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Posts Tagged ‘Mineta Transportation Institute’

Modeling Taxi Demand with GPS Data

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Figure 1. Taxi Pickups and Drop-Offs from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
Taxis provide an alternative to conventional public transit services in many cities, and understanding the demand for taxis requires consideration of the role that taxis serve in the greater transportation system. This report presents the results of a study to model taxi demand across time and space, explicitly accounting for the presence and quality of transit service. The primary objective of the study was to identify the factors that drive taxi demand and to understand how this varies by location and time of day. This was accomplished by developing demand models for taxi trip generation and mode choice that explicitly account for the characteristics of transit service in the neighborhoods where trips are made. The resulting insights are useful for making regulatory, planning, and engineering decisions about how to manage taxi markets, accounting for their role in the transportation system.

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Modal Shift and High-Speed Rail: A Review of the Current Literature

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
This report provides a review of scholarly literature with direct relevance to the topic of modal shift and high-speed rail (HSR). HSR systems are usually planned on the expectation that they will attract riders who would have chosen other modes (such as air, automobile, bus, etc.) had the HSR not been created. Identifying and measuring the actual ability of HSR to effect modal shift is therefore critical. To establish the most current systematic research on the topic, this report examines the evidence concerning HSR and modal shift in both secondary analyses of previous studies and in newer studies that use primarily original data. The studies that were reviewed comprise a large variety of HSR systems, time periods, data sources, and means of analysis.

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Transportation Futures: Policy Scenarios for Reducing Greenhouse Gases

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
Table 1. Fuel Economy and GHG Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Trucks

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
The goal of this study was to examine various policy options that can achieve large-scale reductions by 2040, based on the current time frame of Annual Energy Outlook forecasts. Existing regulations on light-duty vehicle fuel economy and carbon emissions are leading to rapid decreases in emissions. New heavy-duty fuel economy standards will also soon take effect. These are supplemented by the renewable fuel standard. But these efforts are unlikely to be sufficient to meet what will be challenging reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the next 30 years. This study examined the degree to which three key travel-demand policies—road pricing, directing new population growth to more compact areas, and increasing the level of transit service—could contribute to reductions within this time frame.

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Emergency Preparedness in the Transportation Sector

Monday, February 24th, 2014
Figure 1. Fire Extinguisher Use Drill

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
The transit and transportation sector is a key critical infrastructure. All other emergency response depends on the availability of functional roads and transportation assets. Police, fire and emergency medical services (EMS) vehicles can only reach disaster victims if passable and safe roads have been inspected and cleared of debris by the transportation agency personnel. Rescue and relief goods can only be delivered to the disaster site if roads, railroads and ports can recover functionality rapidly. This ability to respond to disasters effectively is based on training the transit and transportation agency personnel in advance, and practicing the knowledge and skills needed to ensure the rapid response to disaster events through realistic exercises.

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Measuring the Performance of Livability Programs

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
Livability programs are an inherently broad set of approaches intended to create communities with coordinated transportation, housing and commercial investments, with specific goals and objectives subject to local priorities and conditions. The great variety of such efforts calls to question whether and how such programs can measure their success.

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California Voting and Suburbanization Patterns: Implications for Transit Policy

Friday, July 19th, 2013
California Voting and Suburbanization Patterns: Implications for Transit Policy

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE Introduction Public transit investment represents a key strategy for revitalizing center cities and reducing the harmful effects of driving on the environment. However, enacting transit projects often requires approval of the median voter – that is, that at least 50% of the electorate plus one, the median voter – vote to approve. […]

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Analyzing the Effects of Transit Network Change: A Case Study of Tallahassee, Florida

Thursday, May 16th, 2013
Analyzing the Effects of Transit Network Change

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
On July 11, 2011, StarMetro, the local public transit agency in Tallahassee, Florida, restructured its entire bus network from a downtown-focused radial system to a decentralized, grid-like system that local officials and agency leaders believed would better serve the dispersed local pattern of population and employment.

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2012 Census of California Water Transit Services

Monday, January 14th, 2013

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
This study provides a comprehensive assessment of current ferry operations in the state of California. this work was conducted to assist the California Department of transportation (Caltrans) comply with requirements in the federal MAp-21 legislation (the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act). MAP-21 is the first multi-year transportation authorization enacted since 2005 and funds surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years 2013 and 2014.

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HIGH SPEED RAIL CONFERENCE – LOS ANGELES 2012

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Don’t miss the most exciting high speed rail event of the year – High Speed Rail 2012 – Los Angeles is the place to be December 3-5.

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HIGH SPEED RAIL CONFERENCE – LOS ANGELES 2012

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Don’t miss the most exciting high speed rail event of the year – High Speed Rail 2012 – Los Angeles is the place to be December 3-5.   Business and political leaders will come together with the world’s top experts to bring high speed rail to America, starting in California.  Construction is about to get underway […]

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