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Meet METRANS Fast Facts Team

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

To enable quick access to research, METRANS has launched the Fast Facts project, an ongoing series of cutting-edge research summaries created by students for students- and anyone - who’d like an easy to read introduction to new transportation research.  We hope that these short research summaries will make the ongoing research at METRANS/PSR more accessible and interesting to students and the general public ad will introduce various transportation and planning topics in a quick, easy-to-read ...

PSR Researchers Make Recommendations to Address Biking Inequities

Thursday, April 1, 2021

As an environmentally sustainable and low-cost mode of transportation, biking is a potential tool for addressing social equity. However, that potential has yet to be realized due to disparities in policy and infrastructure. In the 21st century, biking trends have seen a significant shift as more people of color rely on their bicycles. Where prior trends in commuting only indicated that 0.3% of African Americans used their bikes compared to White Americans at 0.5%, there has been a significant increase ...

PSR Researchers Explore Ways to Better Integrate Transportation Planning and Execution

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Transportation planning is a vital aspect of a region’s economic well-being and residents’ quality of life. State measures like the recent California Complete Streets Act (AB 1358), which mandates plans for the “development of multimodal transportation” for its cities and counties, emphasizes the ongoing motivation for progress in transportation planning. While state laws give general guidelines for planning, each city and county control much of the planning process, which ...

Sustainable Freight Certificate Garners National Audience with the Mindful Mobility Tech Talk Series

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Since its founding in 1998, METRANS has sought to fulfill its ongoing mission to solve metropolitan transportation problems through research, education and outreach. This mission has progressed beyond state borders and led to greater outreach on a national scale through members of the center and its partners. Recently, the Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition, Mobilize California (MobilizeCA), Advanced Transportation and Logistics (ATL), and the Green Transportation Summit and Expo (GTSE) ...

METRANS Director and Research Assistant Present on Mobility Pattern Changes at the WRSA Virtual Conference

Thursday, April 1, 2021

METRANS Director Genevieve Giuliano and USC PhD Candidate Yougeng Lu presented a paper on the mobility impacts of COVID 19 at the 2021 Western Regional Science Association (WRSA) 60th Annual Meeting Virtual Conference on February 22. The WRSA is a multidisciplinary group of academics and professionals, including university scholars and practitioners from the government and private sector, who are interested in scientific analysis of different regions. The conference was held virtually for the first ...

PSR Webinar Brings Transportation Practice to Campus

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

On Thursday, March 4, 2021, the Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Research Center (PSR), the Institute of Transportation Engineers Northern Arizona University Student Chapter (ITE NAU), and the Arizona Laboratory for Applied Transportation Research (AZTrans) hosted a virtual webinar featuring Ironside Engineering & Development, Inc. (IE&D) Transportation Manager Dr. Zach Barlow sharing an inside look into real-world transportation engineering projects. Dr. Zach Barlow received ...

Futures in Transportation Program brings Transportation Research to Local Youth

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The University of Southern California (USC) Viterbi School of Engineering and Price School of Public Policy created and launched Futures in Transportation (FIT), a 4-part seminar series held in February for local high school juniors. Funded by the National Science Foundation and METRANS Transportation Consortium, the program aims to expose under-represented high school students to STEM-related research, emphasizing transportation and freight. FIT also encourages students to consider exciting transportation-related ...

METRANS, PSR, NCST, USC ITE host Razaviyayn and Ghafelebashi for Congestion Reduction via Personalized Incentives Seminar

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

On March 11, METRANS and the Pacific Southwest University Transportation Center (PSR), along with special partners the National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) and USC Institute of Transportation Engineer (ITE), hosted their second research webinar of Spring 2021. Titled “Congestion Reduction via Personalized Incentives,” this event showcased the research of Dr. Meisam Razaviyayn, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering with courtesy appointments at the ...

PSR Hosts 2021 Emerging Scholars Transportation Research Symposium

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

  The Pacific Southwest Region UTC (PSR) held its third Emerging Scholars Transportation Research Symposium (ESTRS) in a virtual format on March 2 and 3, once again presenting outstanding transportation research conducted by students. This annual signature event provides students the opportunity to present their research to a larger audience with diverse backgrounds in transportation and hear from some of the leading researchers and innovators in the field.   This event is held ...

Leadership in Changing Times - Mountain Line Transit Authority CEO Heather Dalmolin Leads Through the Pandemic

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

On February 18 th , as part of the Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR) and the Arizona Laboratory for Applied Transportation Research at Northern Arizona University (AZ Trans) Spring 2021 Professional Development Webinar Series, the Northern Arizona University Institute of Transportation Engineers welcomed Heather Dalmolin, CEO and General Manager of Flagstaff, Arizona’s Mountain Line Transit Authority, to discuss how her organization has navigated the COVID-19 ...

UCLA Perloff Lecture Series Presents New Routes to Equity: The Future of Transportation in the Black Community

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Perloff Lecture Series, named for the founding dean of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning Harley Perloff, and funded by Harvey S Perloff Endowment aims to congregate national experts on various topics around transportation, race, and equity in a series of engaging lectures each spring.   Presented by UCLA Department of Urban Planning and UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, Perloff Lecture Series began the 2021 series, ...

USC Student-Produced Podcast Series Features METRANS' Marlon Boarnet

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

  “The Price of Policy is a new Price student-produced podcast that talks about the hidden and explicit consequences of public policy decisions in Los Angeles. Join them for in-depth conversations with faculty, policymakers, community members, activists, and more.” ( https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-price-of-policy/id1531545166 )   We have felt the pandemic’s direct impact on our daily lives but perhaps not the full scope of the damages, for ...

U Hawaii MURP Student, John Canner, Studies Connections between Food Systems and Transportation

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Meet John Canner, the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning student concentrating in Land Use, Transportation, and Infrastructure Planning.   Canner’s path to studying transportation-related research topics has involved multidisciplinary degree programs, giving him a broad perspective on possible solutions to research problems. “The mobility aspect of transportation has always been fascinating, but now that I look at these transportation ...

PSR Scholars Identify Zoning Policy Adjustments to Improve Job Access and Quality of Life in Southern California

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Southern California provides a unique environment for research with its spectrum of zoning, density, and transportation policy environments. Zoning policy, in particular, is a significant area of focus within urban planning due to its ability to impact residents’ quality of life. Changes in zoning density policy can improve urban congestion and physical property value and serve as a blueprint to positively impact the quality of life for other urban populations. In the PSR-funded report, “Zoning ...

PSR Scholar Evaluates Ridesharing and Ridehail Programs for Alternative Access to the Davis Amtrak Station

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Ridership throughout the transit sector has been on the decline for years, with the ongoing pandemic further exacerbating the issue. The City of Davis’ Amtrak Station, which has the third highest passenger usage along the Capital Corridor line and a ridership that continued to rise until early 2020, had served as an exception to this trend. While the station continues to enjoy high ridership rates, the use of private vehicles by the majority of riders has led to parking shortages, creating ...