Graduate Research Assistant
Provost Fellow
Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society

Louis Gerald Alcorn is a graduate student in the Community and Regional Planning (CRP) program at the University of Texas at Austin, pursuing a dual degree in Transportation Engineering. His ongoing Masters Thesis project examines the integration between formal and informal transit services in Lagos, Nigeria.
Prior to attending UT Austin, Mr. Alcorn worked as a transit service planner for Austin's public transit provider, Capital Metro and previously as a financial analyst at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). In his professional experience, he focused on finding creative solutions to enhance coordination efforts across departmental/agency lines through the establishment of partnerships and working groups. He has a passionate drive to improve safe and accessible mobility options through data-driven prioritization of space-efficient travel modes.
Currently, Mr. Alcorn works as a graduate research assistant to Dr. Alex Karner endeavoring to quantify the concept of sufficient accessibility in transportation planning. 
Mr. Alcorn's past research within the School of Architecture's Urban Information Lab (Spring 2018) employed GIS and other spatio-statistical tools to measure correlation between bike-share station activity and the surrounding built environment in Boston, Chicago, New York and Washington D.C.  
Previous research (Fall 2017) used a GIS-based kernel density methodology to measure the statistical significance of correlations between built environment indicators and bike-share system usage in Austin, Houston and San Antonio.  
Mr. Alcorn has co-authored manuscripts documenting the two aforementioned bike-share research projects with Dr. Junfeng Jiao. Both studies are currently under review for publication in the Transportation Research Record and the Journal of Planning Education & Reserach, respectively. 

Favorite Quote: "A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars...it is where the rich use public transportation." - Enrique Peñalosa, Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia

Education

  • Graduate Student in Community and Regional Planning - University of Texas at Austin
  • Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies (2014) - University of California, Berkeley
  • Minor in Geospatial Information Systems (GIS)
  @UTSOA
  • Transit Service Planning; Bicycle/Transit Integration; International Transportation Planning; GIS