- Monday, November 2, 2015
- 12:00 pm EST
- Google Hangout On Air (live-streamed on this page)
How the World Beats Traffic
Congestion is the bane of urban life in Canada, as it is elsewhere in the world. Too many people driving too many cars at the same place at the same time—that’s congestion. The Commission’s first OnAir Google Hangout will be a virtual panel discussion with international experts on how cities are using congestion pricing to combat gridlock. Chris Ragan, chair, will host and moderate the event.
Prof. David Levinson serves on the faculty of the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering at the University of Minnesota, is Managing Director of the Accessibility Observatory, and directs the Networks, Economics, and Urban Systems (NEXUS) research group. He holds the Richard P. Braun/CTS Chair in Transportation. He also serves on the graduate faculty of the Applied Economics and Urban and Regional Planning programs at the University of Minnesota. In academic year 2006-2007 he was a visiting academic at Imperial College in London.
In January 2005 he was awarded the CUTC/ARTBA New Faculty Award. He earned a Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley in 1998. His dissertation “On Whom the Toll Falls“, argues that local decision making about managing and financing roads will most likely lead to direct road pricing, which will allow the efficient allocation of scarce road resources (and thus reduce congestion). He has also conducted research into travel behavior.
He received the 1995 Tiebout Prize in Regional Science for the paper “Location, Relocation, and the Journey to Work”. From 1989 to 1994, he worked as a transportation planner, developing integrated transportation and land-use models for Montgomery County, Maryland. He then applied those models for multimodal network planning and growth management.
Levinson has authored or edited several books, including The Transportation Experience, Planning for Place and Plexus, and The End of Traffic and the Future of Transport, and numerous peer reviewed articles. He is the editor of the Journal of Transport and Land Use.
A former NYC Traffic Commissioner he is expert at getting people out of their cars and into other forms of transportation. Mr. Schwartz has created many win-win-win situations whereby traffic moves better, pedestrians are safer and the community gains more sidewalk and green space. He’s been called an Urban Alchemist for making grass grow from asphalt. He began his transportation career as a NYC cab driver.
He has a B.S. in Physics from Brooklyn College and a M.S. in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
His latest book, StreetSmart, a look at the millennial revolution in transportation and what it means for the future, will be released in September, 2015.