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LA-based CicLAvia Looks to Create More Open Space in Car-Centric City

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Every Sunday from 7am to 2pm, the Colombian capital of Bogotá restricts car travel on nearly 80 miles of city streets, opening them up to cyclists and pedestrians in a city-sponsored event known as Ciclovia, or ‘bikeway’ in Spanish. The event, which has gone on since the 1970s, draws an estimated 1.7 million participants per week.   In 2010, a group of community activists began hosting similar events in Los Angeles, working with the local government to create ...

Delay in Maintenance Funding Becomes Latest Hurdle in Sixth Street Bridge Opening

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The Los Angeles City Council decided on Friday to have the City Budget and Finance Committee consider $706,000 in funding to remove graffiti on the recently opened Sixth Street Bridge near Boyle Heights. After the Public Works Committee recommended to approve the funds toward maintaining the bridge a week earlier, the council decided to pass the item to Budget and Finance rather than vote on it during Friday’s meeting.   According to a report by ABC City News Service, Budget ...

USC Price Graduate Lauren Deaderick Becomes the Face of Customer Experience at LA Metro

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

A year after LA Metro’s former CEO criticized the transit agency for being “apathetic about customer experience,” an alumni of the USC Sol Price School is taking the lead in addressing some of the most pressing needs identified by Metro’s riders.   Lauren Deaderick, who earned dual Master’s degrees in Public Policy and Urban Planning in 2019, joined Metro this April as the agency’s first Senior Manager of Customer Experience. Deaderick’s ...

Former UCI PhD Student Irene Martinez Set to Become Member of a TRB Committee

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Irene Martinez, who obtained her PhD at the University of California, Irvine in June, was nominated to a Transportation Research Board (TRB) committee in April of this year, becoming an official member of 2022-2025 ACP50 “Standing Committee on Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics.”   This position is Martinez’s latest accomplishment in a career marked so far by multiple degrees and contributions to the field of transportation engineering. Her research has been ...

Former METRANS student worker Jiangbo Yu reflects on collaborative side of the transportation engineering industry

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Jiangbo “Gabe” Yu, a former graduate student in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and student researcher at METRANS, has achieved many more academic and professional accomplishments since his time as a Trojan.    In 2018, he earned a PhD in Civil Engineering Transportation Systems from the University of California, Irvine. Prior to and during his PhD program, Yu worked for a variety of transportation agencies throughout Southern California and statewide, such as ...

Griffith Road Closures are Latest Chapter in LA's Vision Zero Effort

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

The City of Los Angeles closed a stretch of Griffith Park Drive between Travel Town and Mt. Hollywood Drive to vehicle traffic last week. The move came partially in response to a fatal hit-and-run accident along nearby Crystal Springs Drive in April which killed a cyclist .   The stretch of road was also cited as a recommended road closure by transportation consulting firm Kimley-Horn during a presentation to the Griffith Park Advisory Board in May. While the closure ...

LA Metro FY2023 Budget Signals Commitments to Public Safety, Equity

Monday, June 27, 2022

On May 26, 2022, the Los Angeles Metro Board of Directors voted to approve the agency’s $8.8 billion budget proposal for FY23. In addition to providing funding for transit service and two new rail lines - the K Line (Crenshaw/LAX) Phase I Extension and Regional Connector project - this year’s budget proposal reflects an agency-wide commitment to improving public safety.   The proposal includes an overall 12.5% budget increase in public safety expenditures since the previous ...

USC Price PhD Student Sue Dexter Wins Big at SCAG Regional Conference

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Sue Dexter, an urban planning and development PhD candidate in USC’s Sol Price School, won a prize of $1000 as a runner-up in a student showcase competition held by The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).   SCAG, a metropolitan planning agency that spans six Southern California counties, held the competition during its annual regional conference, which occurred in Palm Springs from May 5th to May 6th this year.   To participate in the showcase ...

USC THRIVE Program Helps FIT Attendees Open Up

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Over the past year, the METRANS K-12 Futures in Transportation (FIT) Program provided participating students from the USC Hybrid High School with various enrichment opportunities. One such program was a pair of THRIVE workshops which gave the high schoolers a chance to engage with their classmates at a deeper level.   THRIVE is a collaboration between USC’s undergraduate student government, Campus Wellbeing and Education (CWE), and the Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational ...

METRANS Student Correspondent Hayley Rundle Masters Urban Planning

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Join us in congratulating newly minted Master of Urban Planning, METRANS News Correspondent Hayley Rundle.  While working toward her master’s degree, Rundle served as our lead writer at METRANS, specializing in covering complex topics in transportation research.  In addition to her work with METRANS, she was an active member of the Associated Students of Planning & Development (ASPD) for both of her years at USC. During her first year, she served as the First-Year Representative ...

USC's Madeline Sellinger tapped to Lead Fast Facts

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Join us in congratulating USC undergraduate, Madeline Sellinger, for being selected to lead the METRANS Fast Facts transportation research briefs team this summer.  Fast Facts research briefs are cutting edge research summaries, created for students, by students and distributed broadly to make transportation research accessible to a broad audience.  Read more about Fast Facts here:  https://metranstsa.org/fast-facts-research-summaries .   Madeline is a rising junior ...

PSR Hosts Seminar on Balancing of Truck Parking Demand by a Centralized Incentives/Pricing System

Thursday, May 12, 2022

On Tuesday, April 12 th , the Pacific Southwest University Transportation Center (PSR) hosted Professor Petros Ioannou for a seminar on the challenges of truck parking. Titles “Balancing of Truck Parking Demand by a Centralized Incentives/Parking System,” the seminar featured METRANS-funded research from Dr. Ioannou and USC Electrical and Computer Engineering PhD student Filipe Vital. Dr. Ioannou is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the USC Viterbi ...

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2022 California-Hawai'i Transportation Symposium: The Significance of Synergy 

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The California (CA)- Hawai’i (HI) Transportation Symposium was held virtually on March 23rd, in conjunction with the 2022 Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR UTC) Congress: Lessons Learned in Vulnerability, Resilience, and Recovery. The symposium consisted of insightful presentations about the themes of infrastructure resiliency and sustainable mobility. Expert practitioners from both states engaged in a critical discussion to share knowledge via panels on freight ...

PSR Congress 2022: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic for Sustainable Growth in Transportation

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The fifth Annual Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR-UTC) Congress was held in person for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. The Congress took place from March 21-23, 2022, at the University of Hawai’i in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The global crisis has exposed critical issues facing transportation systems throughout the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR). Recognizing the significance of the pandemic's impacts, the themes of this year's Congress centered ...

UC Davis Researchers present Transportation Equity Research

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

On March 9, 2022, researchers Sarah Rebolloso McCullough and C. Sequoia Erasmus gave a virtual presentation on the status of transportation equity work in California as part of METRANS NCST Spring 2022 Speaker Series. The presentation was titled “Performative or Authentic? Assessing the Status of Transportation Equity Work in California.”  Seminar collaborators also included the Transportation Research Board Standing Committee (AME20), Women and Gender in Transportation and the ...