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This note compares the original Access Across America, using 2010 data (A2010), released in April 2013 with the most recent Access Across America: Auto 2015 (A2015), which was released in September 2016. As we write in A2015: An earlier report in the…
This note compares the original Access Across America, using 2010 data (A2010), released in April 2013 with the most recent Access Across America: Auto 2015 (A2015), which was released in September…
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There is a lot of noise about how voting for a third party is “wasting your vote” and taking it away from the only real candidates in this election, those of the two largest parties (The Democrats and the Republicans). Only one person can be elected, and…
There is a lot of noise about how voting for a third party is “wasting your vote” and taking it away from the only real candidates in this election, those of the two largest parties (Th…
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CTS Catalyst September 2016 just came out, and announces our Access Across America: Auto 2015 study: Study estimates accessibility to jobs by auto in U.S. cities. The article is reprinted below: A new report from the University’s Accessibility Observatory…
CTS Catalyst September 2016 just came out, and announces our Access Across America: Auto 2015 study: Study estimates accessibility to jobs by auto in U.S. cities. The article is reprinted below: A …
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There are differing beliefs about the effects of autonomous vehicles on travel demand. On the one hand, we expect that automation of itself is a technology that makes travel easier, it pushes the demand curve to the right. For the same general cost,…
There are differing beliefs about the effects of autonomous vehicles on travel demand. On the one hand, we expect that automation of itself is a technology that makes travel easier, it pushes the d…
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I know what you are thinking, a Presidential nominee of a once serious political party has proposed to build a wall on the border with a foreign country, and “make them pay for it“. This sounds absurd. It is. It won’t happen. Yet there is infrastructure…
I know what you are thinking, a Presidential nominee of a once serious political party has proposed to build a wall on the border with a foreign country, and “make them pay for it”. Thi…
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I worked at the Montgomery County, Maryland Planning Department, and over the years, accumulated a number of reports, which were properly public domain, but not available online in any form that I could find. I had them scanned and OCRed and then uploaded…
I worked at the Montgomery County, Maryland Planning Department, and over the years, accumulated a number of reports, which were properly public domain, but not available online in any form that I …
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Recently published: Zhu, Shanjiang, Julian Marshall and David Levinson (2016) Population exposure to ultrafine particles: size-resolved and real-time models for highways.   Transportation Research part D: Transport and Environment. (online first) [doi]…
Recently published: Zhu, Shanjiang, Julian Marshall and David Levinson (2016) Population exposure to ultrafine particles: size-resolved and real-time models for highways. Transportation Research …
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CTS Catalyst reports on our recent paper: The cost of equity: Assessing transit accessibility and social disparity using total travel cost, Transportation Research part A: Policy and Practice, 2016. Reprinted below: Access to opportunities such as jobs…
CTS Catalyst reports on our recent paper: The cost of equity: Assessing transit accessibility and social disparity using total travel cost, Transportation Research part A: Policy and Practice, 2016…
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Whilst I am in England, it seems appropriate to note … A set of scanned Annual Reports from private London Underground Railway companies can be found here. These include reports from the Metropolitan, District, City and South London, and Central lines,…
Whilst I am in England, it seems appropriate to note … A set of scanned Annual Reports from private London Underground Railway companies can be found here. These include reports from the Metr…
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Congratulations to Alireza Ermagun for successfully defending his dissertation: “Network Econometrics and Traffic Flow Analysis.” He will soon be off to do a post-doc.   Short-term traffic forecasting aims to predict the number of vehicles on a link…
Congratulations to Alireza Ermagun for successfully defending his dissertation: “Network Econometrics and Traffic Flow Analysis.” He will soon be off to do a post-doc. Short-term…
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Rebecca Beitsch at Stateline (republished at PBS Newshour) wrote Worsening highway traffic slows down paid express lanes. I get quoted: … What Are They Paying For? As tolls have climbed around the country, researchers have noticed an interesting…
Rebecca Beitsch at Stateline (republished at PBS Newshour) wrote Worsening highway traffic slows down paid express lanes. I get quoted: … What Are They Paying For? As tolls have climbed aroun…
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Recently published: Ermagun, Alireza, and Levinson, D. (2016) Public Transit, Active Travel, and the Journey to School: A Cross-nested Logit Analysis.  Transportmetrica A: Transport Science. [doi] [49 free copies] Abstract Apart from the active travel…
Recently published: Ermagun, Alireza, and Levinson, D. (2016) Public Transit, Active Travel, and the Journey to School: A Cross-nested Logit Analysis. Transportmetrica A: Transport Science. [doi] …
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  • University of Minnesota
    Professor, 1999 - present
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Researcher, 1994 - 1999
  • Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission Montgomery County Planning Department (MNCPPC/MCPD)
    Transportation Planner, 1989 - 1994
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    RA, 1988 - 1989
  • Hayes Microcomputer Products
    coop, 1985 - 1987
  • Columbia Flier
    paperboy, 1979 - 1981
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  • University of California, Berkeley
    Civil Engineering (Ph.D.), 1994 - 1998
  • University of Maryland
    Civil Engineering (M.S.), 1990 - 1992
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    Civil Engineering (B), 1984 - 1988
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Grids are for squares: Three reasons to consider alternatives to rectili...
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Just as we have cut the earth into a grid of latitude and longitude (and knowing that each "block" of 1 degree latitude by 1 degree longitud

The Journal of Transport and Land Use enters year six - The Transportati...
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In the past year, the JTLU website has had almost 17000 visits. According to Google Scholar, we have an h-index of 16, 16 articles cited 16

Journal of Transport and Land Use 6(1) - The Transportationist.org
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a weblog by David Levinson and the Nexus Research Group on Networks, Economics, and Urban Systems. [@trnsprttnst]. Journal of Transport and

Efficiency Comparison of Pathfinding Algorithms
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A very cool interactive comparison of efficiency in pathfinding algorithms (via @hmason). A nice thing to play with during boaring meetings.

Club Transit - The Transportationist.org
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Users should be financially incentivized to get season or annual passes (paid monthly with bank debits) and become “members” of the transit

NLX redux - The Transportationist.org
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I get into a Letter to the Editors battle over in Pine City. I am responding to this about everyone's favorite intercity rail project, the N

Access Across America - The Transportationist.org
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Executive Summary. Accessibility is the ease of reaching valued destinations. It can be measured across different times of day (accessibilit

xkcd: Suckville
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Dinosaur Comics, A Softer World, Perry Bible Fellowship, Copper, Questionable Content, Achewood, Wondermark, Indexed, Buttercup Festival. Wa

Annals of excess cost - The Transportationist.org
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So we have the capital cost of a commuter rail station at $100000 per passenger. Note this is more than a car or even a simple house. The pa

Black Holes: A brief treatise on the nature of journal publications and ...
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Academia should be faster than it is. This especially applies to the transportation and planning journals with which I am familiar. It often

It's Alive - The Transportationist.org
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a weblog by David Levinson and the Nexus Research Group on Networks, Economics, and Urban Systems. [@trnsprttnst]. It's Alive. By David Levi

FOSS4G: FOSS Experiences in Transportation and Land Use Research - The T...
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FOSS Experiences in Transportation and Land Use Research. Andrew Owen, University of Minnesota Nexus Research Group  The Nexus Research Gro

OpenScheduleTracker - The Transportationist.org
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When a new bus route is added or a new rail station opens, the public discussion tends to focus on effects near the new facility: people wan

$40bn “fix it first” plan headlines Obama’s infrastructure push - The Tr...
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In his State of the Union address last month, US President Barack Obama proposed investing $50bn, starting right away, on the country's tran

To Game or Not to Game: Teaching Transportation with Board Games webinar...
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AHB45 Committee on Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics will host a special webinar on March 19, 11:00 AM EDT on "To Game or Not to Game:

How shoveling and plowing snow now extends the duration of icy sidewalks...
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Minnesota is getting still more ice/sleet/freezing rain/snow today. We will see piles of snow for a long time. Why will we see piles of snow

Suppose we replaced the federal income tax with inflation. - The Transpo...
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I just filled out my taxes this year, and it seems an awful waste of time. And TurboTax (and the tax code for which it stands) is increasing

Selfishness and Altruism in the Distribution of Travel Time and Income. ...
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Recently published: Tilahun, Nebiyou, and David Levinson (2013) Selfishness and Altruism in the Distribution of Travel Time and Income. [pre

Demand Side Solutions to Ice-Related Falls - The Transportationist.org
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I talked before about things we can do to reduce the iciness of sidewalks. That is a supply side solution. We need to think about demand sid