CVS prize for a study on the costs and benefits of network designs for the European high-speed rail network

Congrats Jorik Grolle for winning the second prize for his graduation thesis at the CVS transport colloquium! Jorik studied the costs and benefits of network designs for the European high-speed rail network.

Read more here in English or Dutch.

Demand for Urban Pooled On-Demand Services

María Alonso González of our Smart Public Transport Lab has been awarded the 2nd prize of the European TRAVISIONS 2020 young researcher competition (cross modality category). Congrats Maria, well deserved!

This recognition of Maria’s excellent work joins the Michael Beesley Award for the best
young researcher paper at the Thredbo 16 international conference in Singapore. Her research has also been shortlisted among the top 12 submissions for the
2020 ITF (International Transport Forum) Young Researcher of the Year Award.

Interested in learning about Maria’s work? You can find here the her PhD dissertation entitled “Demand for Urban Pooled On-Demand Services: Attitudes, Preferences and Usage” which she defended in July.

The following journal publications are included in her PhD dissertation:
Alonso Gonzalez M., Cats O., van Oort N., Hoogendoorn-Lanser S., and Hoogendoorn S. (2020). What are the determinants of the willingness to share rides in pooled on-demand services?Transportation, in press.

Alonso Gonzalez M., van Oort N., Cats O., Hoogendoorn-Lanser S., and Hoogendoorn S. (2020). Value of Time and Reliability for Urban Pooled On-Demand Services. Transportation Research Part C, 115, 102621.

Alonso Gonzalez M., Hoogendoorn-Lanser S., van Oort N., Cats O. and Hoogendoorn S. (2020). Drivers and Barriers in Adopting Mobility as a Service (MaaS) – A Latent Class Cluster Analysis of Attitudes. Transportation Research Part A, 132, 378-401.

Alonso-Gonzalez M., Liu T., Cats O., van Oort N. and Hoogendoorn S. (2018).The Potential of Demand Responsive Transport as a Complement to Public Transport: An Assessment Framework and an Empirical Evaluation. Transportation Research Record, in press.

In addition, she contributed to more than 10 conference proceedings and numerous national and international events where she shared her research findings with experts, service planners and providers and other partners in the industry.

This work took place as part of the SCRIPTSproject financed by NWO which is a forerunner of the ERC project CriticalMaaS.

Thredbo and mobil.TUM best paper awards

Pleased that the following two papers presented in two recent conferences have been awarded as follows:
– “What is the Disutility of Sharing a Ride? – Willingness to Share in DRT Services” presented by Maria Alonso Gonzalez.
received the Michael Beesley Award to the best paper led by an early stage career at the Thredbo (International Conference Series on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport) conference in Singapore

– “Impact of Autonomous Vehicle Deployment on Demand for Line-Based Public Transport Services” presented by Jonas Hatzenbühler received the ITS Bavaria Best Paper Award at mobil.TUM conference in Munich


Presenting at the Transit Data 2019 – the 5th International Workshop and Symposium on research and applications on the use of massive passive data for public transport on 8th -10th July in Paris, France. Contributions include the following studies:

– Generating network-wide travel diaries using smartcard data
– Enhanced complex network representation of public transport for accessibility assessment based on General Transit Feed Specification data
– Impact analysis of a new metro line in Amsterdam using automated data sources
– Predicting and clustering station vulnerability in urban networks
– Investigating the effects of real-time crowding information (RTCI) systems in urban public transport under different demand conditions

You may find the sessions by browsing the program.

Can ride-hailing replace all public transport services?

Presented last week some of our research activities together with AMS on the WeMakeTheCity festival in Amsterdam in a session devoted to the future of MaaS and PT. While I do not argue that we should replace all public transport with individual on-demand services, I think that it helps to illuminate the ramifications of hypothetically doing so and hence support the debate with research findings.