ESP Biography



JOSHUA FABIAN, MIT Transit Lab student; photographer; MBTA rider.




Major: 1

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: Not available.

Picture of Joshua Fabian

Brief Biographical Sketch:

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Past Classes

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Can technology save the T? in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
It's no secret that the MBTA, and many other public transit systems in the US, often face delays, disruptions, and various other misfortunes? (Have you ever been late to something because of the T?) Have you ever wondered what we can do about it, and what the MBTA and others are doing? What will the future of transit be like? Will it even involve Hyperloop? Come make sense of these questions by learning about topics such as transit signal prioritization, the General (Google?) Transit Feed Specification, vehicle dispatching, and "mobility as a service". Students are of course encouraged to bring their own transit-related questions for discussion.


The Ever-Powerful Bus in Spark 2017 (Mar. 11 - 12, 2017)
The wheels on the bus go...to wherever you want to take them! Learn about the workhorses in many cities' transit systems: the bus! We will look at pros and cons of buses over other modes such as subways and cycling, challenges bus operations often face, as well as some of the improvements that have come in recent years (have you heard of "BRT"?). Particularly, we will look at Boston, including the history of buses here and where the future may take us.


Why the T is so slow, and how to speed it up in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
Ever wonder why the [insert color] Line is always delayed at rush hour, or why buses appear to come in bunches? Why does this line go here, why does that one go there, and is there anything that can be done to reduce inefficiencies? Come make sense of these questions by learning the basics of queuing theory, as well as how they apply to everyday operations on the T - dealing with situations such as disabled trains and bus bunching. We will look at current operations on the MBTA and transit in general from a financial, engineering, and historic perspective. Finally, this course will explore innovative solutions to operational challenges, using the Green Line as a particular case study. Students are of course encouraged to bring their own transit-related questions for discussion.


Why the MBTA is so slow in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
Ever wonder why the [insert color] Line is always delayed at rush hour, or why buses appear to come in bunches? Come make sense of these questions by learning the basics of queuing theory and traffic modeling, as well as how they apply to everyday operations on the T - dealing with situations such as disabled trains, schedule adjustments, bus bunching, and, yes, even headways on the Green Line branches. Students are of course encouraged to bring their own transit-related questions or discussion.