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TRF Announces "Best Paper" Winners

For Immediate Release:

May 10, 2021

Papers Presented at TRF

Take Home Distinguished Honors


We are pleased to announce the winners of Best Paper Awards from our 61st Annual International Meeting held on May 2021.  Each winner received an inscribed plague and cash prize made possible by a charitable gift from the TRF Foundation.       

All papers submitted for presentation at the Annual Meeting were peer reviewed by a committee chaired Professor Ian Savage of Northwestern University.  Both the award-winning papers exemplify the high standards of the research presented at our annual conference.

The Best Paper Award is awarded to Justin Tyndall, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Hawaii for the paper “Pedestrian Deaths and Large Vehicles.”  His paper draws upon extensive traffic data to offer new insights in the risks facing those in close proximity to streets and roadways.  Professor Tyndall had previously received our Best Student Paper Award in 2018 for the paper “Light Rail Transit, Local Labour Market Outcomes and Household Sorting” while a studying at University of British Columbia)

The Best Student Paper Award is awarded to Xavier Harmony, Ph.D. student, Virginia Tech, for the paper “Can Transportation Network Companies Replace the Bus? An Evaluation of Shared Mobility Operating Costs.”  Xavier is also a transit programs manager for the Commonwealth of Virginia.  This paper builds upon the extensive research on “Share Mobility” topics presented at our Annual Meeting.

Congratulations to both Professor Tyndall and Xavier for their achievement!  If you would like to contact the award winners, please email our Administrator Jolie Estes at

About TRF

The Transportation Research Forum (TRF) is an independent organization of transportation professionals founded in 1958 to provide an impartial meeting ground for carriers, shippers, government officials, consultants, university researchers, suppliers, and others seeking an exchange of information and ideas on both passenger and freight transportation.  TRF conducts a national Annual Forum, and has chapters in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Louis, and South Korea.


Joe Schwieterman, Ph.D.
TRF President
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