Realistic Public Transport Futures in an Uncertain World

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 - 3:00pm

About the Event

The outlook for public transit can seem almost Dickensian. In some cities it is the worst of time, with falling ridership in decaying urban corridors and dispersed land-use patterns scattering commuters among suburbs. But other indicators point to better times, such as new technologies that are improving operations and communications, and rising gas prices and environmental awareness that could spur greater support. How will the next chapter read? Nigel Wilson will share his thoughts in a speech titled "Realistic Public Transport Futures in an Uncertain World."


Nigel Wilson — Professor, Massachusetts Insitute of Technology

Nigel Wilson is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research and teaching is focused on urban public transportation, including topics related to the operation, analysis, planning, and management of transit systems. Currently Wilson directs two major long-term research and education programs between MIT and major transit agencies: the Chicago Transit Authority and Transport for London.

In addition to teaching MIT graduate subjects, Wilson also directs a one-week summer course at MIT on transit operations and service planning, which has served more than 300 mid-career transit planners and managers over the past 20 years. Wilson has served on four Transportation Research Board transit- related committees and is a past chair of the Committee on Transit Management and Performance.

He received a master’s and a doctoral degree in civil engineering and transportation systems, respectively, from MIT.