L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs




Xueming (Jimmy) Chen

Associate professor

Raleigh Building, Room 3015C Phone: (804) 828-1254 Email: xchen2@vcu.edu


  • Transportation planning
  • Transportation modeling
  • Geographic information system


B.S., Urban and Regional Planning, Nanjing University, China, 1982
M.S., Urban and Regional Planning, Nanjing University, China, 1985
Ph.D., Urban and Regional Planning, University of Southern California,1991


Transportation policy and planning, travel demand forecasting models, GIS applications, human geography.

Research interests

Transportation policy and planning, travel demand forecasting models, GIS applications, international urban planning.


Chen taught in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at California State University, Northridge from 1993 to 2007 and in the Department of Planning, Policy and Design at University of California, Irvine from 2006 to 2007. While at Northridge, he received the Outstanding Professor Award three times from the department and the Urban Studies and Planning Association of Students. In addition, he served as a committee member of the Transportation Research Board for the National Research Council from 2002 to 2006. He joined VCU as an associate professor in 2007 and received his tenure in 2011.

Selected publications

Chen, Xueming and Lin Lin. 2015. The node-place analysis on the “hubtropolis” urban form: the case of Shanghai Hongqiao air-rail hub. Habitat International, 49: 445-453.

Chen, Xueming. 2015. A Sustainability Analysis on the Wuhan-Guangzhou High-Speed Railway in China. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 9 (5): 348-363.

Fei, Di and Xueming Chen. 2015. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) paratransit cost issues and solutions for the Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC). Case Studies on Transport Policy, 3: 402-414.

Chen, Xueming. 2013. Assessing the Impacts of High Speed Rail Development in China’s Yangtze River Delta Megaregion. Journal of Transportation Technologies, 3 (2): 113-122.

Ma, Yin-Shan and Xueming Chen. 2013. Geographical and Statistical Analysis on the Relationship between Land-Use Mixture and Home-Based Trip Making and More: Case of Richmond, Virginia. Journal of Urban and Regional Analysis, 5 (1): 5-44.

Chen, Xueming. 2012. Statistical and Activity-Based Modeling of University Student Travel Behavior. Transportation Planning and Technology, 35 (5): 591-610.

Chen, Xueming. 2011. Calibrating the Intercity High-Speed Rail (HSR) Choice Model for the Richmond-Washington, D.C. Corridor. Theoretical and Empirical Researches in Urban Management, 6 (2): 35-53.

Chen, Xueming. 2010. Retrospect and Prospect of Subarea Travel Demand Modeling: an Empirical Study. Transportation Planning and Technology, 33 (7), pp. 583-603.

Chen, Xueming. 2010. The High-Speed Rail Development in the Northeast Megaregion of the United States: A Conceptual Analysis. Theoretical and Empirical Researches in Urban Management, 8 (17): 30-48.

Chen, Xueming (Jimmy) and Ming Zhang. 2010. High-Speed Rail Project Development Processes in the United States and China. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2159, pp. 9-17.

Chen, Xueming, and I-Shian Suen. 2010. Richmond’s Journey-to-Work Transit Trip-Making Analysis. Management Research and Practice, 2 (3): 234-248.

Chen, Xueming and Nelson Wikstrom. 2010. Governing the Water Use in the Greater Richmond Area: Dispute and Resolution. International Journal of Public Administration, 33 (8/9): 405-413.