Sr. Student Assoc - Karner
Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellow
University of Texas Provost Fellow
Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Louis Gerald Alcorn is a graduate student in Transportation Engineering in the Cockrell Engineering School. He completed his MS in Community and Regional Planning (CRP) degree in 2019 for which he produced a Master's Thesis report examining 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. His work has ranged from writing programs in R to evaluate transit accessibility before and after major service changes as a part of a Federal Transit Administration report to providing theoretical literature review and writing support for an article about participatory budgeting in Fresno, recently published in the Journal of the American Planning Association. 
Mr. Alcorn's past research within the School of Architecture's Urban Information Lab (Fall 2017 & Spring 2018) employed GIS and other spatial-statistical tools to measure the statistical significance of correlations between built environment indicators and bike-share system usage in several U.S. cities. An article describing this research has been accepted to be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal for Planning Education and Research.  

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


  • Graduate Student in Transportation Engineering - University of Texas at Austin
  • Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning (2019) - University of Texas at Austin
  • Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies (2014) - University of California, Berkeley
  • Minor in Geospatial Information Systems (GIS)


Alcorn, Louis G., & Karner, A. (2020). Integrating formal and informal transit into one hybrid passenger transport system in Lagos, Nigeria. Transportation.

Alcorn, Louis G. (2019). Informal Transit Integration with Planned Transit Systems in Lagos, Nigeria (Master’s Thesis). University of Texas at Austin.

Karner, A., Brower Brown, K., Marcantonio, R., & Alcorn, L. G. (2019). The View From the Top of Arnstein’s Ladder: Participatory Budgeting and the Promise of Community Control. Journal of the American Planning Association, 85(3), 236–254.

Alcorn, Louis G., & Jiao, J. (2019). Bike Sharing Station Usage and the Surrounding Built Environments in Major Texas Cities. Journal of Planning Education and Research.

photo of Louis Alcorn
  • Transit Service Planning; Bicycle/Transit Integration; International Transportation Planning; GIS; Intermodal Passenger and Freight Planning