TRB Annual Meeting 2016

TRB Annual Meeting 2016

Ringstrasse150 homepage screenshot.

My Ring Ride – Ringstrasse150 project is being awarded an honourable mention award at the 2016 US Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting – Yea!

Here are my presentations and papers at the TRB Annual Meeting – Sunday 10 January -to- Thursday 14 January 2016:

  • Repurposing Travel Lanes for Multimodal Projects – Workshop 114 – Analyze This! What Planners Want to Know; Andy Nash, Green City Streets with Natalie Stiffler, City of Boulder. The workshop considers three problems, our problem considers the evaluation of and communications about the potential congestion impacts of sidewalk widening, bike lane, and transit lane projects. We’ll use Boulder’s Folsom Street project as a case study and try to develop strategies for improve the evaluation of these projects and communications about congestion. Sunday 10 January – 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM, Convention Center, 140A.
  • Enhanced Resource Conflict Graph Rescheduling Model for Freight Rail Traffic: Introducing Energy Saving; Toletti, Ambra, Valerio De Martinis, Ulrich Weidmann and Andrew Nash; Monday -1:30 PM- 3:15 PM – Session 367 – Current Research on Freight Rail Transportation, Convention Center, 149.
  • Tram Safety in Mixed Traffic: Best Practices from Switzerland; Improving Light Rail Through Operational and Safety Analysis – Marti, Christian, Jonas Kupferschmid, Michael Schwertner, Andrew Nash, and Ulrich Weidmann;  Monday – 7:30 PM- 9:30 PM – Session 470 – Convention Center, 143A.
  • Banedanmark TMS: ETCS as the foundation for attractive and efficient railway service; Nash, Andrew; Tuesday – 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Intercity Passenger Rail Committee, Marriott Marquis, Capitol (M4).
  • Evaluation of Freight Train Energy-Saving Potential Using Onboard Monitoring Data; De Martinis, Valerio, Ulrich Weidmann, Andrew Nash; Tuesday – 10:15 AM- 12:00 PM – Session 576 – Energy Efficiency Technologies for Rail Transportation – Convention Center, 147B.
  • Ring Ride – Ringstrasse 150 Project; Honourable Mention Award: Communicating with John and Jane Q. Public Contest 2016; Nash, Andrew; Tuesday – 10:45 AM- 12:30 PM – Session 585 – Public Involvement; Convention Center, Hall E.

Hope to see you there!

Ringstrasse150 Project Launch

Ringstrasse150 Project Launch

Ringstrasse150 homepage screenshot.

Ringstrasse150 homepage screenshot.

We’re excited to be launching the Ringstrasse150 – Ring Ride project. The project consists of a website with information on improving walking and cycling in Vienna and a mobile phone game designed to increase engagement by linking to the website in the game results screen. The website is available here:

Ringstrasse150

We’ll be working on the website in the next few days to finish the German version and improve the content.

The Ring Ride game is available for Android from the Play Store:

Ring Ride Game for Android

The iOS version will be available as soon as it it approved by Apple.

We have rethought the project since our original idea for a website that would include mapping of improvement ideas. Instead the website now focuses on being a “one stop shop” for presenting information about how to improve walking and cycling in a city – in our case Vienna’s Ringstrasse. We’ll add learning elements to the website later. The main reason we decided not to include improvement mapping is that many cities already have these websites (including Vienna), so we’ll focus on trying to get people to use these existing websites.

If this project is successful similar websites could be developed for other cities following the same model. Here’s more information about the project and what we hope to achieve.

The goal is to increase support for walking and cycling improvements by creating a game (Ring Ride) that will introduce new people to organisations, activities, ideas and resources for walking and cycling in their cities.

Contact us if you want more information.

Strategies for Reducing Passenger Congestion in Rail Stations: European Case Study

Strategies for Reducing Passenger Congestion in Rail Stations: European Case Study

Amsterdam Central Station - 1

Amsterdam Central Station

In January I’ll be making a presentation about my recent research on using new technologies (mostly) to help reduce passenger congestion in rail stations (metro, regional and long-distance railways). The presentation’s original title was more exciting, “Passenger Congestion at Rail Stations – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly” but as the research progressed it became clear that focusing on solutions, and especially ideas for using applications and new technology (since standard design practices and modelling are fairly well understood) made more sense. Here are the details:

  • Zurich Hauptbahnhof - September 2014

    Zurich Hauptbahnhof – September 2014

    San Francisco – SPUR – Thursday January 8, 12:30 PM

  • Washington DC – Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting: Workshop 194: Rail Station Congestion Management and Capacity Expansion; Sunday, January 11, 2015 1:30PM – 5:30PM Convention Center, 147A.

Here’s a link to the presentation (forthcoming).

GreenCityStreets.com now online!

GreenCityStreets.com now online!


The new GreenCityStreets.com website is now online and it’s much improved. I’ve made “GreenCityStreets.com” the umbrella name for all my work in the field of using information technology applications to improve public participation. Consequently I’ve described the work that was done as part of the BusMeister project in 2011 and 2012 as the BusMeister project.

The new website will present an analysis of the latest ideas in using information technology applications to improve public participation. It describes the following activities:

The website includes pages on each of these subjects (click the link) as well as blog postings with new ideas.

The website also includes links to our games (BusMeister, Grr-Grr-Bike, Working on the Railroad) and projects.

The website is still a work in progress so check back again in the future and let me know if you have suggestions or ideas. In the meantime, we hope you like the new site!

GreenCityStreets – New Website

GreenCityStreets – New Website

GreenCityStreets-logo

I’m developing a new GreenCityStreets.com website to consolidate everything in one place. Here are some links to the in-progress work:

BusMeisterLogo

GreenCityStreets.com – Home

BusMeister – Project Results – The BusMeister project combined educational resources, a game and a crowdsourcing platform for helping improve the quality of participation in identification and support of public transport improvements.

BusMeister Public Transport Game – Information on the BusMeister game including a link to game

Grr-Grr-Bike – CycleMeister – About the game + download

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