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David Levinson
Associate Professor and Director, Economics and Urban Systems (NEXUS), University of Minnesota


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Given transportation creates land value, and recognizing the problem of underfunding transport infrastructure, new funding sources can be used to increase transport investment, create additional land value, and improve social welfare. This presentation considers co-evolutionary process between the development of land and transport networks. Using data from the rail and Underground in London and the streetcar system in the Twin Cities, the empirical relationship is established statistically under several different contexts, and hypotheses about the positive feedback nature of the interaction are tested.

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Dr. David Levinson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota and Director of the Networks, Economics, andUrban Systems (NEXUS) research group. He currently holds the Richard P. Braun/CTS Chair in Transportation.

In January 2005 he was awarded the CUTC/ARTBA New Faculty Award. He earned a Ph.D. in TransportationEngineering at the University of California at Berkeley in 1998. His dissertation "On Whom the Toll Falls", argues that local decision making about managing and financing roads will most likely lead to direct road pricing, which will allow the efficient allocation of scarce road resources (and thus reduce congestion). From 1989 to 1994, he worked as a transportation planner, developing integrated transportation and land-use models for Montgomery County, Maryland. Levinson has authored or edited five books and numerous peer reviewed articles. He is the editor of the Journal of Transport and Land Use.

Recent publications include: "Financing Transportation Networks", ”Assessing the Benefits and Costs of Intelligent Transportation Systems", "Access to Destinations”, "The Transportation Experience ", and "Planning for Place and Plexus: Metropolitan Land Use and Transport "