Hiroyuki Iseki

Associate Professor
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Hiroyuki (Hiro) Iseki is Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and Research Faculty at the National Center for Smart Growth Research & Education (NCSG) in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.  He has the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Urban Planning from UCLA, as well as the Master of Engineering degree from University of Tokyo.  His research focuses on balancing efficiency, effectiveness, and equity in public policy and planning with special attentions to transportation, environment, land use, and energy issues (including electric vehicles and related infrastructure issues).  Prior to joining UMD, Dr. Iseki taught at University of Toledo, Ohio and University of New Orleans, Louisiana, and has been Research Associate with Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University, California. 


Dr. Iseki has worked on various transportation research projects funded by university research centers, foundations, and government agencies, including University of California Transportation Center, Mineta Transportation Institute, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and California Department of Transportation.  Dr. Iseki was involved in a series of studies on built environment, transit facilities, and crime incidents in Los Angeles, and developed a new GIS analysis method to incorporate the presence of slopes and intersections in identifying the size of bikeshed, using energy consumption as travel impedance. He was involved in a series of research projects to develop tools to evaluate the transit service quality at bus stops and train station with researchers from the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies.  These tools included: 1) a toolkit of survey instruments, 2) guidelines for conducting a user survey about their perceptions of transit service quality, and 3) a downloadable customized analysis for any specific transit.  For a project to assess the feasibility of interoperable smart cards for transit systems, he conducted a cost-benefit analysis, taking into account coordination among transit agencies in the San Francisco Bay area.  Recently, Hiro has completed: (1) a study to examine the effects of gasoline prices on ridership of four different transit modes in ten urbanized areas, and (2) a study to develop direct ridership models to estimate the impacts of land use changes on WMATA metro station ridership.  The latter study has been extended to a project with Maryland Transit Administration to develop direct ridership models and the excel-based implementation tool for planning purposes.  Dr. Iseki has worked with his graduate assistants on a study to examine the distribution of firm locations in relation to rail stations in the Washington DC region and in the State of Maryland, and on a study of transportation demand management programs in university campus setting and of universal transit pass (U-Pass) programs to help the UMD Office of Sustainability and campus community to move forward with campus sustainability agendas.  



  • Iseki, H., C. Liu, and G. Knaap. 2018. The Determinants of Travel Demand between Rail Stations: A Direct Transit Demand Model Using Multilevel Analysis for Washington D.C. Metrorail System, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 116, 635-649.
  • Iseki, H, and R. P. Jones.  2018, “Analysis of Firm Location and Relocation in Relation to Maryland and Washington, DC Metro Rail Stations,” Research in Transportation Economics, 67, 29-43.  (See https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0739885916300543 )
  • Iseki, H., K. Norman, C. Warner, and H. Eom. 2017. “The Case Study of Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) Programs,” 52 pages (funded by University of Maryland Sustainability Fund).
  • Eom, H., Hiroyuki Iseki, and C. Warner. 2017. “The Literature Review of University Campus Transportation Demand Management Programs in the North America,” 44 pages (funded by University of Maryland Sustainability Fund).
  • Iseki, H., 2016. “Equity in Regional Public Transit Finance: Trade-offs between Social and Geographic Equity,” Journal of Urban Planning and Development, 142 (4). (See https://ascelibrary.org/doi/10.1061/%28ASCE%29UP.1943-5444.0000328 )
  • Iseki, H., C. Liu, and G. Knaap. 2015. “Origin-Destination Land Use Ridership Model for Fare Policy Analysis for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority,” Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 44 pages with 27 pages of Appendices (See http://www.umdsmartgrowth.org/projects/direct-ridership-model/ )
  • Iseki, H., and R. Ali. 2015. “Fixed Effects Panel Data Analysis of Gasoline Prices, Fare, Service Supply, and Service Frequency on Transit Ridership in Ten U.S. Urbanized Areas,” Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2537, 71–80.  (See http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.3141/2537-08 )
  • Iseki, H., and R. Ali. 2014. Net Effects of Gas Price Changes on Transit Ridership in US Urban Areas, The Norman Y. Mineta International Institute for Surface Transportation Policy Studies, College of Business, San Jose State University, San Jose, California. Report No: CA-MTI-14-1106. 125 pages. (See https://transweb.sjsu.edu/research/net-effects-gasoline-price-changes-tr... )
  • Iseki, H. and M. Tingstrom. 2014. “A New Approach in the Bikeshed Analysis with Consideration of Topography, Street Connectivity, and Energy Consumption” Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems, 48, 166–177. (See http://smartgrowth.umd.edu/anewapproachinthebikeshedanalysiswithconsider... )
  • Iseki, H., Q. Li, and L. Richards. 2013. “Examination of the Pricing Structure of Toll Facilities by Vehicle Class to Account for Social Costs of Driving and Its Effects on Traffic, Toll Revenue, Emission, and EASL.” Center for Integrated Transportation Systems Management (CITSM) of University of Maryland, College Park. 103 pages. (See http://smartgrowth.umd.edu/empiricalanalysisofpricingstructureoftollfaci... )
  • Rivasplata, C., H. Iseki, and A. Smith. 2012. “Transit Coordination in the U.S.A: A Survey of Current Practice,” Journal of Public Transportation, 15(1), 53-73.  (See http://smartgrowth.umd.edu/transitcoordinationintheusasurveyofcurrentpra... )
  • Iseki, H. and M. Smart. 2012. “How Do People Perceive Service Attributes at Transit Facilities? An Examination of Perceptions of Transit Service by Transit User Demographics and Trip Characteristics,” Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2274, 164-174. (See http://smartgrowth.umd.edu/howdopeopleperceiveserviceattributesattransit... )
  • Iseki, H., M. J. Smart, B. D. Taylor, N. Wang, and A. C. Yoh (in alphabetical order), 2013, TASC: Tool for Analyzing Station Characteristics, (an online tool to help transit agencies understand their riders' experience at transit stops and stations).  (See http://smartgrowth.umd.edu/tascposter.html )
  • Iseki, H., 2010.  “Effects of Contracting on Cost Efficiency in U.S. Fixed-route Bus Transit Service,” Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 44(7): 457-472. (See https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S096585641000042X )
  • Taylor, B. D., M. Garrett, and H. Iseki. 2001. “Measuring Cost Variability in Provision of Transit Service,” Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 1735: 101 112. (See https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/39bf/1a0b1ecf6d4f6d588a02af8ce3f23b194e... )


PhD Urban Planning - University of California, Los Angeles 2004
MA Urban Planning - University of California, Los Angeles 1998
M Eng Electrical Engineering - University of Tokyo 1994
B Eng Electrical Engineering - Kyoto University 1991

Academic Experience

Associate Professor - University of Maryland, College Park 2017 -
Assistant Professor - University of Maryland, College Park 2011 - 2017
Assistant Professor - University of New Orleans 2009 - 2010
Assistant Professor - University of Toledo 2006 - 2008
Lecturer - UCLA 2006 - 2006

Professional Experience

Research Associate - Mineta Transportation Institute, San Jose State University 2009 -
Project Engineer - Japan Motorola Ltd., Japan/Motorola Inc., Chicago and Tokyo 1994 - 1996