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UCI's Michael Hyland presents Pathfinding for Shared Ride Vehicles

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

On September 8, METRANS, the Pacific Southwest University Transportation Center (PSR), and the University of Southern California chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (USC ITE), launched the first hybrid (in-person and online) transportation research seminar of the Fall 2021 seminar series. USC ITE is a student group of engineers, planners, and thinkers who aim to reimagine transportation systems. Titled “Pathfinding for Shared Ride Vehicles: Bi-criteria pathfinding considering ...

Spotlight on USC Alum Axel Hellman

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Thanks so much for sitting down with me, Let’s start with a bit about you! My name is Axel Hellman. I finished my undergraduate degree in 2016 and my master’s degree in 2017. I completed a dual degree program – my undergraduate portion was a public policy major with a specialization in urban planning, and my master's part was in urban planning, with a transportation specialization.  The dual degree program means you actually are completing two degrees somewhat simultaneously, ...

PSR Spotlight: New UCLA student projects and awards

Thursday, September 9, 2021

METRANS is proud to announce the recently completed PSR-sponsored student capstone projects from UCLA:   Shelly Quan : California Government Screening Maps for Climate, Equity, and Planning Eric Dasmalchi and Natalie Amberg : Local Option Sales Taxes and Transit Funding in California Yu Hong Hwang : Piloting Transit Priority Improvements in the City of Los Angeles Alexander Murray : Evaluation and Recommendation for All Door Boarding at LA Metro Samikchhya ...

METRANS congratulates its recent CSULB graduates!

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Meghan Orr,  Master of Social Work (MSW) "METRANS has given me so many opportunities to hone my writing and project management skills. I've gained confidence in my writing and leadership abilities and learned so much about how trade and transportation influence our daily lives. The skills I have gained at METRANS will influence my work in so many ways, whether it is through policy work, grant writing, or program development." Adam Doyle,  Master of Science in Geographic Information Science “For me, working at METRANS was a great opportunity to collaboratively apply skills I had developed into a new field, and collaborate with other students, researchers, and stakeholders. Working on outreach and education projects especially helped me better understand how to communicate with GIS better to a wider audience.”

Transit-Oriented Developments May Be the Answer to Southern California's Housing Crisis: PSR Researchers Examined the Barriers to Affordable Housing and Opportunities Offered by TODs

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Housing is one of the most pressing barriers to a more equitable future for all California’s residents. The current housing crisis has revealed how vulnerable large segments of society are due to a lack of affordable housing. The California Housing Partnership has determined that California currently has a deficit of about 1.3 million affordable housing units for the lowest income groups. Examining the nature and extent of the housing crisis in California reveals a host of possible ...

PSR Researchers Develop a Commute Model to Contextualize Rideshare and E-Hailing Services

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

  As rideshare and e-hailing services grow in popularity as a regular feature of daily commutes, their impact on traffic congestion, commuting cost, and travel behavior becomes increasingly significant. With the emergence of a range of companies, most notably Uber and Lyft, providing these services at a variety of price points, customers have greater flexibility in travelling from one point to another. Despite the growing need to study the specific impacts of these new modes of transportation, ...

USC's Reaghan Murphy Identifies Micro-Transit Opportunity Areas for LBT

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

  USC Master of Urban Planning student Reaghan Murphy was selected by Long Beach Transit (LBT) earlier this year to be the first Long Beach Transit Fellow as part of the newly launched Long Beach Transit Fellows Program. This program engages graduate level transportation students in projects to develop knowledge and discover transit service improvement ideas under the direction and guidance of transportation professionals at LBT. These ideas will assist the agency to address various challenges ...

Meet METRANS Fast Facts Lead Chris Keating

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

  USC Price Master of Urban Planning, Mobility and Transportation Planning student Christopher (Chris) Keating has been tapped to lead the METRANS Fast Facts Team, which produces short, digestible summaries of cutting-edge transportation research for a broad audience.  Keating graduated with high honors from UCLA in Spring of 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs with a minor in Urban Planning and joined METRANS the summer prior to his first semester at USC. METRANS Colleague ...

USC's Andy Meger Joins METRANS Student News Team as News Data Analyst

Thursday, August 26, 2021

  USC Price Master of Urban Planning, Mobility and Transportation Planning student Anderson (Andy) Meger has been tapped to lead strategic efforts for the METRANS Student News Team. Meger graduated from Santa Clara University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, magna cum laude . Showcasing his ambition, Meger joined METRANS the summer prior to his first semester at USC to work on both the strategy and newsletter teams. Colleague Christopher Keating sat down with Andy to discuss ...

Spotlight on USC Alum Sanjana Mada

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Can you start by introducing yourself?   My name is Sanjana Mada. I graduated from USC Sol Price School of Public Policy in 2018 with a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, and I am a Transportation Planner at MORR Transportation Consulting Ltd. in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada specializing in active transportation.  I have been there a year.  While I am now focused on transportation, my specialty going into USC was actually sustainable land use.     ...

Spotlight on UCI's 2021 Graduate, Dr. Riju Livanya

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Meet newly minted Dr. Riju Livanya, Spring 2021 Ph.D. in Transportation Systems Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. Prior to his Ph.D., Dr. Livanya completed his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay.   Livanya grew up in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, and shares that moving from a small city to a large metropolis for his undergraduate studies was transformational for him. Living in Mumbai gave Livanya an ...

Understanding the Driving Forces of Port Automation: PSR Researchers Conduct a Workforce & Economic Impact Evaluation

Friday, July 30, 2021

Discussions around automation in the transportation sector are hardly novel, but as technology continues to progress, the discussions intensify and incorporate a greater number and more diverse set of voices. With a focus on California port automation, the CSULB Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) and researchers from the Department of Economics will begin exploring the conditions that lead terminal operators to adopt partial or fully automated cargo handling equipment (CHE) ...

METRANS Mentor Program Celebrates 10 Years of Shaping Future Transportation Professionals

Friday, July 30, 2021

“It is hard to believe a decade has passed since a brave group of students and METRANS Advisory Board members joined together to embark on the pilot of the now established and highly successful METRANS Mentor Program.” Dr. Victoria Deguzman, Founder, METRANS Mentor Program As we complete the 10th year of the METRANS Mentor Program, we reflect on the value of mentorship and celebrate the connections made and careers shaped, most recently during a particularly difficult time ...

USC's Hayley Rundle wins WTS-Sacramento Scholarship

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Meet Hayley Rundle, graduate student in the University of Southern California (USC) Sol Price School of Policy, Master of Urban Planning program with a concentration in Transportation and Mobility Planning and member of the METRANS Transportation Consortium Student Research and Newsletter teams. Ms. Rundle is on the board of USC’s Associated Students of Planning & Development (ASPD) and served as a First-Year Representative and the Professional Development Chair during her first year in ...

WTS Student Chapter hosts Webinar on Hazard Resilience of Transportation Infrastructure

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The Florida Atlantic University (FAU) student chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) and the Freight Mobility Research Institute (FMRI) hosted a Webinar titled “Resilience of Intermodal Transportation Infrastructure under Multiple Hazards” with Dr. Jamie E Padgett on March 3, 2021. Both organizations are housed in the FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science Department of Civil Environmental and Geomatics Engineering. The presentation centered on multi-hazard risk ...