Noise 2023) in Chiba, Japan, which begins on Sunday, August 20, 2023.

RSG Senior Director Dana Lodico, PE, INCE Bd. Cert. will deliver a lecture on acoustical consulting to the I-INCE Practice of Noise Control School while in Japan. The lecture, which is available on an invitation-only basis to students and other young professionals registered at Inter-Noise 2023, will discuss noise control engineering projects in the context of transportation, renewable energy, and community planning projects.

RSG Principal Ken Kasliski, PE, QEP, INCE Bd. Cert. will also have his work represented at Inter-Noise 2023. Ken coauthored “Status of the revision of ISO 1996-1 standard on the assessment of environmental noise.” His paper will be presented by coauthor Douglas Manvell. Their work will be published in the proceedings of Inter-Noise 2023.

Who? Dana Lodico, PE, INCE Bd. Cert., Senior Director (RSG) and Ken Kaliski, PE, QEP, INCE Bd. Cert., Principal (RSG)

What? Lecture at the I-INCE Practice of Noise Control School and coauthorship of a presented paper titled “Status of the revision of ISO 1996-1 standard on the assessment of environmental noise”

Where and When? The 52nd International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering (Inter-Noise 2023) is being held in Chiba, Japan. Dana is delivering her lecture on Sunday, August 20 at 1:00 p.m. local time. Ken's paper will be presented on his behalf by his coauthor on Tuesday, August 22 at 2:20 p.m. local time.

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Joint Institute of Transportation Engineers International and Western District Annual Meeting and Exhibition

RSG's Chief Operating Officer, John (Jay) Evans, PE, AICP, will co-chair the Data Committee meeting during the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Portland, Oregon, on Monday, August 14, 2023.

Described as “the ultimate experience in transportation innovation and technology,” ITE's multiday event will feature speakers, workshops, and exhibits. The theme for this year's event is Connecting People and Communities.

Who? Jay Evans, Chief Operating Officer (RSG)

What? Joint ITE International and Western District Annual Meeting and Exhibition

Where and When? Jay's meeting will be held in the Columbia 2 room at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Portland, Oregon, on Monday, August 14 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. PT.

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Learning Session – Big Data

RSG Director Kevin Johnson will present during an upcoming Zephyr Learning Session on the use, challenges, and value of big data for travel models on Monday, July 17, 2023.

This engaging session will bring together several industry experts to discuss the use, challenges, and value of big data for travel models. Its focus will be on how practitioners verify both the accuracy and representation of big data. Kevin will describe how RSG's mobility data analytics service is helping our clients understand their data requirements, the advantages and limitations of diverse mobility data types, and how these sources can be employed to achieve their objectives in a defensible, straightforward, and cost-effective manner.

Who? Kevin Johnson, Director (RSG)

What? Zephyr Learning Session – Big Data

Where and When? The session will be held via Zoom on Monday, July 17 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.

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TR News spotlights RSG’s innovative work using big data to forecast recreational travel demand

A recent article published in TR News, titled “Peaks and Valleys: Forecasting Recreational Travel Demand,” highlighted the RSG team's innovative work on National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project 08-132: Accessing America’s Great Outdoors: Forecasting Recreational Travel Demand.

Our team leveraged our significant expertise in travel model development, mobility data analytics, and public lands planning to deliver results. This first-of-its-kind project leveraged passively collected data (“big data”) from location-based services (LBS) on smartphones and other devices, along with other datasets, to build models predicting recreational travel to America's public lands. Merging big data with other key datasets provided a better understanding of visitor travel patterns and the potential impacts on adjacent transportation infrastructure. Importantly, this research advanced the industry's understanding of how big data can support successful transportation planning activities in and around parkland areas.

Work on NCHRP 08-132 is now complete and the final deliverables include a model, which will be shared online in an open-source tool, and an accompanying user guidebook.

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RSG team presents impartial findings of high-speed rail review to Washington State legislature

RSG, in partnership with STV Incorporated, recently presented key findings from our independent review of an ultra-high-speed ground transportation system (UHSGT)—which would connect Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, and other key points in the Pacific Northwest—during a meeting of the Washington State Legislature Joint Transportation Committee (JTC) on Tuesday, June 20, 2023.

The JTC had been considering advancing the UHSGT idea forward to a more detailed development phase. However, before that, they sought our team's expertise to perform a neutral, impartial review of the assumptions used in prior studies on this topic. Our team focused on three aspects as part of the transportation forecasting process we undertook:

1. Assessing the quality and reasonability of past studies.
2. Identifying additional factors for consideration in the UHSGT's future development.
3. Drawing insights from other high-speed ground transportation systems for UHSGT development.

After conducting detailed due diligence, trade-off, and governance and procurement analyses, we found that the methods and tools used in prior UHSGT studies comply with industry standards. The assumptions were applied appropriately, generating credible results. However, our review also exposed some features and assumptions that, although suitable for current study levels, lack the robustness required for investment-grade analyses needed for advanced project development. The final report is available here.

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RSG’s scenario planning work awarded “Best Panel Presentation” at TRB conference

RSG and our client partners at the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) received the “Best Panel Presentation” award at the Transportation Research Board's Conference on Innovations in Travel Analysis and Planning. The presentation was given by Adam Argo, Principal Planner at ODOT. RSG Director Jon Slason co-presented the topic.

The award-winning presentation, titled “Oregon Transportation Plan: Case Studies of Utilizing Scenario Planning in an Era of Rapid Change and Uncertainty,” focused on our team's joint efforts to develop an innovative scenario planning model for the Oregon Transportation Plan (OTP). The OTP is an outcome-driven plan guiding Oregon's transportation system for the next 20-25 years. It prioritizes equity, safety, sustainability, economic vitality, and multimodal travel options.

ODOT, with RSG's expertise, employed a financially bounded modeling approach to explore investment prioritization in an uncertain future. The project integrated cutting-edge tools like VisionEval and TMIP-EMAT. This collaboration enabled the evaluation of thousands of potential futures, offering quantitative insights for statewide planning use by practitioners. The OTP addresses key questions regarding investment choices, prioritization strategies, and the influence of emerging technologies and climate change.

For more information on the Oregon Transportation Plan Update, click here. To learn more about RSG's strategic transportation planning service and how it supports scenario planning work, click here.

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10th International Conference on Wind Turbine Noise

RSG Senior Consultant Isaac Old, INCE Bd. Cert., will present at the 2023 Conference on Wind Turbine Noise at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, on Wednesday, June 21, 2023.

Isaac's presentation, titled “Wind Turbine Directional Noise Reduced Operations – Description and Measurement,” will discuss the concept of Noise Reduced Operation (NRO) modes in wind turbines. His study sheds light on how these modes can be used to diminish sound emissions under varying meteorological conditions and time periods. His presentation will cover descriptions of how NRO modes function and measurement results from a project where they have been applied. Isaac coauthored the presentation's paper with Timothy Carson of RWECleanEnergy, LLC.

Who? Isaac Old, INCE Bd. Cert., Senior Consultant (RSG)

What? Presentation at the Conference on Wind Turbine Noise

Where and When? Isaac will be delivering his presentation in person on Wednesday, June 21 at 2:20 p.m. local time in Dublin, Ireland. The conference runs from June 21 through June 23.

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Greg Mandelman joins RSG as Vice President

Greg Mandelman joins RSG as Vice President of Market Research and brings nearly 20 years of experience tackling complex social and analytical challenges around the world.

Throughout his career, Greg has been integral to the success of transformative projects, with a focus on conducting behavioral energy research and modeling transportation electrification trends. He has overseen a multimillion-dollar portfolio of behavioral energy research, led a team of statisticians and analysts at a major utility company, and designed an electric vehicle energy impact forecasting model for state regulators in California.

“I’m thrilled to join RSG,” said Greg. “RSG does what few firms can by pairing data collection with modeling and analysis to deliver exceptional client solutions. In addition to this, RSG’s focus on behavioral research means I can continue to help clients in the energy and vehicle electrification spaces while being part of a larger team that delivers unmatched research and analytics.”

Greg's experience leading behavioral research in the transportation and energy sectors will help RSG continue to deliver exceptional survey-based research services to our clients while expanding into new, high-growth markets.

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