Portrait of Jason Cao
295G Humphrey School
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Urban and Regional Planning Area
Areas of Expertise
Sustainable development; transportation planning; urban and regional planning


Jason specializes in land use and transportation interaction, the effects of ICT on travel behavior, and planning for quality of life. He is internationally well-known for his research on residential self-selection in the relationships between the built environment and travel behavior. His recent work focuses on non-linear relationships in land use and transportation research and planning for travel satisfaction, neighborhood satisfaction, and life satisfaction.

Jason has been oriented toward international collaboration. He works closely with scholars from the UK, the Netherlands, Norway, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and China. Jason was the Chair of International Association for China Planning. He has been promoting urban planning scholarship in China by collaborating with Chinese researchers, uniting Chinese scholars, bridging Chinese and international scholars, and organizing international conferences and workshops.

Jason leads research development in the fields of planning and transportation by editing journals and special issues. He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research Part D, a leading journal in transportation research. He guest edited eight issues for six journals, including Journal of Regional Science, Journal of Transport and Land Use, Transport Policy, Transportation Letters, Transportation Research Part D, and Travel Behavior and Society.


PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering (University of California, Davis, 2006)

MS in Statistics (University of California, Davis, 2005)

MS in Management Science and Engineering (Tsinghua University, 2001)

BS in Civil engineering (Tsinghua University, 1998)

Yang, J., Cao, J. & Zhou, Y. (2021). Elaborating non-linear associations and synergies of subway access and land uses with urban vitality in Shenzhen, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 144, 74 - 88

Fang, D., Xue, Y., Cao, J. & Sun, S. (2021). Exploring satisfaction of choice and captive bus riders: An impact asymmetry analysis, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 93, 102798

Ding, C., Cao, X., Yu, B. & Ju, Y. (2021). Non-linear associations between zonal built environment attributes and transit commuting mode choice accounting for spatial heterogeneity, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 148, 22-35

Tao, T., Wu, X., Cao, J., Fan, Y., Das, K. & Ramaswami, A. (2020). Exploring the Nonlinear Relationship between the Built Environment and Active Travel in the Twin Cities, Journal of Planning Education and Research, 1-16

Benson, J. L. & Cao, J. (2020). Did the A Line arterial bus rapid transit affect housing values in Ramsey County, MN?, Findings, (August), 1-6

Yin, C., Cao, J. & Sun, B. (2020). Examining non-linear associations between population density and waist-hip ratio: An application of gradient boosting decision trees, Cities, 107, 102899

Wu, X., cao, X. & Ding, C. (2020). Exploring rider satisfaction with arterial BRT: An application of impact asymmetry analysis, Travel Behaviour and Society, 19, 82-89

Sun, S., Fang, D. & Cao, J. (2020). Exploring the asymmetric influences of stop attributes on rider satisfaction with bus stops, Travel Behaviour and Society, 19, 162-169

Tao, T., Wang, J. & Cao, X. (2020). Exploring the non-linear associations between spatial attributes and walking distance to transit, Journal of Transport Geography, 82, 102560

Duncan, M. & Cao, J. (2020). Marginal Impacts of Park-and-Ride Facilities in the Twin Cities Region of the US, Transportation Research Record, 2674(11), 403-413

Zhang, W., Zhao, Y., Cao, X., Lu, D. & Chai, Y. (2020). Nonlinear effect of accessibility on car ownership in Beijing: Pedestrian-scale neighborhood planning, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 86, 102445

Yang, J., Su, P. & Cao, J. (2020). On the importance of Shenzhen metro transit to land development and threshold effect, Transport Policy, 99, 1-11

Wu, X., Douma, F., Cao, J. & Shepard, E. (2020). Preparing transit in the advent of automated vehicles: A focus-group study in the Twin Cities, Findings, November, 1-6

Cao, J., Hao, Z., Yang, J., Yin, J. & Huang, X. (2020). Prioritizing neighborhood attributes to enhance neighborhood satisfaction: An impact asymmetry analysis, Cities, 105, 102854

Xi, G., Cao, X. & Zhen, F. (2020). The impacts of same day delivery online shopping on local store shopping in Nanjing, China, Transportation Research Part A, 136, 35-47

Xi, G., Zhen, F., Cao, X. & Xu, F. (2020). The interaction between e-shopping and store shopping: empirical evidence from Nanjing, China, Transportation Letters, 12(3), 157-165

Guan, X., Wang, D. & Jason Cao, X. (2020). The role of residential self-selection in land use-travel research: a review of recent findings, Transport Reviews, 40(3), 267-287

Shao, Q., Zhang, W., Cao, X., Yang, J. & Yin, J. (2020). Threshold and moderating effects of land use on metro ridership in Shenzhen: Implications for TOD planning, Journal of Transport Geography, 89, 102878