Transport Newsletters: An Incomplete List

A list of Transport Newsletters,iu

As you all know, among the many things I do, I publish the monthly Transportist Newsletter. This is not my first foray into newslettering. Back in the days of the US Mail and desktop pubishing, I maintained a quizbowl newsletter for a couple of years.

I get a few newsletters in my inbox that are of interest, and no employed person could possibly read them all, and there is no complete list (nor is this), but here is a go. Thanks to my Twitter followers for filling in. I do NOT subscribe to all of them. I currently subscribe to the ones in green


Think Tanks

News Verticals

Urban Blogs w/Newsletters



Public Sector

University Transport Centers

Advocacy Groups

Industry Verticals
Freight and Logistics and Supply Chain




Regional Business


Also of interest, a list of Transport Podcasts collected by Reinventing Transport.



Job-worker spatial dynamics in Beijing: Insights from Smart Card Data

Recently published:


Beijing Metro
Beijing Metro
  • We evaluated the ratio of jobs to workers from Smart Card Data at the transit station level in Beijing.
  • A year-to-year evolutionary analysis of job to worker ratios was conducted at the transit station level.
  • We classify general cases of steepening and flattening job-worker dynamics.
  • The paper finds that only temporary balance appears around a few stations in Beijing.
  • Job-worker ratios tend to be steepening rather than flattening from 2011 to 2015.

As a megacity, Beijing has experienced traffic congestion, unaffordable housing issues and jobs-housing imbalance. Recent decades have seen policies and projects aiming at decentralizing urban structure and job-worker patterns, such as subway network expansion, the suburbanization of housing and firms. But it is unclear whether these changes produced a more balanced spatial configuration of jobs and workers. To answer this question, this paper evaluated the ratio of jobs to workers from Smart Card Data at the transit station level and offered a longitudinal study for regular transit commuters. The method identifies the most preferred station around each commuter’s workpalce and home location from individual smart datasets according to their travel regularity, then the amounts of jobs and workers around each station are estimated. A year-to-year evolution of job to worker ratios at the station level is conducted. We classify general cases of steepening and flattening job-worker dynamics, and they can be used in the study of other cities. The paper finds that (1) only temporary balance appears around a few stations; (2) job-worker ratios tend to be steepening rather than flattening, influencing commute patterns; (3) the polycentric configuration of Beijing can be seen from the spatial pattern of job centers identified.

Journal of Transport and Land Use Transitions

Journal of Transport and Land Use Transitions – ISSN 1938-7849

January 2, 2019

The Journal of Transport and Land Use was founded in 2007, publishing its first issue in 2008. It has grown significantly over the past decade to become the most widely cited open-access journal in the field of transport, with its most recent volume publishing over 70 articles. It is now indexed by DOAJ, Google Scholar, JSTOR, Research Papers in Economics (RePEc), Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science), and Scopus. It is also affiliated with the World Society for Transport and Land Use Research to be a major outlet for papers presented at its conferences after undergoing a rigorous review process.

As we enter its twelfth year in 2019, David Levinson, who has served as general editor for its entire existence to date, is passing the baton to his University of Minnesota colleague Yingling Fan. David will continue to be around, but is devoting more energies to the launch of Transport Findings, a new peer-reviewed, open-access journal devoted to short form articles, and to the development of a Transport Accessibility Manual.

Yingling Fan Yingling Fan

Yingling Fan is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and the Director of the Global Transit Innovations program at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on developing novel land use and transportation solutions to improve public health and social equity. She has served as a board member of the World Society for Transport and Land Use Research since 2014 and an editor of the Journal of Transport and Land Use since 2015.

The Journal has also added new volunteer editors and associate editors to help with the increased workload.

Editorial Team:

General Editor

  • Yingling Fan, University of Minnesota, United States

Managing Editor

  • Arlene Mathison, University of Minnesota, United States


  • João de Abreu e Silva, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Ahmed El-Geneidy, McGill University, Canada
  • Dick Ettema, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Rolf Moeckel,Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Robert James Schneider, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, United States

Associate Editors

  • Dea van Lierop, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Marco Helbich, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Weifeng Li, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Ying (Allison) Song, University of Minnesota

Editorial Advisory Board

  • Kay Axhausen, ETH, Switzerland
  • Marlon G Boarnet, University of Southern California, United States
  • Jason Cao, University of Minnesota, United States
  • Daniel G Chatman, University of California, Berkeley, United States
  • Kelly Clifton, Portland State University, United States
  • Randall Crane, University of California at Los Angeles, United States
  • Carey Curtis, Curtin University, Australia
  • Jonas De Vos, Geography Department, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Alexa Delbosc, Monash University
  • Jennifer Dill, Portland State University, United States
  • Satoshi Fujii, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Karst Geurs, University of Twente, Netherlands
  • Susan L Handy, University of California at Davis, United States
  • Daniel B Hess, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, United States
  • Mark Horner, Florida State University, United States
  • John Douglas Hunt, University of Calgary, Canada
  • MD Liton Kamruzzaman, Monash University
  • David King, Arizona State University
  • Kara Kockelman, University of Texas, United States
  • Kevin J. Krizek, University of Colorado, United States
  • Jonathan Levine, University of Michigan, United States
  • Zhiyuan (Terry) Liu, School of Transportation, Southeast University, China
  • Becky Loo, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong
  • Kees Maat, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Wesley E Marshall, University of Colorado Denver
  • Karel Martens, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning Israel & Radboud University Institute for Management Research the Netherlands, Israel
  • Francisco Martinez, Universidad de Chile, Chile
  • Eric J Miller, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Harv Miller, Ohio State University, United States
  • Petter Naess, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Norway
  • Robert B Noland, Rutgers University, United States
  • Haixiao Pan, Department of Urban Planning,Tongji University, Shanghai, China, China
  • Enrica Papa, University of Westminster, United Kingdom
  • Aura Reggiani, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Daniel Rodríguez, United States
  • Jan-Dirk Schmöcker, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Qing Shen, University of Washington, United States
  • Nebiyou Tilahun, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Helena Titheridge, University College London, United Kingdom
  • Veronique Van Acker, Luxembourg Institute of Socio- Economic Research (LISER), Luxembourg
  • Christo Venter, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Paul Waddell, University of California, Berkeley, United States
  • Lei Zhang, University of Maryland, United States
  • Ming Zhong, ITS Research Center, Wuhan University of Technology, China

18 Most Popular Transportist Posts of 2018

These are the most popular posts for 2018. If you missed any of these, go read them now, before the Singularity makes everything obsolete.

  1. 21 Strategies to Solve Congestion * (for second year running, note it was only 10th most popular in the year it was written.)
  2. What Do We Know About the “First Mile/Last Mile” Problem for Transit? * (by David King)
  3. Signalling Inequality (Blog version, adding views of the version on the Conversation: How traffic signals favour cars and discourage walking, would make this #1)
  4. Road Rent – On the Opportunity Cost of Land Used for Roads
  5. How much time is spent at traffic signals?
  6. A Pedestrian Bill of Rights
  7. Why is the Walking Man White?*
  8. Why is Public Transport Use Higher in Australia and What to Do about it? 
  9. An Argument in Favour of Streetcars.
  10. On Academic Compliance Bullsh*t.
  11. Evolution of the Sydney Trams Network
  12. Speed vs. Safety
  13. Five rings, five continents, five Olympic host cities*
  14. Are Australian Vehicles Getting Bigger?
  15. Uber’s Self-Driving Car Killed Someone Today.
  16. On the Four Paths
  17. Is Reducing a Negative Externality a Positive Externality (Or on biking and Vikings)
  18. Observations of Canberra

Those published in earlier years marked with an *.

The most popular post was 2x the second most popular post, 4x the third post, and 7x the fourth post (and 60x the 18th post). So much for a Zipf rule.


Previous Years:

Transportist: January 2019

Welcome to the January 2019 issue of The Transportist, especially to our new readers. As always you can follow along at the  blog or on Twitter.


Posts at the Blog

Posts at WalkSydney

If you care about walking in Sydney, and want to get involved, go here.





Automated, Autonomous, Driverless, and Self-Driving Vehicles, and Semi-Autonomous Systems 


Neither Tesla, Nor Waymo   

Human-Driven Vehicles, Signs, Signals, Sensors, and Markings, and Roads


Shared Vehicles/Ride-sharing/Ride-hailing/Taxis/Car Sharing


Human-Powered Vehicles/Bikes/Pedestrians/Scooters/eBikes/Last-Mile/First-Mile/Last-Meter/First-Meter/etc.


Curbs and Kerbs


Land Use

Intercity Trains

Aviation and Space

Funding and Finance and Governance





Research & Data

Papers by Us


Books by Others

New organisations


Safety Theatre | WalkSydney

I posted a piece on WalkSydney: Safety Theatre.

What do the following things have in common:

Bicycling in Amsterdam is safer than Sydney, yet there are no helmets in sight. Instead there are separated bikelanes and a better culture, as well as safety-in-neighbors.


  • Bike Helmets
  • Sharrows
  • Marked Crosswalks
  • Fining Pedestrians

They are designed to make people feel safer than they are. The natural reaction is a misjudgment of actual risk due to risk compensation. The result is that people don’t behave safely enough, which makes it more dangerous.

In contrast, when people feel less safe, they behave in a safer way, which improves safety compared to normal behaviour in the same circumstances.

For instance in the controversial case of bike helmets, I am not saying if you are dropped on your head, wearing a helmet doesn’t reduce the chance of your head splitting open. I am saying it increases the likelihood of being dropped on your head. The total risk of your head being split open is the product of these two factors:


Helmets are associated both with P(HeadSplitOpen|DroppedOnHead) decreasing and P(DroppedOnHead) increasing. How this nets out is an empirical question, whose answer varies depending on context.

Recently Published: Accessibility and the journey to work through the lens of equity

Recently published

Access Equity and the Journey to Work, context map
Access Equity and the Journey to Work, context map

Inequality in transport provision is an area of growing concern among transport professionals, as it results in low-income individuals travelling at lower speeds while covering smaller distances. Accessibility, the ease of reaching destinations, may hold the key in correcting these inequalities through providing a means to evaluate land use and transport interventions. This article examines the relationship between accessibility and commute duration for low-income individuals compared to the higher-income, in three major Canadian metropolitan regions, Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver using separate multilevel mixed effects statistical models for car and public transport commuters. Accessibility measures are generated for jobs and workers both at the origin (home) and the destination (place of work) to account for the impact of competing labor and firms. Our models show that the impacts of accessibility on commute duration are present and in many cases stronger for low-income individuals than for higher income groups. The results suggest that low-income individuals have more to gain (in terms of reduced commute time) from increased accessibility to low-income jobs at the origin and to workers at the destination. Similarly, they also have more to lose from increased accessibility to low-income workers at the origin and to low-income jobs at the destination, which are proxies for increased competition. Policies targeting improvements in accessibility to jobs, especially low-income ones, by car and public transport while managing the presence of competition can serve to bridge the inequality gap that exists in commuting behavior.

TransportLab at TRB Schedule

The University of Sydney’s TransportLab will be at a number of sessions at the January 2019 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington. In addition to myself, we will be represented by Mengying Cui and Hao Wu. If you want to meet up, email me, or track me down at a poster session.

Name and Paper ID

Session ID Session Name Date Time Place

Street Rights and Livability: Ethical Frameworks to Guide Planning, Design, and Engineering


1130 Incorporating Equity in Pedestrian Planning and Policy Mon 1/14/2019 8:00 AM- 9:45 AM Salon C, Convention Center
Transport Accessibility Manual Working Group Transport Accessibility Manual Working Group Mon 1/14/2019 6:00 PM- 7:30 PM Mint (M4), Marriott Marquis

Safety in Numbers for Bicyclists and Motorists at Urban Intersections: A Two-part Model of Crashes


1478 Cycling Safety and Comfort Tue 1/15/2019 10:15 AM- 12:00 PM 102B, Convention Center

I only get some satisfaction: Introducing satisfaction into measures of accessibility


1518 Accessibility for Policy and Practice Tue 1/15/2019 1:30 PM- 3:15 PM 140B, Convention Center

Disparity of Access: Variations in Transit Service by Race, Ethnicity, Income, and Auto Availability


1518 Accessibility for Policy and Practice Tue 1/15/2019 1:30 PM- 3:15 PM 140B, Convention Center

Optimum Stop Spacing for Accessibility


1636 Transit Capacity and Quality of Service Tue 1/15/2019 3:45 PM- 5:30 PM Hall A, Convention Center

Stationless in Sydney: The Rise and Decline of Bikesharing in Australia.


1499 Bicycle Transportation Research Wed 1/16/2019 10:15 AM- 12:00 PM Hall A, Convention Center

Network Measures of Polycentricity


1776 Transportation Issues and Solutions in Major Cities Wed 1/16/2019 2:30 PM- 4:00 PM Hall A, Convention Center

Link-based Full Cost Analysis of Travel


1775 Novel Uses of Economic Analysis in Decision Making Wed 1/16/2019 2:30 PM- 4:00 PM Hall A, Convention Center

Evolution of the Sydney Trains Network

Some work we have done at TransportLab at the University of Sydney.