We’re excited to see RSG’s research on drone delivery service included in a recent article titled, “I Had Lunch Flown in by Project Wing.” A study by RSG and Professor Goodchild from the University of Washington found that Project Wing’s drone delivery service generates 22 times fewer carbon emissions than a delivery vehicle over an average delivery trip in Canberra, Australia. This reduction in carbon emissions ties with Project Wing’s goal of making delivery more environmentally friendly and reducing road congestion.
Tuesday, February 27
1pm – 2pm ET
Please join the third in a four-part webinar series focused on results from the National Survey of Attitudes of Wind Power Project Neighbors. This free webinar will focus on an RSG-led investigation of various predictors of reported ability to hear turbines and stated sound annoyance, including modeled project sound levels, local background sound levels, objective measures of people and place, and self-reported subjective descriptors. It will feature Ryan Haac, Ken Kaliski and Matt Landis from RSG and Ben Hoen from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
We’re excited to be certified as a great workplace for the fifth consecutive year by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®. RSG earned this credential based on extensive ratings provided by its employees in anonymous surveys. A summary of these ratings can be found at http://reviews.greatplacetowork.com/rsg.
We are honored to sponsor and contribute to the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC next week. We look forward to leading 14 presentations in addition to moderating several committee meetings. We’ll also be hosting a booth in the exhibit hall to share some of the exciting work we’re doing and to connect with clients and collaborators. If you’re at TRB, please swing by booth #675.
The TRB Annual Meeting program covers all transportation modes, with sessions and workshops addressing topics of interest to all attendees—policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. The information-packed program is expected to attract 12,000 transportation professionals from around the world to Washington, DC.
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey recently approved nearly $500 million for early phase projects of Newark Airport’s $2.3 billion Terminal A Redevelopment. This includes $75M for foundation work on new terminal frontage to accommodate a future AirTrain alignment. Construction is slated to start in 2018.
RSG played a critical role in the planning for this major AirTrain construction project. We led a large data collection, analysis, and forecasting effort which informed decisions on whether to replace and enhance AirTrain infrastructure (or implement another mode like bus service) and how to design the infrastructure, train features, and services to meet future ridership demand.
RSG Director Elizabeth Greene to present tomorrow at the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies Planning and Economy Research Council Meeting. Her presentation, as part of the big data and GPS panel, is titled “Modern GPS Travel Survey Methods: Complementarity with Big Data.”
Last week, the New York State DOT published the final market study on a proposed Central New York Inland Port. The study, led by RSG Director Steven Gayle, assessed the potential viability of a new Central New York Inland Port facility in the Syracuse area. Such a facility, offering a direct rail link with the Port of NY and NJ, has the potential to significantly reduce the cost of shipping to the region and reduce large trucks on the nearby interstate.
RSG Senior Director Ken Kaliski and Analyst Ryan Haac are attending the Acoustical Society in America meeting in New Orleans this week. Ken is chairing the Wind Turbine Noise session, and Ryan is to present preliminary results of wind turbine noise research—in particular, how RSG is using survey data for insight into the factors affecting audibility and annoyance to wind turbine sound.
An article authored by RSG’s Jerry Hendricks, “Respondent Engagement Requires Engagement,” was published last week on “The Research Insighter.” The piece responds to a disturbing trend in quant research—imposing arbitrary constraints on the survey instrument in the name of superior practice. In Jerry’s words, “Respondent engagement requires engagement. If we want consumers to take time out of their busy schedules to answer our questions, we need to keep it interesting!”
RSG Director John Hinckley’s article “Emission Control for Anaerobic Digesters” was published in the October issue of BioCycle. The article, which is part two of a two-part piece, discusses how the air permitting process can be thoughtfully anticipated to avoid significant project costs and delays.
Published since 1960, BioCycle is the leading magazine on composting, organics recycling, anaerobic digestion, and renewable energy.