Paul Schimek, Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design, teaches urban transportation planning. He holds a Masters in Urban Planning from UCLA and a PhD in Urban and Studies and Planning from M.I.T. He has been a transportation consultant for 20 years, formerly with TranSystems, Booz Allen Hamilton, URS, and the U.S. DOT Volpe Center. His professional work focuses on public transit, where he focuses on the application of automatic data collection systems to improved service planning, fare policy, and operations management. He has particular expertise in bus system improvements and Bus Rapid Transit.
Previously, he was a transportation planner for the City of Boston where his duties included neighborhood transportation planning, traffic and parking impact analysis, and bicycle planning. At the U.S. DOT Volpe Center he contributed to Vice President Gore’s Climate Change Action Plan (1993), studied the relationship between transportation mode choices and population density, and created a model to analyze the impact of fuel price on automobile ownership and use.
Schimek’s doctoral research was a comparison of public transit use and performance in the U.S. compared to Canada. His published papers on a variety of transportation topics have appeared in Transportation Research Record, Transportation Research A and D, Regional Science and Urban Economics, and the Journal of Transportation Statistics. His most recent published article is a study of public transit fare elasticities. His current research is on bicyclist injuries, including a study of police-reported collisions in Boston; a study of motorist overtaking collisions; and a review of the safety of urban bicycle paths adjacent to roadways.