Torrey Lyons is a PhD student 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 understanding the factors affecting transit ridership, and utilizing these relationships to predict future ridership for more effective performance measurement of transit agencies. He is currently working under Dr. Reid Ewing on projects that include improvements to the four step travel demand model, and trip and parking generation from exemplary transit oriented developments. Torrey is also an accomplished snowboarder, still riding at a semi-professional level with current endorsement contracts.