Research

“…in leading a life of inquiry and exploration on the ‘sea of doubt without a compass and guide, most will be driven off course by storms; only a very few discover new lands. Out in the middle of the immense ocean of ideas one often longs to return to firm land'” – Emerson

‘If you torture the data long enough, they will tell you what you want to hear’ – Anon

My research interests fall into the broad categories of economic development, political theory, transportation and public policy. My dissertation examines the fiscal environments of new streetcar projects in U.S. cities, including how public subsidies are used to encourage property development near these investments. Investigating subsidy-provision near transit investments is important for two reasons. First, it increases our understanding of the range of tools used in transit-oriented development (TOD) projects. Second, investigating the use of subsidies is important for assessing the social equity aspects of streetcar projects. The fiscal behavior of public entities is at the heart of questions about social equity, as resources spent on specific investments or to stimulate private activity is intentional redistribution toward particular purposes and away from others. By looking holistically at the public resources used in streetcar projects, as well as the decision-making apparatuses that determine the allocation of resources, my research hopes to inform local planning practice to favor more equitable development patterns in U.S. cities.

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Referred Publications:

Schwieterman, Joseph and Lauren Fischer. “Competition from the Curb: Survey of Passengers on Discount Curbside Bus Operators in Eastern and Midwestern Cities” Transportation Research Record 2012: 2277. December 2012.

Fischer, Lauren and Joseph Schwieterman. “The Decline and Recovery of Intercity Bus Service in the United States: A Comeback for an Environmentally Friendly Transportation Mode?” Environmental Practice, 13(1): 7-15. March 2011 (Cambridge University Press).

Schwieterman, Joseph and Lauren Fischer. “Variations in the Rates of Passenger Usage of Portable Technology on Intercity Buses, Trains and Planes: Implications for Transportation Planning” Journal of Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy, 2011. Vol. 78, Number 1.

Curbside Bus Reports:

Schwieterman, J., Fischer, L., Ghosal, C., Largent, P. Netzel, N. and M. Schulz. 2011. The Intercity Bus Rolls to Record Expansion: 2011 Update on Scheduled Motor Coach Service in the United States. Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development Policy Study, Chicago, IL.

Schwieterman, J. and L. Fischer. 2010. The Intercity Bus: America’s Fastest Growing Transportation Mode: 2010 Update on Scheduled Bus Service. Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development Policy Study, Chicago, IL.

Schwieterman, J. and L. Fischer. 2008. The Return of the Intercity Bus: 2008 Update. Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development Policy Study, Chicago, IL.

Schwieterman, J., Fischer, L., Smith, S. and C. Towles. 2007. The Return of the Intercity Bus: The Decline and Recovery of Scheduled Service to American Cities, 1960-2007. Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development Policy Study, Chicago, IL.

Technology and Travel Reports:

Schwieterman, J. and L. Fischer. 2010. Privacy Invades Public Space: The Growing Use of Portable Technology on Intercity Buses, Trains and Planes between 2009 and 2010. Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development Policy Study, Chicago, IL.

Schwieterman, J, Fischer, L. Field, S. Pizzano, A. and S. Urbanczyk. 2009. Is Portable Technology Changing how Americans Travel? A Survey of the Use of Electronic Devises on Intercity Buses, Trains and Planes. Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development Policy Study, Chicago, IL.

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