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INSTR 2015

6th International Symposium on Transportation Network Reliability
-The Value of Reliability, Robustness and Resilience-

 2-3 August 2015, Nara, Japan

WELCOME

The 6th International Symposium on Transportation Network Reliability (INSTR) will be held in Nara, ancient capital of Japan, from 2-3 August, 2015. The symposium is jointly organised by the Department of Urban Management, Kyoto University, and the Japan Society of Transportation Engineering. The INSTR series is the premier gathering for the world’s leading researchers and professionals interested in transportation network reliability, to discuss both recent research and future directions in this increasingly important field of research.

PAPER SUBMISSION GUIDELINE

To present a paper at this conference, an extended abstract (1,000 words) should be submitted electronically (word or pdf format) to the organisers though our website 
by 30 May 2014 (submission page) for the first round review.

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We encourage submission of abstracts and full papers via the easychair system.
Please do not forget to check “Abstract only” check-box in order not to upload the full paper at this moment.
If you have problems creating an easychair account or with uploading your paper, please contact us.
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If the abstract is accepted, a full length manuscript will need to be submitted by 19 December 2014 for final evaluation. The evaluation will be undertaken by references drawn from the International Committee of the INSTR and other prominent researchers from around the world. Final acceptance of a paper will thus be based on peer review of the full paper. Authors of accepted paper will be asked to produce a final camera ready manuscript in Word format by 20 May 2015, for publication in the proceedings of the Symposium. It is further envisaged to arrange special issues in prominent journals with papers drawn from the symposium proceedings.

IMPORTANT DATES

The most important dates for INSTR2015 are shown below:

 30 May, 2014  : Submission of extended abstract (1,000 words)
 3 September, 2014  : Notification of acceptance of abstract
 19 December, 2014  : Submission of full papers of peer review
 16 March, 2015  : Notification of acceptance of full paper
 20 May, 2015  : Submission of full, revised papers in camera-format
 2-3 August, 2015  : INSTR2015 in Nara

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Journal of Transport and Land Use 7(1)

Journal of Transport and Land Use 7(1) is now out:

Vol 7, No 1 (2014)

Table of Contents

Does travel behavior matter in defining urban form? A quantitative analysis characterizing distinct areas within a region PDF
Cynthia Jacques, Ahmed El-Geneidy 1-14
Railroad impacts on wetland habitat: GIS and modeling approach PDF
Subhro Mitra, Achintya N. Bezbaruah 15-28
A multi-agent planning support system for assessing the role of transportation and environmental objectives in urban planning PDF
Rachel Katoshevski, David Katoshevski, Theo Arentze, Harry Timmermans 29-42
Generating French virtual commuting networks at the municipality level PDF
Maxime Lenormand, Sylvie Huet, Floriana Gargiulo 43-55
The interaction of spatial planning and transport policy: A regional perspective on sprawl PDF
Veronika Kulmer, Olivia Koland, Karl W Steininger, Bernhard Fürst, Andreas Käfer 57-77
The influence of transport infrastructures on land-use conversion decisions within municipal plans PDF
Miguel Padeiro 79-93
The influence of urban form on car travel following residential relocation: a current and retrospective study in Scottish urban areas PDF
Lee Woods, Neil Ferguson 95-104
A brief introduction to London’s underground railways and land use PDF
Nathan Darroch 105-116

New Idea to Pay for Street Repairs Across Minnesota | kstp

KSTP reports on proposed legislation for a Municipal Street Improvement District.

 Instead of using money from property taxes, cities could use yearly tax assessments for on-going upgrades. Erhardt says it’s a good investment strategy that actually saves money in the long run. “Wasted money, temporary stuff, into the potholes which will blow out of there in short time and it’s not the potholes, it is the road deteriorating that bad.”

As a believer in local autonomy and road maintenance, this seems a good idea. This is a form of value capture, similar to Special Assessments, though different in some important, subtle, legal ways.

The League of Minnesota Cities says:

Existing funding mechanisms for street maintenance and reconstruction are inadequate. Special assessments can be onerous to property owners and are difficult to implement for some cities. Special assessments are not always useful for funding collector streets and other streets that do not abut private property. Property tax dollars are generally not dedicated and are sometimes diverted to more pressing needs such as public safety, water quality and cost participation in state and county highway projects. Municipal state aid (MSA) is limited to cities over 5,000 population of 853 cities in Minnesota–and cannot be applied to more than 20% of a MSA city’s lane miles. Existing MSA is not keeping up with needs on the MSA system.

New commuter rail link ready to roll in central Florida

I was interviewed by Barbara Liston of Reuters for: New commuter rail link ready to roll in central Florida

… All Aboard Florida says 50 million people a year travel between Orlando, the most visited U.S. city, and Miami, Florida’s largest urban area, creating a feasible market for what would be the first privately funded, owned and operated inter-city passenger rail service in the country in a half a century.

If the project succeeds, “then you’ve expanded the effective commuter shed that someone could live in Miami and work in Orlando or vice versa,” said David Levinson, urban systems researcher and civil engineering professor at the University of Minnesota.

“It happens in Europe all the time and it happens in the Northeast Corridor all the time.”

SunRail is the tenth new commuter rail system completed in the United States since 2000, and follows the 2011 opening of the 21-mile “A Train” in Denton, Texas, according to the APTA.

Other new systems since the turn of the century were built in Austin, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Nashville, Albuquerque, Seattle, Portland, Maine, and Portland, Oregon.

Despite President Barack Obama’s attempt to jump-start high-speed rail construction across the country with $8 billion in his 2009 economic stimulus package, no European or Japanese-style train has been constructed, Levinson said. …

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WSTLUR 2014 Registration

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WSTLUR Sign

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.
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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.