Aaron Golub

Assistant Professor

Coor 5550

Additional Affiliation(s)

Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability


Ph.D. (Civil and Environmental Engineering) University of California Berkeley
M.S. (Mechanical Engineering) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S. (Mechanical Engineering) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

Research Interests

Urban transportation policy, social equity and environmental impacts of transportation, public transportation planning, transportation in developing countries, informal transportation providers, the history of transportation in the United States

Current Research Activities

Reinvent Phoenix: Cultivating Equity, Engagement, Economic Development and Design Excellence with Transit-Oriented Development. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Sustainable Communities Grant Program (Co-PI)

The impact of congestion pricing on low-income communities. Urban Habitat Program, Oakland, California (Co-PI)

Environmental Impact Assessment of the Phoenix-Tempe-Mesa Light Rail System. Maricopa Association of Governments (Co-PI)

EJ Toolkit: Accessibility Calculator. FHWA Transportation Equity Research Program (Team member representing Urban Habitat Program) http://ejkit.com/the-toolkit/ej-toolkit/

Quality of Life Study of 7th Avenue and 7th Street Reversible Lanes. City of Phoenix (PI)

Vehicle-Infrastructure Integration (ITS) Pilot Project. Maricopa County DOT/ Arizona DOT (Co-PI)

Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) For Maintenance Work Effort Tracking. Arizona Department of Transportation (Co-PI)

TCRP Project C-15: Assessment of Hybrid-Electric Transit Bus Technology. Transit Cooperative Research Program, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies (Team member in charge of bus life-cycle cost model) http://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/Assessment_of_HybridElectric_Transit_Bus_Technolog_162703.aspx


Dr. Golub's work involves public transportation planning, environmental and social justice issues with transportation, environmental impacts of transportation, and planning and policy for nonmotorized transportation modes. He has worked as a researcher and consultant in California on projects related to public transit planning, Bus Rapid Transit systems planning, and environmental justice. He has worked extensively in the developing world as a consultant to the World Bank, the United Nations, and several city governments on various transportation policy and planning projects. He came to transportation planning from mechanical engineering, where his work focused on emissions alternative-fuel engines.

Dr. Golub's teaching interests include urban transportation sustainability, transportation planning and policy analysis, urban planning and policy in the developing world, and courses on research methods.

Awards and Honors

 2012 - Centennial Professor Award (Associated Students of ASU)

Selected Publications

Refereed Publications

Golub, A., Marcantonio, R. & Sanchez, T.  2013. Race, Space and Struggles for Mobility: Transportation Impacts on African-Americans in Oakland and the East Bay. Urban Geography. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02723638.2013.778598#.UZqyf0qgaXs

Golub, A., Robinson, G. & Nee, B.  2013. Making accessibility analyses accessible: A tool to facilitate the public review of the effects of regional transportation plans on accessibility. Journal of Transportation and Land Use 6(3). (In press)

Golub, A., *Mahoney, M. & *Harlow, B.  2013. Sustainability and intergenerational equity: Do past injustices matter? Sustainability Science 8(2), 269-277. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11625-013-0201-0

Golub, A. 2012. Perceived costs and benefits of reversible lanes in Phoenix, Arizona. Journal of the Institute of Transportation Engineershttp://www.ite.org/membersonly/itejournal/pdf/2012/JB12BA38.pdf

Golub, A., Guhathakurta, S., and B. Sollapuram. 2012. Spatial and temporal capitalization effects of light rail in Phoenix: from conception, planning, and construction to operation. Journal of Planning Education and Researchhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0739456X12455523

Martens, K. and A. Golub. 2012. A justice-theoretic exploration of accessibility measures. In: Geurs, K. T., Krizek, K. J., and A. Reggiani. Accessibility Analysis and Transport Planning: Challenges for Europe and North America (NECTAR Series on Transportation and Communications Networks Research). Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. (ISBN: 9781781000106)

Martens, K., A. Golub, and G. Robinson. 2012. A justice-theoretic approach to the distribution of transportation benefits: Implications for transportation planning practice in the United States. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 46 (2): 684-695. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2012.01.00

Golub, A., F. Zhen, N. Clark, W. Wayne, J. Schiavone, C. Chambers and K. Chandler. 2011. Creation of a Transit Bus Life-Cycle Cost Tool to Evaluate Hybrid-Electric Bus Technologies in Real World Operation. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2218: 19-26. http://dx.doi.org/10.3141/2218-03

Acquino, J., D. White, M. Budruk and A. Golub. 2011. Visitor’s Experience of Traditional and Alternative Transportation in Yosemite National Park. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. 29 (1): 38-57. http://js.sagamorepub.com/jpra/article/view/19

Harlow, J., A. Golub, and B. Allenby. 2011. An Exploration of Utopian Themes in Sustainable Development Discourse. Sustainable Development (In press) Online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sd.522

Machler, L. and A. Golub. 2011. Using a “Sustainable Solution Space” Approach to Develop a Vision of Sustainable Accessibility in a Low-Income Community in Phoenix, Arizona. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15568318.2011.605210

Golub, A. 2010. Welfare and equity impacts of gasoline price changes under different public transportation service levels. The Journal of Public Transportation, 13 (3): 1-21. http://www.nctr.usf.edu/jpt/pdf/JPT13-3Golub.pdf

Golub, A. and J. Kelley. 2010. Exploring potential inequities between the burdens and benefits of climate change abatement policies in the transportation sector. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2163: 65-72. http://dx.doi.org/10.3141/2163-07

Golub, A., R. Balassiano, A. Araujo  and E. Ferreira. 2009. Welfare Analysis of Regulating the Informal Transport Sector in Rio de Janeiro. Transportation, 36: 601-616. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11116-009-9215-y

Nurworsoo, C., A. Golub and E. Deakin. 2009. Analyzing equity impacts of transit fare changes: Case study of Alameda–Contra Costa Transit, California. Evaluation and Program Planning, 32 (4):  360-368.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2009.06.009

Cervero, R., A. Golub and B. Nee. 2007.  City CarShare: Longer-Term Travel-Demand and Car Ownership Impacts. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 1992: 70-80. http://dx.doi.org/10.3141/1992-09

Cervero, R., and A. Golub. 2007. Informal transport: A global perspective. Transport Policy, 14 (6). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2007.04.011

Non-Refereed Publications

Golub, A. 2012. Sustainable Transportation (Chapter 7) in Pijawka, D. & Gromulat, M. (Eds.), Understanding Sustainable Cities: Concepts, Cases, and Solutions. Kendall-Hunt. (ISBN: 9781465203441)

Golub, A. and J. Henderson. 2011. “The greening of mobility in San Francisco.” In Slavin, M., ed. Sustainability in America's Cities: Creating the Green Metropolis. Island Press (ISBN: 9781597267419.

Wilkinson, P., A. Golub, R. Behrens, P. S. Ferro, and H. Schalekamp. 2011. Transformation of urban public transport systems in the Global South. In: Geyer, M. ed. International Handbook of Urban Policy, Vol 3: Issues in the Developing World. Edward Elgar.

Golub, A. 2010. “Buses” and “Sustainable Transportation.”  In A Dictionary of Transport Analysis (edited with P. Nijkamp). Edward Elgar: Cheltenham.

Cervero, R. and A. Golub. 2010. Informal transport as a mobility option.  In H. Dimitriou and R. Gakenheimer, eds., Urban Transport in the Developing World. Policy and Planning for the New Millennium, Edward Elgar (ISBN: 9781848441392) 

Kuby, M. and A. Golub, editors.  2009. From Here to There: Transportation Opportunities for Arizona. Background Report for 94th Arizona Town Hall.

Golub, A. 2007.  Car-Sharing. Berkeley Environmental Design Frameworks, Spring 2007. College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley.

Golub, A. 2004.  Brazil's Buses: Simply Successful. Access, 24 (Spring 2004). University of California Transportation Center: Berkeley.