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METRANS Newsletter


The METRANS Newsletter is a monthly e-publication sent to university transportation centers in the U.S.; researchers and academics throughout the world; federal, state, and local public agencies; and to the transportation industry. It is designed to provide a quick look at research, education, and outreach activities sponsored by METRANS and its affiliated centers and institutions. The Newsletter is used to highlight researchers, conferences and other events, recent publications, interviews with key individuals, and other newsworthy activities and events.

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March 6, 2024

January 31, 2024


December 21, 2023

  • METRANS CITT Town Hall Convenes Stakeholders to Discuss Port Decarbonization Challenges
  • CITT Honors Harbor Commissioner Diane Middleton with Domenick Miretti Award
  • METRANS Joins Global Initiatives Showcase at Green Shipping Corridor Workshop Hosted By Pacific Environment and C40 Cities
  • METRANS & PSR In the Media
    • Marlon Boarnet (USC) was interviewed by KCAL News regarding plans for a new high-speed train from Los Angeles to Las Vegas
    • Dr. Marlon Boarnet (USC) was quoted by the L.A. Times concerning the Southland’s last major freeway expansion.


October 31, 2023

  • METRANS Convenes More Than 150 Maritime Professionals at 2023 IAME Conference
  • USC Students Tour the Port of Long Beach During 2023 IAME Conference
  • Center for International Trade & Transportation Plays Pivotal Role in Japanese-Californian Green Shipping Corridors Symposium
  • Register for the 2023 CITT Town Hall Today!


August 14, 2023

  • METRANS to Host 2023 IAME Conference in Long Beach, California
  • Research Spotlight: PSR Researchers Investigate Travel Modeling for Complex Commute Options
  • ITS Talent Pipeline Pilot Program Connects CSULB Students to Paid Summer Internships

July 5, 2023

  • Research Spotlight: O'Brien Joins National Committee Addressing Chassis Management Challenges for Transporting Intermodal Containers
  • Two CSULB METRANS Researchers Win NSF Grant to Address Digital Rights
  • News and Updates: Giuliano and O'Brien Present Innovative Approaches to Industry Partnerships at National Mobility Summit

May 5, 2023

  • Research Spotlight: Los Angeles Communities That Drive Less Are Exposed to More Vehicular Air Pollution
  • METRANS Receives Five-Year Funding Renewal
  • The Sixth Annual PSR Congress Emphasizes the Improvement of Transportation in Region 9


March 13, 2023
  • Last Call for Registrations: The PSR Congress Comes to Los Angeles


January 19, 2023
  • From Los Angeles to Saudi Arabia, USC Price Alum Solves Big Transportation Problems
  • Staying In Her Own Lane
  • Research Feature: METRANS Researcher John Gunnar Carlsson Innovates Continuous Approximation Approaches for More Efficient Passenger and Logistics Planning
  • CITT and CSULB Announce New Endowment Partnership with Harbor Trucking Association


November 29, 2022
  • Recognizing 2022 Pacific Southwest Region UTC Students of the Year
  • Introducing Students to the Future of Transportation
  • New PSR-Funded Podcast, "Mobility Matters," Addresses Mission-Critical Transportation Issues

October 31, 2022
  • AGL Students Visit IANA Expo
  • METRANS and Cargomatic Launch New Internship Program
  • PSR Researcher and City of Long Beach Collaborate to Build Digital Rights Platform
  • TraPac Freight Tour for USC Students

May 17, 2022
  • METRANS Hosts Annual USC Alumni Day of SCerive
  • "Local Inequities in the Relative Production of and Exposure to Vehicular Air Pollution in Los Angeles" Seminar
  • USC FIT Program Features Foothill Transit
  • Hawai'i Hosts the 2022 PSR-UTC Congress and CA-HI Symposium
  • Join the Upcoming I-NUF and Town Hall

April 21, 2022

  • Inaugural fellow of the Long Beach Transit Fellows Program Presents in Washington, D.C.
  • PSR hosts Emerging Scholars Transportation Research Symposium
  • Join the upcoming 2022 I-NUF Conference
  • PSR Researchers Develop Tools for Predicting Public Transit Arrivals 
  • PSR Researchers Investigate Freight Coordination to Optimize Routing

March 21, 2022

  • METRANS Announces New Director, Marlon Boarnet
  • METRANS Associate Director, Petros Ioannou, Inducted into NAE
  • PSR Researchers Develop Models to Optimize Sidekick Freight Deliveries
  • Mapping Vehicle Air Pollution Based on Sociodemographic Factors

February 9, 2022
  • New Issue of Transfers Magazine is out now
  • The METRANS Transportation Consortium welcomes the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) as the newest member of the METRANS Associate Program (MAP).
  • Developing Spatial Awareness: NCST Introduces K-12 Students to GIS
  • METRANS and USC ITE Host Metro CEO Stephanie N. Wiggins
  • METRANS presents 2021's PSR Students of the Year


December 8, 2021
  • Congratulations to Sze-Chuan Suen, Maged Dessouky, and Neeraj Sood for receiving a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Library of Medicine 
  • USC's Dan Wei Presents on Economic Impacts of Cargo Handling Equipment Electrification
  • University of Toronto's Matthew Roorda Disscuses Impacts of Off-Peak Deliveries
  • USC's Marlon Boarnet Presents Land Use Modelling for Dockless Scooter Travel Patterns
  • The Los Angeles chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS-LA) awarded academic scholarships to four inspiring USC students 

November 1, 2021
  • METRANS Co-Sponsors the First International Pharma Logistics Masterclass
  • USC's Reaghan Murphy wins First Place in SCAG 2021 Student Showcase
  • Seven PSR Students win Railways Association of Southern California (RASC) Scholarships
  • Failing Malls: Optimizing Opportunities for Housing
  • Developing an Analytical Framework for Optimizing Disaster Relief Preparedness to Coastal Hazards

October 4, 2021

  • METRANS is proud to announce a refreshed look for the Advisory Board page on the website.
  • METRANS Welcomes Los Angeles World Airports as Newest METRANS Associate Partner
  • USC Integrated Media Systems Center's Associate Director Dr. Nocera Presents Freight Modeling Research
  • UCI's Michael Hyland Presents Pathfinding for Shared Ride Vehicles
  • The Pacific Southwest Region wins multiple 2021 APA California Awards:
  • Long Beach Community Data Walk - Not Your Average Walk in the Park

September 9, 2021 

  • METRANS Congratulates its Recent CSULB Graduates!
  • USC's Reaghan Murphy Identifies Micro-Transit Opportunity Areas for Long Beach Transit
  • USC's Andy Meger Joins METRANS Student News Team as News Data Analyst
  • Meet METRANS Fast Facts Lead Chris Keating
  • PSR Researchers Develop a Commute Model to Contextualize Rideshare and E-Hailing Services
  • Transit-Oriented Developments May Be the Answer to Southern California's Housing Crisis: PSR Researchers Examine the Barriers to Affordable Housing and Opportunities Offered by TODs

August 9, 2021
  • METRANS Mentor Program Celebrates 10 Years of Shaping the Next Gen Transportation Professionals 
  • Advanced Program Manager of Pima's Center for Transportation Training Missy Blair participated in a Future Trucking Workforce panel at the Automated Freight Summit Conference.
  • METRANS Student News staff profiles Amalvy Perez, the first graduate of Pima Community College's Autonomous Vehicle Driver & Operations Specialist certification program
  • Understanding the Driving Forces of Port Automation: CITT and CSULB Economics Department Conduct a Workforce and Economic Impact Evaluation.
  • Marlon Boarnet (USC), "A National Study of Dockless Transportation: Land Use and Demographic Correlates of Trip Hotspots and Mode Shift"| PSR-19-02
  • Michael McNally (UCI), "Analysis of Activity-Travel Patterns and Tour Formation of Transit Users" | PSR-19-33

July 12, 2021


  • METRANS Launches Future Freights Initiative
  • CSULB and USC Students Present at the WTS Annual Conference
  • METRANS Congratulates Transportation Students on Recent Awards
  • METRANS Congratulates 2021 Transportation Concentration Graduates
  • PSR Researchers Promote Connected Vehicle Technology for Mitigating Emissions of Freight Vehicles
  • PSR Researcher Chun-Hsingjin Ho identifies Cost Effective Sensor Technology for Pavement Deterioration and Distress

June 10, 2021

  • METRANS Selects Next Rounds of Research Projects 
  • METRANS Affiliated Faculty Member is Inducted into NAE 
  • A Tribute to a Transportation Giant: Marty Wachs 
  • Spring 2021 Student Professional Development Series 
  • ASPD and METRANS Host 2021 State of Planning Roundtable 
  • PSR Researcher Chun-Hsingjun Ho Spotlighted in Alumni Series 
  • Flooding in Paradise: PSR Researchers Propose Green Solutions for Rising Sea Levels in Oahu 
  • PSR Researchers Alan Jenn Investigates Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Needs for Riding-Hailing Services in California 

May 5, 2021

  • METRANS Advisory Board Endorses New Name for METRANS
  • PSR Congress 2021-A Remote but Rewarding Experience
  • METRANS Director Giuliano and Research Assistant Lu Research COVID Impacts on Mobility in Los Angeles 
  • Creating a Program for Jobs that Don't Exist Yet
  • PSR Researchers Study Fragmentation in California's Daily Travels 
  • PSR Researchers Analyze the Socioeconomic Dimensions of Transportation Network Disruptions and Resilience Tactics 

April 5, 2021

  • Metrans, PSR, NCST, USC ITE host Razaviyayn and Ghafelebashi for Congestion Reduction via Personalized Incentives Seminar
  • Sustainable Freight Certificate Garners National Audience with the Mindful Mobility Tech Talk Series
  • Futures in Transportation Program Brings Transportation Research to Local Youth
  • METRANS Director Gen Giuliano and Research Assistant Yougeng Lu Present on Mobility Pattern Changes at the WRSA Virtual Conference
  • PSR Hosts 2021 Emerging Scholars Transportation Research Symposium
  • Pima's Graduate Looks to the Future of a Changing Truck Industry
  • Making Bicycling Equitable: Lessons from Sociocultural Research
  • Transportation Plans: Their Informational Content and Use Patterns in Southern California


March 1, 2021

  • METRANS Transportation Consortium
  • Giuliano and Lu Present Analyzing Impacts of Major Events: A Case Study of the LA Coliseum Seminar
  • METRANS Students Produce Award-Winning Traffic Safety Video
  • PSR Practitioner Speaker Series: Wulf Grote Shares the Tempe Streetcar Project
  • PSR Scholar Evaluates Ridesharing and Ridehail Programs for Alternative Access to the Davis Amtrak Station
  • PSR Researchers Identify Zoning Policy Adjustments to Improve Job Access and Quality of Life in Southern California

February 1, 2021

  • METRANS, CITT, and Caltrans Collaboration: 2020 Caltrans Freight Academy
  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Virtually Celebrates 60th Anniversary of its Annual Conference
  • Lt. Col. Sean Fazande Tapped for METRANS Student Chief of Staff
  • METRANS Announces Research Webinars for Spring 2021
  • METRANS Researcher Develops a Strategic Sustainability Plan for Long Beach Transit
  • PSR Researcher Michael Zhang Evaluates the Use of Variable Speed Limits to Mitigate Carbon Footprint

January 11, 2021

  • The METRANS Mentorship Program Celebrates its Decennial
  • The Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center Recognizes 2020 Students of the Year
  • METRANS Alumni Spotlight: METRANS on the Move Editor-in-Chief Danielle Dirksen
  • NCST Research Team Conducts an Analysis on Developing Markets for Zero-Emission Vehicles

December 8, 2020

  • CalSTA Secretary David Kim Visits USC Sol Price  
  • MetroFreight Researchers Join ITDP and VREF in International Discussions via MOBILIZE 
  •  Not Going Back to Normal-UCLA ITS Highlights Ways to Improve Transportation Post-Pandemic  
  • METRANS Advisory Board Meeting Assesses Top Priorities 
  •  METRANS, PSR, NCST Host USC's Geoff Boeing for the Global Urban Street Network Models and Indicators Webinar Professor 
  •  Loukaitou-Sideris Examines How to Combat Sexual Harassment on the "Public Transit Journey” 
  • PSR Researchers Boarnet and Painter Explore Job Accessibility and Residential Movement Along Transit Lines 

November 2, 2020

  • USC Graduate Kavina Patel Combines STEM and Humanities for a Full Picture of the NYC Subway   
  • METRANS Industry Outlook Convenes Industry Perspectives to COVID-19 
  • CITT Assesses the COVID-19 Supply Chain in First Virtual Town Hall   
  • METRANS, PSR, NCST Host Dessouky and Hu for Cost Sharing Mechanisms for Ridesharing Webinar 
  • PSR Researcher Maged Dessouky Examines Cost-Sharing Mechanisms to Encourage Ridesharing 
  • CSULB’s Researchers James Miles and Thomas Strybel Evaluate the Safety of Autonomous Vehicles 

October 6, 2020

  • METRANS Participates in Virtual Annual Sustainability Summit 2020 
  • PSR Researcher Sarah McCullough Discusses Equity Within the Transportation Field in Caltrans Webinar 
  • METRANS, PSR, TRB Committees Host Goulias for Travel Behavior Research Webinar 
  • Transportation YOU Committee Hosts a Virtual Girls’ Empowerment Day 
  • Researcher Cyrus Shahabi Implements Deep Learning Techniques to Provide Unprecedented Traffic Flow Predictions 
  • PSR Researcher Scott Samelsen Assesses the Impacts of Alternative Urban Bus Technologies in Southern California 

September 8, 2020

  • Ph.D. Student Jiawen Fang Gains Recognition for Last-Mile Delivery Research 
  • METRANS Executive Committee Member Tyler Reeb Moderates a Series on Empowering the New Mobility Workforce 
  • PSR Researcher Dr. Oceana Francis Develops a Training Program to Educate Officials on Stormwater Issues and Best Practices in Management Design 
  • Dr. Miguel Jaller Examines the Reshaping Potential of the 3rd Revolution of Transportation on the Freight Industry 
  • Recently Completed Research Projects 


August 3, 2020

  • CCNY Professor Alison Conway Considers Complete Streets in a Pandemic
  • To Drive or To Thrive: Manville Argues for Limiting Parking Lots in Silicon Valley
  • The 2020 PortReport:Researching Port Governance Practices Globally
  • Reynolds "Reimagines Urban Mobility" at CoMotion Miami Live 
  • METRANS Associate Highlight: HDR
  • METRANS Alumni Spotlight Series: Kristine O'Brien
  • Deguzman Participates in Transportation YOU Webinar for Dorsey High Students
  • Recent TRB Webinar Addresses Traffic Trends in the Time of COVID-19 
  • Learn More About Our Completed Research Projects


July 7, 2020

  • METRANS Funds 15 New Research Projects  
  • Dr. Giuliano Shares ZEV Research in CED Clean Air Webinar
  • METRANS Researchers Ioannou and Monteiro Shape the Future of Autonomous Vehicles 
  • METRANS Associate Director Contributes Leadership in TRB Women & Gender Committee
  • METRANS Researcher Addresses the Transportation Industry’s Future in Research Board’s Centennial Project 
  • METRANS Researcher, DaBlanc, Examines Mobility Questions within the COVID Context


June 1, 2020

  • METRANS Scholar Addresses Socioeconomic Disparities in Long Beach 
  • Newest Post on PSR’s “The Circulator” Addresses Transit Ridership Slump  
  • Giuliano Discusses Post-COVID-19 Traffic Conditions in LA Times Article 
  • Event Reminder: PSR Webinar: Traffic Trends and Safety in a COVID-19 World  

May 13, 2020 

  • Senior Editor of PSR’s Transfers Magazine Dr. Martin Wachs to be Key Speaker on the Mineta Transportation Institute (MIT) Webinar Thursday, May 14 Discussing “COVID-19 and State Generated Funds in California” 


April 30, 2020

  • Upcoming NCST Webinar 

April 13, 2020  

  • Resilient Transportation Research for COVID-19 
  • METRANS Hosted Authors of New Report of Women’s Travel Behavior, Understanding How Women Travel  

April 27, 2020 

  • AAPA Elects Mario Cordero As Its Next Board Chairman 
  • Dr. Jean Rodrigue Addresses COVID-19 Impacts on Global Trade 
  • 4th VREF Conference on Urban Freight Revised Deadline for Call for Abstracts 

February 27, 2020 

  • 2020 Transportation Industry Outlook- Geraldine Knatz Book Launch and Lecture: Port of Los Angeles-Conflict, Commerce, and the Fight for Control 
  • Register Today for the 3 Revolutions Policy Conference  

February 13, 2020 

  • Save the Date, SETT 2020- The Sustainability and Emerging Transportation Technologies Conference