Alireza Khani

Alireza Khani

Alireza Khani

Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering


Civil Engineering Building
Room 136
500 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


  • Ph.D., 2013, Civil Engineering, University of Arizona
  • M.S., 2008, Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology
  • B.S., 2006, Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology

Professional Background

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Network Modeling Center, University of Texas Austin, 2013-2015
Research Interests

Transit Lab Website | Experts@Minnesota | Google Scholar

My research focus is on modeling the impacts of emerging technologies on public transit systems, and optimization of the system for more efficient and reliable service. I use network modeling and optimization techniques to integrate public transit systems with autonomous mobility-on-demand services and electric fleet with renewable energy.

Selected Publications

Zhang, Y., and Khani, A. 2020. Identifying Critical Links in Transportation Network Design Problems for Maximizing Network Accessibility. Transportation Research Record, 2674(2), 237-251.

Cui, Y., Makhija, R. S. M. S., Chen, R. B., He, Q., and Khani, A. 2020. Understanding and Modeling the Social Preferences for Riders in Rideshare Matching. Transportation, 1-27.

Webb, A., and Khani, A. 2020. Park-and-Ride Choice Behavior in a Multimodal Network with Overlapping Routes. Transportation Research Record, 2674(3), 150-160.

Hajdu, L., Bóta, A., Krész, M., Khani, A., and Gardner, L. M. (2020). Discovering the Hidden Community Structure of Public Transportation Networks. Networks and Spatial Economics, 20(1), 209-231. doi: 10.1007/s11067-019-09476-3

Webb, A., Kumar, P., and Khani, A. (Accepted/In press). Estimation of passenger waiting time using automatically collected transit data. Public Transportdoi: 10.1007/s12469-020-00229-x

Tomhave, B., Zhang, Y., Khani, A., Hourdos, J., and Dirks, P. (2020). Impact of Arterial BRT-Lite Green Dwell Time on General Traffic and Intersection Capacity. Journal of Transportation Engineering Part A: Systems, 146(4), [04020012]. doi: 10.1061/JTEPBS.0000328

Khani, A., 2019. An online shortest path algorithm for reliable routing in schedule-based transit networks considering transfer failure probability. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 126, 549-564.

Zhang, Y. and Khani, A., 2019. An algorithm for reliable shortest path problem with travel time correlations. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 121, 92-113.

Kumar, P., Khani, A. and Davis, G.A., 2019. Transit route origin–destination matrix estimation using compressed sensing. Transportation Research Record, 2673(10), 164-174.

Levin, M.W. and Khani, A., 2018. Dynamic transit lanes for connected and autonomous vehicles. Public Transport, 10(3), 399-426.

Kumar, P., Khani, A. and He, Q., 2018. A robust method for estimating transit passenger trajectories using automated data. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 95, 731-747.

Bóta, A., Gardner, L.M. and Khani, A., 2017. Identifying critical components of a public transit system for outbreak control. Networks and Spatial Economics, 17(4), 1137-1159.