Torrey Lyons is a PhD candidate in the Metropolitan Planning, Policy and Design program at the University of Utah. He comes to the MRC with a background in transportation policy research. He received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont, and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Utah, where he graduated with honors. His most recent research has focused on social equity in transit service, transit agency levers affecting ridership, and the effects of compact development on traffic congestion. He is currently working under Dr. Reid Ewing on projects that include improvements to the four step travel demand model, growth management effectiveness, and the effects of polycentric development patterns. He has taught Research Methods in Urban Ecology, Program and Policy Evaluation, and is currently co-teaching Land Use and Transportation Planning with Dr. Ewing. Torrey was recently awarded a Dissertation Fellowship by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities, and his dissertation research is also being sponsored by the Utah Transit Authority.