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WTS-LA Transportation YOU Committee Hosts Virtual Girls Empowerment Day Event

Thursday, October 15, 2020

The Women’s Transportation Seminar’s (WTS) Transportation YOU Committee hosted its Virtual Girls Empowerment Day event on September 14, 2020. This annual event aims to introduce high school-aged girls to professional development skills and pique their interest in STEM fields, with an emphasis on transportation related careers.   WTS is an organization focused on the global advancement of women in transportation and works to create a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable ...

METRANS Weighs in on the Future of Clean Transportation

Thursday, October 8, 2020

  The Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) virtually hosted the 14th Annual Sustainability Summit on September 21 and 22, 2020. This year's event program included discussion topics on international climate policy, regionalization of the energy grid, California's resiliency strategy in the face of growing disasters, amongst others. On the second day of the summit, LABC convened transportation industry leaders for a panel titled "The Future of Clean Transportation," where panelists discussed ...

METRANS, PSR host LAWA, Port of Long Beach, and Metro at Industry Outlook 2020

Thursday, October 8, 2020

On October 1, 2020, METRANS and the Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR) hosted Industry Outlook 2020, a webinar featuring a panel discussion of transportation industry perspectives on the impact of and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was moderated by METRANS and PSR Director Dr. Genevieve Giuliano.  Panelists were Michael “Mike” Christensen, Deputy Director of Operations and Maintenance for the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA); Mario Cordero, ...

METRANS Participates in Virtual Annual Sustainability Summit 2020

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Environmentally conscious government, business, and nonprofit leaders gathered online for a virtual summit to discuss pressing crucial topics including international climate policy, California’s strategy in the face of growing natural disasters, and regionalization of the energy grid. The  14 th  Annual Sustainability Summit  was hosted virtually this year on September 21 st  - 22 nd . Sponsored by the Los Angeles Business ...

Researcher Cyrus Shahabi Implements Deep Learning Techniques to Provide Unprecedented Traffic Flow Predictions

Thursday, October 1, 2020

  Traffic congestion is a hallmark of life in Los Angeles. The city that popularized drive-in culture and developed rapidly during the rise of the automobile was the first to become a sprawled metropolis.  Unlike older cities, Los Angeles developed around the automobile, and the automobile today remains the dominant mode of transportation.  As population and employment growth continues, so does traffic. Beyond the impact of lost time due to congestion, being stuck in traffic regularly ...

PSR Researcher Scott Samuelsen Assesses the Impacts of Alternative Urban Bus Technologies in Southern California

Thursday, October 1, 2020

  In order to   accomplish   California’s   ambitio us  climate target   of full carbon neutrality  by 2045 ,  state  leaders are  making great strides by implementing clean energy policies to target the largest emission sources.   A ccording to   2018 data , 40% of California’s emissions were reported to come from transportation, stimulating the state’s push for a transition ...


METRANS, PSR, TRB Committees Host Goulias for Travel Behavior Research Webinar

Thursday, October 1, 2020

On September 24, 2020, METRANS, the Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR) and the TRB Standing Committee AME20, Women and Gender in Transportation, launched their respective Fall 2020 Webinar Series with a collaborative event. Titled “Taxonomy of Daily Travel and Time Use Patterns Using Sequence Analysis to Explore Schedule Fragmentation and Gender Roles,” this first event showcased the travel behavior research ...


PSR Students Win CPF Scholarships

Friday, September 25, 2020

Sixteen students from Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) University Transportation Center partner universities, including two METRANS student workers, were recently awarded California Planning Foundation scholarships.   The California Planning Foundation (CPF) was established by the American Planning Association (APA) California Chapter in 1970, with the goal of furthering the planning profession within the state of California. The Foundation generously awarded scholarships to a total of ...

Fynnwin Prager Pursues Transportation Research Guided by Quaker Values

Thursday, September 17, 2020

We are excited to feature accomplished University of Southern California (USC) Price Alumnus, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Co-Director of the South Bay Economics Institute at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), Fynnwin Prager.   Originally from Leeds, England, Dr. Prager studied International Relations at the London School of Economics, graduating in 2006. He went on to graduate school at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy (Price), earning ...

UCLA Grad Kendall Kaufmann Advocates for More Equity in Engineering

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Meet Kendall Kaufmann, a 2020 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) graduate with a BS in Civil Engineering and a minor in Urban and Regional Studies.   Growing up in Montreal, Canada, Kendall attained a unique perspective on public transportation systems early in life. “I was able to take transit everywhere. Even as a kid I would take the city bus and Metro to school and downtown and it gave me a lot of freedom. Montreal is also a very walking and biking-friendly city. The ...

Marley Randazzo: Keeping METRANS on the Move

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Meet METRANS Lead Student Assistant, Marley Randazzo, second-year Master of Urban Planning student at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Sol Price School of Public Policy. Marley was recently promoted to lead the team after holding valuable positions on the METRANS student workforce as project assistant, design lead for the student newsletter, news writer, and senior project manager. Originally from New York City, Marley specialized in the Growth and Structure of Cities and Economics ...


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, ...

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METRANS Researcher Spotlight: Jiawen Fang 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

METRANS researcher Jiawen Fang focuses her work on sustainable freight and the social and environmental impacts of innovative technological interruptions such as Amazon Lockers, truck electrification, and ride-sharing platforms. Jiawen's academic journey started in Peking University in China where she received a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning with a special interest in spatial analysis. She is currently pursuing the Spatial Analytics Certificate with a concentration on advanced ...


Dr. Miguel Jaller Examines the Reshaping Potential of the 3 Revolutions of Transportation on the Freight Industry

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The mobility of people and goods has shifted as new and innovative technology transforms the transportation industry. The "Three Revolutions in Transportation" (3REV) has seen the inclusion of new technology like electric vehicles, automated and connectivity features in personal vehicles, and ubiquitous rideshare platforms that have radically altered the options available to travelers. While such changes have been seen in many sectors of the transportation industry, the freight sector has fallen ...

USC's Kavina Patel Applies an International Lens to Transportation Planning

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Meet Kavina Patel, Spring 2020 graduate from the Master of Planning program at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Price School. Kavina will begin her transportation career with Steer Group, a London-based transportation consultancy with worldwide offices, this September.   Born and raised in Ahmedabad, a city of 5.5 million in western India, Kavina is accustomed to living in a bustling metropolis . In 2016, she completed her undergraduate degree in Urban Planning from ...