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José Holguín-Veras

Director, Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment (CITE) & William H. Hart Chair Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering


Leading authority in freight transportation and humanitarian logistics


Areas of Expertise

Transportation PlanningTraffic EngineeringMathematical ModelingArcgisOperations Research


Professor Holguín-Veras’s research emphasizes the integration of state of the art economic principles into transportation modeling so that a complete picture can be developed as to the broader impacts of transportation activity on the economy and the environment; and the study of the behavior of the participating agents to support sustainable policies. His work includes a broad spectrum of research tracks ranging from: basic research on transportation modeling, research on the behavioral responses of agents to pricing and other sustainable policies, research on simplified modeling techniques, i.e., to estimate demand using secondary data. The latter techniques are bound to benefit developing countries because they minimize the need for expensive data collection efforts. His leadership positions at key international research organizations include: Vice-President for Logistics of the Pan-American Conferences of Traffic and Transportation Engineering, Elected Member of the Council for the Association for European Transport, member of the International Organizing Committee of the City Logistics Conferences, member of three Technical Committees and invitational Task Forces on freight modeling at the Transportation Research Board. He is member of a number of editorial boards, Review Chair for freight transportation at the Transportation Research Board, and Transportation Editor at Networks and Spatial Economics.







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University of Texas at Austin

Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering


Universidad Central de Venezuela

Magister Scientiarum, Civil and Environmental Engineering


Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo

Civil Engineer, Civil and Environmental Engineering


Media Appearances

Double-Parking Crackdown in NYC Would Pinch Businesses

The Wall Street Journal  print


New York City wants to tighten double-parking rules citywide to ease congestion, but delivery firms say the changes would lead to more tickets and increase business expenses because there are so few spaces to park legally.

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‘Amazon Day’ Shipping Option Aims to Reduce Deliveries and CO2 Emissions

Fortune  print


For households that constantly order items on Amazon, the convenience can often be soured by having to deal with a barrage of packages arriving multiple times a week.

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Online Shopping Was Supposed to Keep People Out of Traffic. It Only Made Things Worse

Time  print


At the tail end of a three-hour drive from upstate New York to Boston, Professor José Holguín-Veras stared morosely through his windshield at the signs of a transportation apocalypse. “I’m surrounded by trucks and nothing is moving,” he grumped into his cellphone. “This is what the future looks like.”

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Japan's 1000-year-old-warning

Los Angeles Times  online


I am an engineer and a disaster researcher; I went to Japan after the March 11, 2011, magnitude 9.0 Tohoku earthquake to try to identify lessons there that could benefit future disaster-response operations. In late May, I was following the usual research routine of interviewing individuals involved at the various stages of the disaster response, and particularly those involved in the distribution of critical supplies as part of the relief effort.

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The impacts of time of day pricing on car user behavior: findings from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s initiative | Transportation


This paper discusses the key findings from a research project that assessed the impacts of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Time of Day Pricing Initiative on the behavior of passenger car users. The survey data, comprised...

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Preliminary Insights into Optimal Pricing and Space Allocation at Intermodal Terminals with Elastic Arrivals and Capacity Constraint | Networks and Spatial Economics


This paper discusses derivations, and implications of, formulae to compute optimal space allocation and pricing for storage at container terminals. The case discussed in the paper considers elastic arrivals and container dwelling times, which is a...

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