We understand the importance of
collaboration and open dialogue
to drive innovation and positively
impact our clients and communities.
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Kay Axhausen to the RSG team as a senior advisor. Dr. Axhausen is a professor specializing in transport planning at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Zurich. He brings 30 years of experience in travel behavior modeling and management.
Dr. Axhausen will serve as an advisor and collaborator on a range of projects and innovation efforts at RSG including our ongoing development of rMove™, our travel survey research and our long distance travel demand modeling.
BART Perks, the Bay Area’s pilot program to address the transit system’s overcrowding, was recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle. The program is described as “a loyalty program melded with elements of gaming and social networking,” and is an alternative to congestion pricing. RSG is working with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) to evaluate the impact of the BART Perks pilot program.
RSG Analyst, Susie Irizarry, recently participated in the Clemson National Scholars finalist selection weekend as an alumni interviewer and alumni keynote speaker. The Clemson National Scholars Program (NSP) is Clemson’s premier merit-based scholarship program. Susie served on a panel comprised of three faculty members and two National Scholars alumni, and was also invited to speak at the closing dinner.
The National Cooperative Highway Research Program recently published the report “Field Evaluation of Reflected Noise from a Single Noise Barrier— Phase 1.” RSG’s Ken Kaliski and Karl Washburn are co-authors of this report which examines the change in sound levels and characteristics caused by sound reflections off a reflective (non-absorptive) noise barrier on the opposite side of a highway.
RSG’s Nathan Reigner was recently appointed to the International Scientific Committee for the 10th Annual UNESCO Creative Cities Network Meeting to take place in September at Mid Sweden University.
UNESCO or United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization “exists to bring creative intelligence to life; for it is in the minds of men and women that the defenses of peace and the conditions for sustainable development must be built.” UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network (UCCN) connects cities that want to share experiences, ideas, and best practices for cultural, social, and economic development. The Network is currently formed by 116 Members from 54 countries covering seven creative fields: Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music, and Media Arts.
This year’s UCCN Meeting will be held in association with a scientific conference for the first time. This scientific conference, titled Valuing and Evaluating Creativity for Sustainable Regional Development (VEC), will initiate dialogue and catalyze action towards establishing a long-term research and knowledge platform as recently called for by the UCCN.
As a scientific committee member, Nathan will be responsible for reviewing abstracts, framing selected sessions, and acting as an ambassador for the meeting.
It is important to us at RSG to give back to the communities in which we live and work. We do this in many ways, including providing paid time to volunteer, organizing volunteer opportunities, and empowering colleagues with a voice in how our charitable funds are distributed.
We are proud to share that in 2015, 63% of RSG employees took advantage of their RSG-provided paid volunteer time. Through our 2015 end-of-year charitable giving process, RSG also donated funds to 17 organizations that share our stewardship mission of encouraging and supporting environmentally and socially responsible initiatives.
RSG Senior Consultant, Chad Worthen, was recognized yesterday with the ‘Transportation Professional of the Year’ award at the 2016 Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Utah Conference. The purpose of the award, which is peer-nominated, is to highlight the critical contributions of transportation professionals other than licensed engineers.
Chad was recognized, in particular, for his impact on travel modeling throughout the state of Utah. He was applauded for both his high standard of excellence in his work along with his generosity in teaching and knowledge sharing.
We are excited to announce that we are expanding our national presence with the addition of an office in Portland, Oregon. This new space will enable us to better serve the needs of our growing national client base and strengthen our relationships with local agencies and organizations in the Pacific Northwest.
Our new office is conveniently located in downtown Portland, just a few blocks from the Willamette River and around the corner from Portland State University.
We are honored to receive the 2016 ‘Young Professionals Excellence in Innovation’ Award for our work on the VTrans project, Vermont State Highways On-Road Bicycle Facilities Plan. The project was led by RSG Senior Consultant Erica Wygonik along with RSG’s David Grover and teammates from Alta Planning and Design, VTrans, and Local Motion.
This project categorized state-owned highways across Vermont based on potential bicycle use. It leveraged readily available and easily collected data using GIS analysis, crowdsourced mapping, and extensive public outreach, and it will help VTrans to prioritize on-road bicycle facilities and to integrate bicycle planning with other roadway projects.
RSG’s Dan Weinstein and Jeff Dumont returned as guest presenters to the “Advanced Business Analytics” course at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. This is the third year RSG has contributed to this course.
The RSG team provided Tuck students with data and questions based on a real project and led a discussion of the students’ analytical and data visualization approaches. They then shared how RSG uses survey-based modeling techniques, market simulation models, and business strategy frameworks to help clients make informed decisions about their businesses.
We are honored to collaborate with Tuck faculty and students, and to facilitate continued learning.
RSG’s work with the Capital District Transportation Committee on the future of freight in the Albany, NY area was featured in media. The article highlights that the amount of freight shipped through the area is projected to grow by 67 percent over the next 15 years. This projection is part of a larger effort RSG has led to craft a regional freight and goods movement plan, including freight-supportive projects, policies, and strategies to support the region’s economic growth and quality of life. This is one of many freight-related studies RSG is involved in throughout the US.
RSG Senior Consultant, Steven Gayle, was recently appointed by ITE International President Paula Flores to serve on the ITE Strategic Initiatives Committee, and will serve as Vice Chair. This Committee is tasked with advising the ITE Board of Directors throughout 2016, devising priorities and creating strategic action plans to make ITE the organization of choice for transportation professionals. It will focus on programs that keep ITE on the leading edge of professional development, technical excellence, and advocacy.
For the second year in a row, RSG has been named a Great Place to Work® by the Great Place to Work® Institute. This honor is achieved by participating in a confidential survey of employees to rate their employers on benefits and culture. Our Great Place to Work® Review summarizes RSG as “Laid-back and intellectually challenging, employees say RSG values stimulating work and the well-being of those around them.” To learn more, check out our full Great Place to Work® Review.
Since its release in 2013, RSG’s open-source software package, RSGHB, has been downloaded over 10,000 times, across 113 countries. RSGHB, available on The Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN), is designed to estimate Hierarchical Bayesian (HB) models from choice-based conjoint data, allowing users to run sophisticated models, which until RSGHB’s release required significant custom programming.
RSG’s Jeff Dumont and Jeff Keller created and maintain RSGHB and have won two consecutive “Best Poster” awards for RSGHB-related posters at the American Marketing Association’s annual Advance Research Techniques Forum.
RSGHB currently averages 450 downloads a month with top downloading countries including the US (31% of downloads), Japan (10%), China (9%), Germany (4%), Spain (4%), India (4%). We are proud to see RSG improving models around the world!
RSG Director, Dan Weinstein, is presenting at TMRE: The Marketing Research Event in Orlando today. His talk is titled, “Choice Modeling for Business Action: Driving Incremental Revenue through Advanced Analytics.”