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Ben Sperry

Assistant Professor
Civil Engineering
Stocker Center 223
sperry@ohio.edu
Phone: 740.593.0426

Ben Sperry’s research focuses on using innovative analysis techniques to examine traveler behavior and measure traveler responses to different policy initiatives with a goal of informing decision-making on transportation improvements across all modes of travel. Specific research interests include multimodal passenger and freight transportation planning and policy, site planning and traffic impact analysis, and travel survey methods for transportation planning and environmental analysis. Sperry’s research portfolio includes a variety of projects for sponsors including several cooperative research programs of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) as well as Departments of Transportation in Michigan, Ohio, and Texas. His publication record includes more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and technical research reports. Prior to joining Ohio University in 2013, Sperry was a researcher in the Multimodal Freight Transportation Systems program of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Sperry is a member of the TRB Intercity Passenger Rail Systems committee (AR010) and is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).


Research Interests: travel behavior analysis, multimodal freight and passenger transportation, innovative traveler survey designs, environmental analysis of transportation systems

All Degrees Earned: Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2012; M.S., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2008; B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Evansville, 2006; B.S., Engineering Management, University of Evansville, 2006

Technical Report (3)

  • Sperry, B., Collins, T. (2016). Analysis of the Spring 2016 Hiawatha Service Passenger Surveys. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Department of Transportation; 76.
  • Morgan, C., Warner, J., Horowitz, B., Simpson, D., Sperry, B., Zullig, W. (2016). Guidebook for Intercity Passenger Rail Service and Development. Washington, D.C.: TRB National Cooperative Rail Research Program; 6.
  • Sperry, B., Naik, B., Warner, J. (2016). Evaluation of Grade Crossing Hazard Ranking Models. Columbus, OH: Ohio Department of Transportation.

Research Report (3)

  • Hard, E., Bhat, C., Chigoy, B., Green, L., Dubey, S., Pearson, D., Sperry, B., Loftus-Otway, L., Moore, P. (2015). Improved Trip Generation Data for Texas Using Work Place and Special Generator Survey Data. Texas Department of Transportation; 0-6760-1: 190. http://d2dtl5nnlpfr0r.cloudfront.net/tti.tamu.edu/documents/0-6760-1.pdf.
  • Fitzpatrick, K., Warner, J., Brewer, M., Bentzen, B., Barlow, J., Sperry, B. (2015). Guidebook on Pedestrian Crossings of Public Transit Rail Services. Washington, D.C.: Transit Cooperative Research Program; 175: 173. http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/tcrp/tcrp_rpt_175.pdf.
  • Lin, P., Fabregas, A., Pinjari, A., Seggerman, K., Lee, C., Koneru, V., Bochner, B., Sperry, B. (2014). Trip Internalization in Multi-Use Developments. Tampa, FL: Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR).

Conference Proceeding (3)

  • Sperry, B. (2016). Review of Global Evidence of the Ridership and Transportation System Impacts of High-Speed Rail. Houston, TX: American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • Sperry, B., Morgan, C. (2013). Review of State-Level Loan and Grant Programs for Local Freight Rail Infrastructure. Knoxville, TN: Proceedings of the 2013 Joint Rail Conference; 8.
  • Sperry, B., Burris, M., Woosnam, K. (2013). Examining the Attitudes and Valuation of High-Speed Rail Travel among Residents of Small- and Medium-Sized Communities. Washington, DC: 92nd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board Compendium.

Journal Article, Academic Journal (10)

  • Sperry, B., Naik, B., Warner, J. (2016). Current Issues in Highway-Railroad Grade Crossing Hazard Ranking and Project Development. Washington, D.C.: Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board.
  • Sperry, B. (2016). Synthesis of North American High-Speed Passenger Rail Ridership Forecasting. Washington, D.C.: Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board.
  • Sperry, B., Burris, M., Woosnam, K. (2016). Investigating the Impact of High-Speed Rail Equipment Visualization on Mode Choice Models: Case Study in Central Texas. Case Studies on Transport Policy.
  • Sperry, B., Chigoy, B., Green, L., Hard, E. (2016). Development of Improved Trip Attraction Rates for Small- and Medium-Sized Travel Demand Models. Washington, D.C.: Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board; 2568: 48-54.
  • Fu, H., Nie, L., Meng, L., Sperry, B., He, Z. (2015). A hierarchical line planning approach for a large-scale high speed rail network: The China case. Transportation Research Part A; 75: 61-86. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2015.03.013.
  • Sperry, B., Warner, J., Pearson III, R. (2014). Examining the Characteristics of Intercity Bus Passengers in Michigan. Washington, DC: Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board.
  • Sperry, B., Mueller, J., Hunter-Zaworski, K. (2013). Development of Multicriteria Decision Method for Evaluating High-Speed Rail Corridor. Washington, DC: Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board; 2374: 26-34.
  • Sperry, B., Taylor, J., Roach, J. (2013). Economic Impacts of Amtrak Intercity Passenger Rail Service in Michigan. Washington, DC: Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board; 2374: 17-25.
  • Fu, H., Sperry, B., Nie, L. (2013). Operational Impacts of Using Restricted Passenger Flow Assignment in High-Speed Train Stop Scheduling Problem. 902562. Mathematical Problems in Engineering; 2013: 8.
  • Schneider, R., Shafizadeh, K., Sperry, B., Handy, S. (2013). Methodology to Gather Multimodal Trip Generation Data in Smart-Growth Areas. Washington, DC: Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board; 2354: 68-85.