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Our long-awaited report: Travel Behavior Over Time, is now officially published.   Summary: Using detailed travel surveys (the Travel Behavior Inventory) conducted by the Metropolitan Council of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul (Twin Cities) Region in Minnesota…
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Someone on an earlier post said all the action in McLeod county is in Hutchinson, not the County Seat of Glencoe, so I should go there. So I did. Hutchinson (map), 61 miles due west of Minneapolis, is certainly a bit livelier than Glencoe, with nearly…
Someone on an earlier post said all the action in McLeod county is in Hutchinson, not the County Seat of Glencoe, so I should go there. So I did. Hutchinson (map), 61 miles due west of Minneapolis,...
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Matt McFarland writes in the Washington Post  “The race is on to figure out what self-driving cars should look like” David Levinson, a civil engineering professor at the University of Minnesota, argued in a recent paper that we’ll see a Cambrian explosion…
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TeMA: Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment

I have recently been named to the Editorial Board of TeMA: Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment. This is an Italian open access journal on things I am obviously interested in. Though it is based in Italy, many of the articles are in English, the…
I have recently been named to the Editorial Board of TeMA: Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment. This is an Italian open access journal on things I am obviously interested in. Though it is...
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Main Street - New Ulm, Minnesota

New Ulm, Minnesota, (map) in Brown County, is the local urbanist small town Utopia. New Ulm is definitely in good shape as small towns go. Having a college (Martin Luther) in town is good, but its location away from Main Street means it doesn’t interact…
New Ulm, Minnesota, (map) in Brown County, is the local urbanist small town Utopia. New Ulm is definitely in good shape as small towns go. Having a college (Martin Luther) in town is good, but its ...
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I have been invited to present at  15th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals (CICTP 2015) in Beijing, China. Plenary Session I: Sustainable Multimodal Transportation (Saturday July 25) Chair: Dr. Yu Zhang, Conference Organizing…
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Journal of Transport and Land Use Vol 8, No 2 (2015)   Vol 8, No 2 (2015) Table of Contents Viewpoint: Transport’s digital age transition Glenn Lyons PDF Transit-oriented development and the frequency of modal use Robert B Noland, Stephanie DiPetrillo PDF…
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A University of Minnesota Press Release about the Accessibility Observatory: The University of Minnesota Accessibility Observatory is partnering with TomTom to create a national dataset that studies and illustrates accessibility to jobs by automobiles and…
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Open Traffic is a new initiative to make GPS traffic data open and available to the public and others, by linking it with OpenStreetMap. It is organized by Conveyal, MapBox, and MapZen with support from the World Bank. The Code is of course open source as…
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Elements of Access: The Fundamental Diagram

“The fundamental diagram” describes the relationship between traffic flow (q) (throughput, or vehicles per hour pass a point), density (k) (vehicles per unit distance), and speed (v) (how fast those vehicles are going distance per hour). This can be…
“The fundamental diagram” describes the relationship between traffic flow (q) (throughput, or vehicles per hour pass a point), density (k) (vehicles per unit distance), and speed (v) (how fast thos...
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Left-Right convergence on Highways.

Reihan Salam at National Review on Hillary Clinton’s Infrastructure Speech  Different infrastructure services require different kinds of expertise, in large part because they depend on different business models, some of which are more conducive to public…
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Climbing Mount Next: The Effects of Autonomous Vehicles on Society

Recently published Climbing Mount Next: The Effects of Autonomous Vehicles on Society Levinson, David (Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology, 2015) View/Download file  6 MJLST_v162_Levinson_787-810.pdf (201.8Kb application/pdf) Permanent link to…
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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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  • 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