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SXSW Conference: Connecting the Mobility Dots Via Open Data

RSG Principal Johanna Zmud, PhD, will present as part of a panel during the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference in Austin, Texas. SXSW brings together people from all walks of life and industries to network, learn, brainstorm, and further creative endeavors.

Johanna's panel will focus on the intersection between technology and data as part of the SXSW Conference's Transportation Track. The panel, titled “Connecting the Mobility Dots Via Open Data,” will be led by MobilityData, which is a member of the industry coalition authoring the Mobility Data Interoperability Principles. Panelists will include both public and private sector stakeholders. Johanna will contribute her perspective on how the digitization of transportation has affected various facets of RSG's work, with specific examples from our projects.

Who? Johanna Zmud, PhD, Principal (RSG)

What? Panel Session, titled Connecting the Mobility Dots Via Open Data

Where and When? The SXSW Conference is being held in Austin, Texas. Johanna is presenting during a panel session at the Hilton Austin Downtown on Friday, March 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CT). The SXSW Conference runs from March 11 to March 20. The full event schedule is available here.

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Wind turbine shadow flicker paper coauthored by RSGers is subject of webinar

RSG Principal Ken Kaliski and Senior Analyst Ryan Haac both coauthored a peer-reviewed paper, titled “In the shadow of wind energy: Predicting community exposure and annoyance to wind turbine shadow flicker in the United States,” which was published in the Energy Research & Social Science journal. The paper is also the subject of a webinar on March 11, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. PT). The webinar is free and open to the public.

Ken and Ryan worked with their paper's coauthors from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Vermont Environmental Research Associates, Inc. to model shadow flicker (SF) exposure. SF is the effect of sunlight passing through moving wind turbine blades, which can lead to annoyance among those exposed.

The team modeled shadow flicker exposure at nearly 35,000 US residences across 61 wind projects and surveyed 747 people. The results shed light on what contributed to perceived shadow flicker and annoyance. The team did not find a significant correlation between shadow flicker annoyance and exposure. Instead, the team's model identified a greater correlation with other factors among respondents. These included a person's level of education, age, perception of how wind turbines look, and annoyance at other human-caused sounds.

Research of this nature is increasingly important as the renewable energy market expands. By 2035, the installed capacity of wind energy in the United States will be 600 gigawatts (GW), up from 110 GW now. This will require thousands of new wind projects. To understand how those projects will affect nearby communities, additional research like that undertaken by RSGers for this paper will be necessary to better understand wind turbine shadow flicker exposure.

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SWaM certification awarded to RSG in Virginia

RSG is a certified Small, Women-owned, and Minority (SWaM) firm in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The certification was granted on February 2, 2022, by the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity.

RSG is eager to continue to offer our innovative consulting services and expertise to entities in Virginia through this important program. Through the SWaM program, RSG is authorized to provide traffic and transportation consulting services as a small business.

The Commonwealth of Virginia defines a “small business” as one that is at least 51% independently owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are US citizens or legal resident aliens, and together with affiliates, has 250 or fewer employees, or average annual gross receipts of $10 million or less averaged over the previous three years. Additional information about RSG's certification is available in the SWaM directory.

RSG SWaM Certification Number: 682999
Small Start Date: 02-02-2022
SWaM Expiration Date: 02-02-2027
NIGP Description and Code: Traffic Consulting (91894) & Transportation Consulting (91896)

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What’s “normal” anyway? Assessing the pandemic’s long-term effects on travel behaviors (Webinar)

RSG is sponsoring a webinar on Wednesday, January 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET to discuss key findings from our COVID-19 Transportation Insights Survey and similar research conducted throughout the pandemic. RSG will moderate the webinar. It will include several industry experts, academics, and researchers who will present on COVID-19 travel behavior changes. The webinar is free and open to the public.


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RSG Principal named ITS Senior Fellow

The Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at the University of California, Berkeley named RSG Principal Johanna Zmud, PhD, as an ITS Senior Fellow for 2022. Johanna is one of only five Senior Fellows selected this year. The award recognizes her extraordinary contributions and dedication to the transportation field.

As a Principal at RSG, Johanna supports clients' needs around transportation technology and emerging mobility. She has cofounded several firms and worked in both the public and private sectors on travel behavior and transportation research.

As an ITS Senior Fellow, Johanna will continue her important work at RSG while shaping the industry conversation. Senior Fellows can collaborate with ITS faculty, staff, and students to improve transportation education, research, and practice.

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Jim Brogan joins RSG as Vice President

Jim Brogan, PMP, joins RSG as a Vice President and brings over 25 years of experience in multimodal planning, operations, strategic planning, transit planning, and investment support at the national, state, and local levels.

Jim has helped state DOTs, MPOs, ports, railroads, transit agencies, and regional coalitions across the country more effectively identify and address multimodal issues within their planning and investment activities.

Jim's strategic mindset and emphasis on improving outcomes will empower RSG to continue to deliver unparalleled transportation and mobility insights to clients in both new and established markets.

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2022 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting

We're excited to safely gather at the 2022 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting this month.

Many of the workshops and sessions this year will focus on the equity, resiliency, sustainability, and safety of the transportation system. RSGers are presenting individual posters and lectures on several related topics, including big data, COVID-19 travel changes, airport choice modeling, rail demand, and traffic noise modeling.

RSG is proud to be a Bronze Patron of the 101st TRB Annual Meeting, which attracts thousands of transportation professionals. Its sessions cover all transportation modes and inspire thought-provoking industry dialogue and change.

RSGers attending the Annual Meeting are following TRB's COVID Health and Safety Procedures, outlined here. A complete Annual Meeting program is available on TRB's website.

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Kyeongsu Kim joins RSG as Director

Kyeongsu Kim, PhD, joins RSG as a Director and brings over 15 years of experience in travel demand modeling and data analytics. Kyeongsu has led numerous innovative data analytics and modeling projects and has a proven track record that exceeds client expectations. Importantly, his analytical and project management skills will allow us to continue to bridge the project delivery gap between consultants and government agencies.

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Jonelle Hanson joins RSG as Director

Jonelle Hanson, AICP, joins RSG as a Director and brings over 12 years of transportation planning experience in the public and private sectors. Her primary interests are in strategic mobility planning and long-range transportation planning. She is also researching the manufacturing of landing infrastructure for delivery using drones, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Jonelle's experience and expertise will allow us to continue to help clients plan for and adapt to rapidly changing traveler behavior.

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Population synthesis program developed by RSG receives Zephyr Software Badge

The Zephyr Foundation has awarded PopulationSim its “Zephyr Software Badge” after RSG Senior Director Joel Freedman nominated the program. The award was made after Zephyr's Software Badging process found that the population synthesis program is easy to use, useful to Zephyr's community of users, and contributed to a common problem space.

RSG originally developed the population synthesis program for the Oregon Department of Transportation and its partner agencies. It replaced multiple population synthesis tools being used throughout the state at the time. Unlike other population synthesis software products, PopulationSim handles multiple geographies and avoids algorithmic errors. Moreover, RSG built it using software engineering best practices. This reduces the likelihood of bugs and enhances its utility to users. RSG included PopulationSim in the Python-based ActivitySim modeling framework, which we also led the development of.


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