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Dr. Oceana Francis Develops a Training Program on Stormwater Issues and Best Practices in Management Design

Thursday, September 3, 2020

The United States is increasingly becoming an urbanized nation. According to the most recent U.S. Census estimates, approximately 80% of the U.S. population lives in urban areas. Urban populations rely on robust infrastructure systems of transportation, utility services, housing, and more. As regions become progressively developed, water systems such as rivers and streams are diverted, channeled, or cut off and replaced with impervious surfaces such as roads, ...


METRANS Researchers Ioannou & Monteiro Shape the Future of Autonomous Vehicles

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Autonomous vehicle technology is rapidly progressing, and many leading automotive manufacturers have announced their intent to bring vehicles to the market that allow for autonomous driving in the upcoming years [1]. One major motivation for introducing autonomous vehicles to the general public is a projected reduction of fatal traffic accidents [2]. The U.S. DOT has found 94% of all fatal crashes to be caused by human error, and there is potential to significantly reduce this share of fatalities. ...


Traffic Trends and Safety in a COVID-19 World

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Tuesday, June 2nd, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR) held the Traffic Trends and Safety in a COVID-19 World webinar. The event was the first partnership of its kind for both TRB and PSR. "We are delighted to be able to partner with TRB and share some of our PSR research on this timely topic," said PSR director Dr. Genevieve Giuliano.     Amplifying the event on both organizations' platforms and speaking ...


Transportation Consultant Michael Williams Outlines the History and Benefits of Edge Lane Roads

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Michael Williams, owner of Michael Williams Company, a transportation consulting firm, was the featured speaker of the seminar entitled, “Edge Lane Roads - A New Type of Shared Road for All Vulnerable Road Users.” Williams began his presentation by defining edge lane roads (ELRs)—a road structure that is rare in the United States—and how they operate.      Edge lane roads, also known as “Advisory Bike Lanes” or “Advisory Shoulders,” ...
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SACOG's James Corless Outlines the Future of Transportation as the Sacramento Region Becomes a Lab For Mobility Innovation

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The future of transportation and mobility is filled with both promise and new challenges. Technological disruptions have upended the taxi industry and promise to do the same to more traditional modes of public transportation in the coming decade. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown a workforce and employers the benefits of telecommuting and remote work, emptying highways and demonstrating the potential for demand management like never before. The Sacramento region, and the Sacramento Area Council of ...


Resilient Transportation Research for COVID-19

Friday, April 10, 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented in many ways, research in transportation resilience provides useful guidance on how to navigate shocks to the transportation industry and infrastructure. Dr. Karl Kim, a professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and a member of the Pacific Southwest Regional (PSR) University Transportation Center is an internationally recognized expert in transportation resilience and his current work is directly addressing ...


USC's Sue Dexter Recognized as PSR UTC Outstanding Student of the Year

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

We conclude our series of articles dedicated to our Students of the Year with our PSR University Transportation Center (UTC) Outstanding Student of the Year, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California's Sol Price School of Public Policy, Sue Dexter. Dexter also holds a Master of Science degree in Operations Research with an emphasis on network optimization from the London School of Economics.    Dexter is completing her third year as a doctoral student in Urban Planning ...


2020 PRiMO Conference: Call for Session Proposals

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Call for Session Proposals The Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana (PRiMO) Conference Building A Resilient Pacific March 10-13th, 2020 Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i PRiMO is a coalition of organizations with a role in hazard and climate risk management in the Pacific region. We recognize the value of collective action and are committed to enhancing cooperation, coordination, and collaboration to strengthen and sustain resilient island communities. ...


New Issue of METRANS News Now Available (Spring 2019)

Friday, June 28, 2019

The Spring 2019 Issue of METRANS News is now available. Click  here for a PDF version. METRANS News is generally published three times a year and summarizes METRANS research, education and outreach activities. It highlights METRANS researchers, conferences and other events, recent publications, interviews with key individuals involved in METRANS, and other newsworthy activities and events. It is distributed to university transportation centers and faculty throughout the U.S., to federal, state, and local public agencies, and to the transportation industry. To be added to the mailing list for a hard copy of the newsletter or to receive an email announcement regarding each new issue, please contact  [email protected] .


PSR Researchers Provide Final Thoughts on Completed Projects

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

In these past two years of Pacific Southwest Region 9 University Transportation Center (PSR-UTC) research, faculty members and students have ongoing or completed projects in line with the Center’s four multidisciplinary research themes: technology for improved mobility; improving mobility for disadvantaged populations; improving resilience and protecting the environment; and managing mobility in high growth cities and regions. This issue features three completed projects from PIs: ...
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