Faculty / Staff
Anson Stewart

Anson Stewart is a Research Scientist in DUSP and Lead for Analysis and Research at a small software firm. He researches how public transportation can shape more sustainable and accessible cities, drawing on collaborations with planning professionals and community groups, international perspectives, and experience developing cloud-based software to analyze large transportation datasets. In his dissertation, Anson leveraged such software to support interactive stakeholder workshops and calculate measures of urban accessibility that incorporate detailed land-use and vehicle location data. Anson has worked for public transportation agencies in Los Angeles, London, and Santiago de Chile and has participated in urban design workshops in Colombia and China, among other places. In addition to advising student research, Anson has taught transportation planning graduate classes at MIT. Prior to completing his PhD, Anson earned master’s degrees in transportation and city planning at MIT, and a BA (urban studies) and a BS (engineering) at Swarthmore College. As a 2010-2011 Thomas J. Watson Fellow, he spent a year in Latin America and Africa studying emerging bus rapid transit systems and their impacts on the environment.

Conway, M. W. and A. F. Stewart (2019). “Getting Charlie off the MTA: A multiobjective optimization method to account for cost constraints in public transit accessibility metrics.” International Journal of GIS. https://doi.org/10.1080/13658816.2019.1605075   

Stewart, A. F., P. C. Zegras, P. Tinn, and J. Rosenblum (2018). “Tangible Tools for Public Transportation Planning: Public Involvement and Learning for BRT Corridor Design.” Transportation Research Record. https://doi.org/10.1177/F0361198118797462

Stewart, A. F. (2017). “Mapping Transit Accessibility: Possibilities for Public Participation” Transportation Research Part A, 104, pp. 150-166. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2017.03.015


Areas of Interest
Computation, Transportation and Mobility, Transportation Planning, Urban Information, Technology, and Media and Analytics