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Awarded “Development of an Air Passenger Ground Access Model” Project by PANYNJ
Teaming with Louis Berger Group, Inc and HDR Company, Watchung Transportation (WT) has been awarded the project titled “Development of an air passenger ground access model” from Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ). The project team is charged to develop a practical and adaptable tool, based on rigorous statistical methods, to analyze how air passenger travelers and airport employees make choices. WT will support the airport passenger mode choice mode development by interacting with PA staff to develop and modify Level of Service skims based on the existing Best Practice Model by New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC). WT will also perform alternative analysis based on the newly developed and validated airport mode choice model.

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Presentations Scheduled for the TRB 88th Annual Conference
The Principal of Watchung Transportation LLC, Dr. Rongfang (Rachel) Liu, is scheduled to make a number of presentations during the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 88th Annual Meeting held in Washington DC, January 11–15, 2009. Dr. Liu chairs the TRB Committee AP040: Major Activity Circulation Systems and is also a member of several other technical committees. The presentation schedule is listed here:
  1. Gambla M. Christopher and Rongfang (Rachel) Liu. “Development of Performance Measures for Automated People Mover Systems at Airports (P09-0442)” Transportation Research Board (TRB) 88th Annual Meeting, January 13, 2009. Washington DC. Peer Reviewed.
  2. Deng, Yi and Rongfang (Rachel) Liu. “Multiclass Intermodal Network Model: The Use of Combined Models on LRT Planning (09-2949)” Transportation Research Board (TRB) 88th Annual Meeting, January 13, 2009. Washington DC. Peer Reviewed.
  3. Liu, Rongfang (Rachel). Moderator. “Rapid Transit Gets Personal: Development, Evaluation, and Sustainability of Personal Rapid Transit Applications” The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 88th Annual Meeting. Wednesday, January 13, 2009, 1:30 – 3:15 PM, Hilton, Washington DC.
  4. Liu, Rongfang (Rachel), David O. Nelson, and Alexander Lu. Business Model for Shared Operations of Freight and Passenger Services (09-2547)” Transportation Research Board (TRB) 88th Annual Meeting, January 12, 2009. Washington DC. Peer Reviewed.
  5. Guan, Changqian and Rongfang (Rachel) Liu. “Modeling Marine Container Terminal Gate Congestion, Truck Waiting Cost, and Optimization (09-3681)” Transportation Research Board (TRB) 88th Annual Meeting, January 12, 2009. Washington DC. Peer Reviewed.

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Multimodal Transportation Planning Workshop in Chongqing China, October 2008
The Principal of WTLLC, Dr. Rongfang (Rachel) and Mr. Jerry Cheng, Chief Planning for New York City, has conducted a multimodal Transportation Planning workshop for transportation planning officials, staff and consultants in the City of Chongqing, China. Dr. Manchu Tang, CEO of TV Lin and Fellow of Academy of engineers (AOE), and the Mr. Zhong, the Chief of Planning Bureau, are among these attended the presentations.

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Presentation at ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit, Anaheim, CA, August 2008
Dr. Rongfang (Rachel), the Principal of Watchung Transportation (WTLLC), has presented at the Innovative Transportation Projects in China. Dr. Liu’s presentation highlights the recently inaugurated High Speed Rail (HSR) services between Beijing, the Capital, and Tianjin, a provincial level city located 120 miles east of Beijing. (Click here to see the PP).

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Dr. Liu Appointed as the Chair of TRB Committee AP040
Dr. Rongfang (Rachel) Liu, the Principal of WTLLC, has been appointed by the Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Academy of Science (NAS) to Chair the Committee AP040: Major Activity Center Circulation Systems (2008-2011).
The committee is concerned with the full range of relationships among those physical and non-physical factors which are found to affect the healthful functioning of major activity centers (MACs). These include the types of and demand for circulation services and their relationship to land use densities and configurations; the capacities, physical characteristics, operating characteristics, and service-related amenities of automated people movers (APMs), moving walkways, shuttle bus services, personal automated transport, ropeways, and other systems designed to meet circulation needs; parking policies and locations, parking-pedestrian and parking-transit interfaces, station and stop design and location; and economic, planning, implementation and maintenance aspects of these systems.

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Presentations Made at the TRB 87th Annual Conference
The Principal of Watchung Transportation LLC, Dr. Rongfang (Rachel) Liu, has made a number of presentations during the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 87th Annual Meeting held in Washington DC, January 13–17, 2008. Dr. Liu serves in a number of technical committees and also chairs the 11th Annual NACOTA/ WCTA Technical Symposium on Important Issues of Transportation Development in China, which will be held in conjunction with TRB conference.
Liu, Rongfang (Rachel), Fang Chen and Junyu Guo. “Automated People Mover Connections in Beijing, China (P08-0819)” The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 87th Annual Meeting, Tuesday, January 15, 2008, 1:30 PM - 3:15 PM, Hilton, Washington DC.
Yang, Fei; Xia Jin; and Rongfang (Rachel) Liu. “Tour-Based Time-of-Day Choices for Weekend Nonwork Activities (08-2902)” The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 87th Annual Meeting. Tuesday, January 15, 2008, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Hilton, Washington DC.
Liu, Rongfang (Rachel) Liu and Yi Deng. “Developing Statewide Weekend Travel Demand Forecasting and Mode Choice Models in New Jersey (08-2420)“ The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 87th Annual Meeting. Wednesday, January 16, 2008, 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM, Hilton, Washington DC.
Guan, Changqian and Rongfang (Rachel) Liu. “Container Volume and Truck Trip Generations at Marine Container Terminals: Behavioral Analysis (08-3156)” The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 87th Annual Meeting. Wednesday, January 16, 2008, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Shoreham, Washington DC.

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DBE Certificate Received
Watchung Transportation LLC (WTLLC) has been certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) by the New Jersey Unified Certification Program (NJ UCP). The certification program is jointly sponsored by NJ TRANSIT, New Jersey Department of Transportation, and the Port Authority of NY and NJ. The certificate acknowledges WTLLC’s legibility to participate in public sector projects as a Disadvantage Business Enterprise as defined in Title 49, Part 26 of the US Code of Federal Regulations.

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ACRP Research Project Awarded
Watchung Transportation LLC has been working with Lea + Elliott in pursuing the “Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) A03-07: Guidebook for Measuring Performance Automated People Mover (APM) Systems at Airports”. Funded by the National Academy of Science (NAS) and managed by Transportation Research Board (TRB), this research project has been awarded to the team in June 2007 with a budget of $300,000.
The objective of the research is to develop a user-friendly guidebook for measuring performance of automated people mover (APM) systems at airports. The guidebook should identify a set of performance measures and associated data requirements for APM operators at airports to assess and improve performance, compare APM systems, and plan and design future APM systems. The performance measures should address the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of APM systems at airports, particularly focusing on impacts on APM passengers and on airport performance.

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