Nexus group members (myself included) and affiliated researchers will again be presenting papers at next week’s Transportation Research Board Conference in Washington DC. Our papers are listed below. (I will be at many, but not all of these places). We hope to see you there.
“Join WTS Minnesota and YPT for our first-ever Transportation Team Trivia night, hosted by David Levinson.
Are you a master of obscure transportation knowledge?
WTS Minnesota and YPT Minneapolis (Young Professionals in Transportation) are joining forces to bring you a night of transportation team trivia fun!
Using the classic pub trivia format, U of M professor David Levinson (the Transportationist himself) will host a five-round multimodal trivia bonanza on September 11 at Republic, home to one of the best craft beer lists in Minneapolis.
There is no cost to attend, and all are welcome, so bring your friends and colleagues! The winning team will receive bragging rights and a prize to be announced.
Get there early to take advantage of Republic’s excellent happy hour specials. No need to form a team in advance–just show up ready to test your knowledge and have fun with colleagues!
When: Tuesday, September 11, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. Happy Hour (food and drink specials available until 6:00 p.m.)
Trivia begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. and will go until approximately 8:30 p.m.
Where: Republic, Aux 1 room
Who: Transportation students and professionals of all ages
Cost: Free (food and beverages will not be provided)
RSVP: Appreciated, but not required. RSVP to Katie Roth by 4:00 p.m. on September 11.”
Abstract: Transportation networks have an underlying structure, defined by the layout, arrangement and the connectivity of the individual network elements, namely the road segments and their intersections. The differences in network structure exist among and between networks. This presentation argues that travellers perceive and respond to these differences in underlying network structure and complexity, resulting in differences in observed travel patterns. This hypothesized relationship between network structure and travel is analyzed using individual and aggregate level travel and network data from metropolitan regions across the U.S. Various measures of network structure, compiled from existing sources, are used to quantify the structure of street networks. The relation between these quantitative measures and travel is then identified using econometric models.
“It’s true that local property taxes, not gas taxes, pay for building and maintaining most roads, says David Levinson, an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Minnesota, but whether or not that’s a subsidy for drivers is debatable.
“There isn’t a person in the United States who doesn’t get some use out of the roads,” says Levinson, who also writes the Transportationist blog. Even people who don’t drive still benefit from things like fire protection, ambulance services, and mail delivery — all of which depend on roads. “I suppose you could be Ted Kaczynski, but even he had to use the U.S. Postal Service to mail his bombs.””
“The service plans to shut 223 of its 461 mail-processing plants by February 2013, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in a telephone interview today. The closings will cut about 35,000 jobs, said David Partenheimer, a spokesman.”
““Most of what’s being proposed are nonstarters,” said David Levinson, a transportation policy expert at the University of Minnesota. “Infrastructure is a big part of what [Obama] is trying to do on the economy, but he’s unlikely to get most of what he’s asking for.”
” [The interview was much longer, but I guess this was the money quote].
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