CURA hosting public lectures on data-driven urban science and planning, October 20 and 22

The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) at The Ohio State University is pleased to announce two special lectures on data-driven urban science and planning :

Tuesday, October 20th, 3:30pm – 5:00pm, “Big steps” in Knowlton Hall.  Robert Goodspeed, University of Michigan.  Tools of Collaborative Inquiry: A discussion of the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and planning support systems for more intelligent urban planning.

Dr. Goodspeed is an Assistant Professor in the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, University of Michigan.  He has been named as “Leading Thinker in Urban Planning and Technology” by Planetizen.

Thursday, October 22nd,  12:00 – 1:30pm, Derby Hall 1080. Martin Raubal, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH).  Investigating human behavior in urban environments: How novel data sources, methods, and technologies provide opportunities for scientists to investigate human mobility and behavior in urban environments.

Dr. Raubal is a Professor in the Department of  Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at ETH in Zurich, Switzerland.  He is one of the world’s leading experts on mobile GIS, location based services and cognitive engineering for geospatial services.  Pizza and beverages will be provided!

Please join us for this opportunity to hear about the data-driven revolution in urban science and planning!

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Light rail transit attracts new ridership – not just former bus riders

Another gem from the Moving Across Places Studies (MAPS).  Objective measures from a quasi-experimental study of a new light rail transit (LRT) line in Salt Lake City, Utah, provides evidence that LRT generates new ridership rather than simply cannibalizing ridership from the existing bus system:

Werner CM, , Brown BB, Tribby CP, Tharp D, Flick K, Miller HJ, Smith KR, Jensen W (2016)  “Evaluating the attractiveness of a new light rail extension: Testing simple change and displacement change hypotheses,” Transport Policy, 45, 5–23.  doi:10.1016/j.tranpol.2015.09.003

Abstract.  Many communities in the United States have been adding new light rail to bus-predominant public transit systems. However, there is disagreement as to whether opening light rail lines attracts new ridership or merely draws ridership from existing transit users. We study a new light rail line in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, which is part of a complete street redevelopment. We utilize a pre-test post-test control group quasi-experimental design to test two different measures of ridership change. The first measure is calculated from stops along the light rail route; the second assumes that nearby bus stops might be displaced by the rail and calculates ridership change with those stops included as baseline. Both the simple measure (transit use changes on the complete street light rail corridor) and the “displacement” measure (transit use changes in the one-quarter mile catchment areas around new light rail stops) showed significant (p<.01) and substantial (677%) increases in transit passengers compared to pre-light rail bus users. In particular, the displacement analysis discredits a common challenge that when a new light rail line opens, most passengers are simply former bus riders whose routes were canceled in favor of light rail. The study suggests that light rail services can attract additional ridership to public transit systems. In addition, although pre-post control-group designs require time and effort, this project underscores the benefits of such quasi-experimental designs in terms of the strength of the inferences that can be drawn about the impacts of new transit infrastructure and services.

Re:Map Columbus contest

Transit Columbus, a local non-profit citizen group supporting a better connected Columbus, has just announced Re:Map Columbus – an alternative transportation map design contest.

The idea is to develop a map to highlight alternative transportation modes (walk, bike, CoGo, Car2Go, COTA, etc) for all of Columbus, or in specific neighborhoods.  The winning submission will receive a $2,000 prize. The top 10 submissions as chosen by the public will receive a CoGo year membership as well as additional prizes. You may submit as an individual or a team.

The contest will start on November 1st with submissions being accepted until December 31st, 2014.

More information and rules at:

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