Biographies


Dick Nelson
Integrated Transport Research, Inc.
122 NW 50th Street
Seattle, WA 98107
206-781-0915
dicknels@msn.com

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Dick Nelson is president and senior researcher at Integrated Transport Research, a Washington State nonprofit corporation he cofounded in 1993. At ITR, Dick specializes in transportation, land use, and telecommunications research, planning, and policy development.

He is a Research Associate at the Norman Y. Mineta International Institute for Surface Transportation Policy Studies.

From 1977 through 1992, Dick was a Washington State Representative. In that capacity he chaired the Energy and Housing committees, and served on the Transportation and Local Government committees.

Dick has been a member of numerous state and local boards, commissions and advisory committees related to transportation, including those addressing transit service planning, intelligent transportation system planning, and telecommuting. He has also been active in several organizations involved with state and regional transportation issues, including the Washington Transportation Policy Institute and the Coalition for Alternative Transportation (Alt-Trans). Dick is coeditor of the Public Interest Transportation Forum, a web site devoted to new approaches to planning and decision-making in transportation.

Dick earned a B.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Washington and a Doctor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Experience/Research Related to the Study of Surface Transportation

Dick was principal investigator for a project that developed a least-cost transportation planning method and alternative transportation solutions for the Puget Sound region. The project was funded by the Bullitt and Energy Foundations. He also contributed to a recent national study of the impact of telecommunications on travel commissioned by the U. S. Department of Energy. His recent work has focused on the integration of land use and transportation, specifically the concept of transit-oriented development.

While a state legislator, Dick was cosponsor of the 1990 Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) and was a member of the special committee that prepared the 1991 amendments to the GMA. He also authored successful legislation that addressed improved state transportation planning, the linkage of transportation and land use, incentives to use transit and carpool, and transportation demand management.

Publications

(With John Niles) "Market Dynamics and Nonwork Travel Patterns: Obstacles to Transit-Oriented Development?" To be published in Transportation Research Record.

(With John Niles) "Enhancing Understanding of Non-Work Trip Making: Data Needs for the Determination of TOD Benefits." Paper prepared for the TRB Conference on Personal Travel, Washington, D.C., June 28 - July 1, 1999.

(With John Niles) "Measuring the Success of Transit-Oriented Development: Retail Market Dynamics and Other Key Determinants." Paper prepared for the American Planning Association National Planning Conference, Seattle, Washington, April 24-28, 1999.

(With John Niles) "Prerequisites to Planning for Transit-Oriented Development: Understanding Non-work Activity Patterns and Trends, and Applying Alternative Methods for Predicting Success." Paper presented at the Seventh National Conference on the Application of Transportation Planning Methods, Boston, MA, March 7 -11, 1999.

(With Don Shakow) "Least-Cost Planning: A Tool for Metropolitan Transportation Decision Making." Transportation Research Record 1499, 1995, pp. 19-27.


John S. Niles
Global Telematics
4005 20th Ave West, Suite 111
Seattle, WA 98199
206-781-4475
niles@globaltelematics.com

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John Niles is founder and president of Global Telematics, a firm based in Seattle, Washington that synthesizes and articulates new policy responses to the interaction of telecommunications, transportation, and economic development (http://www.globaltelematics.com). He has held this position since 1986. His clients have included National Business Travel Association, State of Washington, State of Idaho, Puget Sound Regional Council, Southern California Association of Governments, East-West Gateway Coordinating Council (MPO for metro St. Louis), GTE, U S West Communications, Pacific Bell, University of California, Indiana University, Hudson Institute, and Bellevue (Washington) Transportation Management Association.

He is a Research Associate at the Norman Y. Mineta International Institute for Surface Transportation Policy Studies.

During 1988-90 John was an appointed visiting Senior Fellow for Telematics and Transportation at Center for the New West, Denver. He was reappointed in 1999 to initiate and manage a research and education program on growth management and mobility.

From 1979 through 1986 John was an independent contract researcher working primarily for Control Data Corporation on the team that designed, built, and marketed the Local Government Information Network, a pioneering online service for city and county government officials.

John was a project manager for the District of Columbia Government Mayor’s Office 1974-78, and a commissioned U.S. Naval Officer in an aircraft maintenance management function 1971-74.

He is a member of the Telecommunications and Travel Behavior Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), and of the American Society for Public Administration.

John earned a Master of Science in industrial administration at Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Experience/Research Related to the Study of Surface Transportation

John Niles initiated the Mobility Innovations Program at Bellevue Transportation Management Association in 1991 and began an early IVHS operational test of instant ridesharing funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and called Bellevue Smart Traveler.

John in 1995-96 led the development of a Telecommunications Deployment Strategy that addresses congestion, air quality, and job creation in the Los Angeles region of Southern California. This project continues a line of research on telecommunications interaction with transportation that began with a study he managed for the U.S. Department of Energy and the University of California at Berkeley called "Beyond Telecommuting." and continued with a preliminary investigation of telecommunications impacts for the Puget Sound Regional Council in Seattle.

Since 1997, John Niles and Dick Nelson have been investigating the impact of retail industry market trends and resulting consumer behavior on the planning processes and the nonwork trip making outcomes of Transit Oriented Development. This work has resulted in four papers accepted for presentation at conferences of the Transportation Research Board and the American Planning Association.

In 1999, John Niles and Dick Nelson were appointed Senior Fellows at Center for the New West (http://www.newwest.org) to develop and deliver a research and education program on growth management and mobility. The first Forum in this program will be held at the El Pomar Conference Center in Colorado Springs, June 1999.

Publications

(With Dick Nelson) "Market Dynamics and Nonwork Travel Patterns: Obstacles to Transit-Oriented Development?" To be published in Transportation Research Record.

(With Dick Nelson) "Enhancing Understanding of Non-Work Trip Making: Data Needs for the Determination of TOD Benefits." Paper prepared for the TRB Conference on Personal Travel, Washington, D.C., June 28 - July 1, 1999.

(With Dick Nelson) "Measuring the Success of Transit-Oriented Development: Retail Market Dynamics and Other Key Determinants." Paper prepared for the American Planning Association National Planning Conference, Seattle, Washington, April 24-28, 1999.

(With Dick Nelson) "Prerequisites to Planning for Transit-Oriented Development: Understanding Non-work Activity Patterns and Trends, and Applying Alternative Methods for Predicting Success." Paper presented at the Seventh National Conference on the Application of Transportation Planning Methods, Boston, MA, March 7 -11, 1999.

(With others) Telecommunications Deployment Strategy, Southern California Association of Governments, Los Angeles, 1996.

"Look Ahead, Not Back: An Alternative System for Regional Public Transportation," Policy Brief, Washington Institute for Policy Studies, March 1995.

(With others) "The Impact of Telecommunications on Travel Demand and Behavior in the Central Puget Sound Region," Draft Report for the Puget Sound Regional Council, 1995.

Beyond Telecommuting: A New Paradigm for the Effect of Telecommunications on Travel, United States Department of Energy (DOE/ER-0626), September 1994.

"Telecommunications, Telecommuting, and Travel," Public Innovation Abroad, March 1994.

(With John Cavallini) "Telecommunications and Transportation in a Developing Economy," Proceedings of the 16th Annual Pacific Telecommunications Conference, January 1994.

"Telecommunications Won't Eliminate Traffic Congestion," New Telecom Quarterly, Fourth Quarter, 1993.

(With Paul Toliver) "IVHS Technology for Improving Ridesharing," Proceedings of the 1992 Annual Conference of the Intelligent Vehicle Highway Society of America, May 1992.