Chester Harvey is the Director of NCSG’s Transportation Policy Research Group. He works to bridge the allied fields of transportation and urban design has promising implications for shaping more active, equitable cities. A Vermont native who earned undergraduate and master’s degrees at Middlebury and University of Vermont, respectively, Harvey is completing his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley, where he explored concepts in transportation decision making, accessibility, urban infrastructure and pedestrian psychology and behavior.
At NSCG, Harvey will take the reins of the center’s ongoing travel survey project with MDOT to understand commuting and congestion trends, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the impact of flexible work schedules on transit demand, whether working from home has resulted in more localized, literal foot traffic and the barriers that keep people from living close to where they work.