Conference - Access to Destinations: Rethinking the Transportation Future of Our Region (
- Behalf Of David Levinson
Sent: Tuesday, May 11, 2004 6:35 PM
Subject: CALL FOR PAPERS: Access to Destinations: Rethinking the
Transportation Future of Our Region (utsg)
CALL FOR PAPERS
Access to Destinations: Rethinking the Transportation Future of Our
November 8-9, 2004
University of Minnesota
The Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota is
sponsoring a conference with the theme Access to Destinations:
Rethinking the Transportation Future of Our Region.
Issues that this conference seeks to address include:
What is the relationship between worsening traffic congestion levels
and the ability of individuals to access such destinations as work,
education, medical care, shopping and recreation?
What influences the location decisions people and organizations make?
How do various land development strategies, zoning policies and
neighborhood designs affect accessibility?
What tools are needed to evaluate the impacts of transportation
strategies such as expanded freeway and road systems, transit
investments, technologies and operational improvements, and designs
that emphasize bicycle and pedestrian travel systems?
Purpose and Expected Impact
The purpose of the conference is to explore breakthrough thinking on
how transportation policy and planning should be framed. Can we
identify new and better ways for addressing the challenges posed by
traffic congestion and its impacts? The answer to this question will
impact the future livability and economic competitiveness for the
region and the state. In addition, the Twin Cities could serve as a
model for other metropolitan regions in dealing with these issues. The
Center and its partners bring nationally recognized expertise in
transportation research and outreach to this initiative and the ability
to attract participation from national experts in these areas. This
program provides an opportunity for the University to develop new
knowledge in the field of transportation research through the
engagement of policymakers, practitioners, and the public. Engaging
policymakers and the public provides the University with an opportunity
to highlight our commitment to addressing issues and problems that are
confronted by individuals and businesses on a daily basis.
This two-day conference is scheduled for November 8-9, 2004, on the
University of Minnesota campus. It will feature a half-day of
presentations and discussions open to public participation followed by
a day-and-a-half of presentations and discussions with approximately 75
invited-only participants and researchers.
The public portion of the conference will feature a panel that will be
focused on defining the issues in three topic areas congestion, land
use, and accessibility followed by a panel that presents policy
alternatives in the three areas. Six national academic experts are
being invited to write a paper in one of the three topic areas that
will either define the issue or identify policy alternatives. Their
objective will be to provide insight on the issues described above and
to discuss the current state of the practice nationally. Discussion
regarding implications for Minnesota will be encouraged in the large
group and in smaller groups during roundtable discussions at lunch.
Additional papers are being solicited through this call for abstracts.
These will be presented during the invited-only sessions that will
follow the public portion.
Researchers with an interest in Accessibility are invited to submit
abstracts for consideration. Accessibility is traditionally defined as
the ease with which destinations (customers, suppliers, activities) can
be reached, but this can be operationalized in many ways: for different
travelers, to different destinations, using different means of travel,
and incorporating different measures of travel quality.
Papers breaking new ground or illustrating the state of art in
applications and empirical research, theoretical, or methodological
aspects of accessibility research are welcome. Multi-disciplinary
approaches are also welcome.
Abstracts (approximately 1,000 words) are due May 31, 2004 to David
Levinson: levin031@... .
Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit a full paper
(of approximately 5,000 - 7,500 words, in electronic format) by October
4, 2004, which would be distributed to other conference presenters as
well as participants. Presentations will be approximately 20 - 25
minutes, leaving ample time for discussion and question and answer.
An anticipated conference output will be a peer-reviewed proceedings in
which selected papers from the conference would be featured. We
envision that this would be in the form a book with a reputable
There are limited funds available to reimburse expenses of presenters.
Please make this request with your abstract.
David Levinson and Kevin J. Krizek
Dr. David Levinson
University of Minnesota
Department of Civil Engineering
500 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455 USA