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PSR UTC Recognizes Students of the Year for 2020

Monday, January 11, 2021

The Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) University Transportation Center (UTC) starts the new year by honoring exceptional students from member institutions for their promise in the transportation field. Students – at all levels - are recognized for their technical and research merit, academic, and leadership capabilities.   Sam Speroni, doctoral student at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Luskin School of Public Affairs is PSR’s 2020 U.S. Department of Transportation ...

METRANS Alumni Spotlight Series: 'METRANS on the Move' Editor-in-Chief Danielle Dirksen

Monday, January 11, 2021

After contributing to METRANS on the Move, METRANS’ weekly student publication, as Editor-in-chief since Spring 2019, Danielle Dirksen has stepped down after graduating in the fall. Dirksen graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies and Planning with a double minor in Environmental Studies and Occupational Science. She is passionate about pursuing a future in transportation where she can work toward enhancing mobility and improving public transit for traditionally disadvantaged ...

The METRANS Mentor Program Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Monday, January 11, 2021

Launched in 2011, the METRANS Mentor Program celebrates a decade of creating personal mentoring relationships between students and transportation professionals. The 2021 iteration of this program features over 20 students from undergraduate and master's-level policy and engineering programs from several California universities. Ten years ago, Dr. Victoria Deguzman, METRANS Associate Director for Education and Professional Development, launched the program, starting with a pilot group of students ...

Shining the Spotlight on UC Davis Transportation Student Sequoia Erasmus

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Sequoia Erasmus is a dual master’s student at UC Davis, enrolled in both Community Development and Transportation Technology and Policy programs; she expects to earn these degrees in Spring and Summer 2021, respectively. Her specialization is interdisciplinary; Sequoia has a certificate in landscape architecture and environmental design and focuses her studies on transportation equity and mobility justice.   Sequoia has spent the past 18 months working with Dr. Sarah McCullough, ...


NCST Research Team Conducts an Analysis on Developing Markets for Zero-Emission Vehicles

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Freight shipments are increasing around the world as a result of globalization, rising incomes, and shifting patterns of production and consumption. These shipments are a major source of air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In the U.S., the transport sector accounts for about 28% of GHG emissions, and trucks account for a disproportionate share within the transport sector. California, one of the largest U.S. foreign trade hubs, has been at the forefront of reducing the impacts ...

PSR Scholar and UCLA MURP Jeremy Marks Ventures from Coast to Coast - And Beyond

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Meet Jeremy Marks, Spring 2020 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program with a focus on Transportation Policy and Planning.   Jeremy grew up in central San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood and moved to Claremont, a suburb on the eastern edge of LA County boundaries, where he majored in Public Policy Analysis at Pomona College. After receiving his undergraduate degree in 2014, he opted for a change ...

SCAG's Lyle Janicek Enables Virtual Exploration of Global Transit Systems

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

While the global pandemic may discourage travel to destinations worldwide, transit enthusiasts and researchers can now virtually explore the world of urban rail transit, thanks to a new global transit database, the World Rail Network.    The World Rail Network (WRN) was developed as a side project by Lyle Janicek, an Associate Regional Planner at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). WRN’s Databases and Dashboards can be explored through Lyle’s website, ...

Greetings from East LA: High School and University Students Team Up for A Lesson on the Power of Participatory Planning

Thursday, December 17, 2020

What tactics can planners use to better engage and build trust with the communities in which they serve? How can planners work to help people formulate solutions to challenges within their communities? How can young people become more civically engaged to have more of a say in how their communities are shaped?   From 2016 to 2020, USC Price student interns have had the opportunity to team up with Public Matters, a Los Angeles-based creative studio for civic engagement, on a project called ...

UCLA MURP Graduate Lupita Huerta: It All Started with a Bus Trip

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Meet Lupita Huerta, a Spring 2020 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program, with a focus on Transportation Policy and Planning.   Originally from El Monte, CA, Lupita also attended UCLA as an undergraduate, majoring in International Development and graduating in 2012. She worked for four years in education, including with Teach for America, before deciding to transition to urban planning, with a specific interest ...


MetroFreight Researchers Join ITDP and VREF in International Discussions via MOBILIZE

Thursday, December 3, 2020

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), a global nonprofit focused on sustainability and improving social inclusion, has a reputation for supporting innovative and creative solutions during challenging times. In collaboration with the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF), ITDP hosted “ MOBILIZE: Building Collective Action for the Next Decade ," a virtual transportation summit with an eye toward problem solving and bringing together ...

Not Back to Normal - UCLA ITS Highlights Ways to Improve Transportation Post-Pandemic

Thursday, December 3, 2020

The UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) hosted its annual Lake Arrowhead Symposium  with the subject “Not ‘Back to Normal’: Mapping a Just Transportation Recovery from COVID-19,” which explored changes the transportation industry has experienced within the context of the pandemic. UCLA is a partner in the Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center, ...

CalSTA Secretary David Kim Visits USC Sol Price

Thursday, December 3, 2020

David Kim, Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) and USC alumnus, recently attended Adjunct Associate Professor Eric Shen’s “Transportation Studio,” a graduate course within the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, to speak on “the Fast-Changing Supply Chain Ecosystem: Understanding Goods Movement and Developing Multi-Modal Transportation Strategies in Urban Settings.”   ...

METRANS Advisory Board Meeting Assesses Top Center Priorities

Thursday, December 3, 2020

The METRANS Transportation Center held its second Advisory Board meeting of the year in November 2020. METRANS was founded in 1998 as the first transportation-focused center in Southern California dedicated to fostering high quality transportation research, training the future transportation workforce, and educating the public and industry on best practices and cutting-edge information. The METRANS Advisory Board includes distinguished ...


UCLA Professor Loukaitou-Sideris Examines How to Combat Sexual Harassment on the "Public Transit Journey"

Thursday, December 3, 2020

A commonly cited concern found among transit riders is the danger of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a common occurrence in everyday transit environments (e.g., train stations, train wagons, buses, and bus stops). Each step of the journey until the transit riders reach their destination is a potentially hazardous situation. UCLA Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris and ...


PSR Researchers Boarnet and Painter Explore Job Accessibility and Residential Movement Along Transit Lines

Thursday, December 3, 2020

In an era of growing calls for racial and economic justice, researchers are increasingly interested in the role that gentrification and displacement may play in exacerbating existing inequalities for disenfranchised communities. Gentrification is the concept of neighborhoods changing by bringing in new businesses, improving housing, and attracting wealthier residents. Gentrification leads ...