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RSG’s Work Supports EWR’s $2.3B Terminal A Redevelopment

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.

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RSG-Authored Study on Proposed NY Port Published by New York State DOT

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.

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Article by RSG Senior Analyst Published on “The Research Insighter”

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!”

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Part Two of RSG Director’s Article Published in BioCycle Magazine

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.

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RSG Director’s Article on Air Permitting for Anaerobic Digesters Published in BioCycle Magazine

RSG Director John Hinckley’s article “Air Quality Permitting for Anaerobic Digesters” was published in this month’s issue of BioCycle. The article, which is part one 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.

Link to Article on BioCycle »


RSG Director on Research Panel for TRB NCHRP Report on Automated and Connected Vehicles

RSG Director Steve Gayle was a member of the research panel for the Transportation Research Board (TRB)’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) report “Advancing Automated and Connected Vehicles: Policy and Planning Strategies for State and Local Transportation Agencies.”

The report assesses policy and planning strategies at the state, regional, and local levels that could influence private-sector automated vehicle (AV) and connected vehicle (CV) choices to positively affect societal goals.

Advancing Automated and Connected Vehicles: Policy and Planning Strategies for State and Local Transportation Agencies »


RSG Report Published by TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP)

The RSG report “Estimating Truck Trip Generation for Airport Air Cargo Activity,” co-authored by RSG’s Kaveh Shabani, was just published by the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP).

The existing literature and research regarding air cargo facility-related truck trip generation rates is limited in both scope and detail. In addition, the complexity of the modern air cargo industry makes it difficult to obtain the data necessary to develop truck trip generation rates. This synthesis of practice compiles information from experience to develop methods and tools to support the planning and development of roadway infrastructure at a range of airport sizes and types of cargo facilities.

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RSG Senior Analyst Published on “The Research Insighter”

An article authored by RSG’s Jerry Hendricks, “Consumption is More Social Than You Think,” was published yesterday on “The Research Insighter.” The piece, fusing together Jerry’s sociology background with his current work in consumer research, explores the dynamics of the consumer experience in an increasingly complex social world.

Consumption is More Social Than You Think »


RSG Honored with the 2017 When Work Works Award

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently honored RSG again with the prestigious When Work Works Award for 2017, recognizing RSG’s use of effective workplace strategies to increase business and employee success. Applicants are evaluated on factors associated with employee health, well-being, and engagement: opportunities for learning; a culture of trust; work-life fit; supervisor support for work success; autonomy; and satisfaction with earnings, benefits, and opportunities for advancement.

Three of RSG’s offices were eligible to apply—White River Junction, Burlington, and Chicago—and all three were honored with the award. RSG welcomes this national honor for the third year in a row—reflecting the company’s commitment to workplace excellence and a unified culture spanning geographies.

When Work Works Award Winners by State »


RSG Senior Engineer Published in ‘Journal of Urbanism’

RSG Senior Engineer Erica Wygonik co-authored the article, “Evaluating the Impacts of Density on Urban Goods Movement Externalities,” which was recently published in the Journal of Urbanism. Compared to previous research on the subject, this article examines the impacts of replacing passenger travel for shopping with delivery services over a broad set of externalities (VMT, CO2, NOx, and PM10) in both urban and rural communities.

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RSG Helps Determine Economic Implications of Oregon’s Deteriorating Highway Conditions

Last week, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) issued a statewide news release titled “Updated research looks in-depth at how poor road conditions will impact Oregon’s economy.” As the title suggests, the release explains that funding shortfalls for infrastructure will have significant negative impacts on the state economy and resident’s quality of life.

One of the reports that the release references, “Rough Roads Ahead 2,” relied on the Oregon Statewide Integrated Model (SWIM) to study an issue that many state DOTs are facing—declining revenue accompanied by increasing costs due to the need to maintain and/or replace deteriorating infrastructure. RSG’s Joel Freedman and Ben Stabler helped build the model that was used for the analysis, and—along with RSG’s Nagendra Dhakar—assisted Oregon DOT staff define alternatives to be tested in the model, analyzed model outputs, and interpreted results.

See Oregon’s Rough Roads/Pavement Reports website for more information.

Oregon's Rough Roads/Pavement Reports Website »


RSG Efforts Honored with Awards from ACEC NH Engineering Excellence

Two RSG-involved projects received recognition at the American Council of Engineering Companies of NH (ACEC NH) Engineering Excellence awards banquet last week.

RSG assisted AECOM by collecting and analyzing traffic and survey data for the “NH Statewide Rest Area and Welcome Center Study,” which received an honorable mention.

In addition, the RSG project “Your Guide to Promoting Walking and Bicycling Accommodations in New Hampshire” received a Silver award. The guide, completed in collaboration with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) and its Bicycle & Pedestrian Transportation Advisory Committee (BPTAC), informs bicycle and pedestrian stakeholders on how to most effectively engage in the transportation project planning and design process. The final product marries complex technical content with reader-friendly design and language, serving as both an outreach and educational resource for the public.

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RSG’s Market Research App, rMove, Featured on NBC San Diego

RSG’s proprietary location-aware market research app, rMove, was featured on NBC San Diego last week. RSG is conducting a household travel survey for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and, as the segment explains, is using rMove to allow for participation via smartphone. rMove is a platform that collects data on participants’ day-to-day movements and motivations to help organizations confidently plan for future transportation needs.

The study, which is taking place from August 2016 to March 2017, is projected to include data from 5,500 households. Compared to traditional survey methods, data collection via rMove will provide more accurate and robust data as well as more enjoyment and convenience for participants. Find out more at

News Segment on NBC San Diego »


RSG Senior Director Appointed Adjunct Faculty at University of Vermont (UVM)

RSG Senior Director Steve Lawson’s appointment as adjunct faculty at the University of Vermont (UVM) was recently renewed by the university. In this role, Steve serves on graduate student committees and provides opportunities for professional experience to graduate and undergraduate students in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR). In addition, he serves in this role as a liaison with the school for collaboration on research, scholarship, and consulting projects.

Steve’s adjunct faculty appointment at UVM reinforces RSG’s commitment to its academic roots and the scientific rigor of our work.

Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) »


RSG Director Presents Travel Model Improvement Portal (TMIP) Webinar

RSG Director Joel Freedman presented “Enhanced Methods to Forecast Travel Behavior in Response to Travel Time Reliability and Pricing” at last week’s Travel Model Improvement Program (TMIP) webinar.

His presentation, which had 121 attendees, described the work undertaken to enhance the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) activity-based model’s sensitivities to priced infrastructure and travel time reliability. The enhancements implemented during this project are based on research conducted under the Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) C04 track to improve understanding of how highway congestion and pricing affect travel demand.

Replay of Webinar - Enhanced Methods to Forecast Travel Behavior in Response to Travel Time Reliability and Pricing »