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Help liberate funds from Venture Capitalists

From time to time I (like many others I suppose) get offers from ride share companies like Lyft and Uber. Sign up your friends (who can’t already be members), they get $20, you get $20. This is just to get you hooked. Like a drug dealer, the first hit is…
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The missing link: bike network quality boosts bike commuting

CTS Catalyst writes up our Missing Link paper. Cities promote bicycle networks to support and encourage bicycle commuting, yet until now little has been known about how the overall quality of a city’s bicycle infrastructure network impacts bicycle…
CTS Catalyst writes up our Missing Link paper. Cities promote bicycle networks to support and encourage bicycle commuting, yet until now little has been known about how the overall quality of a cit...
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by Wesley Marshall     SPONTANEOUS ROAD USER PRIORIZATION IN SHARED SPACE INTERSECTIONS (red line = 1:1 ratio of pedestrians to vehicles; hollow circles = pedestrian-dominated intersections; blue circles = vehicle-dominated intersections; circle size =…
by Wesley Marshall     SPONTANEOUS ROAD USER PRIORIZATION IN SHARED SPACE INTERSECTIONS (red line = 1:1 ratio of pedestrians to vehicles; hollow circles = pedestrian-dominated intersectio...
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People possess Circadian rhythms, they operate on a 24-hour cycle, and about half that time is daylight. Going to the place where that (work) activity occurs follows a pattern: Leave home early enough to arrive at the destination at a desired time. Do…
People possess Circadian rhythms, they operate on a 24-hour cycle, and about half that time is daylight. Going to the place where that (work) activity occurs follows a pattern: Leave home early eno...
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Elements of Access: Turning their backs, opening their arms: the Radburn system

By Kay Axhausen The traditional practice of urban design was that the house would show its best side to the street and engage and welcome the visitor and passer-by. The rooms inside the building would match this by having the reception rooms facing the…
By Kay Axhausen The traditional practice of urban design was that the house would show its best side to the street and engage and welcome the visitor and passer-by. The rooms inside the building wo...
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Monty Python and Delaware's tax system – happy together

John Sweeney at The Delaware News Journal writes about my dissertation and Monty Python: Let’s face it. Delaware bases its tax philosophy on Monty Python’s “Flying Circus.” A man in a bowler hat once declaimed on the show: “To improve the British economy,…
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The Journal of Transport and Land Use (JTLU) is now archived at the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy in addition to the JTLU homepage. You can conveniently download any article from any issue even in the event the journal website is down.…
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Thredbo 14: 14th International Conference on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport

Registrations Open Thredbo 14 Conference Early bird registration closes 31 May 2015 14th International Conference on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Santiago, Chile Sunday 30 August to Thursday 3 September 2015…
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Should governments subsidize transportation? If government subsidizes transportation, should it subsidize producers or consumers? If a government give money to consumers, they can spend it on what they want, paying for a service, which if it covers…
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Highway users of course pay a user fee to pay for the cost of highways. Federal gas taxes are dedicated to the federal Highway Trust Fund, and many states, including Minnesota, have similar rules at the state level. So far, so good. The trust fund has in…
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A recent report from the Maldives Telegraph: Groper Trains Accommodate a Variety of Tactile Preferences: Building on the success of ladies-only train cars, and singles cars, and responding to complaints from those who felt excluded, a transit agency in…
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No Outlet: A Review of Twin Cities Premium Outlets

Last year, to much fanfare, Twin Cities Premium Outlets were opened. While the center has recently encountered some controversy about the atrocious treatment of black shoppers, this post is about the design (recognizing its isolating design and nature as…
Last year, to much fanfare, Twin Cities Premium Outlets were opened. While the center has recently encountered some controversy about the atrocious treatment of black shoppers, this post is about t...
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Education
  • 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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Professor
Employment
  • 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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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