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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
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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.

Delft castle

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

International Seminar on Transit Oriented Development: 19-21 September 2013

I will be attending the International Seminar on Transit Oriented Development 19-21 September 2013

Do you want to join an exceptional experience?

  • a tour to TOD-initiatives in the Netherlands
  • six internationally renowned guests
  • presentations, debates and reflection from science and practice
  • with dinner and accommodation in Zaandam

I believe it is invitation-only, see the brochure for contact information:
130706_PRES_Invitation international seminar TOD.pdf

International conference on Uncertainties in transport infrastructure evaluation: 16-18 September 2013

I will be attending the: International conference on Uncertainties in Transport Infrastructure Evaluation

The 1st International Conference on Uncertainties in Transport Infrastructure Evaluation (UNITE) is an interdisciplinary intermediate-size research conference specifically dedicated to transportation research and quantitative methods for risks and uncertainties in particular.

The Conference will bring together major experts and most promising young researchers in the fields of Transportation Modeling and Planning, Operations Research, Economics, Risk Management and Risk Analysis in a setting highly suitable for scientific discussion and active interaction.

Research topics: The conference deals with uncertainties in transport infrastructure evaluation within a wide range of research topics.

Research topics to be discussed at the conference include – but are not limited to – the following:

  • Ex-Post Evaluation
  • Quantitative Risk Analysis in Transport projects
  • Transport Project evaluation
  • Uncertainty and Transport Governance
  • Uncertainty in Transport models
  • Uncertainty in cost estimation
  • Uncertainty in Demand forecasts
  • Decision Support Systems and Models
  • Induced traffic and traffic forecasts
  • Optimism Bias
  • Decision analysis
  • Multi-criteria Decision Analysis
  • Decision Conferences
  • Unite lectures

Dates: from 16 September 2013 08:00 to 18 September 2013 18:00

Timezone: Europe/Copenhagen

Location: Technical University of Denmark

Anker Engelunds Vej 1

DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby

Room: Meeting Center

Call for Papers: World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research 2014: June 24-27, 2014 in Delft, the Netherlands

Call for Papers

World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research 2014

June 24-27, 2014 in Delft, the Netherlands

About the Symposium

We are pleased to announce the 2014 meeting of the World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) to be held in Delft, the Netherlands, June 24 – June 27, 2014. The conference provides a unique international forum for academics and practitioners at the intersection of economics, planning, design, engineering, and other relevant disciplines. The Conference is aimed at developing a better understanding of the interaction between the dynamics of land use and transport, with an emphasis on the way in which the built environment can contribute to more sustainable transport in a rapidly changing world. Papers are welcome on a wide range of topics covering all modes of transport, both passenger and freight transport, at all spatial scales.

The Delft University of Technology hosts this conference in the bicycle friendly city of Delft in the heart of the Randstad Holland. In addition to the technical program, the conference provides a day tour through parts of the Randstad, including transit-oriented development in the city of The Hague’. Hotel rooms are pre-booked in the historical city center; within walking distance of the university campus (public transport is also available).

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

  • Glenn Lyons (Professor of Transport and Society, University of the West of England, and founding Director of the Centre for Transport and Society);
  • Patricia Mokhtarian (Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology effective August 1, 2013); and
  • Bert van Wee (Professor in Transport Policy ,Delft University of Technology, faculty Technology, Policy and Management).

Submission of Papers

WSTLUR seeks papers on the interaction of transport and land use. Welcome domains include: engineering, planning, modeling, behavior, economics, geography, regional science, sociology, psychology, health, architecture and design, network science, and complex systems.

Original papers must be submitted electronically November 30, 2013 for consideration. Full papers should be uploaded for peer review at prior to midnight (Pacific Standard Time) in the above mentioned date. See for more details related to the conference.

All papers accepted for WSTLUR will be considered for publication in the Journal of Transport and Land Use.

WSTLUR welcomes all papers on the topic of transport and land use. In addition to this general call, special calls are listed below in alphabetical order.

  1. Accessibility Analysis and Evaluation, led by Karst Geurs (; University of Twente) and Ahmed El-Geneidy (; McGill University). This is a special session on accessibility modeling and analysis organized by NECTAR (Network on European Communications and Transport Activities Research) Cluster 6 and WSTLUR. Although accessibility analysis has evolved from simple calculations to complex and detailed methods at fine levels of spatial resolution, there are many outstanding questions on accessibility analysis and modelling – and its practical use in transport planning. We particularly welcome papers on the use of accessibility measures in impact evaluations of transport investments, e.g. economic and social impact assessments, also in the light of network vulnerability and resilience issues.
  2. Active Transport and Land use: led by Kevin J. Krizek (; University of Colorado Boulder). Ideal papers for this special issue will explore detailed aspects of non-motorized travel and its interface with existing transport networks and urban form, policy, or other relevant dimensions of travel behavior or health. Selected papers from this session will be included in a special issue of JTLU. See the WSTLUR paper submission web page for detailed instructions.
  3. Children and Youth Transport and Land Use Theory, Method and Applications: Led by Ron Buliung (; University of Toronto) and Raktim Mitra (; Ryerson Univeristy).. A broad call for papers intended to draw attention to the connection between children and youth mobility and land use/ built environment. We invite international research focused on theory, innovative survey methods and applied research.
  4. Empirical Studies of Automobile Parking and Travel: led by Dan Chatman (; University of California, Berkeley): The strong influence of the supply and cost of automobile parking on automobile use is both intuitive and theoretically well-established. But there have been fewer empirical studies of how on-street and off-street automobile parking affect auto use or the use of other travel modes. A related issue is whether built environment characteristics like density, diversity, and design have been ascribed influences upon travel that are actually due to variations in the supply and cost of parking, Ideal papers for this special issue will address any aspect of parking supply as a built environment characteristic and its empirical relationship to travel patterns, or novel theoretical relationships that have not already been established in previous literature.
  5. Integrated Land Use and Transport Models: led by Zachary Patterson (; Concordia University, Montreal). The past two decades has seen the development and application of increasingly advanced integrated transport and land-use modeling systems. Papers on the application of these models into emerging areas (e.g. social equity), innovations in submodels of these complex modeling systems and their incorporation in the planning process are welcomed.
  6. Network Structure: led by David Levinson (; University of Minnesota), Stephen Marshall (; University College London), Kay Axhausen (; ETH Zurich), and Basil Vitins (; ETH, Zurich). The structure of transport networks depends on, and shapes both demand for travel and patterns of land use. Empirical and theoretical analyses of rules or grammars for generating networks and places, systematic characterization of networks, studies of the development and evolution of networks, comparative network analysis, and the relationship between network structure, land use, and travel behavior are welcome.
  7. Transit Oriented Development (TOD): led by Kees Maat ( TU Delft). TOD principles have been developed in metropolitan areas, in order to promote more sustainable travel behaviour. Papers providing empirical evidence and discussing implementation and governance issues are welcomed.

When submitting your manuscript please verify which session stream you are interested in.

Key Dates:

  • Papers Due: November 30th, 2013
  • Decisions for included papers: Early March 2014
  • Final Papers Due (subject to acceptance): Late April 2014
  • Early Registration Deadline: March 15th, 2014
  • Conference: June 24-27, 2014


For questions regarding the conference please direct them to

International Transport Economics Conference: Submission Deadline Nov. 21

International Transport Economics Conference
Incorporating the International Conference on Funding Transport Infrastructure
The International Transport Economics Conference (ITrEC) brings together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers interested in questions of transport economics. Topics include economic questions relating to revenue and finance; congestion, pricing, and investment; production function and cost estimation; transport demand; energy and environment; safety; institutions and industrial organization; and transport and land use. The conference is designed to appeal to participants from varied backgrounds, including economists and transport professionals in particular.
The conference has previously been held in Banff, Canada(2006); Leuven, Belgium (2007); and Paris, France (2008).
Submission of Abstracts
Abstracts will be categorized and ranked by peer reviewers. Theoretical, empirical, case-study, and policy-oriented contributions are welcome. Abstracts of up to 1,000 words must be submitted electronically at by November 21, 2008 for consideration.
Key Dates
Abstracts Due: November 21, 2008
Abstracts Selected and Submitters Notified: January 2009
Final Papers Due (subject to acceptance): April 3, 2009
Early Registration Deadline: May 15, 2009
Conference: June 15-16, 2009
More Information
David Levinson
RP Braun/CTS Chair in Transportation
University of Minnesota
dlevinson {at}
Sara Van Essendelft
Conference Coordinator
University of Minnesota
The conference is hosted by the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota.