Transport Research Association for NSW (TRANSW)

image001What is TRANSW?

The Transport Research Association for NSW (TRANSW) is a new joint initiative of the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales (UNSW), University Technology, Sydney (UTS), and Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW). It aims to foster and support cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional transport research and practice. For more information, please visit TRANSW will be launched this year and its Inaugural Symposium will be held in Sydney CBD on Thursday 15 November 2018. Please save the date!

Annual Symposium

The annual Symposium provides a platform for transport research students, academics, and practitioners to discuss relevant topics in transport. Research students will have the opportunity to showcase their research and attendees will have the opportunity to meet transport students, academics, and practitioners in an informal setting.

The Symposium will be organised each year by one of the participating universities. The Inaugural Symposium on 15 November 2018 is organised and sponsored by the University of Sydney and registration is available free of charge for researchers in transport from the three participating universities as well as for transport experts at Transport for NSW. Personal invitations will be sent by email on 15 October 2018.

Expression of interest to present (research students only)

We would like to invite research students (MPhil and PhD) from the participating universities to submit an expression of interest (EoI) to present at the Symposium on one of the themes (listed below) that are based on the strategic research directions of the Transport for NSW Research Hub.

For the EoI, please send an email with subject header “EoI” to before Tuesday 25 September 2018 and we will email you a personal invitation to submit an abstract (maximum 300 words) via our online webportal.

Symposium themes

  1. Future mobility
  • Traffic flow simulation, management and control
  • Travel demand forecasting and survey methods
  • Travel behaviour and values
  • Transport network modelling and optimisation
  • Scenario analysis
  1. Successful places
  • Integrated transport and urban planning
  • Land use
  1. Sustainability
  • Active travel and health
  • Public transport
  • Energy and emissions
  1. Technological drivers of change
  • Big data in transport
  • Impact of alternative-fuel and autonomous vehicles
  • Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS)
  1. Freight transport
  • Maritime and aviation
  • City logistics
  1. Safety and security
  • Traffic safety analysis and evaluation
  • Disaster planning and resilience
  1. Valuing wider benefits
  • Transport economics, pricing, and appraisal
  • Evaluation and benefits realisation of transport projects and programs
  • Transport business strategy

Important dates

15 September 2018

25 September 2018

30 September 2018

12 October 2018

15 October 2018

5 November 2018

15 November 2018

Abstract submission opens (research students only)

Deadline for expression of interest (research students only)

Deadline for abstract submissions

Notification of acceptance of abstracts for presentation

Registration opens

Registration closes

Inaugural TRANSW Symposium


Symposium Committee

Emily Moylan

Taha Rashidi

Claudine Moutou

Paul Gaynor

University of Sydney

University of NSW

University of Technology, Sydney

Transport for NSW

Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference: August 26-27, Dallas Texas

I am pleased to be speaking at the Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference, which has a theme of Trucking’s Future Now Conference in Dallas, August 26-27, 2015.

What does the future of the trucking industry look like? That’s what industry experts, analysts and futurists will discuss next month in August in Dallas at the annual Commercial Vehicle Outlook seminar for fleet executives, suppliers and other industry stakeholders.

The two-day event will be held Aug. 26-27 at the Dallas Convention Center in conjunction with the Great American Trucking Show.The conference, sub-themed this year as Trucking’s Future Now, will feature speeches and panel discussions on looming changes to trucking equipment and technology, such as autonomous trucking and platooning systems, along with talks on changing infrastructure, freight patterns and the driver and technician labor market.

Michio Kaku

Futurist Michio Kaku will give CV-Outlook’s keynote address on Wednesday, Aug. 26. Kaku is one of the most highly recognized futurists in the world, internationally recognized for trying to complete Einstein’s unified field theory and his predictions of trends affecting business, commerce and finance.

Other speakers include Derek Rotz, manager of advanced engineering at Daimler Trucks North America; Stephen Hampson, president and general manager of Meritor WABCO; David Levinson, author and professor at the University of Minnesota; Bill Kahn, principal engineer at Peterbilt Motors;  Paul Menig, CEO at Tech-I-M; Josh Switkes, CEO at Peloton Technology; and Mike Roeth, executive director of NACFE.

Click here to register for CV Outlook.


St. Cloud Winter Institute

I am participating in the St. Cloud Winter Institute on February 19. Details of the program are below.

Wednesday, February 18th
5 – 6:30 Economic OutlookLaura Kalambokidis
6:30 – 8 Reception & Entertainment by the Andrew Walesch Band
Thursday, February 19th
8 – 9 Registration and Breakfast
9 – 10:15 First Session (See below)
10:30 – 11:45 Second Session (See below)
12 – 1:30 Lunch and Chamber Panel“Central Minnesota Job Creators– What They Do, How They Do It

Jeff Haviland, President, Seitz Stainless

Jim Hill, Director of Human Resources, Columbia Gear Corporation

Lynn Mosely, Director of Human Resources, Electrolux Major Appliances North America

Bob Sexton, CEO, C4 Welding

2 – 3 Keynote Speaker: David LevinsonThe Transportation Experience: From Steamboats to Streetcars.“The talk explores the historical evolution of transportation modes and technologies. It traces how systems are innovated, planned and adapted, deployed and expanded, and reach maturity, where they may either be maintained in a polished obsolesce often propped up by subsidies, be displaced by competitors, or be reorganized and renewed. An array of examples supports the idea that modern policies are built from past experiences. The planning (and control) of nonlinear, unstable processes is today’s central transportation problem, and that this is universal and true of all modes.
3 – 4 Q & A Session/Closing


Thursday, February 19th Sessions
K-12 Teaching Track Community Engagement Track Public Policy Research Track
9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Railroads, Roads, and Apple Pie – Transportation in Children’s LiteratureScott Wolla, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis “Effects of the Minimum Wage Law on St. Cloud Businesses”Larry Logeman, Executive Express Transportation, Planning and Public Policy in Minnesota“Robert Helland, SCSU AlumnusJohn Uphoff, SCSU Alumnus

Pierre Callies, Graduate Student, Department of Geography

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Earning CreditMartha Rush, Moundsview High SchoolEmily Anderson, Blaine High School Two-Way Communication: Outreach, Communication and Education Across the Ninth District of the Federal ReserveAngie Eilers, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis “Equity and Urban Transportation: A Panel Discussion”Luis Estevez



The Saint Cloud Times reports: “Levinson, a leading exporter in transportation, will speak from 2-3 p.m. with an hourlong question-and-answer session to follow. Admission to this portion of the Winter Institute is free and open to the public.”

Winter Institute keynote speaker

Civil engineer and transportation analyst David M. Levinson

Civil engineer and transportation analyst David M. Levinson will keynote the Feb. 18-19 Winter Institute.

Civil engineer and transportation analyst David M. Levinson will keynote the 53rd Winter Institute.

St. Cloud State’s signature summit on economic and business issues returns Feb. 18-19 with events on campus and in the community.

Levinson, who holds an endowed chair at the University of Minnesota, leads the blog about Minnesota land-use and transportation issues.

He has authored or co-authored four books, notably “The Transportation Experience: Policy, Planning, and Deployment,” an Oxford University Press volume that argues transportation development lessons learned in the U.S. and Great Britain can be applied in developing nations.

He directs the Networks, Economics and Urban Systems Research Group at the University of Minnesota. Among other projects, Levinson’s group is investigating the efficacy of Twin Cities transportation investments, past and future, for the Metropolitan Council and Minnesota Department of Transportation.

In addition to Levinson’s 2 p.m. Feb. 19 keynote, the Winter Instutute program will include a reception with live music, the St. Cloud Area Quarterly Business Report economic outlook and breakout sessions on a variety of topics.

For more than a half-century, the Winter Institute has welcomed great minds to St. Cloud State, notably Nobel laureate Milton Friedman and former Federal Reserve chairman Benjamin Bernanke. It is sponsored by these St. Cloud State entitites: Department of Economics and School of Public Affairs.


WSTLUR @ Delft is where all the cool kids will be next week. I will arrive on Sunday, so if I have any Dutch peeps, get in touch.WSTLUR 2014 Program

Future of the Federal Role in Transportation: Thursday, May 29, 2-3 p.m. EDT

TransportationPolicythumbnail_3I am participating in a Webinar this afternoon on the Future of the Federal Role in Transportation organized by the Council of State Governments

Thursday, May 29, 2-3 p.m. EDT
CSG eCademy
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MAP-21, the 2012 federal surface transportation authorization bill, is set to expire later this year. Meanwhile, the Highway Trust Fund faces an insolvency crisis due to rapidly dwindling gas tax revenues, and there appears to be little agreement in Congress on how to fund the federal transportation program. Some say that makes this year ripe for a reconsideration of the federal role in transportation and have proposed devolution of the federal program to the states. Many states continue to rely on the federal government for a significant portion of their transportation spending, however, and might be challenged to come up with revenues on their own from a limited tax base. This webinar will examine the pros and cons of devolution, the future of the federal role in transportation and what it could all mean for state and local governments.
Dr. Rohit Aggarwala
Principal, Bloomberg Associates
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James Corless
Director, Transportation for America
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Emily Goff
Policy analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation
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David Levinson
Professor, University of Minnesota
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The End of Car Culture? Socio-Demographic Trends and Travel Demand

CTS 25th Annual Transportation Research Conference

May 21–22, 2014


Saint Paul RiverCentre
175 West Kellogg Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55102




Download the conference brochure (5.2 MB PDF)

Conference web page


Opening Session: The End of Car Culture? Socio-Demographic Trends and Travel Demand

Wednesday, May 21, 8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

In the next 30 to 40 years, the transportation industry will face many new and emerging trends that will dramatically reshape priorities and needs. To help practitioners face these changes and effectively shape the future, a National Cooperative Highway Research Program study is investigating these trends and their implications for the transportation system.

One trend—changing socio-demographic factors—is expected to considerably affect travel demand. Although America has long been one of the world’s prime car cultures, that status might be shifting because of new population and demographic trends. The graying and browning of America, slow household growth, and a hyperlinked younger generation are all playing a role.

Image of John NjordIn the opening session, John Njord, former CEO of the Utah Department of Transportation and now with Tom Warne and Associates, will discuss key socio-demographic trends, their potential impacts on future travel demand, and their implications for state DOTs and MPOs. He will also provide an overview of a customizable tool that can help planners and policymakers explore the interaction of demographic trends and travel demand in their regions.

Following Njord’s presentation, a panel of experts will share their perspectives on these socio-demographic trends and their implications for transportation professionals.


I am one of the featured “panel of experts” who will share perspectives.

WSTLUR 2014 Registration


The World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) will be held in Delft, The Netherlands from June 24th to June 27th 2014. In addition to three prominent keynote speakers the symposium includes 109 presentations of peer reviewed original articles. The symposium program can be found here.

In addition to the presentations and keynote address the symposium includes a variety of activities.

  1. A pre-conference tour of Amsterdam on the 23rd of June 2014.
  2. At the end of day one (24th of June 2014) three parallel activities will take place, A book club, land use modeling workshop, and open source accessibility workshop. Details regarding these activities can be found in here.
  3. At the end of day two (25th of June 2014) four different land use and transport technical tours are organized in parallel by the local host. Details regarding the technical tours can be found  here.
Delft castle
Delft castle

Symposium registration is now open at the following link. Please note that early bird registration ends on May 1st 2014.

Details regarding the venue and accommodation can be found here.

Details regarding some travel tips can be found in here here.

Looking forward to seeing you at Delft in June.

Nexus Group at TRB 2014

Members of the Networks, Economics, and Urban Systems research group will again be at the Transportation Research Board in 2014. Our papers are listed below:

  1. Session 320
    Congestion Pricing Issues
    Monday, January 13, 2014 10:45AM – 12:30PM Hilton, International Center

    HOT or Not: Driver Elasticity to Price on MnPASS HOT Lanes
    Michael Janson, University of Minnesota, presenter
    David M. Levinson, University of Minnesota, presenter
    14-2218 H13

  2. Session 430
    Latest Research in Metropolitan Policy, Planning, and Process
    Monday, January 13, 2014 4:15PM – 6:00PM Hilton, International Center

    Road Network Circuity in Metropolitan Areas
    David J Giacomin, University of Minnesota, presenter
    David M. Levinson, University of Minnesota, presenter
    14-0955 C10

  3. Session 509
    Transportation and Economic Development
    Tuesday, January 14, 2014 8:00AM – 9:45AM Hilton, Jefferson West

    Causality in the Link Between Road Network Growth and Regional Development
    Michael J. Iacono, University of Minnesota, presenter
    David M. Levinson, University of Minnesota, presenter

  4. Session 523
    Bicyclists, Behavior, and Attitudes
    Tuesday, January 14, 2014 8:30AM – 10:15AM Hilton, International Center

    Which Station? Access Trips and Bike Share Route Choice
    Jessica E. Schoner, University of Minnesota, presenter
    David M. Levinson, University of Minnesota, presenter

  5. Session 691
    Transportation Demand Forecasting: Models and Methods
    Tuesday, January 14, 2014 4:15PM – 6:00PM Hilton, International Center

    Survival Analysis-Based Choice Set Formation Approach for Single-Destination Choice Using GPS Travel Data
    Arthur Huang, University of Minnesota, presenter
    David M. Levinson, University of Minnesota, presenter

  6. Session 753
    Cycling and the Built Environment
    Wednesday, January 15, 2014 8:00AM – 9:45AM Hilton, Columbia Hall 6

    Catalysts and Magnets: Effects of Built Environment on Bicycle Commuting
    Jessica E. Schoner, University of Minnesota, presenter
    Xinyu Cao, University of Minnesota, presenter
    David M. Levinson, University of Minnesota, presenter

  7. Session 775
    Route Choice Modeling and Dynamics
    Wednesday, January 15, 2014 8:30AM – 10:15AM Hilton, International Center

    Incremental Accessibility Benefits and HOT-Lane Subscription Choice
    Andrew Owen, University of Minnesota, presenter
    Michael Janson, University of Minnesota, presenter
    David M. Levinson, University of Minnesota, presenter
    14-3037 E06

  8. Session 838
    Transit Connectivity and Ridership Forecasting: Factors and Methodologies
    Wednesday, January 15, 2014 2:30PM – 4:00PM Hilton, Lincoln East

    Modeling the Commute Mode Share of Transit Using Continuous Accessibility to Jobs
    Andrew Owen, University of Minnesota, presenter
    David M. Levinson, University of Minnesota, presenter