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ITS Spring Lecture Series: Building Traveler-Centric Methods to Design Safe and Functional Urban and Intercity Transportation Infrastructure

May 22 @ 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

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Join us for another installment of our Spring Speaker Series on Resilient, New Mobility


Building Traveler-Centric Methods to Design Safe and Functional Urban and Intercity Transportation Infrastructure

Transformative transportation changes – airline mergers, new modes like scooters and ride-shares, and technological advances – highlight the extent and potential of multimodal systems. Urban roads, originally planned for automobiles, must safely accommodate interaction between cars, delivery trucks, buses, bikes, and e-scooters. Intercity travelers, originally thought to access their nearest airport, may drive 300-400 miles in search of lower fares.  I present new methods to analyze traveler behavior, at the micro-scale (physical microbehavior) and the macro-scale (models of individual multimodal route choice). To adapt to changes, modal and behavioral, I use the new methods to support the design systems based on how people actually want to or will use them.


Speaker: Megan Ryerson

Dr. Megan S. Ryerson is the UPS Chair of Transportation and an Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning and Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. She was appointed Associate Dean for Research of PennDesign in 2018. She received her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010 and her B.Sc. in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003.


Dr. Ryerson’s major contributions are in the field of transportation infrastructure planning and demand forecasting. Her work has investigated how airports compete for air service across megaregions, how airlines can reconfigure their disaster planning to achieve more resilient outcomes, and how flights can be planned more proactive to reduce fuel consumption. Overall, her work supports the design of transportation systems that are safe, efficient, and resilient. Dr. Ryerson is also focused on expanding the pedagogical reach of urban planning, and focusing on bringing megaregional and intercity transportation more squarely into the field of city and regional planning.


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May 22
12:00 pm-1:00 pm


UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies


Mong Learning Center
404 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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