August 16, 2007

Leading researchers to appear at second Access to Destinations conference

Experts in the fields of transportation management, public policy, and urban planning will be among the leading researchers coming to the University of Minnesota in August for the second Access to Destinations Conference.

The conference, to be held August 23 and 24, 2007, will feature a half-day of presentations and discussions open to a select public, followed by a day-and-a-half of presentations and discussions with approximately 75 invited-only participants and researchers. The conference will be hosted by the Center for Transportation Studies.

General session topics will include:

* Sprawl and Accessibility, Robert Bruegmann, Professor, Art History, Architecture, and Urban Planning, University of Illinois at Chicago
* Accessibility: Long-Term Perspectives, Kay Axhausen, Professor, Institute for Transport Planning and Systems, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
* On the Provision of Sustainable Public Transit Services: The Case of Hong Kong, Hong K. Lo, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
* Panel Discussion on Implications for Research and Practice.

The second conference will be launched by a set of commissioned papers from international researchers addressing issues related to accessibility, land use, and transportation. A number of paper abstracts have also been selected for presentation.

Issues that this conference seeks to address include:

* The relationship between transportation services, the location of activities, and the ability of individuals to access destinations including work, education, medical care, shopping, and recreation.
* The factors influencing the location decisions of households and organizations, and the investment and service provision decisions of public agencies and private firms.
* The effectiveness of policies, including land development strategies, zoning, and neighborhood designs in affecting accessibility.

For more information on speakers and registration for the second Access to Destinations Conference, visit the conference Web page.