World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research

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World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research


World Symposium on Transport & Land Use Research


July 28-30, 2011
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

We are pleased to announce the inaugural meeting of the World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) to be held in Whistler, British Columbia, July 28-30, 2011. The conference will bring together academics and practitioners at the intersection of economics, planning, and engineering in the fields of transport and land use.

In addition to presentations based on rigorously peer-reviewed papers, the conference program will include confirmed plenary presentations from:

  • Ed Glaeser (Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Harvard University), Keynote Address
  • Robert Cervero (Professor of City & Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley), Featured Luncheon Speaker
  • David Banister (Professor of Transport Studies, Oxford University), Featured Luncheon Speaker

The Call for Papers, seeking original and interdisciplinary research addressing the interaction of transport and land use, is open for submission until December 31, 2010.

With support from contributing partners, the conference is being organized by the Center
for Transportation Studies
at the University
of Minnesota
under the direction of the Organizing Committee and advisement from the Scientific Committee.

NTS 2009

From David Metz:

NTS 2009: “”

In the UK:

The big picture is that personal daily travel seems to have uncoupled from GDP growth, a break with the trend that started in the early 19th century as modern transport technologies were developed.

Location, Regional Accessibility and Price Effects: Evidence from Twin Cities Home Sales

Recent working paper

Regional location factors, with measures of regional accessibility foremost among them, exert a strong influence on urban property markets. While accessibility represents an important regional-scale factor, more local influences such as proximity to urban highway links may also positively or negatively influence the desirability of a location. In this paper, we use a cross-section of home sales in Hennepin County, Minnesota from the years 2001 through 2004, along with a set of disaggregate regional accessibility measures, to estimate the value of access to employment and resident workers. We also estimate the (dis)amenity effects of locations near major freeway links that have recently undergone, or were scheduled to undergo (as of the time period covered by the home sales), major construction to add capacity. The richness of the home sales data set allows us to control for a number of structural attributes, as well as some site characteristics, while additional neighborhood characteristics (such as income levels and local educational quality) are added from supplemental data sources. Empirical results indicate that households highly value employment access, while access to other resident workers (i.e. competition for jobs) is considered a
disamenity. Proximity to local highway access points is positively associated with sale price, while proximity to the highway link itself is negatively associated with price. The paper concludes with some implications for research and practice of the concept and measurement of the relationship between location and land value.